Much, much better - but still not good enough. The Warriors have fallen to the Cowboys in Townsville, in a result that probably ends their finals hopes.
The Warriors worst fears have been eased with confirmation that Shaun Johnson's knee injury is not as bad as expected.
The Kia Toa Tigers were unable to overcome a strong He Tauaa side when they travelled down to Sandy Point in Invercargill on Saturday, eventually losing 58-26 in the Otago Southland grand final.
It would take a miracle for the Warriors to play Finals football this year after last night's loss to the Panthers.
The Auckland NRL Nines will be suspended next year to ease the workload of players following the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.
Reports of the Queensland State of Origin team's demise have been grossly exaggerated.
Long-serving Warriors winger Manu Vatuvei has been released from his contract and will link up with Salford in the English Super League.
Warriors star and former Sea Eagles five-eighth Kieran Foran is the latest player implicated in the NRL's investigation into Manly's salary cap issues.
Veteran Warriors winger Manu Vatuvei is reportedly on the verge of leaving the NRL club after 14 years.
The Warriors' narrow loss to the Sea Eagles was a clear reminder that NRL seasons are built on small margins
The Kia Toa Tigers were crowned back-to-back Premiers on Saturday, beating the East Coast Eagles 52-20 in the final.
Brisbane have beaten Canberra at GIO Stadium, with Queensland Origin forward Matt Gillett scoring two tries.
The Kia Toa Tigers take on the East Coast Eagles in a a repeat of last year’s Otago final at the Oval today.
Who else but Johnathan Thurston?
With three words, NSW coach Laurie Daley has moved to rid the Blues of any lingering complacency as they bid to clinch a first State of Origin series win since 2014 on Wednesday night.
Queensland skipper Cameron Smith says he has a feeling this will be veteran halfback Cooper Cronk's final State of Origin series.
The East Coast Eagles survived a second-half surge from the South Pacific Raiders on Saturday to gain entry to the grand final with a 36-26 victory at Bayfield Park.
Brodie Croft nailed a field goal in extra time to secure a NRL win for the Storm.
Newly appointed coach of the Otago Whalers David Reedy is looking forward to carrying on the good results that the Whalers accomplished in 2016.
Shaun Kenny-Dowall's NRL career hangs in limbo after being released from the Sydney Roosters following his illicit drug charge.