The Roosters may have scored first but the Melbourne Storm answered with 26 straight points to rise – temporarily at least – to the top of the ladder.
The Melbourne Storm were at their efficient best on Saturday night, rolling past the Roosters 26-10 to remain in the race for the NRL minor premiership.
Roosters coach Trent Robinson was forced to question his players' efforts the last time they played the Melbourne Storm, but there's no chance of it repeating.
Barring a minor miracle, the Roosters will not feature in the 2016 finals series. But that doesn't mean they've given up on the season at hand.
Storm coach Craig Bellamy believes his side needs to improve on last Sunday's performance against the Knights if they want to beat the Roosters this weekend.
The Storm handed the Roosters their biggest loss of the season six weeks ago, but an improving Tricolours outfit should pose more of a problem on Saturday.
Sharks coach Shane Flanagan believes the Roosters would be in a much different position had they been able to field their best 17 for the majority of 2016.
Handed his first start in first grade against the Sharks on Monday night, Roosters playmaker Connor Watson looked composed for player in his rookie year.
The Sharks have reclaimed their lead atop the Telstra Premiership ladder, but didn't have it all their own way against an improved Roosters outfit.
The Cronulla Sharks have made it 14 wins in a row with a hard fought victory over the Roosters at Allianz Stadium on Monday night.