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Melbourne beats Canberra to stay top in NRL

SYDNEY (AP) Melbourne overcame injuries to stars Cameron Smith and Billy Slater to beat Canberra 20-14 and to stay atop the National Rugby League table with six regular season rounds remaining.

Canberra's Sia Soliola was placed on report for a late, swinging arm tackle on Slater, who was knocked out and carried from the field in the 50th minute.

Melbourne protested that Soliola, who later set up a try for Canberra, should have been sent off.