Sydney Roosters 24
Tries: Tupou 2, Pearce, Guerra
Goals: Maloney 5/6
Melbourne Storm 12
Tries: Slater 2
Goals: Smith 2/2
Sydney Roosters ensured they will finish inside the top four as they ran out 24-12 winners against Melbourne Storm in a tight encounter at the Allianz Stadium.
Daniel Tupou continued his fine form with two tries as his side keep showing the form needed to retain their NRL Premiership crown.
Melbourne now need to beat Brisbane and hope Penrith slip up against the Warriors in the final round of the NRL if they are to sneak into the top four.
Jake Friend showed his importance to the Sydney Roosters early on as he jumped from dummy half and kicked into a huge space out wide for Tupou to pounce on the kick and score the opener.
Billy Slater hit back for Melbourne as he showed great footwork from close range to find a gap and score under the posts.
Anthony Minichiello came close to putting his side back in the lead but Koroibete showed great strength to force the retiring Mini into touch.
Both sides attempted to break each other down but couldn’t find another score as the first half ended with the scores locked at 6-6.
It didn’t take the Roosters long to get ahead though as soon after the break James Maloney kicked them two points clear of the Storm.
He wasn’t the hero for long though as he dropped the resulting kick off and gave Melbourne Storm a great chance to get the second half’s first try. They duly obliged as Billy Slater came flying back inside onto the ball giving the Roosters defence no chance of stopping him from scoring his second try of the game.
Melbourne started to look on top but it was an error which handed Mitchell Pearce a try as Sisa Waqa knocked on from a scrum and the halfback gleefully scooped up the loose ball to race away with nobody home.
Mitchell Pearce assisted the next try as his precise grubber into the in-goal was chased by Guerra and SBW with Aidan Guerra winning the race to score.
The Roosters controlled the rest of the game, keeping the Storm’s chances to a minimum before crossing for another try to Tupou. The winger’s foot somehow avoided going into touch with the help of the corner flag before he grounded to score an incredible try.
A 24-12 win to the reigning champions cemented their place in the top four and dealt a punishing blow to Melbourne’s top four hopes.