Storm blown away by Dragons, Sea Eagles lose again
Melbourne Storm may have stunned one high-flying rival last time out, but they could do nothing to halt St George Illawarra Dragons at the Jubilee Oval on Sunday.
The Storm brushed aside New Zealand Warriors 50-10 in their previous NRL outing to make it three wins in a row. However, the Dragons proved a whole different proposition.
St George were 10-0 up inside 15 minutes - Euan Aitken's try supplemented by three Gareth Widdop goals - and there was no let-up as they surged to a 34-14 victory and moved two points clear of the Warriors at the top of the table with an eighth win from nine matches.
Cameron McInnes, Tim Lafai and Aitken all crossed for the league leaders in the second half and a hat-trick from the Storm's State of Origin hopeful Josh Addo-Carr - who now has nine tries in four games - could not derail the Dragons.
Coach Paul McGregor: "We're not thinking too far ahead. We've learnt from last year and the boys have worked hard on improving each week. It's still only early days" #NRLDragonsStorm#redvpic.twitter.com/JrRAi9Bou9-- The Dragons (@NRL_Dragons) May 6, 2018
Manly Sea Eagles' miserable run continued as they fell to a fifth consecutive loss against the Sydney Roosters - the latter lifting themselves back into the top eight in the process.
Addin Fonua-Blake and Akuila Uate each crossed for Manly early on, but the Roosters were level at the break following tries from Blake Ferguson and Isaac Liu.
Jared Waerea-Hargreaves' converted try and a penalty from Latrell Mitchell gave the Roosters a cushion with an hour played, and they needed it.
Uate thought he had put Manly back in the match with a 66th-minute score, only to see it ruled out for a forward pass.
The winger did grab a second try with time running out but it was not enough as the Roosters clung on for a 22-20 victory.