The South Sydney Rabbitohs were far too good for an evolving Sydney Roosters winning by 18 points.
The Rabbitohs were slick.
Adam Reynolds and John Sutton led their men around the park, Issac Luke was at his menacing best from hooker, Sam Burgess continuously rolled forward and Greg Inglis was, well, Greg Inglis.
It is not all doom and gloom for the Roosters though.
Sonny Bill Williams was solid in his return match and there were plenty of signs that the tricolours are going to be tough opposition for many sides throughout 2013.
But finally, finally, we can move on and salivate over seven more beautiful games of National Rugby League football.
The twists and turns in this first round of the season have only just begun.
Suncorp Stadium hosts the Brisbane Broncos and the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in Friday night football. Many questions still hang over the young Broncos.
Can Scott Prince find the form that saw his then Wests Tigers steal a premiership in 2005 or will the ageing Sea Eagles forward pack stand up like they always seem to do?
The Ricky Stuart era officially begins at the Parramatta Eels on Saturday night against the New Zealand Warriors.
Is the fiery coach the man to drag the Eels out of the cellar?
Can Jarryd Hayne and Chris Sandow ignite what is a side many say will win the dreaded wooden spoon?
Their opposition, the Warriors, are under just as much pressure. New coach Matt Elliott has the ingredients of a dangerous side at his disposal, but can young playmaker Shaun Johnson finally put his stamp on this side?
Also on Saturday night, the Ben Barba-less Canterbury Bulldogs travel up to Gosford to host the North Queensland Cowboys.
Are the Bulldogs as dangerous without their superstar fullback? Probably not.
But this is the perfect opportunity for others to stand up and prove they are not a one-man team. Coach Des Hasler will be desperate to see his side succeed without the 2012 Dally M Medallist.
Standing between them and a first up two points is Johnathan Thurston’s Cowboys.
Reports indicate Thurston has been offered a monster contract from the Penrith Panthers. We will know after Saturday night if the ongoing saga hampers Thurston and his team.
Can the Panthers themselves bring in a new era with a win over the always pugnacious Canberra Raiders?
After pushing stars Michael Jennings and Luke Lewis out the door, the Panthers under Ivan Cleary would love nothing more than a win over the green machine.
The Melbourne Storm are expected to walk all over the St George Illawarra Dragons at AAMI Park. Veteran Saints halves Jamie Soward and Nathan Fein have the almighty task of outplaying and outwitting the big three.
Good luck boys.
Monday night sees the return of Kurt Gidley for the Newcastle Knights and a new look Wests Tigers at Hunter Stadium.
The pressure has never been so great for legendary coach Wayne Bennett. His ability to draw the best out of an ageing squad will be interesting viewing over the next few months.
The Roosters and Rabbitohs were great.
But it is now time for fourteen other sides to entertain us. One tackle at a time.
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