Forget completion rates, time in possession, missed tackles or most penalties conceded late in tackle counts, the most important facet is confidence.
The Cowboys are coming off a dominant win over Parramatta, but must be wary as the Canberra Raiders roll into Townsville ready to push for a top-eight finish.
Two teams racing for top-eight spots meet in Auckland. The Warriors hold home-ground advantage - but can they win without Shaun Johnson?
While this game might seem a mismatch on paper, a closer look reveals the Tigers are in with a real chance of ending their five-game losing run on Friday night.
The Roosters are flying, but on Friday night host a Bulldogs outfit still smarting from their narrow loss to the Sharks at their spiritual home of Belmore.
A dominant second-half performance led by North Queensland hooker Jake Granville has helped the Cowboys to their biggest ever win over the Eels.
Cronulla staked their NRL Telstra Premiership finals claims with a hard-fought win over Canterbury at Belmore Sports Ground.
Canberra kept their NRL Telstra Premiership finals hopes alive while putting in dent in Penrith's top eight aspirations in an exciting and high-scoring game.
The Rabbitohs put on a clinic against a poor Knights side at ANZ Stadium on Saturday, with Greg Inglis and Dylan Walker scoring hat-tricks in a thrashing.
Shaun Johnson suffered a season-ending ankle injury as the Sea Eagles kept their faint finals hopes alive with a a 32-12 victory over the Warriors in Auckland.