After promising signs early, the nib Newcastle Knights succumbed to 28 unanswered points to go down to the Sydney Roosters in a tough affair at Sunshine Coast Stadium.
Swirling winds and an intense forward pack battle highlighted the game as the Roosters proved too good in the second half to streak away with a six tries to one win.
Knights Head Coach, Adam O'Brien, spoke to the media following the result and praised the effort shown but lamented the side's mistakes.
"There was a lot more effort, in particular from our forwards," O'Brien said.
"I thought there was a whole lot more intent, but it wasn't enough in the end.
Crucial errors cost us."
An early Jacob Saifiti try had the Knights build an early lead, however the Roosters dominated field position in the second half and made the Knights pay.
The Tri-colours ran for almost 400 more metres than the red and blue throughout the game.
A valiant Knights couldn't withstand the second-half barrage with O'Brien highlighting game-management as a key factor.
"I thought the first half, we played like we prepared. We wanted to play fast through the middle," O'Brien said.
"We just didn't manage that second half, everything from our kicking game to our field position.
"We didn't play smart.
"There is a lot of emotion in the room, it was an emotional week and they don't enjoy where we're at."
Highlights: Knights overrun after impressive first half
The result keeps the Knights in 10th spot ahead of a crucial match against the Canberra Raiders, who sit two points above in eighth.
The Knights also have a prosperous run home, however the Coach remains focused on improvement coming into a crunch run of games.
"They're winnable, but that's not where we're at the moment," O'Brien said.
"We need to get better everyday. We're in the right environment."