A spirited second half has seen the Sydney Roosters victors 29-12 over the Newcastle Knights tonight at Allianz Stadium in front of just under 10,000 fans.
In a contest that never reached any inspiring heights, it was the visiting Newcastle Knights who started the stronger of the two clubs despite running last coming into the game. The first try for Newcastle was courtesy of Jeremy Smith, who found a yawning gap in the hosts' defence to dive over and snatch an early lead.
The Roosters' performance in the first twenty minutes was error-strewn and continued to invite trouble but eventually they had some ball in the Knights' danger zone and Roger Tuivasa Sheck ran perfectly onto an inside ball to score under the posts, enabling Maloney to level the scores with a conversion.
The last laugh of the first half went to the visitors though with a try to Newcastle through youngster Jake Mamo, tip-toeing along the sideline before planting it down in the corner. Tyrone Roberts' second conversion attempt was also successful, and would see his side to the break as 12-6 leaders.
That's effectively where any hope for Newcastle ended. The Roosters came out fresh in the second half and wasted little time in levelling the scores courtesy of a second try for Tuivasa-Sheck. Subsequent four-pointers (both converted to become six-pointers) through Shaun Kenny-Dowall and Jake Friend saw the Roosters snatch the lead and from there they looked largely untroubled. Both sides fell back into an error-strewn rut after the 60th minute, while on the injury front both Tuivasa-Sheck and Jeremy Smith left the field for their respective sides.
A late Mitchell Pearce field goal and try to Isaac Liu in the corner (off a forward pass, mind you) sealed the game for the hosts, a seventeen point margin ensuring the Roosters would finish the weekend having won seven of their last eight matches.
The win sets the Roosters up perfectly going into next week as they are lucky enough to have the bye, while the Knights quest to avoid the spoon heads home to Hunter Stadium on Monday week when they face the team with the league's worst away record going around... the Cowboys.