Penrith are the first side to qualify for the 2017 Auckland Nines final with victory over western Sydney rivals Parramatta at Eden Park on Sunday afternoon.
The Eels have survived a late comeback led by Manly's new recruits to down the Sea Eagles and top the Piha Pool with a 17-12 win on Sunday morning.
The Cowboys confirmed themselves as tournament favourites with a pair of commanding victories, while the New Zealand Warriors crashed out of the tournament.
Manly's new recruits shine, the Eels' star trio impress again and a Dragons youngster grabs the spotlight.
Who can still make the quarter-finals and who is already out of contention after day one of the 2017 Downer NRL Auckland Nines?
The Parramatta Eels showed their class to secure their place in the knockout stages with a comfortable win over the Warriors at the Auckland Nines.
The Eels eased past the Dragons to open their account in the third game of the Downer NRL Auckland Nines.
They were stripped of last year's title but the Parramatta Eels are determined to win the Downer NRL Auckland Nines in 2017.
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.
Gold Coast captain-in-waiting Ryan James believes that the birth of a daughter at Christmas has brought out a different side to superstar fullback Jarryd Hayne.