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NRL match review: Melbourne Storm 12 Sydney Roosters 32

Storm 12
Tries: Mahe Fonua,Kurt Mann
Goals:Cameron Smith 2/2

Roosters 32
Tries:Anthony Minichiello 2, Sonny-Bill Williams, Mitchell Pearce, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Remy Casty
Goals:James Maloney 4/6

The Sydney Roosters continued their recent run of form with a comfortable 32-12 triumph over the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park, Melbourne on Sunday afternoon.

The Storm continue to struggle without the services of fullback Billy Slater and half back Cooper Cronk and have scored just 12 points in their last two matches.

Just 8 minutes into the match veteran Rooster Anthony Minichiello crossed in the right corner to open the scoring for the visitors.

In the 19th minute Roosters hardman Jared Waerea-Hargreaves took Storm prop Bryan Norrie high and the resulting melee saw Rooster Frank-Paul Nuuasala and Norrie sent to the bin while Hargreaves was placed on report.

When the match continued Storm centre Kurt Mann looked to have scored but it was called back for a forward pass.

The Roosters marched down the other end and kept the ball alive on the last tackle before hooker Jake Friend put Mitchell Pearce into a yawning gap and he strolled over untouched. Maloney added the extras for a 10-0 lead after 32 minutes.

There was more heartache for the Storm just before half time when Roosters’ French player Remi Casty crashed over in the 38th minute. Maloney converted to make it 16-0 at half time.

The Storm got back into the match with a 49th minute try to Mahe Fonua, converted by Cameron Smith to make it 16-6.

The Roosters replied via a Roger Tuivasa-Sheck try in the 53rd minute to make it 20-6 before a simple try to Sonny-Bill Williams on the hour mark made it 26-6 and the patched-up Storm were staring another defeat in the face.

Despite being outclassed, the Storm continued to fight and were rewarded with a converted try to Mann in the 68th minute.

The Roosters final try came via Minichiello in the 79th minute, converted by Maloney for a final score of 32-12 to the Roosters who move up to fourth position on the ladder.

University of Wollongong alumni and aspiring journalist.


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