NRL Match Report | Qualifying Final
The Roosters have gone down to the Melbourne Storm at Allianz Stadium on Friday night in the first week of the Finals.
The Storm opened the scoring through Marika Koroibete, getting a nice ball and sprinting his way down the left edge to put it down in the corner.
It was a tough affair and both teams turned up to play, and it was definitely not disappointing as a top four clash.
As a tight match should go, the Roosters would be next to score when Sio Siua Taukeiaho forced his way over just right of the uprights.
The first half was intense, edge of your seat style football and the Roosters were hanging on against an extremely determined Melbourne outfit.
The momentum seemed to swing both ways throughout different parts of the half, but it was the Roosters who managed to make some ground and get the penalty on the back of it.
Maloney elected to go for goal and make it a two point lead and the Roosters went into the break leading 8-6.
The start of the second half would see the Storm looking the more enthusiastic side, getting up the Roosters end well and taking advantage when the opportunities were presented.
When the Roosters were penalised for being offside, Cameron Smith added the extras for the Storm to lock it up.
On the back of a couple of key Roosters errors, the Storm were able to capitalise with a four pointer in the corner through Kurt Mann.
The game was being played at the Storm’s pace, being professional about the way they were dictating it.
The Roosters weren’t willing to bow out though, when they scored one of the most attractive tries of the year when Jennings ran 50 metres, cut across field, passed to Hastings and he kicked for Shaun Kenny-Dowall in the corner.
The Storm replied just minutes later when Matt Duffie tapped back a ball for Tim Glasby to put the Storm in front by 8.
A determined Roosters side made the short kick off, got inside the 10 and scored through Blake Ferguson to cut the Storm lead to 2.
It was just too late though, and the Storm would hold on to that lead and the Roosters will play on next week.