It is Fulltime and the Melbourne Storm escape with a 9-8 win thanks to a late Cameron Smith field goal. Stay tuned for the Match Report and 3,2,1's coming up @LeagueUnlimited!
Blake Ferguson makes a strong run towards the posts and Cronk takes the shot but it charged down and the Storm win it!
Cameron Smith now takes a shot and James Tedesco puts him under pressure but he gets it! Storm in front 9-8!
Billy Slater knocks on in the play the ball. Roosters off the hook big time and get the scrum 13m out from their own line.
Now Cameron Munster takes a shot and it is charged down. 6 more Storm!
Cooper Cronk now takes a long range shot at field goal and Ryan Hoffman charges down the ball and re-gathers! Huge play and Storm have it just short of halfway.
The Storm get a Differential Penalty and Cameron Munster takes the shot off the scrum but misses from in front!
Will Chambers makes a great run near the posts but Cameron Munster drops the ball off Slater and i think Munster was expecting Slater to take the shot at Field Goal.
Luke Keary tries to offload to Nat Butcher who isn't expecting the pass and it is a Storm scrum on halfway.
INJURY UPDATE - Dylan Napa has a knee issue after a low tackle from Nelson Asofa-Solomona. He comes from the field. Hopefully just a jarring of the knee.
Luke Keary kicks across field looking for Blake Ferguson who bats it back but Sitili Tupouniua knocks on. Then Munster does the sames. Scrum Storm 12m from their own line.
Latrell Mitchell has hit the post from in front and Sitili Tupouniua pounces on the rebound! What a miss!
Penalty Roosters - Nelson Asofa-Solomona not back the 10m and Roosters will take the 2 points right in front.
Latrell Mitchell nails it from the sideline! 8 all in Adelaide as the rain starts to fall.
VIDEO REF - TRY - James Tedesco switches to right hand side and collects a deflection off Josh Addo-Carr and Tedesco puts Matt Ikuvalu over for his first NRL try! 8-6 Storm kick from the sideline to come.
Daniel Tupou gets a superb pass from James Tedesco and he looks all set until Jahrome Hughes comes across and strips the ball one on one! Huge effort from Hughes! Storm scrum 10m from their own line.
Hero to villain for Nelson Asofa-Solomona who knocks on in the play the ball on the first tackle! Roosters scrum 16m out!
Cameron Smith adds the extras and it is 2,300 career points for the Storm skipper.
Nelson Asofa-Solomona crashes over under the posts off a great ball from the skipper Cameron Smith and we have a try in Adelaide! Storm lead 6-2 kick to come.
Billy Slater tries to put Scott into space and Blake Ferguson puts down the intercept chance. Storm scrum 10m out.
Great kick on the last close to the line by Will Chambers and James Tedesco slides in to take it dead...he would have loved that to come off on Sunday night! Dropout Roosters.
Cameron Smith tries a deft grubber on the last close to the line, but James Tedesco reads it and is tackled 8m from his own line.
Kick on the last and Cronk toes it through but the ball goes dead. Strom with the 20m re-start.
INJURY UPDATE - Josh Addo-Carr limping after Latrell Mitchell tries to drag him into touch. On the field for now.
Off the tap Nelson Asofa-Solomona knocks on! Roosters ball 25m from their own line.
Victor Radley sent to the Sin Bin for a high shot on Christian Welch but it was off the ball. Roosters down to 12 men.
Jake Friend kicks early in the set and Billy Slater again take sit on the full...he then jets straight towards Cooper Cronk and he makes a strong tackle.
Matt Ikuvalu knocks on now. Storm scrum 35m out from their own line.
Billy Slater throws a poor pass on the first tackle and Suliasi Vunivalu knocks on. Roosters off the hook.
Victor Radley knocks on and Storm a big chance 20m out.
Cameron Smith kicks across field on the last but James Tedesco is there and Roosters have the ball 5m from their own line.
Back underway at Adelaide Oval!
It is Halftime in Adelaide and it is 2 all at the break. Is this A-League, Super Rugby? The SA crowd want some tries! C'mon! Stay tuned for all the Second Half action @League Unlimited.
Latrell Mitchell misses the kick and the score remains 2 all.
Penalty Storm - Shoulder charge from Suliasi Vunivalu on James Tedesco without the ball. Not much in it but Roosters will take the 2.
Penalty Roosters - Curtis Scott puts on a strong hit on Blake Ferguson but goes on with it in the tackle. Plenty of words. Roosters in the line just over halfway and may get an opportunity here.
Cameron Smith evens up the score. 2 all at Adelaide Oval.
Yet another Penalty inside the 20m attacking zone and right in front. Cameron Smith elects to level things up this time.
Penalty Storm - Against Victor Radley for a flop. Storm will take the tap 15m out!
Penalty Roosters - Cameron Smith at his best, crashes into the inexperienced Lindsay Collins in the line and the Storm get a penalty for an old fashioned sheperd.
Cameron Smith chips over the line on the last but Nat Butcher gets back to take it on the full and it is a 20m re-start for the Tricolours.
Latrell Mitchell opens the scoring at Adelaide Oval. 2-0 to the Roosters.
Fourth Penalty Roosters - Jake Friend points to the posts this time!
Third Penalty Roosters - Jahrome Hughes not back 10m. Roosters take the tap.
Another Penalty Roosters - Against Will Chambers for hands on the ball. Roosters 20m out now.
Penalty Roosters - Against Jahrome Hughes for tackling James Tedesco in the air. Roosters find the line just short of halfway.
Kenneath Bromwich has a big look at the defence and loses possession, Scrum Roosters 15m from their own line.
Matt Ikuvalu knocks on in the play the ball. Storm on the attack 22m out!
VIDEO REF - NO TRY Quick hands from Will Chambers and Suliasi Vunivalu dives and he almost pulls off a miracle on the cover defence, however he puts the ball on James Tedesco's boot. Very close!
Third Penalty - Roosters at their best, giving deliberate penalties! Smith taps again.
Another Penalty Storm - Crusher tackle by Isaac Liu on Kenny Bromwich again right in front. Smith takes the tap again.
Penalty Storm - James Tedesco not back 10m and it is right in front. Cameron Smith takes the tap and Storm on the attack!
Billy Slater grubbers on the last tackle which takes a wicked bounce in goal and Blake Ferguson just manages to bat it dead by his fingertips. Dropout Roosters.
Blake Ferguson takes a quick tap and gets the penalty. Great stuff from the big winger. Roosters find the line on halfway.
Blake Ferguson does really well by putting one foot in goal, take the kick on the full and gets the 20m re-start.
Roosters put on a backline play but James Tedesco throws a very forward pass to Daniel Tupou and it is a scrum to the Storm 40m from their own line.
Nat Butcher is tackled on the last, as the Roosters get a chance to attack close to the line. Handover Melbourne.
Penalty Storm - Against Matt Ikuvalu for making contact with Josh Addo-carr in the air when contesting a bomb. Storm find the line 30m out from their own line.
Will Chambers gets an early reminder of Origin as he is dragged into touch by Latrell Mitchell and Daniel Tupou who does most of the work. Scrum Roosters 22m out from their own line.
Blake Ferguson gets a ball from Isaac Liu on the outside and he takes on Josh Addo-Carr but loses the ball. Scrum Storm on halfway.
Cooper Cronk bombs to Billy Slater for the first time ever! Slater takes it comfortably and is tackled 25m from the Storm line.
We are underway in RADelaide! Sio Siua Taukeiaho brings the ball back for the Roosters!
Welcome to Adelaide Oval, where the City of Churches plays host to an absolute blockbuster in our second match of Friday Night Football. Roosters number 7 Cooper Cronk faces his former club after playing over 300 matches for the Storm in what promises to be a preview to September football. The Roosters have some late changes with Mitchell Aubusson ruled out with a hamstring injury and he is replaced in the starting side by Matthew Ikuvalu in jersey #17. Sitili Tupouniua makes his NRL debut in jersey #18 from the bench. The Storm also have some changes to their 17 named on Tuesday, with halfback Ryley Jacks out, replaced by Jahrome Hughes in jersey #17. QLD Origin backrower Felise Kaufusi will also miss the match, replaced by Joe Stimson in jersey #16. The elevation of Hughes and Stimson to the starting side sees Tui Kamikammica in jersey #19 and Pat Kaufusi in jersey #20 get their chance from the pine. Despite the late changes, some big names remain so expect plenty out of tonight’s match up. Stay tuned for all the action coming up @LeagueUnlimited, kickoff not far away!
Referees & scorers:
Referees: Grant Atkins, Gavin Badger
Touch Judges: Phil Henderson, Nick Beashel
Video Referee: Jared Maxwell, Ben Galea
SYDNEY ROOSTERS (8)
Tries: Matt Ikuvalu
Conversions: Latrell Mitchell (1/1)
Penalty Goals: Latrell Mitchell (1/3)
MELBOURNE STORM (9)
Tries: Nelson Asofa-Solomona
Field Goals: Cameron Smith (1/1)
Conversions: Cameron Smith (1/1)
Penalty Goals: Cameron Smith (1/1)