Good afternoon and welcome to our live coverage of day two of the inaugural Auckland Nines. Today the champions will be crowned and a large proportion of the 45,000 people expected at Eden Park will hopes it's the Warriors. The home town team were one of only three teams with perfect winning records yesterday, with two wins from two, and round out pool play against the Cowboys at 1.45pm. The first game of the day has just kicked off, with the Sharks taking an early 6-0 lead over the Titans. Both sides need to win to progress to the quarter-finals and the Sharks will need to do it without Todd Carney, who has a hamstring injury.
We will attempt to bring you the action from on and off the park - because there's a fair bit that happens in the stands. Yesterday proved a ragin success and it received almost universal approval as a concept. There will be 15 games today, culminating with the final at 7.30pm. The top two teams from each of the four pools progress to the quarter-finals and, from there, it's knockout footall.
The second half of the first match has just kicked off, with the Sharks holding a handy 16-6 lead over the Titans. The winner of this match will progress from Blue Pool, as will the winners of the next match between the Knights and Tigers. Blue Pool has proved to be the most competitive, with each of the four teams finishing the first day with a win and a loss.
The crowd is starting to build up at a sun-drenched Eden Park. Yesterday there were few reports of trouble and that was one of the big fears ot organisers. Only one day to go
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.
It's 7-7 after five minutes, with both sides grabbing a five-point try in the early stages.
The crowd, while still maybe two-thirds full, erupts as the Warriors begin to warm-up on the sideline.
Clearly more interest in the Warriors than the current action, except for the blokes sitting in front of the press box, who are wearing hats adorned with 'Alfie's Nines Tour 2014 - Broncos Member'.
The halftime hooter sounds and it's 7-7 at the break.
Broncos get things underway in the second half, with a deep kick-off fielded in-goal.
Broncos with the first crack at the line in the second half and they find success through Josh Hoffman on the right wing.
The Bulldogs almost replied but coughed up the ball near the line. Then Ben Barba raced away to seemingly set up a try at the other end, only for play to be called back be the referees.
A little kick gets put through to the in-goal and Ben Hunt latches onto it to dot down. 15-7 Broncos.