The Sharks will move through to the quarter-finals after wrapping up a 30-14 win over the Titans in the first game of the day. For the Titans, it's the end of the road. They can get back to being tourists again - this week in Auckland they have been bungy jumping, jet boating and sailing on America's Cup boats. The NRL's integrity unit, who have minders with each team, hopes that's all they do. Next up is the Knights and Tigers, with the winner also moving through to the last eight.
It's hard to remember anyone lighter, Ben, although Kevin Locke in his early days might have come close. The Warriors have had some small players - Phil Blake, Michael Witt - but most of those came when fully-grown men. Tomkins is definitely light (79kg) but he's elusive and doesn't lack for courage
The Knights look like they will join the Sharks in the quarter-finals and lead the Tigers 17-0 at halftime. The Knights have looked good in their last two games - they beat the Titans 25-14 in their second outing - as they get to grips with this nines malarky.
The Knights are now out to a commanding 25-0 lead and the biggest challenge for coach Wayne Bennett seems to be keeping track of how many players he has on the park. It's not easy keeping track with unlimited substitutions
Brad Fittler just gave someone a thumbs up in the crowd as he went into the tunnel but he won't be playing in the next match against the Bulldogs. The 42-year-old had a slight limp - it must have been that 60m runaway try. Mitchell Pearce will also sit this one out but it's not clear if the pair are out for the tournament if they move through to the quarters
The Knights are into the last eight after a 25-0 mauling of the Tigers, who are eliminated. We will need to get the calculators out to work out who finished top of Blue Pool. Next up is the Roosters (one win, one loss) and Doggies (two defeats).
It seems both Fittler and Pearce are out of the tournament with leg injuries. The Roosters weren't expected to be there at the end of the tournament but Pearce was a handful yesterday
All official Auckland Nines merchandise sold out in two hours yesterday. Looks like the NRL dropped one there
The Bulldogs were ordinary yesterday but they lead the Roosters 12-0 early in the second half. They will need to pile on a few points if they are any hope of going through, given they lost both games yesterday - if teams are locked on the same number of wins, it is decided on points differential. Brad Fittler looks unmoved. In fact, he hasn't moved all game considering he's invalided out of the match with a leg injury.
That latest revelation (points differential, not Fittler) means the Knights topped Blue Pool ahead of the Sharks and will play the second-placed team from Green Pool (Eels, Broncos, Roosters, Bulldogs) in the quarters. The Sharks will likely have to tackle the Eels, who looked slippery yesterday.
The Bulldogs just kicked long. We haven't seen a lot of that since early yesterday as teams tried to work out how to play nines. It worked for them, however, as the Roosters knocked on dreadfully.
The Bulldogs pick up their first win of the competition, a 16-4 win over a disappointing Roosters outfit. The Chooks weren't helped by the absence of Brad Fittler and Mitchell Pearce, in particular. The result complicates the picture a little in Green Pool and the second team to join the Eels depends on the next match between the Eels and Broncos. If the Broncos win, they go through. If not, it will be decided on points differential
The Broncos run out to big cheers from the growing crowd. Boos for the unbeaten Eels. The Broncos were expected to top this group but were undone by the Roosters yesterday, when Fittler scored his 60m intercept. They really should do well, with a good mixture of pace, size and creativity.
Jono Wright gets his try this time. And it's a five-pointer. Broncos lead 18-12 but only 30 seconds left
And the Broncos run the clock down to move through to the final, beating the Sharks 18-14
The Broncos have improved as the tournament has progressed. They inexplicably dropped a game against the Roosters, who were pretty ordinary, but have now beaten the Knights and Sharks who emeerged out of the tough Blue Pool. Brisbane have brought over a strong team with a number of top NRL players, including Ben Barba, Sam Thaiday, Corey Parker and Josh Hoffman. They will now wait for the winner of the second semifinal between the Warriors and Cowboys
Both teams have run onto the pitch for the second semfinal. The Warriors chant starts up. The place is humming now
Warriors try a chip and chase early but the Cowboys gather
Meanwhile, the Cronulla players are making their way off the field and, with their tournament over, took the opportunity to offload some of their gear to a grateful crowd.
Wow. Tomkins is wearing the same boots for consecutive games. Bright orange
The Cowboys score right in the corner through Kyle Feldt. He just gets the ball down before being tipped into touch. Cowboys lead 4-0 with five minutes of first half remaining
The Cowboys go over in the other corner but there's a knockon in there. Tomkins put in a good spot tackle to break things down
Sebastine Ikahahifo just kicked the ball out on the full as the Warriors charged for the line. Hmm. Not a great option. Cowboys still lead 4-0 with two minutes remianing.
The Warriors survive again. Feldt goes over but is in front of the kicker and Warriors win a penalty. They have come under considerable pressure in this first half
Cowboys forced to dropout in goal with 30 seconds remaining. Warriors might have two plays before halftime.
That's hafltime with the Cowboys leading 4-0 through a Kyle Feldt try. The Cowboys had the better of that half but the Warriors started to get back into it late in the half.