Melbourne Storm back into 1st place in National Rugby League

SYDNEY (AP) " The Melbourne Storm moved back into first place in Australia's National Rugby League with a 16-8 win Saturday over the defending champion North Queensland Cowboys.

The Storm are level on points with the Cronulla Sharks, who will have a chance to regain first place and extend a 15-match winning streak when they play the Gold Coast Titans on Monday.

The Storm and Sharks have 36 points each, but Melbourne holds a superior points-scored differential.

It was the Cowboys' first home loss of the season in Townsville, north Queensland.

Earlier, the Wests Tigers beat Parramatta 23-8 and halfback Shaun Johnson scored a try in the final minute of extra time to give the New Zealand Warriors a 20-16 win over the Penrith Panthers.

Canterbury moved into the top four and jeopardized St. George Illawarra's playoff chances when the Bulldogs beat the Dragons 13-10. Former Brisbane center Dale Copley scored two tries and set up another to lead the Sydney Roosters to a 32-16 win, the sixth-place Broncos' seventh loss in nine matches.

On Sunday, South Sydney plays Canberra and Manly hosts the Newcastle Knights.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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