A day to remember for Jordan Kahu, a foot race between Josh Addo-Carr and James Roberts and a learning experience for Brock Lamb were the major talking points.
The Cowboys confirmed themselves as tournament favourites with a pair of commanding victories, while the New Zealand Warriors crashed out of the tournament.
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 Melbourne Storm claimed their first victory of the 2017 NRL Downer Auckland Nines with a 14-6 win over the Wests Tigers.
The Brisbane Broncos made a winning start to their Downer NRL Auckland Nines campaign, downing the Melbourne 18-4 in the sixth match of the day.
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.
With Blake Green, Marika Koroibete, Kevin Proctor and Ben Hampton moving on there are new opportunities for Melbourne's young guns - starting this weekend.
Last year's NRL grand finalists the Melbourne Storm are looking to this weekend's Downer NRL Auckland Nines as a launch-pad to go one better in season 2017.
Two Storm forwards on the verge of Origin selection say they must take on greater responsibility at club level with four grand final players having moved on.
Rugby league is littered with outside backs who made the transition into the forward pack but Storm youngster Christian Welch was purpose-built for the task.