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OK, it has a huge element of success and giggles.

But what have we got since the opening day of the NRL’s Perth Nines in terms of the regular season ahead?

First, Billy Kikau of the Panthers looks like a complete wrecking ball. Even more than we have seen previously.

Somehow, the great Billy is tilting the stairs a little lighter but still inflicting equally punishment

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Watch him go to the left edge for Penrith this year.

Kikau scored two attempts in a Panthers team that looked smooth, with Nathan Cleary playing in the open field and calling the shots.

The Broncos may have been staged 17-14 in the game of the day, but the bigger picture was Brodie Croft’s first taste as their main director.

The first signs are strong. Perhaps, perhaps, they have found the right player to drive the Ferrari Formula One roster.


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The Broncos ran into a problem with an injury for the eighth eighth Anthony Milford, who is out of the rest of the Nines tournament with a hamstring complaint.

Billy Walters, son of the Queensland coach and champion of the playmaker Kevin Walters, got busy for the Wests Tigers as they approached the Rabbits.

Souths? Disappointing. The biggest concern for rabbits was Ethan Lowe, the Queensland Origin supporter, who limped with a suspected medial injury.

There was a lot of upheaval when the bookmakers’ favorites were all launched.

First, the large Parramatta cannon lashed out against a brave group of Bulldogs full of unknown rookies, Corey Harawira-Naera, an evergreen Andrew Ryan and a back half of Jack Cogger.

Fergy Ferg Blake Ferguson has shown that he has not lost any of his jumping and tipping ability in scoring a brilliant blue and gold attempt.


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If Fergy stays in shape, it looks like he will tear it up again on the right wing for the Eels.

The sharks received retouching from the bow dragons. Did the last two weeks of headlines hurt you? Unlikely.

Skipper Wade Graham looked super fit and with Blayke Brailey and Chad Townsend there is enough creativity to survive the alarm bells again.

Shaun Johnson could be a concern. He spoke of an off-season bumper, but this year he will have to deliver to Cronulla.

In the end, it was the turn of the Broncos to challenge the Cowboys.

Brisbane was heavily advertised as he led the tournament and in all honesty looked strong.

But the Cowboys eventually got the chocolate with three points.

And we’ll do it again on Saturday to crown a winner.



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