The two surprise packets of 2014 clash in an Easter Monday blockbuster.
Benji Marshall and coach agree his switch to rugby union was not working out as they had hoped.
Manly fullback Brett Stewart has been arrested for allegedly drink driving on Monday morning.
It is a sure sign of how much pressure Billy Slater is under to retain his No.1 Australian jersey for the May 3 Test against New Zealand when former Kangaroos captain Darren Lockyer and Queensland coach Mal Meninga feel the need to publicly defend his form.
Coincidence rather than design was behind the Eels starting Monday's match with eight players of Polynesian descent and four Aborigines.
Up to six NSW five-eighth contenders are set to battle it out for the No.6 jersey in the City-Country clash, with Blues coach Laurie Daley planning to rest players considered certain selections to ensure the match is a legitimate Origin trial.
A try in the dying seconds to Canberra forward Paul Vaughan handed the Raiders a thrilling 24-22 victory over Melbourne at Canberra Stadium on Sunday.