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St George beats Manly to keep NRL playoffs bid on track

SYDNEY (AP) St. George Illawarra withstood a Manly fightback to win a thrilling National Rugby League match 52-22 on Sunday to keep the team in contention for the playoffs.

St. George opened a 30-0 lead before Manly rallied by scoring 22 points in a 12-minute spell at the start of the second half to cut the lead to eight points. But St. George then scored 22 points of its own to win convincingly.

The team remained eighth in the last playoff place, two points behind Parramatta, which edged Wests 18-17 in Sunday's other match.