A war of words has broken out between Craig Bellamy and Paul Green just 24 hours before the Storm host the Cowboys for a spot in a preliminary final.
The injury news and likely team changes ahead of the opening week of the 2016 NRL Telstra Premiership Finals Series.
They've been beaten twice by the Storm this year but the Cowboys have learned how to keep calm when it matters according to Michael Morgan.
Storm skipper Cameron Smith is backing his forward pack to take it to the much-vaunted Cowboys big men when the sides meet in Melbourne on Saturday night.
12 months ago North Queensland knocked the Storm out of the finals and then went on to win the premiership and the rematch shapes as an epic blockbuster.
Finals football is such a great time of year; it's almost enough to entice an old Bronco out of retirement. Here are the four key categories for finals success.
In a season that featured so many fresh faces that announced their arrival in the NRL, who made the cut as one of the game's best rookies in 2016?
Storm forward Dale Finucane took time out from 2016 Telstra Premiership finals preparations to chat with fans on @NRL Twitter.
Cowboys superstar Johnathan Thurston has confirmed he will line up against the Storm this weekend, while fellow captain Matt Scott remains in doubt.
The Storm will look to do the impossible in their final at AAMI Park on Saturday night against the Cowboys; shutting down Johnathan Thurston.