Wests Tigers have won their National Rugby League match at North Queensland 23-16, with Kiwis captain Benji Marshall again a key figure.
Marshall had a hand in three tries as the Tigers surged to an 18-2 half-time lead.
The Cowboys fought back but came up short as well as losing their halfback Johnathan Thurston to a shoulder injury that should keep him out of the Anzac Test next month.
Some reports even claim the influential Kangaroo's out for the rest of the NRL season.
South Sydney also beat Newcastle 28-10 at Gosford.