THE match won't feature in too many highlights reels at the end of the season, but it won't bother Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy after a 12-4 victory in their opening round clash with St George Illawarra.
THE Knights might have scored a combined total of 86 points in two halves of football in Wauchope on Saturday, but it was a night which came at a cost.
WHETHER it was the influence of coach Paul McGregor, halfback Benji Marshall or the three tries from Brett Morris, no one will care about a Canberra hoodoo following the Dragons 34-16 win in the national capital.
THIS is something more than just Wayne Bennett leaving Newcastle and heading back to Brisbane.
IT was a day which was all about fighting spirit and there was plenty of it on show from both sides, but ultimately Gold Coast handled the "Rise for Alex" occasion better with a 22-8 victory over an error-riddled Newcastle.
STILL smarting from Wednesday night's Origin disappointment, Melbourne fullback Billy Slater was the star in the Storm's 46-20 demolition of Parramatta at AAMI Park.
FITTINGLY it was Jarryd Hayne who ended up with the ball in his hands as the siren sounded.
CRONULLA'S miserable 2014 season continued at Remondis Stadium when they were held scoreless for the second time this season as South Sydney comfortably registered an 18-0 win.
THERE'S just something about Jamie Soward and playing in Newcastle.
IT wasn't pretty and at times it was downright ugly but the Sydney Roosters returned to the top four after a comfortable 30-6 victory over the Wests Tigers at Allianz Stadium tonight.