In the cruellest blow of the pre-season so far, Penrith prop Sam McKendry may have re-ruptured the same anterior cruciate ligament that ended his 2016 season.
The Panthers ran away with a comfortable win over the Eels at Pepper Stadium in each team's final trial of the pre-season in an entertaining clash.
Newcastle have hammered Canberra in a NRL trial match in Queanbeyan, piling on 44 unanswered points.
Manly has beaten the Sydney Roosters in an NRL trial match in Gosford thanks to a late converted try from Dylan Walker.
Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy will pore over replays of their trial loss to Canterbury as he tries to settle on a five-eighth for round one of the NRL season.
Canterbury have some strong options to fill vacancies in their line-up based on their four-point NRL trial win over Melbourne in Hobart.
All the team lists for this weekend including NRL trials, Charity Shield, and the World Club Challenge between the Sharks and Wigan Warriors.
Rabbitohs powerhouse prop George Burgess says he's ready to return to his dominant best after a difficult 2016 that was dogged by injuries.
If Antonio Winterstein can't make it back for round one of the NRL, the Cowboys have Kalyn Ponga waiting in the wings.
Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor was pleased with his side's final hit-out despite going down narrowly to a lacklustre North Queensland outfit 18-16.