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A red hot Sydney Roosters have produced some stunning attacking football to thrash an undermanned Melbourne Storm side 38-6 at AAMI Park.
The Roosters, who were embarrassed by the Sharks last weekend, bounced back in the best way possible against a Storm side missing Billy Slater, Greg Inglis, Cooper Cronk, Cameron Smith and Brett White.
Sydney powered through the defence up the middle, with lock forward Frank-Paul Nuuausala leading the way. Debutant Kane Linnett also had a game to remember, the young centre grabbed a try and looks to be a player to watch in the future.
Prop Mose Masoe crossed off a short ball from fellow front rower Jason Ryles to open the scoring in the 18th minute. Phil Graham then increased the Roosters' lead to 12-0 when he capitalised on a long range break courtesy of Linnett.
It was Linnett who added his own name to the try scorers list after he supported a break out of dummy half from Sam Perrett - the scoreboard read 18-0 to the visitors at halftime.
Sydney surged ahead in the early stages of the second stanza with tries to Anthony Minichiello and Graham before the Storm bagged their only try thanks to Rory Kostjasyn. The substitute hooker ran over from dummy half but it appeared a Roosters defender had been held back at the play-the-ball.
Two more four pointers - Man of the Match Nuuausala scored untouched and Perrett strolled over in the corner - saw the lead stretch to 38-6.
The win puts the Roosters into eighth spot before their bye next week. Melbourne take on the Cowboys next Saturday, 5:30pm at AAMI Park.
Melbourne Storm 6 were defeated by Sydney Roosters 38
National Rugby League - NRL - Round 14 - Monday June 14, 2010 7:00pm
Venue: AAMI Park
Referee: Ashley Klein and Bernard Sutton
Video Referee: Paul Simpkins
Touch Judges: Luke Potter and Phil Haines
Halftime: Melbourne Storm 0 Sydney Roosters 18
Melbourne Storm (6)
Tries: Rory Kostjasyn
Conversions: Chase Stanley (1/1)
Sydney Roosters (38)
Tries: Phil Graham (2), Anthony Minichiello, Sam Perrett, Mose Masoe, Frank-Paul Nuuausala, Kane Linnett
Conversions: Todd Carney (5/7)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary Good evening folks and thanks for joining me for tonight's coverage of the clash between Melbourne Storm and Sydney Roosters. The Storm are fielding a very inexperienced line-up without State of Origin stars Brett White, Billy Slater, Greg Inglis, Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk. But as we've seen in the past, Melbourne have quality depth.
Sydney will be determined to rebound after a shocking loss to the Sharks last round but have to win without Mitchell Pearce and Nate Myles.
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1 min: Storm kick off!
2 min: Storm halfback Luke Kelly finds touch 30 metres out from the Roosters line.
3 min: Todd Carney dummies to make a half break but passes forward as he falls to ground.
5 min: The Storm go down down the blindside close to the Roosters line but O'Neill drops the ball with the line open - perhaps it's called the blindside for a reason..
8 min: Brett Finch catches the defence offisde and Melbourne get another chance inside the Roosters danger zone.
11 min: Anthony Minichiello gets smashed by Stanley on a kick return.
12 min: Melbourne spread the ball inside their own half - despite having so many out, they're still playing very expansive footy.
13 min: Luke Kelly nails a 40/20 in just his second NRL game.
15 min: Luke MacDougall drops an easy catch giving Sydney some much needed field position.
17 min: The Roosters force a goal line dropout after a nicely weighted grubber from Carney.
18 min: TRY Connecticut Wildcats
Sydney grab first points tonight! Jason Ryles slips into halfback mode, drawing in the defence before providing a short ball for Mose Masoe to score his first try in the NRL. Carney converts.
Sydney Roosters 6-0
20 min: Some long passes from the Roosters in their own half fail to hit the mark and an error gives Melbourne a chance to hit back.
23 min: An Aiden Tolman mistake relieves the pressure, some desperate defence in that set by the Roosters though.
25 min: It's end-to-end footy at the moment as MacDougall steps to find some space down the left flank.
26 min: TRY
Brilliant try to Sydney. Some quick catching and passing inside their own half finds an overlap, Kane Linnett streaks aways downfield before drawing the fullback and finding Phil Graham in support. Carney converts.
Sydney Roosters 12-0
28 min: Video referee - possible Roosters try..
29 min: No try - bizzare decision with Kenny-Dowall ruled to have interfered with MacDougall - he only layed a hand on him and the Storm winger had already been wrong-footed by the bounce of the ball.
32 min: Brett Finch kicks high on the last but Minichiello fields it comfortably.
33 min: The Roosters are carving the Storm defence to pieces in general play but the Storm are somehow hanging on.
35 min: Kane Linnett gets on the outside of his man and flings a forward pass over the top to his winger - it was forward though.
36 min: TRY
Kane Linnett crosses for a try on debut! Sam Perrett got the initial break with a weaving run out of dummy half before finding a flying Linnett, who just had enough pace to beat a diving Justin O'Neill in defence. Carney converts.
Sydney Roosters 18-0
38 min: Roosters drop the ball off their next set though, Melbourne with the scrum feed 20 metres out.
40 min: A bit of fire just before the break, Nuuausala exchanges pushes and shoves with Storm captain Adam Blair.
40 min: Video referee - possible Storm try..
40 min: No try - Ryan Hinchcliffe is ruled to have dropped the ball in the process of reaching out to ground the ball - correct call this time around.
Halftime: The Roosters turned on the razzle-dazzle in the first half and have put together some flashy play. Melbourne have done well to only concede three tries against some fairly ferocious raids. Sydney centre Kane Linnett has made a number of incisive runs on debut.
41 min: Second half is underway with Sydney kicking off.
41 min: Very cliche but Melbourne need first points to be any chance.
42 min: Sam Perrett with another break from dummy half - he's one of the best runners from that position in the game.
46 min: Yet another surge from Frank-Paul Nuuausala helps the Roosters break the line but a poor fifth-tackle option from Carney relieves pressure.
49 min: Storm pass forward from dummy half just 20 metres out from their line.
51 min: Sydney have camped themselves on the attack following a penalty.
52 min: TRY
Todd Carney puts Mitchell Aubusson into a gap before the second rower finds Anthony Minichiello back on the inside - question marks over the last pass though. Carney converts from out wide.
Sydney Roosters 24-0
54 min: Some strong Sydney defence pulls Duffie back into the ingoal - the Roosters could rack up quite a scoreline here.
56 min: TRY
Braith Anasta with a well disguised chip to the corner for a flying Phil Graham, who simply dives on the ball to grab his double. Carney fails to convert.
Sydney Roosters 28-0
59 min: The Roosters keep it alive on the last tackle but a Minichiello pass goes forward.
63 min: Double knock on with Melbourne on the attack - first error from the visitors.
64 min: Sika Manu offloads only for Jeff Lima to fumble the pass - Roosters work it off their own line.
65 min: A bit of niggle in the game now as Adam Blair is penalised twice in two tackles for holding down.
68 min: Luke MacDougall kicks ahead, Minichiello fumbles and the Storm get an extra set on attack.
69 min: Video referee - possible Storm try, checking for obstruction..
69 min: TRY
Rory Kostjasyn dives over from dummy half but it looked as if Roosters' prop Mose Masoe was held out of the play, if only slightly, by Sika Manu. Some unusual decisions tonight. Stanley converts.
Sydney Roosters 28-6
73 min: Carney puts it along the ground into the ingoal and earns a repeat set.
74 min: TRY
Braith Anasta puts Frank-Paul Nuuausala through a gaping hole on the fringe of the ruck - the lock forward socres untouched, he's had a very strong game tonight. Carney fails to convert.
Sydney Roosters 32-6
77 min: TRY
All too easy for the Roosters! Todd Carney drifts across the field, draws in the defence and fires a cut out pass to Sam Perrett, who scores in the corner. Carney converts.
Sydney Roosters 38-6
80 min: Ten line breaks for the game for Sydney as Graham is bundled into touch in the last minute.
Fulltime: A red-hot Roosters have been too good for an undermanned Storm tonight. That win gets them back into the top eight.