The Roosters' defensive resurgence has continued, helping deliver the premiers a gutsy 24-12 win over the Storm at a cold and wet Allianz Stadium on Saturday.
Canberra have defeated the Wests Tigers 27-12 at GIO Stadium on Saturday to ensure Cronulla will finish with the wooden spoon in 2014.
The Newcastle Knights scored five tries in 12 minutes to come back from a 12-8 deficit to race away with an astounding 42-12 win against the Parramatta Eels.
Newcastle have the job ahead of them repelling a confident Eels outfit who have a sniff of finals football in their nostrils.
The Broncos have kept their finals hopes alive after holding on for a nail-biting 30-22 victory over the Dragons in front of a relieved Suncorp Stadium crowd.
One of these sides will live to fight again in 2014 while the vanquished team can start preparing for 2015.
Ben Barba says the feel-good factor is finally floating back into his game in the wake of his first hat-trick in more than two years.
South Sydney have jumped into a share of the competition lead with a gritty 21-14 victory over the Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium on Thursday night.
Spring has certainly come early for rugby league fans, with Thursday night's blockbuster bringing a premature taste of September action.
The Sharks face an uphill battle here against a Cowboys team on their home patch that have notched five wins from their past six games.