RugbyL: Eels hit by Storm as Manly take NRL lead

Melbourne Storm romped Sunday to a 46-20 win over fellow National Rugby League playoff hopefuls Parramatta Eels, with the match turning on a crucial sin-binning.

Eels scrum-half Chris Sandow was sent to the sin-bin with 20 minutes left after he was heard asking referee Ben Cummins: "How much are they paying you?" following a penalty awarded against his team.

While the Eels were a man down, the Storm crossed for three tries, which gave the home side the match-winning lead.

Melbourne scored a total of eight tries, with Test fullback Billy Slater putting the pain of his Origin series defeat for Queensland behind him with a starring performance.

Slater scored two tries and set up two others, while his NSW rival Jarryd Hayne was kept comparatively quiet for Parramatta.

Manly went to the top of the NRL table Saturday and consigned Cronulla to a dubious place in premiership history.

The Sea Eagles' 26-0 victory left the beleaguered Sharks as the first team to be kept scoreless for three successive games.

The toothless Sharks have gone four-and-a-half hours without posting a solitary point, let alone a try.

NSW halves Trent Hodkinson and Josh Reynolds overcame a two-day State of Origin turnaround to steer Canterbury to a 22-14 win over Canberra Friday.

The loss all but ended the Raiders' slim hopes of making the top eight playoffs. The Bulldogs are fifth in the standings.

The New Zealand Warriors overcame a slow start to down the Brisbane Broncos 19-10 in Auckland Saturday.

The win over the Broncos, who were on a run of four successive victories that had lifted them to fifth place, pushed the Warriors to within two points of the top eight.

St George Illawarra beat Gold Coast 19-18 on Sunday, while the Knights host the North Queensland Cowboys in Newcastle on Monday.

South Sydney, Penrith, Sydney Roosters and Wests Tigers had the weekend off.