The Sydney Roosters have done the double by adding the Grand Final win to their Minor Premiership success.
Trent Robinson’s side were full of stars on the day, none more so than Luke Keary, as they completely dominated the Melbourne Storm in running out 21-6 winners but in reality, the gulf between the teams was much more than that.
Cooper Cronk played, Keary starred but it definitely wasn’t the way Billy Slater wanted to end his career.
Our expert has run the rule over each player that hit the turf at ANZ Stadium tonight and while there are no 10’s, there were a few players that got awfully close to ‘the perfect game’.
JAMES TEDESCO (8.5) – caused havoc throughout the game after taking a bit of time to get into it. Set up the third try of the match and ran for over 216 metres
DANIEL TUPOU (9) – scored the first try and took countless hitups when needed to. Was only behind Tedesco for running metres (170)
LATRELL MITCHELL (9) – totally outpointed Will Chambers. Made a few solid breaks but his try, the second of the match for the Roosters, typified his performance after beating a few defenders to the line.
JOSEPH MANU (9) – pulled off arguably the play of the match when stripping Cameron Munster with a Storm try begging at 18-nil. Was heavily involved and broke the line a few times too.
BLAKE FERGUSON (8) – tireless performance in his last game for the Roosters. Took countless hitups and should’ve had a try if he didn’t take it a bit too casual.
LUKE KEARY (9.5) – a deserving Clive Churchill Medal winner. Ran the show with Cooper Cronk taking a back seat. Played the perfect game with the only flaw the intercept pass to Josh Addo-Carr. His kicking game took Slater and co out of the contest.
COOPER CRONK (7) – one of the best coaching performances on the field you will ever see. Didn’t offer a great deal in attack but his experience, guidance and calm head proved invaluable.
JARED WAEREA-HARGREAVES (8.5) – threw himself at the line the entire game. Was tough when he needed to be.
JAKE FRIEND (9) – great performance from the hooker. It’s not often anyone gets the better of Cameron Smith but he did. Broke the line, put the Storm on the back foot and made a great trysaver on Josh Addo-Carr.
SIOSIUA TAUKEIAHO (9) – the best of the Roosters forwards for mine. Was in the thick of the action right from the kick off and constantly pounded the Melbourne line.
BOYD CORDNER (9) – kept rolling forward despite getting extra attention from the Storm pack. He led his team into battle, running 140 metres to lead the chooks pack.
MITCH AUBUSSON (8) – was the bodyguard for Cooper Cronk and pulled off some great plays. Workmanlike in his effort today and produced 34 tackles.
VICTOR RADLEY (8.5) – did a great job considering he was pounded every time he took the ball up. Made a few big runs when the Roosters really needed him to.
ISAAC LIU (8.5) – big performance coming off the bench. Made 113 metres from 11 runs and relieved plenty of pressure for his side with a number of big hitups in the second 40 minutes.
DYLAN NAPA (7.5) – solid in his first game back from suspension. Did his job coming off the bench but didn’t have as much impact as some of his teammates.
ZANE TETEVANO (7.5) – didn’t get much of a chance to be involved but still made 84 metres. Did what Trent Robinson needed him to.
RYAN MATTERSON (8) – broke the line a few times as well as splitting the Storm line early in the second half. Racked up 22 tackles with one of those being a trysaver close to the line when the Storm were building momentum.
BILLY SLATER (5) – not the way he wanted to end his career. It was probably one of the worst games he’s played as the champ had very little influence on his team. Was driven back a few times early in the game which set the trend for the night.
SULIASI VUNIVALU (4) – defensive misread led to the first Roosters try. Drop ball in the 68th minute probably sums up his night.
WILL CHAMBERS (4) – one of the worst games of his career. Latrell Mitchell owned him for 80 minutes and his missed tackle on his opposite number was costly as it led to the Roosters second try.
CURTIS SCOTT (5) – didn’t do a bad job but made a break in the second half which could have led to a try to get his team back into it, however, the play stopped with him. Tried hard but couldn’t do a great deal.
JOSH ADDO-CARR (5) – driven back his first couple of touches but managed to bag an intercept try to give his team hope. Tried hard but couldn’t penetrate.
CAMERON MUNSTER (3) –sin-binned twice says it all about his night. Looked dangerous when attacking but nothing seemed to go right and it’s a game he would quickly want to forget.
BRODIE CROFT (5.5) – did what he could but when your pack isn’t giving you space, what can you do? Managed to force a line drop out and pulled off a good tackle on Tedesco when he threatened to break the line.
JESSE BROMWICH (5) – needed to put his hand up as leader of the Storm pack but, like many of his teammates, was largely ineffective.
CAMERON SMITH (5) – was shellshocked in the first 40 minutes. Used most of his tricks in the second 40 minutes and began to create chances but even he couldn’t get the Melbourne machine to fire – and that’s saying something!
TIM GLASBY (4) – ran for 18 metres which simply wasn’t good enough. He is a starter and when his team were struggling that is when he should’ve come up trumps, however, he was largely disappointing.
FELISE KAUFASI (5) – tireless performance and didn’t stop attacking the Roosters forward but he didn’t have too many friends in that regard. Marred his game with a few costly errors.
JOE STIMSON (5) – caused a few problems for the Roosters and targeted Cronk’s side of the field. Did what he could.
DALE FINUCANE (7) – the best of the beaten brigade. Kept on taking the hitups despite being belted every time and tried to lift his side. Made 96 metres to easily lead the Melbourne pack.
KENNY BROMWICH (5.5) – made the impact Craig Bellamy needed him to off the bench. Only Finucane made more metres than him for the Storm.
CHRISTIAN WELCH (4.5) – didn’t really get the opportunity to make an impact. Made 15 tackles and ran for just 36 metres when coming on in the last half hour.
BRANDON SMITH (4.5) – thrown in as a desperation play from Bellamy and he did bring some enthusiasm to the team. Made a nice break too but limited time to make an impression.
NELSON ASOFA-SOLOMONA (6) – the big man added some much needed punch to the Storm forwards when he came on. Made an error at the wrong time in the second half which halted the Storm’s comeback but he wasn’t alone in that regard.