Saturday August 30, 2014 @ 07:30pm
Sydney Roosters
Melbourne Storm
Allianz Stadium
Half time Score: 6
Crowd: 13879
Half time Score: 6

Match Review

The Sydney Roosters have scored a 24-12 win over the Melbourne Storm at Allianz Stadium in front of 13,000 fans.

Both sides came into the match with comfortable wins last week but tonight was going to be a different story with wet and windy conditions, meaning a free-flowing game was not going to be on the cards.

The first half showed how tough conditions were going to be with just one try being scored by either side in the opening 40 minutes.

The Roosters opened the scoring when Jake Friend took advantage of the Storm wingers being out of position and a well place kick put Daniel Tupou into open space to score his first of the night.

Despite having the opening try, the Roosters were forced to play the majority of the first half in defence but not before Billy Slater showed his acceleration to go through to score his first of the night.

The second half was played in worse conditions but errors from either side were ultimately gifts with several errors leading to tries.

The opening points of the second half however came from the boot of James Maloney who slotted a penalty goal from close range to give the Roosters a 2 point lead.

Although the Roosters took the lead it wasn't a lead that was going to last long, after James Maloney dropped the ball from the kick off and in the ensuing set the Storm crossed through Billy Slater to take a 12-8 lead.

That was the Storm's last scoring play of the match although they did put the pressure on the Roosters to the extreme, but as per the rest of the match the Roosters were able to fight off the pressure and they scored three tries to secure the victory.

The first of the three tries went to James Maloney who had open space to run after a poor ball from Cameron Smith at the base of the scrum gave Maloney the open space to score.

The second try came when Mitchell Pearce was able to split the defence of the Storm with a pinpoint kick with Aidan Guerra scoring the try and then the third try came on the stroke of halftime when Daniel Tupou used his finishing skills to score a try in the corner to give the Roosters a 24-12 victory.

Next weekend sees a vital match for both sides with the Sydney Roosters seemingly in the spot where they were 12 months ago with a battle for the minor premiership with the South Sydney Rabbitohs and for the Storm they have a battle against the Broncos at AAMI Park next Friday night.

Players of the Match

3. James Maloney

2. Mitchell Pearce

1. Billy Slater

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