Queensland legend Wayne Bennett won praise for his approach in guiding the Maroons to a series-opening victory over New South Wales.
Trailing by 10 points at the break, a strong second half saw Queensland win the 2020 State of Origin opener against New South Wales.
A revision to the structure of the Super League play-offs has been made after further coronavirus cases at Castleford Tigers and Hull KR.
South Sydney Rabbitohs said the release was agreed by both the star center and club as James Roberts focuses on his health and family.
Toronto Wolfpack have failed in their bid to return to Super League next year, with clubs overwhelmingly voting against their proposal.
Catalans Dragons saw a 12-point lead evaporate in the second half against Salford Red Devils, with Krisnan Inu scoring 26 points.
It remains to be seen when Castleford Tigers will be in action again after four more players tested positive for COVID-19.
Leeds Rhinos were without a host of key men at Wakefield Trinity, but they ground out a much-needed victory.