September 30, 2018 / 11:46 AM / 8 months ago

Rugby-Roosters quell Storm 21-6 to claim NRL title

MELBOURNE, Sept 30 (Reuters) - The Sydney Roosters thrashed Melbourne Storm 21-6 in a one-sided National Rugby League Grand Final on Sunday to secure their 14th championship in the Australian top flight.

Daniel Tupou, Latrell Mitchell and Joseph Manu scored tries for the Roosters who charged out of the blocks to lead 18-0 at halftime before closing out the victory with a dogged defensive effort at Sydney Olympic stadium.

The Trent Robinson-coached Roosters claimed their first NRL title since 2013, while crushing the Storm’s bid to become the first team to win back-to-back titles since the Brisbane Broncos in 1992-93.

Melbourne’s loss was a bitter ending to the career of one of the game’s finest fullbacks, with retiring international Billy Slater bowing out in disappointment. (Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Toby Davis)

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