NRL Round 10 – Match 4 Results: Sydney Roosters 18 v 34 Newcastle Knights

On Saturday the Knights maintained their dominance at Bluetongue Stadium with a decisive 34 – 18 win ahead of the Roosters as they showed ex-coach Brian Smith exactly what he is missing.

Newcastle now has a perfect four from four record against Sydney at Bluetongue Stadium, making a bit of a joke out of it being the Roosters home ground.

It was a closely matched first 40 minutes, but Sydney looked a little weary by the second half as five of their squad played in their third game in only eight days after the rep matches from round nine, which lead to their second successive loss after going down to the Cowboys last week.

Despite the defeat, the Roosters have just hung onto a top eight spot on the ladder, while the inconsistency of Newcastle’s wins sees them further down on the 12th rung.

Sydney did exactly what they shouldn’t have, let the Knights get in with the first points. Newcastle burst out of the gates, with Akuila Uate scoring the first try in the 12th minute. Uate would later score two more while Cooper Vuna also bagged himself a double aiding the Knights in their victory and showing off the speed they have out wide.

Gidley’s conversion gave the visitors a six point lead, which was increased just four minutes later when Shannon McDonnell scored the Knights second converted try so they lead by 12 after the first quarter.

Slower to start, the Roosters opened their account in the 26th minute when Mitchell Aubusson got over and Todd Carney converted to narrow their deficit back to six.

It seemed Sydney had built up some momentum as they were next to score when Braith Anasta got over in the 37th minute after latching onto a Carney bomber. Carney then kicked it through the posts for a second time and the score was tied 12 all.

With one minute left to play in the first half, Uate scored his second try and Gidley’s kick ensured Newcastle were the 18 – 12 leaders going into the break.

Uate showed off his speed and skill again completing his hat-trick just three minutes into the second half outrunning and charging through Roosters defenders, so the Knights led 20 – 12.

Sydney narrowed their deficit by six when Anthony Minichiello scored the Rooster’s final four-pointer and Carney converted again so the home side finished up with 18 points.

Only two behind it seemed like they could be back in the game, but Cooper Vuna put those dreams to bed with a double, scoring in the 58th and 77th minutes. Both times the ball sailed through the posts thanks to Gidley and the Knights came away the winners 34 – 18.

The victory was even more impressive from Newcastle considering the players they lost and the injuries they sustained. Before the match had even begun, Junior Sa’u injured his hip during the warm up and was removed from the line-up.

Shannon McDonnell (knee) and Isaac De Gois (ribs) were then both forced off the field during the game, while Evarn Tuimavave won’t be back this season after tearing his Achilles tendon, seriously weakening the Knights squad.

This Friday night the Knights host the Wests Tigers at Energy Australia Stadium, and if you think they can score their second successive win despite their injuries then jump online and check out their odds with Ladbrokes.com.au.