The Warriors expect halfback Shaun Johnson to return prior to the start of the NRL Telstra Premiership season despite missing the Nines with a groin injury.
A late try to Dragons utility Kurt Mann has seen the Red V to victory over the Warriors, with the Auckland side bowing out winless in 2017.
The Cowboys confirmed themselves as tournament favourites with a pair of commanding victories, while the New Zealand Warriors crashed out of the tournament.
It mightn't have been the result he was after but Warriors skipper Ruben Wiki was still chuffed about his return to the footy field at the age of 44.
Who can still make the quarter-finals and who is already out of contention after day one of the 2017 Downer NRL Auckland Nines?
Warriors assistant coach Steve McNamara is hopeful rather than confident that Shaun Johnson will be fit to take on the Dragons on day two of the Auckland Nines.
The Parramatta Eels showed their class to secure their place in the knockout stages with a comfortable win over the Warriors at the Auckland Nines.
The Manly Sea Eagles upset hometown side the New Zealand Warriors 15-11 to open their account in game 4 of the Downer NRL Auckland Nines.
Ali Lauitiiti has sent out an ominous message to any player who comes across his former Kiwis teammate Ruben Wiki on the Eden Park turf.
He will spend the bulk of the 2017 NRL season on the wing but Tui Lolohea has no idea what his role for the Warriors will be at the Auckland Nines.