Storm collared in Sydney
A powerful display from the Sydney Roosters handed Melbourne their fourth defeat of the 2015 season on Monday night.
After opening the scoring in just the second minute of play, the Roosters did not look back leaving Craig Bellamy's side with a mountain to climb as they struggled to gain both possession and territory.
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The hosts made Melbourne pay for an error just two minutes into the match, scoring with their first foray forward after a dropped ball from Mahe Fonua. After opening the scoring on the right wing, the one way traffic continued as Sydney doubled their advantage finding success on the opposite wing as Daniel Tupou crossed untouched.
Dominating field position and controlling momentum, the Roosters extended their advantage through two penalty goals but failed to cross the try line again during the opening 40 minutes despite all their possession.
Uncharacteristically sloppy with the ball in hand, Storm struggled to build pressure in attack and were kept scoreless until just before the main break where a penalty goal reduced the hosts' half-time lead to 10-points.
Melbourne tried to claw their way back into the arm wrestle following the break. However the visitors were unable to make inroads despite multiple attacking raids.
Controlling the wealth of possession, second half tries to the right edge combination of Aubusson and Kenny-Dowall further extended Sydney's lead, leaving them with a 22-point victory.
Melbourne have five days to recover and will travel to Penrith to face the Panthers in Round 13.
Melbourne Storm 2
Goals: Cameron Smith 1
Sydney Roosters 24
Tries: Shaun Kenny-Dowall 2m, Daniel Tupou 8m, Mitchell Aubusson 55m, Shaun Kenny-Dowall 63m
Goals: James Maloney 4