It was a change out of necessity but John Asiata's elevation to the starting 13 in place of Gavin Cooper may be the ticket to a faster start for the Cowboys.
Canterbury NSW Cup hooker Damien Cook has been waiting since Round 17 last year to get his fifth NRL Telstra Premiership cap, and made the most of it.
Latrell Mitchell might not play against Brisbane after being named in the Roosters NRL squad for round 24, but his time will come says coach Trent Robinson.
The Bulldogs got a modicum of revenge for their Good Friday defeat earlier in the year in a powerful exhibition of rugby league, downing the Rabbitohs.
South Sydney fullback Greg Inglis is positive his knee injury isn't too bad after being forced from the field in his side's 32-18 loss to Canterbury.
Canterbury have sounded a warning to every side above them on the NRL Telstra Premiership ladder with a powerful and clinical dismantling of premiers Rabbitohs.
Penrith prop Brent Kite announced his retirement from the game on Friday, officially bringing to an end a stellar 313 game NRL career.
18 months on from an ACL injury that brought his career to a shattering halt, Cowboys fullback Lachlan Coote returns to NZ in a much better frame of mind.
Female participation in rugby league has jumped a staggering 26 per cent in a single year as more pathways are created for women to be involved in the game.
The Australian Schoolboys two-Test series against New Zealand under-18s will go ahead as planned after an agreement was reached between the NRL and the NZRL.