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Rookie scores on debut as Melbourne edge Manly in NRL thriller

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SYDNEY - Melbourne's Kurt Mann scored a match-winning try on debut to spur the Storm to a 22-19 win over second-placed Manly in the weekend's ninth round of Australia's National Rugby League.

The Storm trailed by three points with four minutes left when Mann, who was a late inclusion at centre for Mahe Fonua, swooped on a cross kick from Cooper Cronk and scored the winning try.

Mann said "I just chased like there was no tomorrow. He is probably the best kicker in the game and I was just lucky to be there."

The win kept Melbourne in the top-eight which became more compact when three of the teams above them on the ladder, including Manly, suffered losses.

South Sydney's Derek Walker scored four tries as the Rabbitohs beat Gold Coast 40-18 to knock the Titans out of a share of first place. Souths sprinted to a 22-0 lead after 15 minutes and Walker had his hattrick by the 43rd minute, adding his fourth try midway through the second half.

Roosters winger Daniel Tupou bagged his second double within six days in a 30-6 win over seventh-placed Wests. Tupou also made a try for backrower Boyd Cordner in a performance which enhanced his claim to selection in the New South Wales State of Origin side.

"I guess if the opportunity (to play for New South Wales) comes I'll take it with two hands but I'm just focusing on playing good footy for the club," Tupou said.

The Bulldogs moved two points clear atop the table with a 38-6 trouncing of St. George Illawarra. Center Tim Lafai scored three tries, while a 92-meter intercept try to Josh Reynolds made their lead 38-0 after 69 minutes.

Penrith beat Newcastle 32-10 to lift themselves to sixth place and to leave the Knights lodged in last place after their third straight loss. Center Dean Whare intercepted a loose pass and dashed 75 metres for the try that clinched the win.

The New Zealand Warriors beat Canberra 52-12 in Auckland and North Queensland beat Brisbane 27-14.

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