Rather than go through the laborious task of analysing every round, we thought we’d highlight at least one can’t miss, blockbuster game from rounds five to 20.
Some selection are gimmies, while others are more subjective and are based on potential ladder positions at the time. Just like Channel Nine, we’re going to brazenly play favourites here, so teams likely to miss the finals probably won’t feature here.
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles v Brisbane Broncos, Central Coast Stadium (Nine/Fox), Thursday June 11
The Sea Eagles usually give the Broncos a decent contest, and will enjoy home state advantage. A win could set themselves up for a finals push, even at this early stage.
Parramatta Eels v Penrith Panthers, Bankwest Stadium (Nine/Fox), Friday June 12
The western Sydney derby always provides some entertaining footy; Parramatta will be favourites, though Penrith will want to get one over their neighbours.