He was struggling to walk after a frenetic Auckland Nines final, but Cronulla Sharks veteran Chris Heighington still found time to praise his team's young guns.
The three-match series against the Australian Jillaroos at the NRL Auckland Nines was a dream a year in the making for the New Zealand Kiwi Ferns.
South Sydney have claimed the 2015 Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines following an extra-time final which was finally ended by Matt King's golden try.
It was the weekend that had everything from flat tops to 'fros, from returning stars to young guns, and quality footy in January for the first time in ages.
A stunning and memorable Auckland Nines final has been claimed by South Sydney 18-14 despite an epic defensive display from the Cronulla Sharks.
The Cronulla Sharks have booked themselves an Auckland Nines final against the Rabbitohs with an impressive defensive display, downing the Roosters 10-4.
The Eels have capitulated against a highly-impressive Souths outfit who ran amok in the first semi-final with a 37-6 win.
The Sharks have held on for a heart-stopping win against home crowd favourites the Warriors, setting up a semi-final clash with the Roosters.
The Roosters have surged past the Wests Tigers with a 22-4 win off the back of some brilliance from their halves Mitch Pearce and James Maloney.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs have set up a semi-finals clash with Parramatta after outplaying Newcastle 30-6 in their quarter-final.