Sharks coach Shane Flanagan says the safety of a top-two finish outweighs the lure of sealing the club's first minor premiership in 17 seasons.
After being pipped by a Matt Moylan field goal on Saturday night the Titans have vowed to take the fight for a place in the finals all the way to Townsville.
Returning Canberra duo Sam Williams and Paul Vaughan were both happy with their efforts against Manly but were reluctant to look too far ahead to the finals.
Despite plenty of speculation linking him with a move away from Redfern, South Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds said he is committed to the club for 2017.
A late call-up to make his NRL debut at the home of the premiers, Warriors playmaker Ata Hingano took comfort in seeing familiar faces in the crowd.
Josh Aloiai is set to become the first Wests Tigers player to play every game of his rookie season - despite coming off an injury-wrecked pre-season.
Griffin fumes at a 'dumb half of football', appraisal of Hayne's return to No.1, Wallace continues to grow in new role and Moylan the man yet again.
Roosters coach Trent Robinson believes a try to Matt Prior swung momentum the way of the home side as the Tricolours faded in their loss to the Sharks.
Panthers players were brought down to earth following their one-point win over Gold Coast with prop Reagan Campbell-Gillard taken to hospital.
A big second half has seen the Sharks end their four-game winless run, defeating the Roosters at Southern Cross Group Stadium on Saturday night.