SYDNEY (AP) " Fullback Michael Gordon scored two tries to lead the Sydney Roosters to a 14-12 win over Penrith, and Melbourne captain Cameron Smith converted a try from the sideline with three minutes remaining for the same 14-12 advantage over Brisbane, leaving the Roosters and Storm the only unbeaten teams after three rounds in the National Rugby League.
Gordon also kicked a goal in the Roosters' win which left the team in second place behind the Storm on goal difference. Later Saturday, the Manly Sea Eagles handed North Queensland its first loss of the season, beating the Cowboys 30-8.
On Sunday, St. George Illawarra defeated the defending champion Cronulla Sharks 16-10 and Canberra, winless after two rounds, won its first match emphatically, beating the Wests Tigers 46-6.
The Melbourne win marked the return of fullback Billy Slater to the Storm lineup after nearly a year out due to shoulder surgery.
He has played only eight matches in two seasons due to operations on both his shoulders. Slater, who came on as a replacement midway through the first half, looked sharp in attack and appeared to avoid any new injuries.
After a tough early schedule including a trip to New Zealand and six-day turnaround, Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy felt his team earned the win.
"It was bit mixed but I thought it was a pretty high-quality game with the defense of both sides," Bellamy said.
South Sydney beat Newcastle 24-18, the Gold Coast Titans defeated Parramatta 26-14, winning their first match of the season and handing the Eels their first loss, and the Canterbury Bulldogs defeated the New Zealand Warriors 24-12.
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