A last-minute try to Parramatta young gun Bevan French following a penalty from the kick-off handed the Roosters a second straight defeat at the Nines.
They didn't have their 'Big Three' but it didn't matter for the Melbourne Storm as they defeated Parramatta 14-4 at the Downer NRL Auckland Nines.
In a backline loaded with established names it's a relatively unknown 20-year-old who Parramatta players believe will spark their side at the Auckland Nines.
Off-contract Eels playmaker Corey Norman is aiming to make the 2016 campaign a big one, first as Nines captain then as a key cog in a star-studded backline.
In part two of NRL.com's chat with Semi Radradra, the Eels winger discusses the importance of family, his faith, and the potential for new combinations in 2016.
NRL.com sat down with Eels flyer and World All Stars representative Semi Radradra to reflect on his incredible rugby league journey to date.
With no NRL Telstra Premiership fixtures or trials, January is supposed to be one of the more quiet months on the rugby league calendar.
Parramatta five-eighth Corey Norman has been named captain of an Eels' Downer Auckland Nines squad packed with NRL talent.
Eels forward Pauli Pauli has been granted a release from Parramatta to take up a two-year deal with the Newcastle Knights.
When picking your 25-man NRL Fantasy squad, keep an eye out for players who fall into one of these categories in order to get the most out of your squad.