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Storm clinch 1st place in the National Rugby League

SYDNEY (AP) The Melbourne Storm have clinched first place in the National Rugby League with two regular-season rounds remaining.

The Storm ended Newcastle's three-match winning streak Saturday with a 44-12 win over the Knights, giving Melbourne 40 competition points on the season from 18 wins in 22 matches.

Second-place Brisbane, which kept pace by beating St. George Illawarra 24-12 on Friday, has 34.

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