"NSW are playing like it's a club game". Thanks Gus, I was looking for an intro this week and this is it. Talk about Origin demeaning the NRL. Anyway, back to the second-rate 'club games'...how will Origin affect those players who have to back-up? The four Panthers should all turn out in less than 48-hours time for a tough trip to a Stickyland, Canberra. The Raiders really need to win as there's a gap developing between the top-eight and the rest. As most of us know Manly have moved their home-game from Brookvale to RL Park in Ch.Ch. The Warriors have a poor record in NZ outside Auckland, don't they? Manly will fancy themselves against their 'bunnies'. Talking of 'bunnies', it's obvious now that Souths are a major premiership threat. They can be top of the table after this round, as the Panthers have that toughie above and the Dragons have an awkward Monday night trip to the Olympic Stadium to take on the unfancied Bulldogs. Souths have Inglis, Cook and Gagai backing up. Three key players. The latter will be angry too, after his mistake really shifted momentum in the second-half of Origin I. The Tigers need to be careful now, they've dropped outside the eight and can be set adrift further if they don't 'upset' the Sharks away. It's a dangerous spot on the ladder right now for Ivan's men, they've done so well up till now. Match of the round? The head says Storm v Broncos on Sunday, two of the NRL's power-clubs, but the heart says Eels v Cows. Both teams in a pickle. The Eels are in crisis, the Cows will still fancy themselves if they can get on a roll. There's a lot to love about club footy, despite the 'product' we know as Origin.