Brisbane remain in the hunt for a top-four finish after stunning NRL leaders Melbourne with a dominant 26-16 victory at AAMI Park.
The Cowboys comfortably disposed of the Bulldogs at Belmore Sports Ground and also took their place in the all-important top four on Thursday night.
It's crunch time for both the Warriors and Wests Tigers who suffered a significant blow to their finals aspirations with heavy defeats in Round 24.
The Eels will farewell Pirtek Stadium for a couple of years while the Dragons get a glimpse of their future with Benji Marshall replaced at halfback.
It's that time of the year again when the Newcastle Knights' form is thrown out the window because Old Boys Day is upon us.
A month ago, the Sharks would have entered this match heavy favourites. However a three-game losing run has halted Cronulla's momentum.
The equation for these two sides is simple: win at Cbus Super Stadium on Saturday afternoon, and a place in the Telstra Premiership finals series is yours.
Manly veteran Jamie Lyon will be denied a farewell match on his beloved home turf, but there is still plenty to play for against a red hot Raiders team.
Bring your sound metres and your seismologists… Thursday night's blockbuster at Belmore Sports Ground is set to shake the earth to the core.
Melbourne and Brisbane will be playing finals this season, but this Round 25 clash has a significant bearing on where they will finish on the ladder.