Xavier Coates’ hat-trick helped the Storm to their most convincing win of the season in a 28-8 victory over the Sydney Roosters in Melbourne on Thursday night.
- Storm scored 1 try from 5 against Roosters
- Cameron Munster played a key role in Storm
- Storm moved to 2nd place on the ladder after winning
The winger Coates scored three tries but had to share the spotlight with star playmaker Cameron Munster and hooker Harry Grant.
Munster set up two tries and scored one himself to continue his dominant season since returning from a finger injury.
The Storm are now second on the ladder with 8 points, ahead of the Warriors and Roosters on points difference.
The Warriors have a chance to reclaim second place behind competition leaders Brisbane when they face the Knights at Newcastle on Sunday.
Against the Storm, Victor Radley was the Roosters villain, sent to Sinbin, and reported a late shot to Munster in the 27th minute as the home side attacked the line.
The Roosters were leading 8-6 at that stage, but by the time Rock returned, the visitors were down 18-8 and the Storm had run away with the match.
The Storm attack was firing on all cylinders, with Munster, Grant, halfback Jarome Hughes and fullback Nick Meaney all participating.
The Roosters fell short on target with just 13 handling errors, 39 missed tackles and a 62% completion rate.
The Storm’s forward pack was also commendable, with skipper Christian Welch winning a running battle with Jared Walea Hargreaves and Rock Josh King on his feet.
The Roosters’ only try came when winger Jackson Paulo came across a long floating pass from Sam Walker in the 12th minute.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-04-06/nrl-melbourne-storm-sydney-roosters/102198236 The Melbourne Storm beat the Sydney Roosters 28-8 to move into the top four of the NRL