The South Sydney Rabbitohs have backed up their 2014 Premiership win with a thrilling victory over the Cronulla Sharks to win the National Rugby League's Auckland Nines tournament at Eden Park.
A sideline conversion from Sharks fullback Valentine Holmes levelled the scores at 14-14 at the end of regulation time sending the game into a 'golden try' period.
The Sharks' defence held strong for nine minutes of pressure from Souths before the veteran winger, Matt King, scored to give the Rabbitohs the win in a tournament he'd come out of retirement to play in.
Earlier, the hometown Warriors were beaten by the Sharks 14-12 in the quarter-final.
The Sharks came back twice with bonus zone tries before the Warriors scored a third try, but captain Shaun Johnson couldn't convert the sideline kick.
Johnson says it's disappointing to lose when you score more tries but he has to learn to kick drop-kick conversions, as they proved to be quite important.
Before the finals, the Australian women's Nines team finally beat New Zealand in their third clash of the weekend, winning 8-7 in another game memorable for the big hits put on by the Kiwi Ferns.
The Ferns beat the Jillaroos twice at Eden Park, triumphing 16-4 in the second game to win the series, following Saturday's 8-4 victory.
The Warriors made the quarter-finals with a 22-8 victory over the Wests Tigers in the hosts' last pool game at Eden Park.
The Warriors' playoff hopes were in jeopardy after their shock 23-19 defeat by the Canberra Raiders in their second pool game, making the Tigers clash a must-win.
The victory meant the Raiders then had to beat the already-eliminated Gold Coast by 19 points or more in their last pool game to overtake the Warriors and make the finals.
However the Raiders lost 38-13.
Manly were one of the pre-tournament favourites but the Sea Eagles lost all three of their pool games, going down 20-17 to Newcastle on day two to exit the tournament ignominiously.
The Eels won their pool despite a narrow 12-10 loss to the Dragons on day two - the St George Illawarra outfit only narrowly miss out on points difference.
The Dragons, Manly, the Raiders and the Titans weren't alone in having their title hopes dashed - the Penrith Panthers, the Brisbane Broncos, the Bulldogs, and Melbourne missed out on the playoffs, the Storm were well beaten 24-4 by South Sydney in their final pool game.
More than 40,000 people attended each of the two days of the tournament at Eden Park, plenty of them sporting some interesting costumes.