The Raiders have outlasted the Sharks in an increasingly gritty and tense encounter at Remondis Stadium in Round 1 of the NRL Telstra Premiership.
They were teammates at age seven and now Sharks centres Gerard Beale and Ricky Leutele will finally get a chance to reunite at NRL level for the first time.
Michael Ennis's ability to chat has already made a positive difference to the Cronulla Sharks according to his teammates.
They both struggled in 2014, but already the signs are positive for the Sharks and Raiders heading into their Round 1 clash.
Sosaia Feki has set his sights on a breakout year at the Sharks after beating out a host of established first-grade rivals to reclaim his wing spot for Round 1.
Sharks halfback Jeff Robson can't wait to run out onto Remondis Stadium with his new playmaking partner, 2012 Dally M Medalist Ben Barba.
Free of the protracted ASADA investigation, Sharks skipper Paul Gallen says Cronulla's only worry ahead of the NRL season start is football.
In terms of their respective football careers, David Fifita has lived in his twin brother Andrew's shadow for his entire life.
Anthony Tupou said the Sharks' family-friendly season launch was just the tip of the iceberg when it came to the changed culture at the club this year.
The Wests Tigers have beaten Cronulla 22-8 in their NRL trial, with James Tedesco making his long-awaited return from a knee injury.