Roosters dismantled Knights to go third

With a finals spot secured, a rotated Newcastle Knights side travelled to the Sydney Roosters, still looking to move into the top-four.

It didn’t take too long for the Roosters to take an early lead.

Luke Keary put Boyd Cordner through a gap and although it looked as though the second-rower would score, he passed to Josh Morris to cross the line.

In the 14th minute, the Roosters picked up their second try as Luke Keary accelerated down the left-edge before flicking a pass to Daniel Tupou who raced away to score his 99th NRL try.

In the very next set, a third try followed.

Tupou broke down the left once again after shortside play, and this time the ball was shifted back inside to James Tedesco, to Keary for an easy try.

On the 20 minute mark, the reigning champions picked up try number four.

Jake Friend skipped across the line and dropped a ball off to Joseph Manu who crashed through were the Knights front-row should have been.

On a very emotional day for Boyd Cordner, he was always looking to score.

It looked like he had two minutes after the Manu try but the second-rower couldn’t quite regather the kick from Jake Friend.

Despite being dominated by the Roosters, Newcastle looked as though they’d pulled a try back.

Mitchell Pearce’s kick was tapped back by Edrick Lee, and Enari Tuala picked up the loose ball and ran behind the group of players to score in the corner.

With just under seven minutes left, another kick from Pearce was missed by both Aidan Guerra and Josh Morris, and the ball was poached by Gehamat Shibasaki for the Knights second.

A few minutes later, it looked like Sydney had extended their lead.

Outstanding hands, and ball playing skills from the Roosters left Joseph Manu with the ball free for an offload to Keary.

The half-back kicked back infield, and Tedesco was chasing back on the inside and grounded the loose ball.

HALF-TIME: Sydney Roosters 30-12 Newcastle Knights

Just three minutes into the second half, the Roosters showed soft hands once again to get the ball over to Tupou and the big winger dived over for his 100th NRL try.

With just under half an hour to go, the Roosters picked up try number seven.

Lindsay Collins charged through a weak Newcastle defence but the bunker disallowed the try for obstruction, despite the man in the line being Nat Butcher, who played the ball.

The try-fest of the first half seemed to die out after Tupou’s second.

That was until the 70th minute when Jake Friend made a half-break and offloaded to Tedesco.

With just Tex Hoy to beat, the full-back passed to Keary who scored under the posts.

With two minutes to go, and a 30-point lead, the Roosters knew the game was won.

The Knights were still looking to get another try on the board though as Lee claimed Pearce’s high kick and looked to be over the line.

That was before Brett Morris and Manu stopped the big man from crossing.

FULL-TIME: Sydney Roosters 42-12 Newcastle Knights


Sydney Roosters

Tedesco, Tupou, J. Morris, Manu, B. Morris, Keary, Flanagan, Taukeiaho, Friend, Liu, Cordner, Tupouniua, Crichton

Interchanges: Butcher, Collins, Williams, Aubusson

Tries: J. Morris, Tupou (2), Keary (2), Manu, Tedesco

Goals: Flanagan (7/7)

Newcastle Knights

Hoy, Lee, Tuala, Shibasaki, To’a, Lino, Pearce, Klemmer, Mann, D. Saifiti, Fitzgibbon, Guerra, J. Saifiti

Interchanges: Ese’ese, King, Mata’utia, Randall

Tries: Tuala, Shibasaki

Goals: Lino (2/2)

Referee: A. Klein

Touch Judges: C. Butler, C. Sutton

Video Referee: B. Scott

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