The Rabbitohs make the best attacking start in their 109-year-old history as Sam Burgess leads the club to a massive 48-6 smashing of the Newcastle Knights.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs piled on the pain for last year's wooden spooners with a 48-6 thrashing of Newcastle at ANZ Stadium on Saturday.
The injury-hit Rabibtohs welcome back two big names this week and will start warm favourites against a Knights outfit reeling from a poor first-up defeat.
Interchange rule changes, players make an immediate impact at their new clubs and an unlucky losing trend continues. The key numbers that defined Round 1.
Forwards Chris Heighington and Pauli Pauli have both been suspended for Round 2 of the NRL season.
While he had a mixed night during his NRL debut, young Knights fullback Jaelen Feeney says he owes it to coach Nathan Brown to adapt quickly to first grade.
They are the future of the club but Newcastle coach Nathan Brown says there are no guarantees that the players who made their debuts will hold their positions.
Titans halves take control over senior pair, Agnatius Paasi states his case for a permanent starting spot and the NRL debutants had a ball.
Playing in a new roving role, Titans lock Greg Bird guided Gold Coast to a solid first-up win over Newcastle in wet conditions at Cbus Super Stadium on Sunday.
Newcastle signing Trent Hodkinson says he is not nervous ahead of his Knights debut but does feel for the club's five rookies ahead of Sunday's NRL opener.