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A better performance by the Melbourne Storm sees them demolish the Roosters by 48-10
An early try to the Roosters showed signs of another trashing to the Storm side, but thirteen minutes into the game, and the Storm attack started.
The second try in the half to the Storm, on the replay, showed Kearney (Storm) and dropped the ball over the line, but the referee chose not to go to the video ref. At that stage, the score was locked at 4-4. A controversial decision, and the tide turned against the Roosters.
Using the strong wind to their advantage, the Melbourne side clocked up the points, and at the end of the 1st half held a healthy lead of 28-4
The second half saw a more even game, but the Storm, looking more and more like the Storm of old, were never under any threat.
The Roosters salvaged a little pride by scoring in the 53rd minute, but the game totally belonged to the Storm and their diehard supporters. Melbourne, at this stage, with games still to play this weekend, have found themselves in the top eight.
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3. Swain (Storm) 2. Orford (Storm) 1. Kearney (Storm)
3:00PM, 13 July 2002 Olympic Park, Melbourne Referee: S Lyons Storm 48 - Roosters 10 Melbourne Storm (Tries: Tadulala, Kearney, Orford, Bai x2, Leyshon, Moule x2, Robinson. Goals: Orford 5/8, Leyshon 1/1) Sydney Roosters (Tries: Hegarty, Hodges. Goals: Fitzgibbon 1/2)