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Dragons move atop standings with win over Titans

Dragons move atop standings with win over Titans

St. George Illawarra won early-season bragging rights with a 19-6 win over the Gold Coast to take the outright lead in the National Rugby League standings in the sixth round.
Jamie Soward scored a try, kicked three goals and landed a late field goal to finish with 11 points for the Dragons. They have a 5-1 record for 10 points and a two-point edge over five teams _ the Gold Coast Titans, Penrith Panthers, Sydney Roosters, Wests Tigers and Melbourne Storm.
Dragons fullback Darius Boyd was man-of-the-match for the second week in a row but Soward's contribution impressed Dragons coach Wayne Bennett.
"He has grown as a player," Bennett said after the Dragons gave hooker Luke Priddis a win in his 300th NRL game. "There's a lot more maturity about him."
Elsewhere, the Bulldogs beat the Tigers 24-4, the Newcastle Knights beat North Queensland 36-18, the Roosters defeated Canberra 36-6, Penrith beat the New Zealand Warriors 40-12 after leading 22-0 at halftime, the Brisbane Broncos thrashed Cronulla 44-16 and Parramatta defeated South Sydney 22-8.
The Knights led 30-6 with six first-half tries, including two to winger Cooper Vuna, who finished with three.
Newcastle captain Kurt Gidley successfully returned for his first NRL game of 2010 after a serious hamstring injury.
Todd Carney returned to haunt his former club with two tries in a 16-point haul as the Roosters beat the Raiders, Canberra's 12th straight loss at Sydney Football Stadium.
Carney was released by Canberra in 2008 following a series of off-field indiscretions, but he showed the Raiders some strong footwork for his opening try in the 27th minute.
Brisbane moved off the bottom of the standings with its emphatic win over Cronulla. The Broncos scored six tries in the first half and center Israel Folau scored twice for the winners.
Manly travels to Melbourne on Monday to close out the sixth round.