With Cronk in doubt all week and Boyd yet to be tested at fullback at Origin level, two of Queensland's most consistent performers showed what they're made of.
The Melbourne Storm will be out to make it six wins in a row when they take on the Panthers on Saturday night, but they may be missing their biggest stars.
If it were up to Blake Green, the Storm five-eighth will be playing in Melbourne next season, but he admits that there is another half who is more important.
While the Storm are sitting equal first with a win-loss record of 9-2, they know that one of the toughest periods of their season is upon them.
Cameron Smith will become the most capped player in State of Origin history when he runs out onto rugby league's toughest arena.
Queensland back-rower Sam Thaiday says Cooper Cronk's round the clock ankle treatment is taking its toll ahead of the State of Origin opener in Sydney.
The Maroons are planning to be without Cooper Cronk for Origin I, with Johnathan Thurston likely to partner Cowboys teammate Michael Morgan in the halves.
Adam Reynolds studied Cooper Cronk's game fastidiously and it is hard not to see similarities in their playing styles as they get ready for Origin showdown.
The evolution of the Melbourne Storm attack and how they have improved as the 2016 NRL Telstra Premiership season has gone on.
There has been movement among the top four teams, while the Titans are defiantly continuing their charge towards the top eight and an NRL finals berth.