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NRL world reacts to ‘unbelievable’ thriller

The Melbourne Storm have defeated the Sydney Roosters in one of the best matches of the season in a 27-25 thriller.

Commentators said it was State of Origin-like or Grand Final-esque but the golden point thriller has delivered once again.

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The Roosters got out to 22-12 with 12 minutes left but the Storm are never going to give up.

With Cameron Smith filling in in the halves, before shifting to hooker and orchestrating a comeback, snatching back the lead with two tries in two minutes.

A 30m penalty goal to Kyle Flanagan brought it back to level but the thrills weren’t over.

A field goal from Luke Keary gave the Roosters the lead, before a short kick off and a 35m reply from Storm fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen sent the game to golden point.

In fact, the end of the game was the most anticlimactic with a penalty goal in front 10m out was snapped up by Smith.

“Been quite some time since I’ve played in a game like that, probably back against these guys in Adelaide a few years back,” Smith said post match.

Matthew Johns said “I’ve never seen a game like that” after the match.

The commentators were left speechless after Papenhuyzen wrapped it up.

“We’re going around the world and the world can’t believe how good this sport is,” Voss said in Fox League commentary.

Greg Alexander added: “Unbelievable — I’ve seen some crazy finishes. The kickoff, Daniel Tupou puts the ball down again and somehow the Melbourne Storm get themselves in a position for that to happen.

“Was their 40 seconds left when they kicked off? How did the Melbourne Storm do what they just did? Just incredible stuff.”

Cooper Cronk added the Storm had used the trick ploy, with Papenhuyzen’s field goal the first of his career.

Remarkably, it’s the sixth game between the teams in the last eight that has been decided by three points or less.

The rugby league world lost its collective mind at the incredible match with social media exploding with reaction as the two champion teams pulled off another incredible match.

Even AFL personalities Brendan Fevola and Josh Jenkins weighed in.

“Incredible game #NRLStormRoosters King Cam Smith seals the W @storm,” Jenkins wrote.

“This game is unbelievable amazing,” Fevola added.

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