They didn't have their 'Big Three' but it didn't matter for the Melbourne Storm as they defeated Parramatta 14-4 at the Downer NRL Auckland Nines.
A last-minute drop-goal conversion from Damien Cook handed reigning champions South Sydney victory in the opening game of the 2016 Downer NRL Auckland Nines.
In a backline loaded with established names it's a relatively unknown 20-year-old who Parramatta players believe will spark their side at the Auckland Nines.
Missing out on being part of last year's victorious effort is driving the majority of the Rabbitohs to taste success again at the Downer NRL Auckland Nines.
St George Illawarra's Nines captain Josh Dugan is proud of how far he's come from his troubled younger days to now lead the Dragons at the Auckland Nines.
Wests Tigers Nines skipper Chris Lawrence says the club's young cubs will have the chance to push for an NRL berth with impressive performances at the Nines.
The Downer Auckland Nines is set to kick-off the 2016 NRL season and you can watch EVERY GAME LIVE on your compatible smartphone, tablet or laptop.
Super League champions Leeds will be without skipper Danny McGuire for up to two months with a knee injury - ruling him out of the World Club Challenge.
NRL ambassador and Kiwi Ferns player Georgia Hale is hoping her side can again earn bragging rights over the Jillaroos at the Downer Auckland Nines.
Tariq Sims is hungry for his first taste of Nines football since winning the inaugural tournament with the North Queensland Cowboys.