Storm winger Will Warbrick reached for the clouds to save the Melbourne’s season and score the best try of his budding career on Friday night.
The former Kiwi rugby sevens Olympics star has scored 17 tries in his rookie NRL season but none more important than his 78th minute effort against the Roosters.
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With two minutes left on the clock and the Storm staring at a 13-12 defeat in the do-or-die semi-final, Warbrick soared over Roosters winger Junior Pauga to haul in a Cameron Munster bomb and score a match-winning try.
“What a try. First year of rugby league. Is he from rugby or is he from AFL? Is he a high jumper? He might be all three,” Andrew Voss said on Fox League.
Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy said the grab wouldn’t have looked out of place across the road in an AFL match at the MCG.
“It’s taken him a little while to get used to our game but I’ve been really impressed with the progress that hes made,” Bellamy said.
“That was a one hell of a big play tonight.
“It was the only time we’d done it all night, which might be a message for, that contest would have done it justice over the road.”
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The Storm stole victory from the jaws of defeat 18-13 after the James Tedesco-inspired Roosters had taken the lead for the first time on the back of a Sam Walker field goal with eight minutes to go.
The hosts did it without Xavier Coates, Ryan Papenhuyzen and Jahrome Hughes, while the Roosters were without Joseph Manu, Joseph Sualii, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Billy Smith.
The incredible finish has set the Storm up for a tasty preliminary final date with Penrith Panthers at Accor Stadium next Friday.
– with NCA Newswire