The fairytale triumph is very much alive as the Warriors lived up to the pre-tournament hype on day one.
A third round clash with the Rabbitohs is all that stands between the Panthers and No.1 seed in Pool Red.
Some old faces and new recruits have seen Parramatta start their 2014 campaign in encouraging fashion.
With all four teams locked together on one win apiece, the final pool games will decide whether the Sharks, Knights, Titans or Tigers progress.
NRL greats Brad Fittler and Steve Menzies performed admirably on the opening day of the Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines.
The Warriors, Panthers and Eels are the only undefeated teams after an energetic and frantic first day of the Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines.
Australian representative Lote Tuqiri believes steps to include rugby league nines in the Commonwealth Games will help to keep stars from switching codes.
There are two types of players at the Nines: those who refuse to divulge any secret plays they have up their sleeve and those who say there are no secret plays.
The Auckland Nines promises to be a showcase of rugby league at its most explosive, and you can watch every minute of it on the brand new NRL 2014 App.
Captains at the Dick Smith Auckland Nines captains breakfast have delved into the unspoken skill that will decide who wins the inaugural tournament – tackling.