North Queensland Cowboys coach Paul Green knows that the injection of youth in recent weeks also brings with it a lack of consistency.
After a scrappy 80 minutes of rugby league, Cronulla's aggressive defence and Parramatta's impatience with the ball eventuated in a win to the premiers.
Cronulla Sharks coach Shane Flanagan has sheepishly confessed to telling his troops white lies to help fire them up to a Round 4 win over the Parramatta Eels.
Kalyn Ponga lives up to the promise, Titans start slow again, Thurston and Taylor engage in compelling duel and Dale Copley makes good first impression.
The once free-flowing Warriors are facing a new difficulty this season - trying to find a way to convert possession into points.
Rampaging back-rower Coen Hess has shrugged aside the absence of Jason Taumalolo and Matt Scott to seal the Cowboys' 32-26 win over the Titans on Saturday.
Sea Eagles coach Trent Barrett says his team has plenty of room for improvement despite thrashing the Bulldogs 36-0 on Saturday.
James Segeyaro returned to the NRL as the Cronulla Sharks ground their way to a 20-6 win over an error-prone Parramatta Eels side at ANZ Stadium on Saturday.
Bulldogs coach Des Hasler and skipper James Graham can't wait for Thursday's clash with the Broncos after being thumped by Manly in Round 4.
The Sea Eagles turned Lottoland into the fortress it once was with a 36-0 win over an out of sorts Bulldogs side on Saturday.