NRL: Storm in Preliminary Final Berth

By Shane Saroya – EM TV Sports News

The Melbourne Storm have advanced to week three of the Telstra Premiership finals series and ended the minor premiers’ memorable 12-game winning streak with a tough 20-18 victory at Allianz Stadium on Friday night.

In what was a sour opening half with the Roosters up 8-6, the Storm drew level in the 48th minute from the boot of skipper Cameron Smith.

An error from Tuivasa-Sheck on his own line gave Melbourne a golden opportunity to go ahead,Kurt Mann scored and secure a 14-8 lead in the second half.

Roosters hit back from Michael Jennings who passed to Hastings to provide an inch-perfect kick to the chest of Shaun Kenny-Dowall. Maloney’s missed goal denied the Roosters a chance to draw level.

Before prop Tim Glasby with nine minutes remaining would ultimately prove the difference as the Storm handed their opponents their first loss since being defeated by the Sharks 10-4 back in Round 13.

The Roosters are now set to play on Friday night at Allianz Stadium against the winner of tonight’s elimination final between the Bulldogs and Dragons, while the Storm will enjoy a week off.

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