A visit from Greg Inglis as Darius Boyd sought treatment for adjustment depression helped to forge an even stronger bond between the pair off the field.
Will the 'baby Broncos' step up, or will the Knights make the most of their opportunity?
The potential shift in the traditional heartland of the game, the Rabbitohs and Bulldogs' 'sliding doors' moment, and a different kind of Origin debate.
His side didn't get the two points on Friday night, but Broncos coach Wayne Bennett was pleased with what his charges delivered against the Cowboys.
The class of the Cowboys eventually shone through but there was plenty to suggest that the Broncos will be right in the mix when finals footy rolls around.
Michael Morgan has won North Queensland a thrilling Queensland derby with another outstanding display that might earn him a Maroons jumper.
With a host of stars switching clubs next season, off-contract Broncos forward Alex Glenn has declared he wants to extend his stay at Red Hill.
Two in-form Queensland sides go head-to-head in the lead-up to Origin I, with the red-hot Cowboys out to bring down the league-leading Broncos.
After extending his stay at Red Hill for another year, rookie Broncos utility Kodi Nikorima says he just wants to be playing first grade every week.
NSW young guns start to fire, fullbacks galore at Brisbane and a try-scoring freak joins an elite club. The key stats from Round 9 of the Telstra Premiership.