A showdown is looming on Wednesday as some of the game's most powerful figures prepare to confront NRL chief Dave Smith over his plan to demand independent directors at clubs, and raise other issues that have left them increasingly disenchanted with League Central.
Spectators rising to their feet to witness a miracle Manly try have been blamed for an NRL timekeeper missing referee Matt Cecchin signalling time-off in the dramatic final minute at Brookvale Oval on Sunday.
South Sydney will argue that Issac Luke feared he could have suffered a serious neck injury when he lashed out at Michael Ennis last Thursday night.
For the second time in as many years the NRL could be forced into staging a semi-finals double header if the Sydney Swans lose their qualifying final to Fremantle this weekend.
North Queensland are set to continue their charge to the finals when they host the depleted Sharks.
The Roosters may be forced to defend their premiership without a recognised hooker, while South Sydney are set to welcome skipper John Sutton back when the sides clash on Thursday night.
Burgess consulted Sonny Bill Williams about switching codes.
Manly will fly to to Townsville with one hand on the minor premiership after hanging onto the competition lead by their fingernails.
They may have fallen short in their bid for this year's finals series but Dragons lock Trent Merrin believes a roller-coaster season has laid the foundations for the club's return as a title force.
Manly have pulled off a stunning come-from-behind escape in a drama-filled finale against Penrith on Sunday to put one hand on the NRL minor premiership.