The Dragons have downed the Roosters for their sixth-straight win, Gold Coast have beaten the Warriors in a high-scoring thriller, while North Queensland survived a late comeback from Newcastle.

Paul Gallen remains confident of leading the Blues, even though he will miss Sunday's clash against Penrith and next week's Anzac Test against the Kiwis due to a hip injury.

Round eight of the NRL kicks off tonight - with news Sharks captain Paul Gallen out of Sunday's game with a hip injury.

Josh Reynolds has admitted he is battling to be mentally tough enough to play Origin but is hopeful of returning his spot in the opener.