Game Three | Match Report
After narrow losses in the opening two games, the Roosters put on a clinical performance in game three to down the Melbourne Storm 26-7.
The game started with impressive defence, holding the Storm out on back-to-back sets.
Capitalising on a Storm error on their goal-line, Latrell Mitchell got a nice ball to sprint the length of the field to open the scoring for the Roosters in three consecutive games.
The defence held strong in the opening half, keeping the Storm scoreless at the break.
The Storm capitalised on an early error in the second half to score a bonus zone try to level the scores.
That would be short lived though, as the Roosters began their onslaught in an impressive second half for the young side.
Joseph Manu was first to score when he got a nice ball from Shaun Kenny-Dowall to leap over in the corner.
Vincent Leuluai scored in the next set after he stormed his way through three defenders and crash over just wide of the bonus zone.
The kicking would be the catalyst to the large amount of possession in the second half, as the near perfect kicks kept handing the Roosters possession.
Connor Watson was next to go on the scoring list, when he received a beautiful flick pass from Ian Henderson to make his way over.
The nail in the coffin came through Nat Butcher, showing determination to run through a hole and score in the bonus zone near the death.
That’s a wrap from the Roosters at the NRL Auckland Nines, and the young guns really showed their skill over the three games.