In a low-scoring arm wrestle where the Cowboys prevailed over Wests Tigers, there were still positives to come from the dourest of Telstra Premiership games.
Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor has defended his troops by labelling their 8-0 loss "not as bad as it looks".
A try from Cowboys winger Antonio Winterstein – the only one of the game – in the final three minutes of play has helped the Cowboys beat the Wests Tigers.
Veteran Wests Tigers prop Keith Galloway admits he has to be better, with his club missing Aaron Woods and Robbie Farah to New South Wales Origin duty.
Luke Brooks is one of the smallest players in the NRL and has struggled at times in defence, but it is something he has already improved tenfold.
North Queensland is vying for its best ever winning streak in the 20 years of the club, but will have to do it with some notable Origin omissions.
Luke Brooks and Keith Galloway have called on Wests Tigers fans to show their support at Campbelltown Stadium on Saturday when they take on the Cowboys.
Despite being charged by the NRL match review committee, Queensland captain Cameron Smith will be clear to take his place in Mal Meninga's side on May 27.
Rick Stone clarified the future of one of his men, another repaid his faith as Newcastle halted their five-game losing run with a win over Wests Tigers.
Wests Tigers lost a scrum against the feed at a crucial point in their loss to the Knights at Hunter Stadium on Sunday afternoon.