Manly have claimed their third win of the season, getting the better of the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday night.
Manly recruits Dylan Walker and Api Koroisau are close mates, former premiership-winning teammates, housemates and now halves partners.
Ever since Rabbitohs rake Api Koroisau stepped in to replace Issac Luke in the club's 2014 Grand Final win, the two players have been indelibly linked.
Martin Taupau might have built a reputation as one the great 'enforcers' in rugby league, but it's a tag that doesn't sit well with the Sea Eagles star.
Manly backrower Feleti Mateo was omitted due to family reasons, says coach Trent Barrett.
The Warriors are wary of a Sea Eagles outfit missing Daly Cherry-Evans, saying their makeshift halves proved how dangerous they can be.
The Warriors and Manly were heavily tipped to be among the competition's big improvers in 2016 but both have had frustrating starts to the season.
Jamie Lyon knows his glittering career is coming to an end, but says he still has the drive to keep playing for his beloved club beyond 2016.
There's plenty of movement in the chasing pack behind the dominant Broncos and Cowboys, with the two cellar-dwellars coming oh-so-close to claiming needed wins.
Sea Eagles lock Jake Trbojevic confirmed he'll be fit to face the Warriors in Round 6, with his late omission against the Rabbitohs a precautionary measure.