Record-breaking Smith helps Storm maintain winning ways
Cameron Smith made NRL history as Melbourne Storm continued their 100 per cent start to the season with victory over North Queensland Cowboys.
A pair of kicks either side of half-time took Storm icon Smith past Hazem El Masri's competition record total of 2,418 points, as Melbourne claimed a fifth straight victory this term.
Melbourne were extremely sloppy in the first half as Sandor Earl - playing for the first time since serving a four-year ban for trafficking performance-enhancing drugs - was guilty of a number of errors on his return.
The Cowboys took advantage to claim an early lead through Te Maire Martin's try and Jordan Kahu's conversion, stretching their advantage further when the latter landed a penalty.
But Will Chambers crossed late in the first half and after knocking over the kick to draw level with El Masri, Smith passed the previous record-holder with a 48th-minute penalty that he celebrated on the field with his children.
The Storm threatened to accelerate out of sight as Josh Addo-Carr twice darted up the left to score, although Smith missed both conversion attempts from out wide.
North Queensland rallied and Ben Hampton scored despite a possible knock-on in the build-up, before they were dealt a further blow with an apparently serious injury for Nene Macdonald, who was carted off after his ankle was trapped under a challenge.
Smith soon sent over another kick and the Storm survived fduring a frantic finish to proceedings.
In the earlier game, Michael Gordon marked his 250th NRL appearance with a try and a win for Gold Coast Titans.
The Titans defeated Penrith Panthers 30-24 in an unlikely thriller as Gordon crossed for the third of his side’s five tries, while he also added the extras on each occasion his team touched down.
Tyrone Roberts and Anthony Don crossed after James Maloney's opener before Gordon nudged Gold Coast back in front after Viliame Kikau had scored for the Panthers.
James Fisher-Harris and Josh Mansour had Penrith back in front with a quick double but tries from Jarrod Wallace and Bryce Cartwright sealed victory.
"I've never won a milestone game," Gordon told Fox Sports. "We made it hard for ourselves in the end. It was such a good night."