REIGNING world champions New Zealand have survived a spirited second half from Samoa to run out 42-24 victors in front of 14,965 fans at Halliwell Jones Stadium.
FRANCE have opened their World Cup account with a gutsy 9-8 victory over the Papua New Guinea Kumuls in front of 7,481 people in Craven Park.
CRONULLA will be confident going into their elimination final against North Queensland after dealing with the Raiders 38-18 in front of 7,615 fans at Canberra.
PENRITH have finished 2013 on a high with a 38-26 victory over the Manly Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval.
NORTH Queensland have gone into the finals series in style putting on attacking show for retiring custodian Matthew Bowen in defeating the Wests Tigers 50-22 in front of 19,519 fans at 1300 Smiles Stadium.