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Melbourne Storm vs Sydney Roosters: 6 things we learned

The Storm fought out a tough 16-13 victory over the Roosters in a game that lived up to its billing. Here's what we learned along the way.

The Storm have came away with a 16-13 victory in a closely fought contest. While not their most convincing performance to date, Melbourne continued their habit of coming out on top in tight matches. 

  1. 1 Storm slot the penalty goals

    The Storm converted three penalty goals throughout the contest with the weather conditions being far from ideal and the Roosters' defence holding up well. The two-pointers were ultimately the difference on the scoreboard at full time.

  2. 2 Both sides showcase defensive skills

    Both sides showed resolute defending on their own line and in the middle of the park with the game being a bruising encounter throughout.

    While Melbourne and the Roosters have put plenty of points on the board this season, their defensive efforts showed why they are fighting it out at the top end of the table.

  3. 3 Connor Watson a constant threat

    Connor Watson has been filling in at fullback for the injured Michael Gordon and is certainly making the most of his time there. He was a constant threat throughout the night.

    His kick returns were dynamic and caused the Storm some problems on numerous occasions. Watson could prove to be a brilliant recruit for the Knights ahead of next season. He is already showing why he and Kalyn Ponga will have a strong battle for Newcastle's number one jersey in 2018.

  4. 4 Penalty try decision proves controversial

    Midway through the first half, Storm winger Suliasi Vunivalu was taken out while attempting to gather the ball and score a try. The bunker agreed with the on-field referee's ruling and gave a try. 

    To award a penalty try, officials must believe that the player would have scored if not for the illegal play of opposition players. The Roosters may well feel hard done by in this case. Vunivalu still had lots of work to do to regather a bad bounce of the ball five metres from the line, with the rain falling and defenders around. A penalty try seemed a harsh decision and one which was pivotal in the final result.

  5. 5 Storm all-but wrap up Minor Premiership

    The Storm now sit six points clear at the top of the ladder and need just one win from the final three rounds to seal their second consecutive Minor Premiership.

    Melbourne have looked nearly unstoppable all season and look set to be carrying that form into the finals series.

  6. 6 Finals football comes early

    This game was tipped to be a preview of what we can expect from the finals series and it didn't disappoint. 

    Both sides threw everything at each other throughout the contest in attack and defence. The game wasn't decided until the final minutes and could well be an indicator of what is to come if these sides face off again in the finals.

    What were your highlights from Melbourne's narrow win over the Roosters? Let us know in the comments below.


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Tom Stratton

I'm a Tennis coach and a full on Cronulla Sharks fan. I love football and support Juventus aswell as playing on weekends. I'm crazy about sport and never shy about sharing my opinions about it.

Melbourne Storm vs Sydney Roosters: 6 things we learned

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