Plenty of team changes are expected for this weekend's games, no more so than in New Zealand with Warriors coach Andrew McFadden dropping six players.
Penrith are expecting centre Dean Whare to be ruled out for the remainder of the NRL season after suffering a suspected torn ACL at training.
The Panthers and Raiders go head-to-head for the second time in the 2016 NRL Telstra Premiership season, as Penrith take another home game to Bathurst.
The Dragons start to climb while the pressure mounts on the Warriors and Wests Tigers two months into the 2016 season.
Panthers young gun Te Maire Martin has been ruled out of the rest of the NRL season due to a shoulder injury.
Try scoring feasts in Canberra and Melbourne, another crazy put down from Corey Oates and a massive shot from Luke Lewis headline our plays of the week.
There was plenty of drama, controversy, injuries and some massive scores in Round 8 of the NRL Telstra Premiership. Here are the main talking points.
A relieved Cameron Ciraldo has praised his Panthers for grinding their way to a nervy Holden Cup win over a Cronulla side that simply wouldn't go away.
The Sharks survived a frantic few minutes to register their fifth win on the trot, and at the same time hand the Panthers their fifth loss by less than eight.
A length of the field try to Valentine Holmes has helped the Sharks edge Penrith in another epic encounter on Sunday afternoon.