Three schoolgirl teams will take centre stage for a curtain-raiser competition at the Cowboys' home game against Manly on Saturday.
Anthony Milford set to face his old team for the first time as the Raiders host the Broncos in what shapes as a high scoring contest.
Down on form and luck over the past two months, the last thing the Knights want to be doing is travelling to Auckland to face the Warriors this weekend.
NSW forward Trent Merrin has pleaded guilty to a dangerous throw charge from State of Origin I but is free to play this weekend.
Injured NSW Origin hopefuls Paul Gallen and Brett Morris are strong chances of making their NRL returns in Round 13.
Spirits have risen a little in Manly in recent weeks but they come up against a juggernaut this week in the form of the red-hot Cowboys.
The 'Battle of the West' is on again with the Penrith Panthers hosting the Parramatta Eels on Friday night to kick off Round 12.
Eels coach Brad Arthur admits the club's salary cap woes forced him to omit Luke Kelly this week, and that the club won't sign Sharks fullback Michael Gordon.
If ever there was a good time for the Gold Coast Titans to be facing the reigning premiers, it's this week.
A vintage local derby will kick of Round 12 as the embattled Eels travel to face a Panthers side coming off a gritty win and welcoming some key players back.