South Sydney forward Jason Clark can't imagine life away from the Rabbitohs, but it was a reality he had to face earlier in the season before re-signing.
Sharks coach Shane Flanagan has accepted that his side are unlikely to seal top spot at the end of the regular season following a loss to the Rabbitohs.
While their top-eight fate was sealed weeks ago, South Sydney produced another colossal effort to continue Cronulla's losing run on the eve of the finals.
Canterbury players will be out for redemption when they host the Cowboys in their own Belmore backyard just five weeks after losing 36-0 in Townsville.
Penrith players have a simple message for the Titans forwards looking to target 18-year-old whiz-kid Nathan Cleary: he can handle it.
Luke Douglas knows better than most the torment of coming up short of finals football and he's as focused as anyone on getting the Titans there this year.
Thursday night's showdown between the Bulldogs and the Cowboys at Belmore Sports Ground could be the most atmospheric game of the season.
Brisbane halfback Ben Hunt hopes coming up against Australian internationals Cooper Cronk and Cameron Smith will bring out the best in him on Friday night.
The Cronulla Sharks have slumped to a third straight loss after being beaten 12-6 by the South Sydney Rabbitohs at a rain-drenched ANZ Stadium on Monday night.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs and Cronulla Sharks have named their final teams for the Round 24 NRL Telstra Premiership clash at ANZ Stadium.