NRL round-up: England star Gareth Widdop shines in Dragons win
Last Updated: 17/05/15 4:15pm
England international Gareth Widdop and New Zealand Test star Benji Marshall spearheaded the St George Illawarra Dragons to a 32-18 win over the Canberra Raiders on Sunday.
The half-back duo ran the game and featured in four of their team's five tries in Wollongong.
The Dragons' sixth win in seven games lifted them into a share of the competition lead on 14 points with Melbourne, North Queensland and Brisbane after 10 rounds.
Melbourne Storm continued defending champions South Sydney Rabbitohs’ miserable record in Melbourne with a 16-12 victory.
The Rabbitohs have never won in Melbourne and despite a second-half comeback after trailing 16-2 at half-time, they fell just short at their 12th attempt.
Souths fought back with tries through wingers Alex Johnston and Aaron Gray and held the home side scoreless in the second half to set up a thrilling finish.
Brisbane Broncos were no match for North Queensland as the Cowboys flexed their muscles with a flawless completion rate of possession in their 31-20 win in Townsville.
The Cowboys completed a perfect 34 from 34 sets of six tackles, with Michael Morgan grabbing a hat-trick of tries.
England forward James Graham suffered a worrying head knock while Mitchell Pearce and James Maloney won the battle of the halves in the Sydney Roosters' 24-10 win over Canterbury Bulldogs.
Graham spent most of the game on the sidelines after suffering concussion in attempting a tackle on Aidan Guerra.
The Canterbury captain's head collided with the Roosters back-rower's hip and after spending several minutes on the ground he was taken to the dressing rooms and did not return to the game.
Graham was making his return from a four-week suspension and his loss was felt after the Bulldogs led 4-0 early.
Pearce and Maloney controlled the game better than their Bulldogs counterparts and made a strong case to replace Trent Hodkinson and Josh Reynolds as the New South Wales halves for this month's State of Origin series opener against Queensland.
Bodene Thompson scored a try in the final minute of golden point extra time to give the New Zealand Warriors a 17-13 victory over Parramatta.
Warriors stand-off Chad Townsend thought he had sealed the win when he nailed a 75th minute drop goal, but a frantic final few minutes allowed Eels scrum-half Luke Kelly to position himself to send the game into extra time with his drop goal.
A golden point also decided Gold Coast Titans’ home tie against Cronulla, with a Valentine Holmes drop goal snatching a 23-22 victory for the Sharks.
The Sharks trailed for most of the match but Holmes sparked their comeback with a try either side of half-time, and they snatched victory with a 30-metre drop goal.
Newcastle Knights ended a run of five successive defeats with a 22-12 win over West Tigers at Hunter Stadium.
Newcastle led by just four points with time almost up and with the Tigers on the attack, but the hosts won a scrum against the head and burst downfield to score through debutant hooker Chad Redman.
Struggling Manly Sea Eagles host Penrith Panthers on Monday.