Roosters 13
Dragons 12

Mitchell Pearce kicked a field goal four minutes into golden point extra time to lift the Sydney Roosters to a 13-12 win over St. George-Illawarra in the National Rugby League's annual Anzac Day match last night.

The Roosters scored 12 unanswered points after trailing 6-0 at halftime and were on the verge of winning in regulation time but Dragons winger Nene MacDonald barged through four tacklers to score a try and Josh Dugan landed a last-minute touchline conversion to level the score and force the extra time.

The win moved the Roosters to 12 competition points, equal with the Dragons at the top of the table.

The Storm, also on 12 points, had a chance to take the outright lead against the Warriors later.


The eighth round yielded some tight results decided on late kicks.

On Friday, Manly edged the Canberra Raiders 20-18 in golden point extra time when Dylan Walker landed a penalty from the 40m line and the Brisbane Broncos held off South Sydney 25-24 with Anthony Milford's 78th minute field goal.

Walker missed an earlier chance to win the match for Manly when he skewed his conversion attempt wide after Tom Trbojevic crossed for an equaliser in the 76th minute. He got another chance when Raiders lock Joseph Tapine was penalised four minutes into extra time and converted it.

In other matches, Parramatta beat Penrith 18-12, Wests Tigers beat the Canterbury Bulldogs 18-12 and the North Queensland Cowboys had a 24-12 win over Newcastle.

The Gold Coast Titans scored two tries in the last 13 minutes for a 16-12 upset win over the Sharks.

- AP