The Melbourne Storm are a side that are never down for long and they showed why, as they defeated the Sydney Roosters 26-18 at Allianz Stadium, with captain Cam Smith leading from the front.
Despite the win, however, the talking point will be just how long halfback Cooper Cronk will face on the sidelines, after he was put on report for a lifting tackle during the game, putting him in doubt for Origin 1 should he be suspended.
It was a rollercoaster type clash, as the Storm took a 12-0 lead before the Roosters levelled things up at one stage, only for the Storm to show why they won the premiership last year, as they kicked away and held on for the win.
Roosters fans were far from pleased, however in the lead-up to Cam Smith’s try close to the break, with Billy Slater appearing to have knocked on a couple of times in the process.
The Roosters had a late hope when Roger Tuivasa-Sheck scored, though a penalty goal by Smith put the game to bed, with coach Craig Bellamy pleased with his side’s performance, especially after their tough game against the Sea Eagles last week.
“I Buy Tramadol thought we showed some improvement against Manly and built on that tonight,” he said.
“We started the game the way we wanted to start the game. We played in patches after that but it is hard to put in a complete 80-minute performance. But it was a much better performance tonight.
“It is pleasing to put that sort of effort in. We’re not back to where we exactly want to be but the effort was there tonight.
“To score 26 points was a good night for us.”
For Trent Robinson, the Roosters coach, although he thought that both referees had a bit of an off night, he did not put the loss down to their decision-making.
“I thought there were some hard calls but they didn’t cost us the game,” he said.
“Melbourne taught us a lesson tonight.
“It was disappointing they got away (at the start) … I thought they were outstanding on their last plays.
“At the end of the day, we have to defend that and we didn’t do that.
“We did well to fight back but 26 points in the end is not good enough.”
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