Three teams unbeaten in day one of NRL Nines

Melbourne, Manly and Cronulla will be the only unbeaten teams heading into day two of the Downer NRL Auckland Nines.

The Storm toppled defending premiers South Sydney as well as Parramatta, while the Sea Eagles surprised crowd favourites the Warriors, who were left with a win and a loss following the first day of the tournament.

The Sharks, last year’s Grand Finalists, proved again they would be difficult to beat by toppling both Gold Coast and St George Illawarra.

While North Queensland, one of the more highly-fancied teams, looked superb against Newcastle early on, they were surprised 13-12 by Wests Tigers in their second match.

However Cowboys flyer Gideon Mosby produced some of the most eye-catching performances of the day, finishing with four tries.

He was joined by Sharks duo Ben Barba and Jack Bird, as well as Melbourne’s Blake Green and Manly’s Tom Trbojevic, as some of the standout performers on day one.

Defending Nines champions South Sydney kicked off the 2016 tournament with a last-gasp 14-13 win over Sydney Roosters.

The Australian Jillaroos also went one-up in their three-match Nines series against the Kiwi Ferns following an 11-4 victory over their Trans-Tasman rivals.


Day One Results

Round One

South Sydney Rabbitohs 14 Sydney Roosters 13

Melbourne Storm 14 Parramatta Eels 4

North Queensland Cowboys 28 Newcastle Knights 12

Penrith Panthers 23 Wests Tigers 7

New Zealand Warriors 34 Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs 8

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 11 Brisbane Broncos 8

Canberra Raiders 28 St George Illawarra 20

Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 23 Gold Coast Titans 12

Women’s Nine’s Series

Jillaroos 11 Kiwi Ferns 4

Round Two

Parramatta Eels 14 Sydney Roosters 11

Melbourne Storm 18 South Sydney Rabbitohs 12

Newcastle Knights 15 Penrith Panthers 14

Wests Tigers 13 North Queensland Cowboys 12

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 15 New Zealand Warriors 12

Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs 15 Brisbane Broncos 13

Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 17 St George Illawarra Dragons 8

Gold Coast Titans 26 Canberra Raiders 15