With the halfway point of the season fast approaching, the ladder is slowly starting to take shape.
With big numbers missing acorss all clubs due to flu season, it may just be a case of 'survival of the fittest'.
Match of the round - Harlequins vs Moorabbin (referee: Shannon McLachlan)
This should be a cracking match and a great day at Harlequins where they are celebrating Pasifika culture this week.
Quins carried on their winning ways last week with a big win over a brave but understrength Footscray outfit. Quins sit 5 points clear on top of the ladder and know a win this week will keep pressure on the chasing pack.
They will be weary of a Rams outfit that are smarting from their loss at home to Melbourne last week. Moorabbin had some unfortunate injuries to key players and will be hoping that a few of them get up this week for the battle of Warrigal road. Moorabbin will have to be on their best behaviour to not give away penalties when Harlequins apply the blowtorch and they must watch for fullback Taylor Acheson when he injects himself into the line.
Harlequins to keep their unbeaten run against an understrength Moorabbin and win by 12 points.
Power House vs Melbourne (referee: David Wall)
Power House are again at home this round and will be briming full of confidence after a big win against Uni last week to remain in touching distance of the top 4.
Power House needs their leaders to be more consistent in their decision making and game management if they are to take the big scalp of Melbourne this week.
Who knows what Melbourne team will turn up at Albert Park?
They have been very unpredictable from week to week but when challenged they show their true grit as they did against Moorabbin last week. The Unicorns will look to apply early pressure to Power House as they know that the House are a dangerous team if you give them time to work themselves into the game.
Melbourne will get a scare but will be too classy and should win by 7 in a tough tussle.
Melbourne Uni vs Endeavour Hills(referee: Paul Candy)
A 14 man Uni outfit dropped a must win game last week against Power House and will look to bounce back under the bridge this week against Endeavour.
An early red card derailed their chances last round, so discipline and a refocus will be the order of the day if they are to upset the flying Eagles.
Endeavour are fresh off an all-out attack fest last week against Box Hill where nearly 100 points was scored between the teams. Uni will not give them as much freedom to attack as they have had in previous weeks so they will have to look to graft it through the forwards before unleashing their deadly outside backs.
Uni will look to play similar tactics they employed to beat Melbourne a few weeks back and keep turning Endeavour around and pinning them in the corners.
This is a tough one to predict but the Eagles should silence the trolls under the bridge in a tight one by 5 points
Box Hill vs Footscray (referee: Darren O’Brien)
Box Hill return to the stables knowing they have to shore up their defence if they are to challenge teams higher up the ladder; as it showed last week when they let Eagles score ten tries.
We know they can score tries but you can’t be serious contenders without a reliable defence.
The Doggies are fresh off a lesson from Quins but will be better for the run. They are not as bad as scores suggest and just need to develop more belief in their systems and should get more space to attack this week against the Broncos.
Darren O’Brien could clock up some serious kms with these 2 attacking outfits.
We are predicting a boilover this week with a desperate Doggies to get their first win of the season.