Smith shines as Storm win in his 350th NRL outing

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Cameron Smith played a starring role in his 350th NRL appearance as Melbourne Storm restored their two-point lead at the top of the ladder with a 40-6 victory over Manly Sea Eagles.

Melbourne and Australia captain Smith was in sensational form as he assisted four tries and kicked for 10 points as the Storm moved clear of Sydney Roosters, who beat North Queensland Cowboys 22-16 on Saturday.

Smith set Jahrome Hughes on his way with a lovely reverse pass before Suliasi Vunivalu barged over for a six-point lead, Matt Wright getting on the board for the Sea Eagles.

The Storm stepped up a gear in the second half with 28 unanswered points, Joe Stimson, Jesse Bromwich and Will Chambers putting the match to bed before Cooper Cronk latched onto Smith's grubber and Josh Addo-Carr raced clear in the final minute.

Wests Tigers dented Gold Coast Titans' hopes of securing a place in the top eight as they ran out 26-4 winners at Cbus Super Stadium.

Esan Masters' try provided the only points of an error-strewn first half, but James Tedesco and Malakai Watene-Zelezniak proved far more clinical after the restart, touching down within three minutes of one another.

Jarryd Hayne got the Titans on the board, but Chris Lawrence and Aaron Woods finished the job for just the Tigers' second win in 11 matches.