A contentious call scuppered Manly Sea Eagles as they came up short against Parramatta Eels, while Cronulla Sharks won at last.
Kyle Feldt has signed a four-year contract extension, while Shane Wright has renewed for another season.
Sydney Roosters and North Queensland Cowboys claimed impressive derby wins in their first games since the hiatus.
Peter V'landys claims Australia's premier rugby league competition should have continued amid the COVID-19 crisis.
The NRL released its full draw for 2020, with State of Origin to be played in November.
Brisbane Broncos and Parramatta Eels will kick-off the league's return on May 28, though venues are still to be confirmed.
Queensland's NRL teams will be permitted to cross the state border and play matches, although New Zealand Warriors's status remains in flux.
NRL teams may have to relocate in order for the competition to resume and Cowboys coach Paul Green has no issue with that.
The first NRL game played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus outbreak saw North Queensland Cowboys defeat Canterbury Bulldogs.
There are five key sporting events on Thursday, despite the coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc with the global schedule.