An out-of-sorts Manly side travel north to face the premiers on their own turf, but Cowboys coach Paul Green could be without one of his key men.
Cowboys coach Paul Green has left the door open to resting his battle-weary State of Origin stars when North Queensland face Manly in Townsville on Monday.
The Titans, Dragons and Warriors all had important wins during the major bye round, keeping pace with the top eight as the business end of the season looms.
Kyle Feldt admits that he questioned his future in rugby league but some off-season advice from two modern greats has him on the verge of playing Origin.
It wasn't until after full-time that Origin debutant Justin O'Neill was able to reflect on the role he had played in getting Queensland off to a winning start.
Johnathan Thurston is the best because of his ability to win key moments rather than because he does things no-one else can do, according to James Maloney.
The Cowboys' Maroons contingent will have one thing in mind come Game Two of Holden State of Origin at Suncorp Stadium – revenge.
Blues prop James Tamou says it was an emotional conversation letting his club the Cowboys know he wouldn't be around in 2017.
The Cronulla Sharks jump to the top of our power rankings, while there were some big movers in the middle of the pack.
A James Maloney kicking masterclass has helped guide the Sharks to a 13-10 win over the Cowboys, their 10th straight victory in 2016.