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Storm edge Cowboys in thriller, Broncos bounce back
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Storm edge Cowboys in thriller, Broncos bounce back

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A late Cameron Smith drop-goal saw Melbourne Storm squeeze past premiership rivals North Queensland Cowboys in NRL on Saturday.
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Melbourne Storm defeated North Queensland Cowboys 15-14 in a thrilling top-of-the-table clash in NRL on Saturday, as Brisbane Broncos moved into first place with a routine win over Manly Sea Eagles.

Reigning premiers the Cowboys made a fast start with a Gavin Cooper try, converted by Johnathan Thurston, who also sent over a penalty to make it 8-0 with 20 minutes gone at Suncorp Stadium.

Storm hit back in a crucial four-minute spell, Tohu Harris and Kevin Proctor crossing and Cameron Smith adding the extras.

Michael Morgan touched down again and Thurston converted for the Cowboys in the second half, but a penalty and late field goal from Smith was enough to get Storm across the line, in doing so laying down a marker as legitimate premiership contenders.

Later, Broncos joined Storm on 16 points - going top on points difference - after beating Manly 30-6 at Brookvale Oval. 

Anthony Milford crossed for two tries and Darius Boyd and Sam Thaiday also went over for Brisbane while the struggling Sea Eagles could only muster a lone Martin Taupau try, converted by Jamie Lyon, in response. 

Corey Oates weighed in with Brisbane's fifth try of the match in the 70th minute, as last season's beaten grand finalists responded to a loss at the hands of Cronulla Sharks last time out.


In the other match on Saturday, a dominant second half saw Penrith Panthers come from behind to beat New Zealand Warriors 30-18.

The visitors had led 18-14 at the break at Pepper Stadium, thanks to tries from Solomone Kata, Jonathan Wright and Blake Ayshford, all converted by Shaun Johnson.

But a hat-trick of Tyrone Peachey tries, two of them coming after the break, as well as 14 points from Jamie Soward, who scored a try of his own, converted four and sent over a penalty, saw the Panthers hold the Warriors scoreless in the second 40.

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