Melbourne Storm 17
Tries: Marika Koroibete, Felesi Kaufusi, Will Chambers
Goals: Cameron Smith (2/3)
Field Goals: Cooper Cronk (1/1)
Sydney Roosters 16
Tries: Mitchell Aubusson, Daniel Tupou
Goals: James Maloney (4/4)
The Melbourne Storm left it late to seal a 17-16 victory over the Sydney Roosters at AAMI Park on Saturday night.
After trading tries late in the game, a field goal from Cooper Cronk with 40 seconds remaining was enough for the team south of the border.
It was the Roosters who had the early chance when a grubber from Mitchell Pearce couldn’t be gathered by either Jared Waerea-Hargreaves or Mitchell Aubusson.
However, in the 14th minute a cross-field bomb from Cronk found a flying Fijian in Marika Koroibete who out-jumped Nene Macdonald to score the first try of the game and give the home side a 4-0 lead.
Four minutes later the visitors were back in the game when a great short ball from James Maloney found Aubusson who did the rest to score.
Maloney converted to give the Roosters a 6-4 lead.
Back-to-back penalty goals in the space of five minutes for the Roosters pushed the lead out to 10-4.
Right before half-time the home side found their way back into the contest when a barnstorming Felesi Kaufusi managed to score next to the posts.
Cameron Smith had the easy conversion to have the sides all tied up at 10-all at the break.
With both sides having their chances in the second half, it was not until the 73rd minute that the deadlock was broken. A cut-out pass from Smith found Will Chambers who stood up Michael Jennings to score out wide.
Cameron Smith held his nerve and converted to give his side a slender 16-10 lead.
Inside the last five minutes the Roosters evened up the match. A short side play eventually found Daniel Tupou who slid in the corner to score.
Maloney was as cool as you can be as he slotted the conversion over to make it a tense finish to the game.
With it seemingly destined to go to golden point, what would have been the Roosters second consecutive one, Cronk held his nerve and nailed the field goal from 15 metres out.
The Storm winning their third consecutive game while the Roosters have to wait another week to get out of their slump.