It was fitting that Kalyn Ponga and Gideon Gela-Mosby both scored their maiden NRL tries just five minutes apart last weekend against the Titans.
The key talking points, match reports, highlights, injury and judiciary news from the weekend's Telstra Premiership action.
At 20 years of age and 13 games into his NRL career Cowboys colossus Coen Hess would be ready for an Origin call-up if it came.
North Queensland Cowboys coach Paul Green knows that the injection of youth in recent weeks also brings with it a lack of consistency.
Kalyn Ponga lives up to the promise, Titans start slow again, Thurston and Taylor engage in compelling duel and Dale Copley makes good first impression.
Rampaging back-rower Coen Hess has shrugged aside the absence of Jason Taumalolo and Matt Scott to seal the Cowboys' 32-26 win over the Titans on Saturday.
The Titans and Cowboys have both confirmed their final 17 ahead of their Round 4 NRL Telstra Premiership clash at ANZ Stadium.
After five years coaching Johnathan Thurston, Titans coach Neil Henry knows just how the North Queensland star responds after a loss.
He's signed with North Queensland for the next decade and the Cowboys will look towards Jason Taumalolo to usher in the next generation of stars at the club.
A match between two teams who are down on troops but are more than capable of coming away with the two competition points.