It shapes as the blockbuster of the round - premiers Sydney Roosters against the undefeated Parramatta Eels at Bankwest Stadium.
The Tricolours have roared to life following the season's restart last month, posting three consecutive thumping wins over the Rabbitohs, Broncos and Bulldogs to sit just outside the top four.
And Parramatta have continued to find a way to win, beating Manly and Penrith in thrillers over the past two rounds.
If they can upstage the Roosters, you'd have to think the Eels have removed any doubt about them being the real deal in 2020.
Match: Roosters v Eels
Round 6 -
Venue: Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
Roosters: Prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (back) should suit up after being close to playing the Bulldogs on Monday. Mitchell Aubuson and Sitili Tupouniua take their places on the bench with Sam Verrills and Lachlan Lam dropping out of the match day squad. Lindsay Collins and Ryan Hall were the two players left out on the eve of the match. The Roosters have won seven of their past nine games against the Eels.
Eels: Prop Kane Evans is unavailable after being suspended for one game for dangerous contact in the win over Penrith. Oregon Kaufusi replaces Evans on the Parramatta bench. Brad Takairangi and George Jennings were ommitted an hour before kick-off and David Gower and Jai Field were the two players left out 24 hours before the match. Eels centre Michael Jennings requires one try for 150 tries in the top grade.
Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James TedescoFullback for Eels is number 1 Clinton Gutherson
Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel TupouWinger for Eels is number 2 Maika Sivo
Centre for Roosters is number 3 Josh MorrisCentre for Eels is number 3 Michael Jennings
Centre for Roosters is number 4 Joseph ManuCentre for Eels is number 4 Waqa Blake
Winger for Roosters is number 5 Brett MorrisWinger for Eels is number 5 Blake Ferguson
Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Luke KearyFive-Eighth for Eels is number 6 Dylan Brown
Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Kyle FlanaganHalfback for Eels is number 7 Mitchell Moses
Prop for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-HargreavesProp for Eels is number 8 Reagan Campbell-Gillard
Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Jake FriendHooker for Eels is number 9 Reed Mahoney
Prop for Roosters is number 10 Siosiua TaukeiahoProp for Eels is number 10 Junior Paulo
2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Boyd Cordner2nd Row for Eels is number 11 Shaun Lane
2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Angus Crichton2nd Row for Eels is number 12 Ryan Matterson
Lock for Roosters is number 13 Victor RadleyLock for Eels is number 13 Nathan Brown
Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Isaac LiuInterchange for Eels is number 14 Ray Stone
Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Nat ButcherInterchange for Eels is number 15 Marata Niukore
Interchange for Roosters is number 18 Sitili TupouniuaInterchange for Eels is number 16 Oregon Kaufusi
Interchange for Roosters is number 19 Mitchell AubussonInterchange for Eels is number 17 Peni Terepo
- Referee: Ben Cummins
- Touch Judge: Dave Munro
- Touch Judge: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
- Video Referee: Ben Galea
- Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy
There'll be some heavy contact if opposing locks Victor Radley and Nathan Brown directly clash. Renowned as aggressive enforcers, both men are integral links in imposing packs.