Smith and Bellamy reach career landmarks as Storm edge out Dragons

Cameron Smith booted a late match-winning penalty as NRL leaders Melbourne Storm earned a 16-14 victory over St George Illawarra Dragons.

Melbourne captain Smith moved onto 2,500 career points in the NRL when he slotted home from the left in the 75th minute.

The match had seen two converted tries for each side up to that point, with the Dragons striking first in the seventh minute when Jeremy Latimore span over.

Joe Stimson held off two hopeful tacklers to match him for Melbourne, who led 8-6 at the interval thanks to Smith adding a penalty to his earlier conversion.

Jai Field kicked a match-levelling penalty for the Dragons before Melbourne hit the front again two minutes later, Jahrome Hughes scoring under the posts after a slick move.

Mikaele Ravalawa skilfully slipped through the Storm defence in the 68th minute to help the Dragons pull level.

But Smith had the final say at WIN Stadium, his penalty settling the issue and giving coach Craig Bellamy a 300th career win, moving the Storm eight points clear at the top of the table.

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