In 2013, the Roosters, Storm & Rabbitohs have all had their moments at the top, while the woeful Wests Tigers are at the other end of the scale.
Wests are an embarrassment at the moment. Sure a close win against the Cowboys helped, but they had lost 7 in a row prior to this, mostly by sizeable margins. They are hard to watch.
Their depth has been badly exposed by a mountain of injuries throughout the backline. This predicament is something the Warriors can relate to, as promoting Holden Cup players is often a steep learning curve.
Robbie Farah & Benji Marshall are doing their best as the leadership group but it is hard to see much changing for the rest of the season as their returning players might not be able to the rot in time.
Souths lead the comp on points. The Rabbitohs have been steady rather than spectacular, probably their best win against Manly at Brookie their best performance thus far.
The Roosters match against the Storm was supposed to confirm how far the Roosters have come this year. But once again, Melbourne rallied to win their first in 4 games.
Expect the terrific Melbourne side, led by the super-impressive & constantly evolving Craig Bellamy to set even greater standards for the remainder of the season.
Any chink in the Storm armour is seemingly papered over & firmed before other teams can react.
Manly is a consistent team - in that they consistently win & are clinical rather than flashy.
They round out the top 4.
The rest of the top 8 remains a complete lottery with 9 teams separated by 4 points.
The patch Bulldogs, a shadow of their freewheeling attacking strike force of 2012, are struggling to produce such form again.
Injuries & suspensions to some of the key players have stalled their good work.
The Panthers are the team no other side wants to play at the moment. Mauled by injuries & a dramatic form slump with 5 losses on the trot didn’t make for a good start.
But a 44-12 shellacking of an equally poor Eels side started a reversal. Then 2 wins of huge magnitude - a dramatic 12-10 defeat of Melbourne and an almost unfathomable 62-6 thumping of the Warriors increased their stocks even more.
At the moment, the only certainty is uncertainty in this topsy turvy NRL season.