Without the club's four Origin stars to guide them, fullback Lachlan Coote confirmed his place as a leader of the club in the Cowboys win over the Tigers.
In a low-scoring arm wrestle where the Cowboys prevailed over Wests Tigers, there were still positives to come from the dourest of Telstra Premiership games.
A try from Cowboys winger Antonio Winterstein – the only one of the game – in the final three minutes of play has helped the Cowboys beat the Wests Tigers.
Called into the Queensland camp following Daly Cherry-Evans's withdrawal, Michael Morgan is set to be the Maroons' x-factor off the bench in Origin I.
North Queensland are expected to receive a boost for Round 11, with forward Jason Taumalolo a likely inclusion for their clash with Wests Tigers.
Young Cowboys forward John Asiata has extended his playing contract with North Queensland for another two years, until the end of 2017.
North Queensland is vying for its best ever winning streak in the 20 years of the club, but will have to do it with some notable Origin omissions.
Queensland Rugby League has confirmed Michael Morgan will replace the injured Daly Cherry-Evans on the bench for State of Origin I.
The Cowboys have reached an impasse, with the news of Daly Cherry-Evans' injured elbow potentially ruling him out of the Queensland side.
Golden point triumph, the Red V pile on the points, and a future NSW rep continues to star in the NRL. The key stats from Round 10 of the Telstra Premiership.