The Tigers topped the group with two wins from three, conceding just 10 points on day one. Both the Warriors and Raiders were a little scratchy on day one, winning one and losing one, with the Warriors progressing on day two after they beat the Tigers. The Titans endured an ordinary day one, losing both of their matches but bounced back with a strong win over the Raiders on day two.
The Rabbitohs won all three pool matches, while an inexperienced Storm outfit managed just one win.The Cowboys won one of their two games on day one,and the Panthers lost both games. The Panthers and Cowboys clashed on day two for the right to progress, although the Panthers needed a big win. The Cowboys got home and the defending champions remained alive.
The Eels had qualified for the quarter finals by the end of day one via good wins against the Sea Eagles and Knights, but ended their pool matches with a close loss to the Dragons early on day two. The Knights’ opening win against the Dragons and their day two win over the Sea Eagles was enough for them to qualify, while the Dragons can consider themselves a little unlucky after they won two from three and still missed out. The Sea Eagles were disappointing, losing all three games.
With two undefeated teams in the Sharks and Roosters, this group was already settled heading into day two. The Roosters, despite struggling to score points, and the Sharks handed defeats to the Bulldogs and Broncos to ensure they qualified for the quarter finals. The Sharks made it three from three with a win over the Roosters on day two, just the second team to remain undefeated through the pool matches. The Broncos and Bulldogs had forgettable tournaments, but at least the Broncos left with a win on day two, beating the Bulldogs.