A powerful second half saw Gold Coast progress to the semi-finals as the Sea Eagles finally succumbed to their heavy injury toll.
Despite a late Raiders fightback, the Warriors earned their spot in the 2016 Nines semi-finals after accounting for a spirited Canberra outfit.
Melbourne have progressed to the semi-finals with a win over the Cowboys, but might be without Cameron Munster who left the field through injury.
Parramatta continue to impress with the Eels scoring a tight quarter-final win over the Knights to be the first side to qualify for the semi-finals.
Canberra qualified for the quarter-finals of the 2016 Auckland Nines on for-and-against, ending the Sharks' tournament in the process.
Gold Coast showed plenty of promise in attack as they accounted for the Dragons, qualifying for the knock-out stage while leaving the Red V without a win.
A late seven-point try to returning Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson has seen the home town favourites progress in the most dramatic of circumstances.
A suspected ACL injury to Manly hooker Jayden Hodges has continued a horror run for Trent Barrett's side as Canterbury won on Day 2.
An impressive defensive effort from North Queensland has seen the NRL premiers move onto the quarter-finals, with the Panthers sent packing.
Newcastle moved on to the quarter-finals while also ending Wests Tigers' weekend with a scrappy victory on Sunday morning at Eden Park.