NYC Match Report | Round 14
The young Roosters outmuscled the Melbourne Storm in the Holden Cup on Saturday night with a 42-20 win at Allianz Stadium.
The Roosters were the first to post points in this one, and would do so within two minutes.
Nat Butcher would claim the opening try, after a fumble from the Storm saw Poasa Faamausili clean up and offload to Butcher who scored between the uprights untouched.
Some slick backline play saw the Storm reply in fine fashion through their fullback Jesse Arthars.
The back-and-forth affair was in full swing, and Nat Butcher had has hand in his side’s second try after he got a perfect ball to Lachlan Lam to put him over.
The Storm would go on to score back-to-back tries before the break, the first through Angelo Leaupepe after barging his way over, and the next from Talor Walters going over on the left wing.
They looked to go into the break with the lead, until a last minute clever grubber kick was pounced on by Kiah Cooper to bring the scores level at half time.
The Roosters started the second half off in fine fashion, with high energy and back-to-back tries to make it a ten point game.
The first was scored when Johnny-Tuivasa Sheck got the ball on the wing, then stepped and barged his way through two Storm defenders to plant it down on the right edge.
The next was some back-line brilliance from Bernard Lewis and Kiah Cooper to set up Grant Garvey to go over just wide of the uprights.
Jacob Tonge went over for the Storm to bring it back to a converted try lead for the Storm, only to have the rug pulled out from under their feet.
Garvey would score his double in the final fifteen minutes after skipping, dodging and sprinting his way over in an impressive effort on a big night for the young dummy-half.
In the final ten minutes it was Jarred Anderson to put it to bed, after collecting a nice pass from Ben Marschke and sprinting his way over on the right edge.
Nat Butcher collected a double of his own right at the death to make it a convincing win over the Melbourne Storm.