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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Tigers forward Sauaso Sue hopes his role in the club's leadership group will put him in a position to mentor his fellow young Pacific Islanders this season.
Former Wests Tigers, NSW and Kangaroos prop Keith Galloway says he wants to line up for Scotland against Australia in the Four Nations later this year.
They narrowly avoided the wooden spoon in 2015 but Wests Tigers back-rower Chris Lawrence believes that the club can beat in anyone in 2016.