RugbyL: Storm and Roosters stay unbeaten in NRL
AFP Monday, March 20, 2017, 6:59 am TWN
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Brisbane, Australia -- Melbourne Storm and Sydney Roosters remained the only unbeaten teams after three rounds of the National Rugby League on Sunday.
The Storm saw off the Brisbane Broncos 14-12 in Melbourne while the Roosters had a tight away win over the Penrith Panthers.
On Sunday, reigning premiers the Cronulla Sharks suffered a 16-10 loss to neighbours St George-Illawarra, their second defeat of the season.
Melbourne were impressive in their come from behind two-point win over the Broncos.
Brisbane were leading 12-8 when the ball bounced off two Broncos players into the hands of Josh Addo-Carr, who scored in the corner to level the scores.
Melbourne captain Cameron Smith converted from the sideline to seal victory for the Storm.
The Sydney Roosters continued their resurgence when they beat Penrith 14-12 thanks to a superb outing from veteran fullback Michael Gordon.
The 33-year-old turned back the clock to score a double against his former club before pulling off a try-saving tackle on Penrith's Tyrone Peachey in the dying stages of the match.
"Mick's been a great player in our game for Cronulla, Parramatta and Penrith," Roosters coach Trent Robinson said.
"Fullbacks are enormous in our game with your Billy Slaters and Darius Boyd's, they get a lot of raps.
"Mick's never been classed as one of those players but he's got a complete game and does so many things well. Players like playing with him and that's why it's good to see a guy like that play like that."
St George-Illawarra moved up to third with their win over Cronulla.
The Dragons had to survive a stirring second-half comeback before seeing off their neighbours, producing some inspired defence to hold out the Sharks, who scored twice in the space of seven minutes to get within four points in the second half.
In other matches, South Sydney beat Newcastle 24-18 and Canberra thrashed the Wests Tigers 46-6.
Three teams had their first wins of the season.
Gold Coast downed Parramatta 26-14 at home, Canterbury beat the New Zealand Warriors 24-12 and Manly stunned North Queensland 30-8 in Townsville.
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