NRL 2021 round six LIVE updates: Grant stars for Storm as Roosters flounder
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Two terrific games of rugby league tonight. It was a nice change from some of the blowouts we’ve seen in prime time slots to start the season.
Catch you all again soon.
The Storm finish with a comprehensive 20-4 win.
Roosters errors and ill-discipline allowed the home side to keep their foot on the tri-colours’ throat and while they were able to repel Craig Bellamy’s side for the first 40 minutes, the second half was a different story.
Harry Grant was the difference.
He carved the fatigued Roosters up through the middle third in the second half and scored the sealer.
FT – Storm 20-4 Roosters
Too little, too late for the tri-colours.
Matt Ikuvalu scored a try with 30 seconds remaining but the Storm will finish the night with two premiership points.
Storm 20-4 Roosters with 30 seconds to play
Harry Grant is a star.
The Queensland hooker has been the difference in this match and he just burrowed over from close range to score the sealer.
The Roosters were always going to fatigue after their mammoth defensive effort in the first 40 and the Storm have looked a different class in the second half.
Storm 20-0 Roosters with 11 minutes to play
That will be the try that broke the Roosters’ back.
The visitors have tackled themselves to the point of exhaustion and Papenhuyzen’s try was relatively soft, by Roosters standards.
It’ll take a miracle to turn this match around. The Storm are relentless.
Storm 14-0 Roosters with 21 minutes to play
The Storm star is starting to carve the visitors to shreds through the middle third.
His first thought is to run out of dummy half and the Roosters can’t keep up.
One more try and the visitors will be out of this contest.
Storm 10-0 Roosters after 55 minutes
It’s taken 49 minutes but we have a try.
Harry Grant found Jahrome Hughes after the Storm earned a repeat set inside the Roosters’ 20 and the halfback steamed through a big hole in the visitors’ defence.
The tri-colours look like they’re running on empty, which is understandable given the amount of defending they’ve done to this point.
Storm 10-0 Roosters after 50 minutes
Referee Adam Gee ruled Nelson Asofa-Solomona had knocked the ball on.
Jesse Bromwich challenged and the bunker found no knock on.
That was a critical call from the Storm skipper as the Roosters would have had a fresh set deep inside Melbourne’s half.
The Roosters enforcer appeared to slam his head on the AAMI Park turf after being tackled but was also carrying his arm as he headed down the tunnel.
We’ll bring you updates as soon as we can.
Storm 4-0 Roosters after 45 minutes
We’re back underway at AAMI Park.
Let’s hope the second half is as compelling as the first.
Storm 4-0 Roosters
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