South Sydney Rabbitohs v Parramatta Eels
It's meant to be the time of year when teams are decimated by State of Origin, but remarkably both the Rabbitohs and Eels have remained unaffected by the interstate spectacle ahead of their Round 12 clash at ANZ Stadium.
Given the lack of disruption to their respective squads, this should be a cracking contest between two sides desperate for a win at this crucial juncture of the season.
The Rabbitohs were brave against the Storm in Perth last week but simply couldn't find a way through Melbourne's defence in slippery conditions out west, and they'll need to be equally resilient on Friday given the five day turnaround.
Parramatta had their chances against the Raiders but ultimately went down by six points in a match coach Brad Arthur said they should have won. New recruit Mitchell Moses had his moments but they'll need more from him against the side he struggled against just two weeks ago in his final game for the Tigers.
Englishman George Burgess returns to the Rabbitohs bench with Zane Musgrove dropping back to the reserves.
The Eels have lost Michael Jennings (quad) but welcome back Brad Takairangi at centre. Nathan Brown has been named despite leaving the field early against Canberra with a rib complaint.
With Corey Norman and Michael Jennings out injured, Parramatta's electric left edge has lost most of its much-vaunted potency. While they're weakened the Eels still have their biggest threat available, with winger Semi Radradra showing last week against the Raiders he is still as unstoppable as ever with a try assist that few others could have delivered.
Robbie Farah has had a mixed start to his career in the cardinal and myrtle but has started to hit his straps in recent weeks. Farah sparked a stunning comeback when he came off the bench in Round 8 against the Broncos, setting up two tries in quick succession to almost snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, and his form ever since has been heading on an upward trend with Farah playing the full 80 minutes in each of his last two starts.