Storm fight out win over Roosters
In what was called the game of the round in the lead-up, this one has not disappointed with the Melbourne Storm securing a 26-18 win over the Sydney Roosters in front of 19,164 fans at Allianz Stadium.
The first opportunity for points came from the Roosters but Anthony Minichello was penalised for passing the ball off the ground after being held, from there it was the Storm who had the momentum for the next 20 minutes after capitalising on early pressure to score through Justin O’Neill.
The Roosters looked quite ordinary in the opening quarter with several players making some uncharacteristic mistakes and giving away some cheap penalties as well. Conversely, the Storm were clinical in the opening quarter with Maurice Blair taking advantage of some good decoy play to go through and score untouched.
The hosts started to turn the momentum and with that gain in momentum, they managed to get back level with tries to Luke O’Donnell in the 27th minute and then ten minutes later through Michael Jennings to get scores back level at 12-12.
That wasn’t the end of the points for the first half - the Roosters conceded a try on the stroke of half time with some controversial calls in the lead up helping the Storm to get down the field and score through their captain Cameron Smith to give the Storm an 18-12 half time lead.
The opening 20 minutes of the second half were an arm-wrestle with neither side being able to crack the opponents goal line with the only play being where Storm debutant Jordan McLean was held up in goal.
Mal Meninga and his Queensland Origin selectors will have a nervous wait with Storm halfback Cooper Cronk being placed on report for a dangerous throw on Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.
Sydney were unable to capitalise on their attacking position with Storm winger Sisa Waqa taking an intercept and running 60m before being chased down by James Maloney. Melbourne were able to capitalise on this field position and scored through Will Chambers, with Smith being unable to convert.
Seven minutes later Smith pushed the lead out to two converted tries after slotting a penalty goal, and just five minutes after that the Roosters set up what looked like it could be a grandstand finish with a beautiful set play resulting in a Tuivasa-Sheck try with a brilliant conversion from out wide by James Maloney.
The Roosters then created an opportunity off the kick off with play from one side of the field to the other being able to take them up to halfway before Shaun Kenny-Dowall offloaded straight to Tohu Harris seemingly giving Melbourne the win.
The final minute saw Melbourne kick another penalty goal to secure their 8 point win over the Sydney Roosters and break their three game slump.
Next week both sides have the luxury of having the bye although several players in both sides are expected to be selected in the State of Origin squads. In a fortnight, the Storm will be at home to the Cronulla Sharks, while the Sydney Roosters will visit the Parramatta Eels.
Sydney Roosters 18 Melbourne Storm 26
Venue: Sydney Football Stadium
Halftime Score: Melbourne Storm 18-12
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Cameron Smith
2 points - Justin O'Neill
1 point - Cooper Cronk
SYDNEY ROOSTERS (18)
Tries: Luke O'Donnell, Michael Jennings, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
Conversions: James Maloney (3/3)
MELBOURNE STORM (26)
Tries: Justin O'Neill, Cameron Smith, Maurice Blair, Will Chambers
Conversions: Cameron Smith (3/4)
Penalty Goals: Cameron Smith (2/2)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
Play is underway at Allianz Stadium
Roosters give away the first two penalties of the match
11 min: Daniel Tupou
takes the ball over his own dead ball line to stop a scoring opportunity for the Storm
18 min: Billy Slater
takes a bomb from the Roosters easily, Roosters not putting any pressure on the Storm so far in the match
PENALTY - Roosters get a relieving penalty for the Storm being inside the 10m, Roosters start their next set 35m out from their own line
20 min: James Maloney
caught on the sixth tackle after cleaning up a rebound which was unluckily not given six again
The storm winning the battle of field position easily, Roosters struggling to make metres in attack unlike the storm who are doing so with ease
Roosters put in another poor kick that just goes dead and gives the storm free passage to the 20m
Roosters looking their most dangerous in the current set of six and get six again on the last tackle kick
PENALTY - Roosters get a Penalty close to the Storm line, will be interesting to see what they have in attack
PENALTY - Melbourne get a penalty on their own 30m line after a poor chase from the Roosters
PENALTY - Jason Ryles
gives away a dumb penalty for not attempting to make a tackle on Mitchell Pearce
whilst kicking the ball
35 min: UNFORCED ERROR MELBOURNE STORMGareth Widdop
makes an unforced error.Gareth Widdop
drops the ball cold looking like he was thinking about the play ahead instead of the present moment
VIDEO REFEREE - Checking a possible Michael Jennings
try, checking how the ball has come free - Referee Shayne Hayne
has said we have a TRY
All the momentum looks to be with the Roosters and on the kick Billy Slater
fumbles the ball and ruled to have knocked the ball back to the dismay of the crowd
Apologies for the late return, opening 3 minutes have seen a Penalty for the Storm and a knock on from Gareth Whiddop
PENALTY - Storm consider a penalty on halfway, Roosters will be able to go on the attack deep in the Storm half
45 min: UNFORCED ERROR MELBOURNE STORMRyan Hoffman
makes an unforced error.Ryan Hoffman
can't pick up the charge down cleanly and gives the Roosters attacking position 15m out from the Storm line
get the repeat set as the Roosters defender steps on the dead ball line
51 min: Sisa Waqa
takes a brilliant catch from the bomb and wants to race away but called back because he took the catch ingoal
51 min: UNFORCED ERROR MELBOURNE STORMJesse Bromwich
makes an unforced error.Jesse Bromwich
trying to offload loses the ball and puts the Roosters on the attack again
52 min: Maurice Blair
puts the kick out on the full which means the Roosters get the ball on their own 30m
VIDEO REFERE - Checking a possible Jordan McLean
try, checking grounding and onside from the kick - Referee Shayne Hayne
says NO TRY
NO TRY - Video Referees spin up the Red Lights and rule that Jordan McLean
was held up ingoal on the last tackle
PENALTY - Cooper Cronk
placed on Report for a dangerous tackle on RTS
Waqa intercepts a Minichiello pass and Maloney saves it with a tackle after Waqa slipped over
76 min: TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
. Conversion attempt by James Maloney
A beautiful set play from the Roosters, gives RTS the try with Maloney quickly takes the conversion from out wide, back to 6 pointsMelbourne Storm
Roosters spread the ball from one side to the other and then gets blown by SKD who offloads straight to Tohu Harris
80 min: SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL MELBOURNE STORM
Penalty goal attempt by Cameron Smith
soaks up every available second and slots the penalty to give the Storm an 8 point winMelbourne Storm