Manly have downed South Sydney at Campbelltown Sports Stadium with several key players showing positive signs on the eve of the 2017 season proper.
Panthers coach Anthony Griffin will head into the 2017 Telstra Premiership season with enviable selection headaches.
First-half cameos from Shaun Johnson and new captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck have not been enough to stop Melbourne claiming an NRL trial win over the Warriors.
Melbourne assistant Adam O'Brien says it "won't be the end of the world" if veteran Billy Slater misses the start of the 2017 NRL season.
Jarrod Croker is looking at a round four return after going down in the NRL All Stars game with a knee injury.
A fines system will be introduced for some low-grade offences following an extensive review of the NRL Judiciary system.
The reigning Premiers, the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks will open the 2017 Telstra Premiership in a blockbuster match against the Brisbane Broncos.
The Cronulla Sharks have claimed their maiden NRL title, ending a 49-year drought with a tight grand final win over the Storm at ANZ Stadium on Sunday night.
It all comes down to this. After 200 games, the Storm and the Sharks are the last two sides standing. Can Cronulla win their first premiership in club history?
The Melbourne Storm will take on the Cronulla Sharks in the 2016 Grand Final after beating the Raiders at AAMI Park on Saturday night.