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RugbyL: Roosters crow on weakened Storm for NRL win

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Axed State of Origin halves James Maloney and Mitchell Pearce played leading roles in the Sydney Roosters' 32-12 National Rugby League win over depleted Melbourne Storm on Sunday.

The pair, dumped by NSW coach Laurie Daley for the opening Origin win over Queensland, orchestrated the six-try to two romp in Melbourne.

The Storm were without injured Test stars Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater and with skipper and hooker Cameron Smith filling in as a stop-gap stand-off.

Frenchman Remi Casty was among the Roosters' try-scorers.

Penrith Panthers moved to the top of the NRL following their 36-14 win over Gold Coast Titans.

The Panthers scored six tries to two for their fourth straight win to move to the top of the ladder on points differential from the Canterbury Bulldogs and Manly Sea Eagles.

Manly downed the Bulldogs 32-10 in the wet at Brookvale on Friday with their star scrum-half Daly Cherry-Evans suffering a knee injury.

Cherry-Evans engineered a first-half surge which set up Manly's win before being replaced just after the break after a controversial tackle from Bulldogs forward Sam Kasiano.

The prop was put on referee's report for diving at the legs of Cherry-Evans as he kicked the ball.

Superstar Greg Inglis came off with an ankle injury as South Sydney Rabbitohs fought back for a 34-18 win over the New Zealand Warriors in Perth.

Inglis could hardly walk after his right leg twisted awkwardly under the weight of two players in a tackle just before half-time.

He was in pain as he limped off and his injury could prove to be the breaking point for injury-hit Queensland's eight-year Origin domination of NSW.

The Rabbitohs ran in five tries in the final 21 minutes to secure the come-from-behind win over the Warriors.

Rising scrum-half Luke Brooks set up a come-from-behind 23-20 win for the Wests Tigers over the Knights in Newcastle on Sunday.

Wayne Bennett's Knights have now lost six matches in a row and found another way to lose after they led 16-14 with 16 minutes left.

The Brisbane Broncos are away to the Canberra Raiders in the remaining game of the round on Monday.

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