It is testament to the closeness of the 2014 season that after 26 Rounds, the battle for the JJ Giltinan Shield could come down to points differential.
The loss of Matt Ballin is a massive one for Manly but Cowboys players are well aware of what his replacement is capable of.
Despite temporarily losing captain Cameron Smith through injury, the Storm ran out 22-12 victors over the Broncos at AAMI Park on Friday night.
Hypothetically it's do-or-die for both the Storm and Broncos this weekend, with nothing short of victory keeping each team in the finals hunt.
The good news for Ben Hannant is that the last time he knocked over the Storm playing for the Broncos was on the biggest stage of all.
Mitchell Pearce was the star as the Roosters triumphed 22-18 over arch-rivals South Sydney at Allianz Stadium on Thursday night.
As plenty of people tipped at the start of the year, the two sides that kicked the season off are potentially facing off for a minor premiership.
A second Johnathan Thurston field goal handed the Cowboys a 20-19 victory over the Sharks in golden point extra time at 1300SMILES Stadium on Monday night.
The Sea Eagles completed a sensational comeback with two tries in the last three minutes against Penrith to thrill a packed Brookvale crowd with a 26-25 win.
The Warriors' finals hopes are still alive after boosting their for-and-against with a 42-0 thumping of the Titans.