Penrith beats Broncos 23-22 in NRL on late field goal
SYDNEY (AP) Former New Zealand junior Te Maire Martin scored a try with 11 minutes remaining and kicked the winning field goal on debut in Penrith's 23-22 win over the Brisbane Broncos in the National Rugby League on Saturday.
The Broncos looked to be heading to an easy victory after leading 22-6 late in the first half. But the home team scored 17 straight points to win its first match of the season.
''I sort of closed my eyes and peeked to see if it went over,'' Martin said of his winning kick. ''I wanted to celebrate but ... I couldn't get my breath back.''
On Sunday, the Melbourne Storm won its third match in a row - the only unbeaten team after three rounds - and moved into first place, beating the New Zealand Warriors 21-14. St. George Illawarra handed South Sydney its first loss of the season, beating the Rabbitohs 8-6 on a waterlogged pitch at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The Newcastle Knights recovered from a 16-0 deficit to draw with the Canberra Raiders 24-24, and the Gold Coast Titans came from 10-0 down to beat the Wests Tigers 30-18 for their fifth consecutive win at home.
In the first league draw since 2013, the Knights and Raiders exchanged seven field goal attempts and Canberra missed a penalty goal in golden-point extra time.
The unbeaten Raiders leveled with four minutes remaining after Brenko Lee scored off an overhead pass from Jordan Rapana, and Jarrod Croker kicked the pressure conversion 10 meters in from the touchline.
On Friday, Semi Radradra set up a try for Michael Jennings, then scored twice in the final 12 minutes to lead Parramatta over the Canterbury Bulldogs 20-6.
The defending champion North Queensland Cowboys overwhelmed the Sydney Roosters 40-0 to keep the New South Wales side winless after three rounds. A try to fullback Lachlan Coote on halftime gave the home side an 18-0 lead.
''It hurts. It's a bit embarrassing,'' Roosters captain Jake Friend said. ''We're going to do our best to fix it as a group and get better.''
The Cowboys head into a grand final rematch next Friday in Brisbane against the Broncos.
Cronulla plays Manly on Monday to conclude the third round.