Brisbane Broncos' hopes of avoiding receiving the wooden spoon for the first time were not helped by a defeat to South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Allan Langer, Ryan Whitley and Blake Duncan attended a private function outside of the NRL bubble in Brisbane.
Brisbane Broncos looked poised to end a dreadful run of results, only to fall victim to a late attack from Cronulla Sharks.
After Brisbane Broncos revealed their interest in Cameron Smith, Melbourne Storm talked up their plans to retain the NRL great beyond 2020.
David Fifita will join the Gold Coast Titans from the Brisbane Broncos next year.
Melbourne Storm produced a clinical second half at Brisbane Broncos to climb to the top of the NRL standings.
Brisbane Broncos coach Anthony Seibold will have his performance assessed by the club's board at the end of the season.
Brisbane Broncos were put to the sword at Leichhardt Oval, with Wests Tigers scoring nine tries in a ruthless rout.
Charlie Staines scored four tries on his NRL debut as the Penrith Panthers regained top spot in the ladder.
Penrith Panthers moved up to second in the NRL, though there was no such joy for Brisbane Broncos, whose players were left in tears.