Sydney Roosters, Melbourne Storm to meet in NRL grand final

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Roosters celebrate the try of Isaac Liu.

Roosters celebrate the try of Isaac Liu. (Photo: Photosport)

SYDNEY (AP) — The Sydney Roosters beat South Sydney 12-4 to advance to their second National Rugby League grand final in five years.

The Roosters will play the Melbourne Storm, who kept alive their chance of repeating as league champions with a 22-6 win over Cronulla on Friday.

Veteran Billy Slater, who scored two first-half tries for the Storm, might not be available for the grand final after he was charged Saturday with an illegal shoulder hit on Cronulla's Sosaia Feki.

It means Slater, who plans to retire after the grand final, would miss one match even with an early guilty plea. Storm management say they are confident they will beat the charge at a disciplinary hearing early next week.

The Roosters beat Manly 26-18 in 2013 grand final for their 13th league title and first since 2002.

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