The Sharks will be sweating on the health of Valentine Holmes after the 21-year-old was carried off the field in his side's 30-12 trial loss to the Brisbane.
A day to remember for Jordan Kahu, a foot race between Josh Addo-Carr and James Roberts and a learning experience for Brock Lamb were the major talking points.
The Cowboys confirmed themselves as tournament favourites with a pair of commanding victories, while the New Zealand Warriors crashed out of the tournament.
Who can still make the quarter-finals and who is already out of contention after day one of the 2017 Downer NRL Auckland Nines?
Jordan Kahu scored a hat-trick as the Brisbane Broncos turned a 4-4 half-time scoreline into a 21-8 victory over Newcastle.
The Brisbane Broncos made a winning start to their Downer NRL Auckland Nines campaign, downing the Melbourne 18-4 in the sixth match of the day.
Jordan Kahu discusses the origins of an eye-catching jersey design far removed from the colours we normally associate with the Brisbane Broncos.
Brisbane utility Benji Marshall will don a Broncos jersey for the first time at the Downer NRL Auckland Nines as he tries to earn a spot in Brisbane's 17.
Despite being named in the No.13 jersey for the Broncos' first hit-out of the trial period Jai Arrow isn't getting ahead of himself, with competition fierce.
On the eve of the 2017 Downer NRL Auckland Nines, a full wrap of the important NRL Fantasy news from the past week that could impact your Fantasy selections.