Injuries hit the Cowboys
MELBOURNE Storm copped it in Origin game one with halfback Cooper Cronk breaking his arm.
And now the North Queensland Cowboys are reeling with the career of veteran centre Brent Tate almost certainly over and Test prop Matt Scott facing an extended stretch on the sidelines after Wednesday night's brutal game two in Sydney.
Tate will make a decision on his future after learning the full extent of his latest knee injury which will see him go under the knife for reconstruction surgery for the fourth time in a career spanning almost 280 NRL games, and 50 representative matches for Queensland, Australia and the NRL Stars.
The 32-year-old ruptured his ACL during Queensland's 6-4 loss to NSW which allowed the Blues to finally end an eight-year series drought to a champion Maroons side now facing its first 3-0 whitewash since 2000.
Tate had the same operation in 2007, 2009 and in 2010, fighting back each time to play for Queensland and Australia.
However, his latest battle may be too much even for him to come back from, even though he has signed a new contract for 2015.
Scott, who played with a fractured cheekbone and possible eye-socket damage, stayed in Sydney to have surgery to insert a metal plate in his face, ruling him out of Origin III and sidelining him for up to 10 weeks.