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NRL Thursday blog: Melbourne survive Cameron Munster sin-bin to outlast Roosters in error-strewn clash
19 Apr 2024
The Storm survived a Cameron Munster sin-bin and a Roosters comeback to seal a win thanks to a try from Xavier Coates that puts Melbourne on top of the ladder, as Trent Robinson fumed at the referees.

A frustrated Trent Robinson is questioning why Melbourne were awarded a controversial try in the Sydney Roosters' 18-12 loss to the Storm.

Back-rower Eli Katoa barged his way over the Roosters' line midway through the first half at Sydney Football Stadium on Thursday night.

But as he fended off Michael Jennings and Luke Keary to ground the ball, replays appeared to show Jennings had been driven off the tackle by Storm prop Nelson Asofa-Solomona.

Taking opposition players out of a tackle is illegal.

But despite replays and several reviews from the bunker, the try was awarded and proved decisive in a six-point win.

Robinson was visibly angry when cameras panned to him in the box and that theme continued in his post-match press conference.

"It's really clear, they (the NRL) came out at the end of the year and if you lend weight to a tackler in a stationary or forward momentum, then it'll be stopped," Robinson said.

"Or if it's in a try it's going to be a penalty.

"It's really quite simple, he (Asofa-Solomona) runs in from distance, touches his player and Jenko (Jennings) and his player scores.

"Did he lend weight to the play? Yes he did."

Robinson was also left annoyed by the failure of referee Ashley Klein during the build-up to Xavier Coates' match-winning try.

Melbourne centre Reimis Smith appeared to disrupt the Roosters' hopes of fielding the ball.

It was telling in a game — arguably the worst of the season thus far, marred by 22 errors and 17 penalties — that all five tries came from final-tackle play kicks.

Melbourne drew first blood 13 minutes into the game when Jahrome Hughes sent up a kick that winger Will Warbrick was able to bat back into the arms of Katoa.

The Storm back-rower found Hughes racing onto the ball, the halfback evading James Tedesco and Daniel Tupou to score the opening try of the night.

Jennings hit back for the Roosters by diving on a loose ball in the in-goal before Katoa restored Melbourne's six-point lead with his controversial try.

Leading 12-6 at halftime, Melbourne kept hammering but couldn't find a way through and their hunt to open up a gap was compounded by Cameron Munster being sent to the sin bin for a professional foul.

Munster returned but eventually the Storm's resolute defence cracked as rugby union-bound Joey Manu crossed with 10 minutes left.

Coates, however, was able to continue his trend of scoring at the death, barging his way over to give the visitors the victory.

Craig Bellamy's side have now beaten the Roosters in nine of their last 10 attempts and move up to first.

"It looked like we were taking the easy options a little bit too much, we just had to have a little bit more patience," Bellamy said.

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Last Game: The Roosters lost against the Canterbury Bulldogs 26 - 32 at Telstra Stadium, Australia (7655 days ago)  game results here
 Sydney City Roosters Season 0 Stats (All games)
 Total Games Played 26 
 Away Games 26 
    Away Wins 13 
 Home Games
    Home Wins
 Total Tries: 47 
 Total Goals: 42 
 Total Field Goals:
 Total Points For: 647 
 Total Points Against: 585 
 Leagues the Sydney City Roosters are in
1995 Winfield Cup, 1996 Optus Cup, 1998 NRL Season, 1998 NRL Finals, 1999 NRL Country Carnival, 1999 NRL Season, 1999 NRL Finals, 2000 NRL Season, 2000 NRL Finals, 2001 NRL Pre-Season, 2001 NRL Season, 2001 NRL Finals, 2002 NRL Season, 2002 NRL Finals, 2003 NRL Season,

 Players in 2002
Adrian Morley, Andrew Lomu, Anthony Minichiello, Brad Fittler, Brett Mullins, Bryan Fletcher, Chris Flannery, Craig Fitzgibbon, Craig Wing, Dallas Hood, Eric Grothe, Justin Hodges, Luke Milton, Luke Ricketson, Mark Leafa, Michael Crocker, Paul Green, Ryan Cross, Shannon Hegarty, Simon Bonetti,

 Players in 2001
Albert Talapeau, Anthony Mundine, Craig Field, Dean Widders, Ian Rubin, Jamie Russo, Luke Phillips, Matt Sing, Michael Korkidas, Nathan Tutt, Peter Cusack, Quentin Pongia, Sam Obst, Scott Logan, Todd Byrne, Trent Clayton,

 Players in 2000
Adrian Lam, David Solomona, Jack Elsegood, Julian Bailey, Robert Miles,

 Players in 1999
Andrew Walker, Craig Kimmorley, Ivan Cleary, Nat Wood, Richard Barnett, Shane Rigon,
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Last Results

Friday, 9 May, 2003
Canterbury 32
Sydney City 26


Friday, 2 May, 2003
Sydney City 44
Parramatta 12


Friday, 25 Apr, 2003
St George 24
Sydney City 20


Friday, 18 Apr, 2003
Sydney City 27
Brisbane 20


Saturday, 12 Apr, 2003
Sydney City 32
Cowboys 0


Sunday, 6 Apr, 2003
Sydney City 40
Sharks 20


Sunday, 30 Mar, 2003
Penrith 23
Sydney City 22


Friday, 21 Mar, 2003
Sydney City 14
Newcastle 10


Friday, 14 Mar, 2003
Sydney City 32
Parramatta 14


Saturday, 28 Sep, 2002
Sydney City 16
Brisbane 12


2003 NRL LADDER
Round 10
May 17th - 18th
Pos  Team Name  P
 1   Canberra   16 
 2   Brisbane   14 
 3   Warriors   14 
 4   Sydney City   12 
 5   Melbourne   12 
 6   Newcastle   12 
 7   Penrith   12 
 8   Canterbury   10 
 9   St George   10 
 10   Eagles   8 
 11   Cowboys   8 
 12   Sharks   6 
 13   Wests Tigers   6 
 14   Parramatta   4 
 15   South Sydney   2 
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