Storm and Warriors Advance to Prelim Finals

Melbourne and the Warriors are preliminary finalists after contrasting semi-final wins: the Storm edged past the Roosters and the Warriors rock and rolled the Knights infront of a jubilant home crowd.

MELBOURNE 18, SYDNEY ROOSTERS 13

Melbourne has booked a preliminary final against Penrith.

In a tight and controversial semi-final at AAMI Park, the Roosters led 13-12 in the 71st minute after Sam Walker’s second field goal in two weeks.

With two minutes left, the Storm were on the attack when Harry Grant was taken high by Walker, but no penalty was awarded. Though Melbourne hit the lead a couple of tackles later: Will Warbrick scored off a Cameron Munster bomb with a grab that wouldn’t be out of place at the neighbouring MCG.

Melbourne shot out to a 10-0 lead (tries to Tyran Wishart and Marion Seve), but the Eastern Suburbs side hit back with a try to former Melbourne player Brandon Smith.

Seve’s try came shortly after a seemingly obvious Grant knock on (on his goal-line) was missed: and, to make it worse for the Roosters, Grant threw the final pass for Seve to score.

The Storm led 10-6 at half-time and extended it to 12-6 with a Nick Meaney penalty goal. The Roosters tied the score – with 15 minutes remaining – with a Lindsay Collins try.

Melbourne will play Penrith next Friday night, most likely at Accor Stadium. The Storm return to the preliminary finals after missing out last season.

This loss ended the Roosters’ six-game winning streak, which saw them charge into the finals with plenty of momentum.

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Telstra National Rugby League Premiership 2023

AAMI ParkMelbourne VIC 3004, Australia
September 15, 202319:50
(SemiFinals)
18 - 13
Final Score
TeamTriesGoalsFG2pt FGPoints
Storm330018
Roosters221213
Game Statistics

Venue

AAMI Park

Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia

Details

Date Time League Season Match Day Full Time
September 15, 2023 19:50 Telstra National Rugby League Premiership 2023 SemiFinals 80'

NZ WARRIORS 40, NEWCASTLE 10

The Warriors have made their first preliminary final since 2011.

‘The Wahs’ responded to the massive Mt Smart Stadium crowd, scoring seven tries.

Tries to Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Addin Fonua-Blake, and Marcelo Montoya gave the Warriors a 16-0 lead after 13 minutes.

Greg Marzhew scored for Newcastle as the Warriors led 16-4 at half-time. And then Dylan Lucas cut the lead to 16-10 early in the second half.

But it was all Warriors from there, with tries to Dylan Walker, Rocco Berry, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, and Bayley Sironen. Adam Pompey kicked six goals from seven.

The Warriors travel to Lang Park to face Brisbane next Saturday night. And they’re bound to get a lot of support from neutral fans and Queensland-based New Zealanders.

For Newcastle, it’s the end of the road after a magnificent 10-game winning streak.

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Telstra National Rugby League Premiership 2023

Go Media StadiumPikes Point, Southdown, Maungakiekie-Tāmaki, Auckland, 1061, New Zealand
September 16, 202316:05
(SemiFinals)
40 - 10
Final Score
TeamTriesGoalsFG2pt FGPoints
Warriors760040
Knights210010
Game Statistics

Venue

Go Media Stadium

Pikes Point, Southdown, Maungakiekie-Tāmaki, Auckland, 1061, New Zealand

Details

Date Time League Season Match Day Full Time
September 16, 2023 16:05 Telstra National Rugby League Premiership 2023 SemiFinals 80'

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