NRL Finals as it happened: Melbourne book spot in preliminary final with 18-13 victory over the Roosters

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  • Goodbye
  • Melbourne book preliminary final spot after defeating Roosters
  • Storm score in final minutes to nudge ahead
  • Tyran Wishart misses field goal attempt for Storm
  • Roosters take lead for first time with field goal for Walker
  • Lindsay Collins scores for Roosters
  • Storm take penalty kick to extend to six-point lead
  • Final 40 minutes under way
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Well, that’s all folks.

Melbourne march on to another preliminary final with coach Craig Bellamy, and the Roosters get to put their feet up.

There’s still another game of finals footy this weekend, with the Knights taking on the Warriors in New Zealand at 4:05pm AEST tomorrow.

Until then, enjoy your night, and we’ll bring you all the live action again tomorrow.

Melbourne celebrate at full time.Credit: Getty Images

Match highlights

Referee Ashley Klein to face criticism for missed knock on from Harry Grant

That’s it for the Roosters in 2023.

A massive effort from the Tricolours after a (let’s face it) shocking start to the season.

The players had nothing left to give, and they found another gear in that second half to try and clench victory, but considering their injury woes this week, they did a pretty good job.

Referee Ashley Klein will now have to face the wrath of Roosters coach Trent Robinson for the missed knock of from Harry Grant which resulted in a try, and in the end, that was the difference.

The Roosters take a breather after losing to Melbourne.Credit: Getty

Munster: ‘We have trained all year in those scenarios’

Statistics after 80 minutes

Tedesco: ‘We just kept fighting’

Melbourne book preliminary final spot after defeating Roosters

With a try in the dying minutes of the game, the Melbourne Storm have defeated the Roosters 18-13 and booked themselves a spot in next week’s preliminary final against Penrith.

It looked like the Roosters had done enough when Sam Walker kicked a field goal with eight minutes left in the game, but somehow the Storm were able to deliver and give the 19,000 strong crowd something to cheer about.

All hope looked lost for the Storm when Tyran Wishart bungled a field goal attempt, but a kick from Cameron Munster and safe put down from Will Warbrick has handed victory to Melbourne.

Full time: Storm 18, Roosters 13

Storm score in final minutes to nudge ahead

Just when it looked like the game was lost, the Storm have rallied for the most chaotic set of the game.

Cameron Munster put in a phenomenal kick at the end of the set, and Will Warbrick beat Junior Pauga for the ball and scored to put the Storm ahead with just minutes left in this game.

Nick Meaney nails the kick and the crowd is celebrating already.

Storm 18, Roosters 13

Will Warbrick scores the game winning try for the Storm.Credit: Getty

Tyran Wishart misses field goal attempt for Storm

It was starting to look really good for the Roosters, but Jaxson Paulo has made an error.

The Storm are just 10 metres away from the Roosters line, and they let their set play out.

Tyran Wishart goes for the field goal attempt and totally blunders it with Luke Keary putting the pressure on with a chase down.

Roosters 13, Storm 12 with four minutes to go

Roosters take lead for first time with field goal for Walker

This is history repeating itself.

Sam Walker has kicked a field goal on the final play of the Roosters set, and the Tricolours take the lead for the first time tonight.

It’s starting to get hectic out there, and it’s at the same minute last week that the Roosters took the lead in their game against the Sharks.

Roosters 13, Storm 12 with eight minutes to go

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