It is round seven of the Super League season and just eight points separate first and last place. Here are five things to look out for this weekend as the action gets underway.
Respect the officials
Gareth Hock's sending off for swearing at the referee did not stop Widnes Vikings secure an impressive draw against Bradford Bulls.
However, coach Denis Betts' defence of the indefensible (he called the decision an 'absolute joke') was a poor choice and one that has even led to the Super League itself expressing its disappointment.
The debate has raged on this week but the fact remains if a player abuses a match official they should expect to be sent from the pitch.
Blake Solly, the RFL's director of standards and licensing, spoke of officials being bullied 'like they are in some sports' and this not-so-subtle nod to football will remind players this week that Rugby League is a different animal entirely.
Fans can expect a more respectful set of players this week amid the controversy as proof the game does not want to go down that route.
On the subject of Widnes Vikings, this year has seen the club take huge steps on the field after a bottom-place finish in an almost-farcical season last time round.
The team was without three influential players in captain Kevin Brown, Cameron Phelps and Stefan Marsh but managed to battle back from 20-4 down, with a man sent off in the first half, to draw 22-22 with Bradford Bulls last week.
This follows a win over Hull FC to put Widnes 11th in the table with a game in hand over its close rivals, albeit a game against Leeds Rhinos.
The Vikings play Catalan Dragons away this weekend and if they show similar character this week it would not be surprising to see them win the game.
Wigan Warriors vs Leeds Rhinos
Leeds Rhinos fans should be worried about their game against an in-form Wigan Warriors this weekend.
A win for Leeds would put them up there alongside Huddersfield Giants and Wigan at the top of the table but defeat last time out against the Giants has left Leeds looking vulnerable.
In contrast, Wigan recorded a brilliant 38-0 win against Catalan Dragons and will be looking to get revenge for defeat in the playoff semi-finals last year.
All the talk in the Wigan camp is of a potential backlash from Leeds but it will all depend on how Rhinos' more experienced pack cope with Wigan's young, strong offering.
Perhaps more importantly, Leeds need to concentrate on forcing errors from Wigan's kickers after gifting Huddersfield's Danny Brough too much space last week to hurt them.
Cas fans formed a conga during their 52-0 drubbing against Hull FC last week as they looked on the bright side of their worst result of the season.
There is a reason for staying to light-hearted; Castleford have had a decent start to the season considering they were faced with some tricky early fixtures.
However, the fact remains they are stuck near to the bottom of the table and there are worries London Broncos could inflict a damaging defeat on the side.
Much of that will depend on how Tigers cope with the kicking game and a choice between the experienced but out of form Richard Owen and the more inexperienced James Clare could be the key to getting a win.
The possible inclusion of Adrian Purtell in the Bradford Bulls team is remarkable considering the 28-year-old suffered a heart attack just ten months ago.
Not only will all involved in Super League be delighted to see him return his inclusion will boost the Bulls as they look to hit some early form.
Bradford are in with a shout of challenging the leaders in an incredibly tight league - just eight points separate first from last - and the return of Purtell could be the boost they need.