SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 23: Tom Trbojevic of the Sea Eagles leaves the field after sustaining an injury during the NRL Trial match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Manly Sea Eagles at Shark Park on February 23, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

There isn't a week that goes by in the NRL that doesn't give you reasons to watch on the weekend, other than the games themselves.

Whether it's injuries, scandals, or the NRL bosses making broad claims or historical nuances, there is always something to watch for beyond the game.

Here are six things, questions and nuances to watch for as you sit down to watch the footy this weekend.


1. Can the injured Eagles soar?

The Manly Sea Eagles will be without Tom Trbojevic for at least a month. Seeing that he is the best reigning Dally M Player of the Year, the Eagles are set to struggle to fill the gaping hole he leaves.

Facing the Newcastle Knights this week, the Sea Eagles have a chance to show they aren't as much of a one-man band in 2022.

Without Tom Trbojevic last year, the Sea Eagles had one win and five losses. With him, Manly lost three regular-season games to the Panthers, Knights and Storm.

With the introduction of Tolutau Koula, Manly will be much better equipped to deal with Turbo's absence. That isn't to say Koula replaces Trbojevic, and he won't either after being a late withdrawal, but he (and now Christian Tuipulotu) allows both Brad Parker and Morgan Harper to stay in position, while Reuben Garrick moves to Fullback.

It isn't only about who plays where.

The Manly halves and forwards need to do their job. Tommy Turbo isn't going to be there to make up for every mistake - they need to win as a team.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 27: Brothers Tom and Jake Trbojevic of the Sea Eagles celebrate after winning the round 25 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Manly Sea Eagles at Mt Smart Stadium on August 27, 2017, in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)