A plucky Sydney Roosters side tonight ‘got out of jail’ – with Mitchell Pearce scoring a try in the final 30 seconds of the match to steal the win.
Pearce stripped Gower one on one and raced away to score a try that will surely tear the heart out of Matt Elliott and his Panthers.
In a match that didn’t really reach any great heights, it seemed Penrith would walk away safe winners after some controversy early on. Sadly we saw some ‘milking’ of penalities and Paul Aiton faking injury to get possession. The NRL must intervene now to prevent more of this.
The Roosters winning 24-20.
In North Queensland, the Melbourne Storm blew through the tropics and crushed all hope – with the Storm putting on a clinic, wiping the floor 58-12 with the hapless Cowboys. Graham Murray, still reeling from the NSW Origin loss must now try and rebuild confidence and keep the Cowboys season on the rails.
The Storm were brilliant across the park, with most players looking dangerous with every touch. The only blemish being a selfish charge from Israel Folaou which probably prevented more points. Folaou choosing not to pass to open support players in the hope he could score himself. The Storm rested Dallas Johnson and Brett White but were still formidable, new recruit Clint Newton having a strong game and scoring his first try for his new club.