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Friday, 19 April 2019

Mitchell heroics down Storm in golden point


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Latrell Mitchell has capped off a herculean performance with a 45-metre field goal in golden point to hand Melbourne their first loss of the season in a 21-20 thriller.

Mitchell was scintillating in the 2018’s grand final rematch, scoring a try, setting one up and icing a game which the Roosters could have let slip through their fingers having allowed the Storm to claw their way back from a 20-point deficit.

It was a tale of two halves at AAMI Park as the visitors stormed to a 20-point lead within 30-minutes off the back of Mitchell’s heroics.

The young centre was reminiscent of recently retired Greg Inglis as he tore away, fending off three defenders, before putting it on the plate for Jared Waerea-Hargreaves in the 28th minute.

Latrell Mitchell wins it for Roosters

The Storm managed to see themselves over the line at the stroke of half-time which sparked a thunderous turnaround from Craig Bellamy’s men upon returning to the park.

Cameron Smith was at his best to spur the comeback, setting up a the Storm’s second and running from dummy half to force the repeat set leading to the equalizer.

But it was to be the Ferrari’s night after the final whistle, receiving the ball over Cooper Cronk, to prove his worth for the Tri-Colours.

“I can’t say anything, I’ve got nothing to say,” an overcome Mitchell said following the moment.

Latrell Mitchell wins it for Roosters

“I’ve just turned around I knew it straight away.

“I just wanted to rub it in to be honest vie been copping an ear bashing all night, but that’s just passion, I’m a passionate player and it shows.

“It’s not easy to come up against Melbourne Storm…they’re at the top of the table for a reason.”

The ill-feeling between the two teams came to a head in the 68th minute when the game exploded in a melee although no players were sin-binned by referee Ashley Klein.

The Roosters' cause wasn't helped losing star playmaker Luke Keary in the 60th minute when he clashed heads with Storm fullback Jahrome Hughes and was assisted from the field.

Roosters and Storm get physical

The visitors had already lost powerhouse prop Siosiua Taukeiaho to a back injury in the warm-up.

The first half was all Roosters with Mitchell the main dangerman, scoring one try and setting up another as he ran 44m, fending off his Curtis Scott and then winger Suliasi Vunivalu before offloading to James Tedesco.

Ex-Storm champion Cronk was greeted by boos from the 17,000-strong crowd and came in for some special attention from his former teammates.

While the Roosters ran in three first-half tries, the Storm didn't get on the scoreboard until the 38th minute with winger Josh Addo-Carr breaking the drought, while Brodie Croft kicked a penalty after the half-time hooter for a 12-point deficit.

Melbourne's fightback started when skipper Cameron Smith darted out of dummy half and found Tui Kamikamica who crashed over the line.

With their tails up Scott then made amends for blowing a first half try when he failed to ground the ball over the line when he also charged from dummy-half to score, with the conversion by Croft locking the game up at 20-20.

Croft had two wayward attempts at a field goal to break the deadlock before Mitchell made no mistake in the first crack.

- with AAP

Latrell Mitchell has capped off a herculean performance with a 45-metre field goal in golden point to hand Melbourne their first loss of the season in a 21-20 thriller.

Mitchell was scintillating in the 2018’s grand final rematch, scoring a try, setting one up and icing a game which the Roosters could have let slip through their fingers having allowed the Storm to claw their way back from a 20-point deficit.

It was a tale of two halves at AAMI Park as the visitors stormed to a 20-point lead within 30-minutes off the back of Mitchell’s heroics.

The young centre was reminiscent of recently retired Greg Inglis as he tore away, fending off three defenders, before putting it on the plate for Jared Waerea-Hargreaves in the 28th minute.

Latrell Mitchell wins it for Roosters

The Storm managed to see themselves over the line at the stroke of half-time which sparked a thunderous turnaround from Craig Bellamy’s men upon returning to the park.

Cameron Smith was at his best to spur the comeback, setting up a the Storm’s second and running from dummy half to force the repeat set leading to the equalizer.

But it was to be the Ferrari’s night after the final whistle, receiving the ball over Cooper Cronk, to prove his worth for the Tri-Colours.

“I can’t say anything, I’ve got nothing to say,” an overcome Mitchell said following the moment.

Latrell Mitchell wins it for Roosters

“I’ve just turned around I knew it straight away.

“I just wanted to rub it in to be honest vie been copping an ear bashing all night, but that’s just passion, I’m a passionate player and it shows.

“It’s not easy to come up against Melbourne Storm…they’re at the top of the table for a reason.”

The ill-feeling between the two teams came to a head in the 68th minute when the game exploded in a melee although no players were sin-binned by referee Ashley Klein.

The Roosters' cause wasn't helped losing star playmaker Luke Keary in the 60th minute when he clashed heads with Storm fullback Jahrome Hughes and was assisted from the field.

Roosters and Storm get physical

The visitors had already lost powerhouse prop Siosiua Taukeiaho to a back injury in the warm-up.

The first half was all Roosters with Mitchell the main dangerman, scoring one try and setting up another as he ran 44m, fending off his Curtis Scott and then winger Suliasi Vunivalu before offloading to James Tedesco.

Ex-Storm champion Cronk was greeted by boos from the 17,000-strong crowd and came in for some special attention from his former teammates.

While the Roosters ran in three first-half tries, the Storm didn't get on the scoreboard until the 38th minute with winger Josh Addo-Carr breaking the drought, while Brodie Croft kicked a penalty after the half-time hooter for a 12-point deficit.

Melbourne's fightback started when skipper Cameron Smith darted out of dummy half and found Tui Kamikamica who crashed over the line.

With their tails up Scott then made amends for blowing a first half try when he failed to ground the ball over the line when he also charged from dummy-half to score, with the conversion by Croft locking the game up at 20-20.

Croft had two wayward attempts at a field goal to break the deadlock before Mitchell made no mistake in the first crack.

- with AAP

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