New recruit Jordan Rankin kicked a goal from the sideline to give the Wests Tigers an 18-16 win over Melbourne in a trial on the Sunshine Coast.
The Wests Tigers have named a strong side for Saturday's trial against the Storm on the Sunshine Coast on Saturday night including Robbie Farah.
While the NRL All Stars game may be new territory for Wests Tigers' Chris Lawrence, the World All Star's journey to the back row isn't groundbreaking territory.
Newcastle moved on to the quarter-finals while also ending Wests Tigers' weekend with a scrappy victory on Sunday morning at Eden Park.
Wests Tigers have pulled off the upset of the tournament so far, edging the Cowboys 13-12 despite being outscored three tries to two.
Penrith made the perfect start to the 2016 Downer NRL Auckland Nines campaign with a 23-7 win over the Wests Tigers.
Wests Tigers Nines skipper Chris Lawrence says the club's young cubs will have the chance to push for an NRL berth with impressive performances at the Nines.
With no NRL Telstra Premiership fixtures or trials, January is supposed to be one of the more quiet months on the rugby league calendar.
Chris Lawrence will captain a Wests Tigers side filled with young talent pressing for spots in the Round 1 NRL team at the 2016 Downer NRL Auckland Nines.
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