Knights out-muscled by Roosters
Sunday 6 May 2012 5:00 PM
SYDNEY ROOSTERS 24
(T Arona, M Aubusson, S Perrett, M Pearce Tries; B Anasta 4/5 Goals)
NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS 6
(J Mullen Try; W Naiqama 1/1 Goal)
The Hunter Ports Newcastle Knights have gone down 24-6 to the Roosters at Allianz Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
In a game which started slowly, the Knights were the first to score through Jarrod Mullen, but were unable to hold out the Roosters who scored four unanswered tries in a dominant display from their big men.
The game started with a clever short kick off from the Roosters, with the home side regaining possession straight from the get-go.
But it was the Knights who went close to scoring first, with James McManus unable to gather a pass from Darius Boyd out on the wing.
The Roosters had their own troubles holding onto the ball up the other end, with Braith Anasta dropping the ball just metres away from the Knights’ line in the 21st minute.
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It looked as though Shaun Kenny-Dowall was to post first points of the afternoon in the 28th minute, but the video referee found a Knights defender was impeded in his attempt to defend his line, handing the visitors a penalty to work their way out of their own half.
Jarrod Mullen finally opened the scoring in the 31st minute, slicing his way through the Tricolours defence to claim a vital four points.
But the home side hit straight back via Tinirau Arona just four minutes later to level the scores at six-all.
A dangerous tackle from Joel Edwards allowed Anasta to kick his side in front right on halftime, going into the break up by two.
While the second half took some time to get going, it certainly began to open up for the home side.
Tries to Mitchell Aubusson, Sam Perrett and Mitchell Pearce in the space of 13 minutes turned a grinding encounter on its head, as the young Roosters outfit went on to post a solid 24-6 win.
Best for the Knights were Chris Houston and Mullen.
For the Roosters, Minichiello, Pearce, Mose Masoe and Tinirau Arona performed well.
Read about all the key scoring moments from the game in our 'By the Clock' feature right here.
Injury and Team News
Newcastle Knights: Joel Edwards (on report).
Sydney Roosters: None to report.
The Knights defeated the Roosters 28-22 in the earlier NYC game.
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In Round 10 the Newcastle Knights welcome the North Queensland Cowboys to Hunter Stadium next Saturday at 7:30pm.