FINAL SCORE: Knights 12-42 Roosters
The nib Newcastle Knights have gone down 42-12 to the Sydney Roosters at the SCG.
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FULL-TIME | Not our night.
79' | Edrick Lee goes so close to scoring! However some good Roosters defence holds him up.
78' | A Roosters error sees Tex Hoy race down the touchline, however a good Tupou tackle chops him down.
77' | PENALTY Roosters.
76' | Pearce drops the ball, and the chance is gone.
75' | SET RESTART for the Knights.
74' | Starford To'a goes close to scoring, but will instead force a line drop out.
74' | PENALTY Knights, as SBW looks set to re-enter the fray.
73' | SET RESTART for the Knights
72' | The Roosters again poke their nose through the line, however Flanagan drops the ball and the chance is gone.
71' | Flanagan adds the extras. Knights 12-42 Roosters.
69' | Luke Keary goes over for his second. Knights 12-40 Roosters
68' | Lachlan Fitzgibbon drops the ball. Sums up our night so far.
68' | Tex Hoy does well to take a Flanagan bomb and get the boys on the front foot. A SET RESTART helps our cause.
67' | Challenge is unsuccessful.
67' | ERROR. The chance is short-lived with Tex Hoy spilling the ball in an attempt to play it. However, we have a challenge here.
66' | PENALTY Knights, with the Roosters caught offside. Good attacking chance coming here.
65' | The game has settled into an arm wrestle in this second half, with still just the one try so far.
63' | The Roosters again threaten but it will be a handover on the 20m line.
61' | Stats are telling a story, with Tex Hoy our only player to notch 100m at this stage.
60' | It's more hard-yakka from the boys here. The Roosters are consistently forcing us to bring the ball out from deep inside our red zone.
59' | The boys certainly aren't trailing through lack of effort. Some good metres from the pack sees us march downfield, however the Roosters are finding metres with similar ease.
57' | The Roosters charge down field all too easily, with offloads from Morris and Sonny Bill Williams proving difficult for the Knights to contain. A Tedesco error lets the Knights back off the hook.
56' | The Roosters re-enter the arm-wrestle and get the Knights back inside their 10. Big set needed from the forwards.
55' | The Knights this time get to their kick, and it's a good one. Roosters made to come out of their red zone now.
54' | ERROR. This time it's Tedesco for the Roosters.
53' | ERROR. This time it's Herman Ese'ese. Roosters with it in good field position.
52' | Red lights again for the Roosters, with Collins pinged for an obstruction.
52' | Lindsay Collins goes over for the Roosters, however the referee has again sent it up as no try.
51' | PENALTY Roosters.
51' | ERROR, with Pearce spilling the ball on the halfway line. Roosters back on the attack.
50' | It's red lights for the Chooks. Knights ball from a 20m re-start.
50' | The Roosters are claiming a try, however it's been sent up as no try.
49' | SET RESTART for the Roosters.
48' | Solid set from the Knights to kick-start their second half. However, a penalty undoes all their good work. Big set of defence coming up.
47' | The Roosters go close to scoring through Morris, however some good scramble holds him at bay. Knights with the ball now.
46' | Challenge is successful. Roosters to receive the footy from the previous play-the-ball.
46' | A forced pass from Keary goes to ground, and the Knights will receive the footy. However, a captain's challenge has been called.
45' | Lino's kick off goes out on the full. Another chance for the Chooks here.
44' | Flanagan is again successful with the boot. Knights 12-36 Roosters
43' | Tupou crosses again for the Roosters. Knights 12-34 Roosters
43' | SET RESTART for the Roosters
41' | A terrific first set is ended terribly, with Mason Lino finding touch on the full.
40' | We're back underway at the SCG! Knights 12-30 Roosters
HALF-TIME | A see-sawing first half sees us three tries behind at the break. The boys looked OK on the front foot and fought hard for their points, however the Roosters class has shined through in key moments. Plenty of footy left, and why not enjoy our tries during the half-time break!
Watch: Tuala and Lee link for points
Shibasaki collects a Pearce kick
HALF-TIME | Plenty left in this one!
39' | The Roosters again threaten to launch an attack, however the Knights this time thwart their efforts.
38' | Flanagan makes no mistake. Knights 30-12 Roosters
37' | Tedesco hits back for the Roosters. Knights 12-28 Roosters
36' | A massive chance goes begging!! Edrick kicking the ball dead with numbers to his right!
35' | Lino converts from in front! Knights 12-24 Roosters
34' | IT'S A TRY!! This one's far from over! Knights 10-24 Roosters.
34' | SHIBASAKI!!! But once again, we're off to the bunker. Decision is try.
33' | SET RESTART for the Knights!
32' | Some stoic Knights defence forces an error from Jake Friend. Sonny Bill Williams about to enter the fray.
30' | SET RESTART for the Roosters.
29' | A good set after points as Pearce gets to his kick, and the Roosters bring the ball out of trouble.
28' | Mason Lino adds the extras! Knights 6-24 Roosters
27' | It's a TRY! Tuala opens the scoring for us! Knights 4-24 Roosters
27' | Enari Tuala goes over! However we're back off to the bunker, on-field decision is try.
26' | A better set from Newcastle, with Roosters now forced to do some hard yakka coming out of trouble.
24' | It's NO TRY. Finally something goes our way.
24' | Boyd Cordner goes over for the Roosters, however appears to have lost the ball in the act of scoring. Bunker reviewing it now
24' | PENALTY for the Roosters. This is getting incredibly ugly.
23' | Flanagan again makes no mistake. Knights 0-24 Roosters
21' | Joey Manu extends the Roosters lead. Knights 0-22 Roosters
21' | ERROR. The Knights lose possession on their 30m line, and will need to withstand another Roosters assault.
20' | Morris almost gets over for the Roosters' fourth, however some good cover defence from Tex Hoy sees the Knight regain possession.
19' | Pearce manages to get a hurried kick away, however the Roosters earn a penalty on just the second tackle. More defending now for the Knights.
18' | The Roosters march downfield all too easily, easily making 70m following points. Knights with the footy now.
17' | Flanagan turns four into six. Knights 0-18 Roosters.
16' | Just like that, the Chooks are in again. This time it's Luke Keary who gets across the stripe. Knights 0-16 Roosters.
15' | Flanagan makes no mistake with the conversion. Knights 0-12 Roosters.
14' | Daniel Tupou crosses for the Roosters. Knights 0-10 Roosters
12' | The boys hold firm in defence, but the handover came deep right in the corner of the park. The forwards need some good go-forward if we're to get out of trouble.
11' | The boys make just 30 metres coming out of trouble. Roosters winning the early arm-wrestle.
11' | Tex Hoy is trapped deep in his own corner. Big set needed from the Knights here.
10' | SET RESTART for the Roosters.
9' | Aidan Guerra spills a tough pass from Kurt Mann, and the Chooks are off the hook.
8' | PENALTY KNIGHTS | It's positive signs early with Edrick Lee making a bust down the left edge, and a penalty given for an escort off the following kick. Knights on the attack.
7' | Tex Hoy opts not to contest a Keary bomb is almost found wanting, thankfully Tedesco couldn't hang on to the ball.
6' | A good set after points for the Roosters, with the Knights forced to bring the ball out from deep in their own end. It's a decent set though, with Daniel Tupour forced to fly high and take a good Mitch Pearce bomb.
5' | Play has stopped as Brett Morris clutches at the back of his neck. No penalty is given following a review of the tackle.
4' | Kyle Flanagan adds the extras. Knights 0-6 Roosters.
3' | The on-field decision is overturned, and the Roosters draw first blood through Josh Morris. Knights 0-4 Roosters
3' | Josh Morris goes over, however the referee has sent the decision up as no try.
2' | The Knights respond with a decent set of their own, with James Tedesco retrieving the footy on the 20m line.
1' | A decent set defensively for the Knights, however the Roosters manage 50m. A set restart for the Knights has them on the front foot.
0' | We're underway at the SCG! Knights 0-0 Roosters
Saturday 7:25pm: Ready.
Saturday 6:35pm: LATE MAIL | The team is in for tonight’s game, and there’s some more changes to the team named last weekend.
Herman Ese’ese shifts back to the bench, allowing for Daniel Saifiti to make his return on the run-on side up front.
Jacob Saifiti has shifted to lock, allowing the twins to start their first game together this season.
Meanwhile, Tautau Moga and Pasami Saulo have come out of the side.
KNIGHTS: 1. Tex Hoy, 2. Edrick Lee, 3. Enari Tuala, 4. Gehamat Shibasaki, 5. Starford To’a, 6. Mason Lino, 7. Mitchell Pearce, 8. David Klemmer, 9. Kurt Mann, 15. Daniel Saifiti, 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12. Aidan Guerra, 10. Jacob Saifiti. Interchange: 18. Sione Mata’utia, 13. Herman Ese’ese, 16. Josh King, 21. Chris Randall
ROOSTERS: 1. James Tedesco, 2. Daniel Tupou, 3. Josh Morris, 4. Joseph Manu, 5. Brett Morris, 6. Luke Keary, 7. Kyle Flanagan, 13. Isaac Liu, 9. Jake Friend, 10. Siosuia Taukeiaho, 11. Boyd Cordner, 12. Sitili Tupouniua, 16. Angus Crichton. Interchange: 14. Nat Butcher, 15. Lindsay Collins, 17. Sonny Bill Williams, 19. Mitchell Aubusson.
Saturday 6:24pm: We're here, we're keen, we're ready.
Saturday 5:20pm: It's a ground steeped in history, but will we see more made tonight?
Saturday 10:30am: It'ssssssssss Game-Day! Let's goooo
Friday 7.35pm: SQUAD REDUCTION | Phoenix Crossland and Brodie Jones have come out of the side.
Sione Mata'utia returns from injury in place of Jones via the bench, while Chris Randall replaces Crossland.
UPDATED TEAM LIST: 1. Tex Hoy, 2. Edrick Lee, 3. Enari Tuala, 4. Gehamat Shibasaki, 5. Starford To’a, 6. Mason Lino, 7. Mitchell Pearce, 8. David Klemmer, 9. Kurt Mann, 10. Jacob Saifiti, 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12. Aidan Guerra, 13. Herman Ese’ese. Interchange: 18. Sione Mata’utia, 15. Daniel Saifiti, 16. Josh King, 21. Chris Randall, 19. Pasami Saulo, 20. Tautau Moga.
ROOSTERS: 1. James Tedesco, 2. Daniel Tupou, 3. Josh Morris, 4. Joseph Manu, 5. Brett Morris, 6. Luke Keary, 7. Kyle Flanagan, 15. Lindsay Collins, 9. Jake Friend, 10. Siosuia Taukeiaho, 11. Boyd Cordner, 12. Sitili Tupouniua, 13. Isaac Liu. Interchange: 14. Nat Butcher, 16. Angus Crichton, 17. Sonny Bill Williams, 19. Mitchell Aubusson, 18. Poasa Faamausili, 20. Freddy Lussick
Friday 9:00am: The Great Man runs his eye over tomorrow's game.
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Friday 9:00am: It's always a huge test coming up against the back-to-back premiers, and the boys have been training accordingly this week. View the gallery below or click here if you're on the app!
Friday 9:00am: The boss has had his say ahead of this huge top-eight clash.
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Friday 9:00am: Adam O'Brien and Trent Robinson named their 21-man squads on Tuesday afternoon, and there's some massive changes to our team!
KNIGHTS: 1. Tex Hoy, 2. Edrick Lee, 3. Enari Tuala, 4. Gehamat Shibasaki, 5. Starford To’a, 6. Mason Lino, 7. Mitchell Pearce, 8. David Klemmer, 9. Kurt Mann, 10. Jacob Saifiti, 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12. Aidan Guerra, 13. Herman Ese’ese. Interchange: 14. Phoenix Crossland, 15. Daniel Saifiti, 16. Josh King, 17. Brodie Jones, 18. Sione Mata’utia, 19. Pasami Saulo, 20. Tautau Moga, 21. Chris Randall.
ROOSTERS: 1. James Tedesco, 2. Daniel Tupou, 3. Josh Morris, 4. Joseph Manu, 5. Brett Morris, 6. Luke Keary, 7. Kyle Flanagan, 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, 9. Jake Friend, 10. Siosuia Taukeiaho, 11. Boyd Cordner, 12. Sitili Tupouniua, 13. Isaac Liu. Interchange: 14. Nat Butcher, 15. Lindsay Collins, 16. Angus Crichton, 17. Sonny Bill Williams, 18. Poasa Faamausili, 19. Mitchell Aubusson, 20. Freddy Lussick, 21. Ryan Hall
Friday 9:00am: Welcome to our official Game-Day Blog for our massive Round 18 clash with the Sydney Roosters at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Check back here for all the latest both today and on game-day, including live scores, blow by blow updates, breaking news, squad reduction, late mail, behind the scenes clips, photos and more.