Melbourne Storm beat Canberra 14-10 in National Rugby League
SYDNEY (AP) — The Melbourne Storm held Canberra scoreless in the second half for a 14-10 victory on Sunday in the National Rugby League, keeping the Raiders winless in three homes matches this season.
Trailing by eight points at halftime, the Storm scored two quick tries after the break and held on for the win to move to within two points of first-place Brisbane.
The Storm was playing without star fullback Billy Slater, who has a shoulder injury.
Brisbane made it five wins in a row with a 22-18 golden-point win over the Sydney Roosters after trailing for most of the match. Ben Hunt weaved his way through to the line in final minute of the first period of extra time to seal the victory for the Broncos.
Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett said he was proud of his side’s ability to come back.
“I think the Broncos have always had that part of them,” Bennett said. “They just dig a little deeper and find that little bit extra to be a top team.”
Cronulla ended a run of 10 successive home defeats with a comfortable 22-6 win over the Newcastle Knights. In a match played in driving rain in Sydney, the Sharks followed up last Sunday’s win over the Sydney Roosters to claim two points in front of their home fans for the first time since the eighth round of the 2014 season.
In other matches, three tries by center James Roberts led the Gold Coast Titans to a 38-16 win over Parramatta and winger Manu Vatuvei scored two tries in his 200th game for the New Zealand Warriors in a 32-22 win over the Wests Tigers.
Penrith beat Manly 22-12, handing the Sea Eagles their fourth loss in a row. The Panthers scored four tries in the final 20 minutes to end a three-match losing streak and ensure Manly would remain in last place with only two competition points from six matches.
Defending champions South Sydney take on North Queensland on Monday to conclude the sixth round.