Rugby League: Widdop injured as golden boy Pearce slays Dragons, Storm go top

Mitchell Pearce scored his first drop goal since 2011 to settle a thrilling clash at Allianz Stadium before Melbourne Storm went top.

St George Illawarra Dragons lost Gareth Widdop to a knee injury as Sydney Roosters half-back Mitchell Pearce scored an extra-time drop goal to seal a 13-12 Anzac Day win, while Melbourne Storm beat New Zealand Warriors to go top of the ladder.

Widdop is set to miss England's Test against Samoa on May 6 after he suffered medial ligament on the stroke of half-time at Allianz Stadium on Tuesday and the playmaker was sorely missed by the Dragons.

Paul McGregor's side had won four games in a row to rise to the summit in the NRL, but they came unstuck in a thriller watched by a record Anzac Day crowd of 40,864.

It was Pearce who had the final say, nailing a first drop goal for seven years in golden point to raise the roof and bring the Roosters level on 12 points with the Dragons after eight rounds.

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