Three late Rabbitohs tries have seen the reigning premiers secure an enthralling 34-26 victory over arch-rivals the Sydney Roosters at ANZ Stadium.
Roosters forward Sio Siua Taukeiaho's move to Bondi from south Auckland would have been a lot tougher without some guidance from senior Kiwi clubmates.
They are two of rugby league's oldest rivals and also the two most impressive teams from Round 1. Who will come out on top in this Sunday blockbuster?
Rugby league's two oldest rivals head into battle on Sunday, with the Roosters still hurting from their knock-out loss to the Rabbitohs in the 2014 Finals.
Following the Roosters dominant performance in North Queensland on Saturday night, here are five key points we took from the game.
An 80-minute domination from Mitchell Pearce and the Sydney Roosters sent shockwaves through an optimistic North Queensland on Saturday night.
The Roosters knocked the Cowboys out of the 2014 finals series, North Queensland will now be looking for revenge to start the new season with a bang.
A return to the Roosters has given Martin Kennedy comfort and clarity that he never had during his one season stint at the Broncos.
He's played against him in the NRL and alongside him for Queensland, so Roosters star Aidan Guerra doesn't need reminding how good Johnathan Thurston is.
The influence of 2013 premiership-winner Sonny Bill Williams is still reaping benefits for current Roosters players.