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Storm winger Suliasi Vunivalu runs clear against the Roosters in Round 20.

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. 


Ferguson's fullback foray

Blake Ferguson was moved to fullback for the first time since Round 1 to give Latrell Mitchell a rest from the position, and Ferguson was one of his side's best players on Saturday night.

Tallying a game-high 209 running metres, Ferguson scored the opening try of the match as well as assisting the Roosters' other for-pointer as well as diffusing countless high balls all night in a very solid performance.

Origin connection

In a game that was mostly played between the 20-metre lines, a moment of magic involving Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk will dominate the highlight reel.

The Queensland Origin stars linked up beautifully in the 27th minute, as a reverse grubber from Cameron Smith threw off the Roosters defence, and saw Cooper Cronk stroll in to ground the ball and give the home side the lead.

Cronk had already taken off before Smith had put foot to ball, once again showcasing the ability of the two players to be on the same page.

Bromwich stands up in 150th

In his milestone game for the club, Jesse Bromwich lead his side to victory, running for 196 metres on just 17 carries.

Bromwich has developed into one of the game's best big men during his time in Melbourne, and the Storm prop once again was a key influence in the home side picking up the two points.

Roosters open and close game

Back in Round 14, the Roosters were held scoreless by the Storm in a 46-0 drubbing, but this time the Tricolours were quick to avoid that fate.

Blake Ferguson crossed in the third minute to give the Roosters an early lead, but they didn't score again until the 79th minute, once again going scoreless for a long period of time.

Shaun Kenny-Dowall scored his side's second to give the Roosters the first and last tries of the match, although it was what happened in between that would decide the outcome of the match.

AAMI Park fortress bodes well for minor premiership push

With Saturday night's win, the Storm move to 8-1 at home in 2016, with their only loss coming against the Bulldogs in Round 6.

Their fantastic home record will come in handy throughout the final six games as they try to catch the Sharks in first place, as the Storm have the all important home ground advantage when the top two sides do battle in Round 26.

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