Melbourne Storm edge past Sydney Roosters in tight contest

Xavier Trudeau
Août 13, 2017

The competition-leading Storm kept their four-point buffer, needing just one more win from their remaining three matches to secure the JJ Giltinan Shield.

Melbourne Storm's Suliasi Vunivalu pulled off a freaky double flying karate kick in their win over the Roosters at AAMI Park tonight.

"We're at absolutely no stage thinking that it's us and then daylight, absolutely no way".

Second-rower Joe Stimson, in his debut NRL season, was the man of the moment, scoring in the 77th minute for his team to regain the match-winning lead.

With the Storm leading 4-0 midway through the first half, Vunivalu made a decision to try and evade Roosters defenders by jumping at them and sticking his knees out.

Bellamy said because Vunivalu didn't actually hit any players with his knee it wasn't deserving of more than a penalty.

Roosters coach Trent Robinson was equally puzzled but said it shouldn't be part of the game.

Melbourne's lead was out to 12-6 until the 61st match when Roosters centre Latrell Mitchell slotted a superb conversion of Mitch Aubusson's sideline try that levelled the score at 12-12.

"I'm not quite sure what Suli was trying to do there ... it was probably a bit of a brain fade", Bellamy said.

"It was a pretty big play in the game to be quite honest, I think they scored on the end of that penalty so yeah, hopefully he learns a lesson and he doesn't do it again".

With Roosters co-captains Boyd Cordner and Jake Friend back in the line-up after long injury spells Robinson felt there was a lot of upside.

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