On Monday night the Roosters showed up at AAMI Park ready to win, and win they did when they handed a weakened Melbourne a big 38 – 6 loss.
Sydney have been unpredictable this season, with fans never sure which team will turn up on match day. It was a big improvement this week following their embarrassing 42 – 18 loss to the Sharks in Round 13, and despite their hit-and-miss form the Roosters are still in the top eight.
Melbourne has now lost their past two, and out of their three games at the new AAMI Park home ground, have only been able to win one. It was a tough ask this round as the depleted Storm were missing Origin starts Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk, Greg Inglis and Cameron Smith and despite the eagerness of their young replacements, the inexperience of the Melbourne side that played was their downfall.
The Chooks totally dominated from the get go on Monday in their seven-tries-to-one win. The grinding first quarter showed no indication of how high the final score would be for Sydney, as neither team opened their account until the Roosters Mose Masoe got over in the 18th minute.
Todd Carney converted the try and the visitors lead by six. Carney, filling in as halfback for Mitchell Pearce also away on Origin duty, was in great form.
From there it was Sydney all the way, and in the first half they managed another two tries one each to Phil Graham and debutant Kane Linnett 10 minutes apart in the 26th and 36th minutes. Carney made it three from three and the Roosters went to the break with a comfortable 18 – nil lead.
Back from the break it was more of the same from both sides. The Roosters got in another four unanswered tries in the second half after some flimsy defence from the home side, two before Melbourne had even got any points on the board.
First Anthony Minichiello crossed in the 51st minute, backed up five minutes later by Phil Graham making it a match double. Carney kicked one from two to increase the Roosters lead to a now undeniable 28 – nil.
Melbourne were kept scoreless until there was just 11 minutes to go, when Rory Kostjasyn finally scored in the 69th minute and Chase Stanley’s conversion giving them their only six points.
But the Roosters hadn’t finished yet, and hammered two more nails into the Storm’s coffin, as Frank Paul Nuuausala and Sam Perrett scored a try each inside the final 10 minutes, Carney’s final conversion in the 79th minute brining their final winning score up to 38 points.
This weekend Melbourne have another home game this time playing the Cowboys and should be able to improve their record at AAMI Park with a win, while the Roosters have a bye. Check out the odds for the Storm v Cowboys clash at Ladbrokes.com.au today!