IT wasn't pretty but Penrith coach Ivan Cleary won't mind after his side won a 14-12 grind at Sportingbet Stadium tonight.
NEWCASTLE were gallant but ultimately not quite good enough as they suffered a 28-20 loss to Melbourne at AAMI Park tonight.
IN an opening round punctuated by injuries to star players, Cronulla Sharks captain Paul Gallen joined a growing casualty ward when he limped off in the 38th minute of his side's 18-12 loss to the Gold Coast Titans.
YEAR number three of Wayne Bennett’s four-year plan at Newcastle promises to be perhaps his best chance at sending the red-and-blues to premiership glory.
IT couldn't have been scripted better.
In his 300th and final first grade game, Broncos five-eighth Scott Prince departed rugby league a winner as his team engineered a gutsy 16-11 defeat of Canterbury at Suncorp Stadium tonight.