FULL TIME - The Roosters have claimed a commanding 38-8 win over the Knights. Thanks for joining me. Full wrap to come.
Great resilience from the Knights who will survive this set and work their way out of their own half.
The centre is sin binned, adding to a terrible night for Moga.
Kalyn Ponga comes up with an error after being crushed in a tackle and Victor Radley races away before being dragged down by Tautau Moga. The centre holds him down and is sin binned.
Newcastle explore the left hand edge and they have an overlap but Tautau Moga throws it expecting Nathan Ross to be there but it goes over the sideline with the winger trailing behind him.
The Knights go short off the dropout and force an error from the Tricolours.
Latrell Mitchell puts in an early chip down the short side but is taken out by Sione Mata'utia who concedes the penalty. Sio Siua Taukeiaho taps and takes the first hit-up before being tackled 10 out. Luke Keary spins out of the tackle before linking with James Tedesco who explores the right side before being swarmed on.Jake Friend grubbers on the 3rd - a strange choice - but he forces the dropout.
Slade Griffin puts in an early clearing kick but it goes dead.
A penalty for offside gives the Roosters another chance to strike as they begin their new set just 20 short of the Newcastle line. Cronk goes to Lui who takes the opening hit-up. Luke Keary links with James Tedesco but the fullback comes up with another error.
Hits the posts!
The mistakes are beginning to add up with Mitchell Pearce coming up with a cold drop just shy of halfway as the Roosters regain possession. Sio Siua Taukeiaho storms past the 30 metre mark on the second before Cronk chips early for a sprinting Blake Ferguson who scores out wide!
James Tedesco has had a quiet night tonight. The fullback comes up with an error 10 out from the Newcastle line.
Slade Griffin concedes a penalty and the Roosters begin their set on the 40. Zane Tetevano charges past the halfway mark before Joseph Manu bursts through the line before being wrapped up 30 out. Jake Friend puts in a clever grubber on the last to force the repeat set.
Mitchell Barnett has come up with an error in front of the posts and the Roosters survive. Execution has been lacking for the away side tonight. They have had plenty of chances but failed to capitalise.
Jared Waerea-Hargreaves attempts the offload but has dropped the ball. While the game may be over, the Knights have a chance to add some respect to the developing scoreline. Newcastle spread it right quickly as Brock Lamb attempts to find space out wide but Reece Robinson knocks it down and the Knights gain another set.
Mitchell misses his first of the night.
Cronk grubbers early, it ricochets off Guerra and the halfback races through to pick it up and score!
The Roosters have another chance to extend their already commanding lead after a sprinting Reece Robinson put in a controlled grubber to force a dropout. Victor Radley takes it past the 20 on the 3rd before a shift right sees Boyd Cordner go agonisingly close to crashing over.
Mitchell sends it through.
Kalyn Ponga dances across the left side of the field and passes for Tautau Moga who can't handle it! Cooper Cronk snatches it and straight away goes on the attack, linking with Joseph Manu and he finds Blake Ferguson in support who races away to score! That may be the game.
NO TRY! SKD has gone out but the Knights get another set gaining a penalty for offside.
Fitzgibbon was held up. No Try. But now we are going to the Bunker AGAIN! A tip-on by Sione Mata'utia saw Shaun Kenny-dowall go over out wide. Sent up as a try!
BUNKER - Checking a possible barge over try for Lachlan Fitzgibbon. Sent up NO TRY.
Great resilience from the Knights! Brock Lamb chips on the last and Victor Radley takes it with ease but Lamb himself forces the utility back into his own in-goal area to force the drop out. Daniel Saifiti takes it past the 40 off the first hit up before Jacob Saifiti charges over the 30. Kalyn Ponga dances around the Roosters defence and is hit high by Jared Waerea-Hargreaves. The penalty is blown.
Connor Watson will not return for the Knights after suffering a potential shoulder injury. Meanwhile, the rain has stopped.
Second half underway.
HALF TIME - Two quick tries see the Roosters take a commanding 24-8 lead to the break.
No problems for Mitchell.
For mine that was the current try of the year. Executed beautifully! Cooper Cronk chips for Luke Keary who races through and takes it. The five-eighth is taken from behind but as he falls Keary offloads for Radley and it is a perfect pass that sees the utility race away to score! Absolutely breathtaking - make sure to catch the highlights!
WHAT A TRY! Going to the Bunker to check a possible four pointer to Radley.
The Knights have conceded another penalty now and the Roosters march up field courtesy of the Cronk kick for touch. They begin their set 40 out from the Newcastle line. An offload sees Jake Friend race away and take it past the 30. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves barges past the 20 but now a mix up sees Latrell Mitchell come up with an error.
Mitchell nails it.
Cooper Cronk goes to Luke Keary who dummies and takes Brock Lamb on and barges over the top of the utility to score! Roosters hit back!
Tautau Moga is now penalised and the Roosters tap. Cooper Cronk spreads to Jared Waerea-Hargreaves who takes it inside the 10. Luke Keary takes the line on and may have scored! Up to the Bunker...
OH DEAR! Herman Ese'ese fails to play the ball correctly on the second tackle and the Roosters get a chance to hit straight back.
12-8 with 8 to go in the first half.
Mitchell Pearce grubbers through and Aidan Guerra gets to it first! A valiant tackle by Luke Keary is not enough to hold him up. Newcastle hit back!
A mistake by Reece Robinson in the wet gives the Knights a full set 20 out from the Roosters line. Aidan Guerra may have scored! Checking with the Bunker!
Mitchell sends it through.
Cooper Cronk bombs and Boyd Cordner bats it back for the prop who picks up the scraps to score!
BUNKER - Possible try to Jared Waerea-Hargreaves. Sent up NO TRY for offside.
A completely unavoidable penalty is conceded by Latrell Mitchell for holding on in the tackle on Aidan Guerra. The Knights march up field and begin their set 40 out from the Roosters line and Daniel Saifiti has DROPPED THE BALL!
No mistake. 6-2 after 22.
Penalty Knights and they have a full set 10 out. Mitchell Pearce goes to a charging Aidan Guerra who almost slices through if not for a strong tackle. Another offside penalty is now called against the Roosters. Ponga will shoot for two. An interesting choice. Probably wise given the rain.
Penalty Knights for offside. Newcastle begin their set 30 out from the Roosters' line. Lachlan Fitzgibbon takes it past the 20 metre mark before a spread right sees Aidan Guerra tackled just shy of the 10. Mitchell Pearce grubbers on the last but Jake Friend is there to dive on it. Boyd Cordner makes a strong charge taking it past the 40 before a terrible ball by Luke Keary hits Latrell Mitchell rather than hitting the intended target - an unmarked Reece Robinson. Meanwhile, Connor Watson appears gone for the game with a shoulder issue while Sione Mata'utia is off getting a HIA test.
The Knights themselves have again made a mistake with Tautau Moga coming up with the error. Luckily, the mistake came 30 out from the Roosters line and the home side subsequently has to work it out of their own end. A strong run by Isaac Liu has taken Easts into the Newcastle half but the Roosters have coughed it up. Play is stopped now with Connor Watson and Sione Mata'utia both down receiving treatment.
Cooper Cronk goes short to Sio Siua Taukeiaho who goes straight through the middle but it is ruled forward. Fortunate break for Newcastle!
The rain is falling now at Allianz Stadium as both sides trade sets early. It is coming down heavy now and will be interesting to see who it favours. Luke Keary kicks on the last and it is an awkward one for SKD but the winger is able to nervously take it and the Knights begin to work their way out of their own end but a lost ball by Sione Mata'utia has gifted the home team a full set 40 out from the Newcastle line.
Dylan Napa surges past the 20 metre mark on the first before Reece Robinson struggles to make metres after being met by strong Newcastle defence. Isaac Liu makes it to the 40 on the fourth and Cooper Cronk clears on the last to Kalyn Ponga who starts Newcastle's set on his own 20. The Knights outside backs are all coming together to help their forwards out and one of them has just burst straight through! Kalyn Ponga just danced through the line and sprinted down the middle and looked for Lachlan Fitzgibbon in support but the pass was terrible and the Roosters survive.
Mitchell slots it.
A great kick for the line and the Roosters start their set 30 out from the Newcastle line. The home side switches it left to Luke Keary who finds Latrell Mitchell and the centre steams through a hole to score!
Mitchell Pearce chips on the last for Nathan Ross who is ruled to have taken Blake Ferguson in the air. Penalty Roosters. They begin their set on their own 20. Sio Siua Taukeiaho and Blake Ferguson take the opening runs and make their way to the 30 before Latrell Mitchell evades a few attempted tackles before earning another penalty.
Ponga misses and the Roosters are required to do a drop-out from the 20.
KICK OFF! Jacob Lillyman takes the first hit-up before Mitchell Barnett charges past the 30 metre mark. Former Roosters Aidan Guerra and Shaun Kenny-dowall continue to add metres for the away side before the kick on the last is fielded by James Tedesco. Reece Robinson attempts to work his way out from the Roosters' 20 metre line before Dylan Napa storms up to the defence before being pulled up with Blake Ferguson penalised for an incorrect play the ball. Early chance Knights and they will shoot for the two!
Good evening and welcome to League Unlimited's live coverage of this highly anticipated clash between the Roosters and Knights. Will Cooper Cronk or Mitchell Pearce come out on top? Find out soon!
Referees & scorers:
Referees: Chris Sutton, Alan Shortall
Touch Judges: Chris McMillan, Nick Beashel
Video Referee: Ashley Klein, Bryan Norrie
SYDNEY ROOSTERS (38)
Tries: Latrell Mitchell, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Luke Keary, Victor Radley, Blake Ferguson (2), Cooper Cronk
Conversions: Latrell Mitchell (5/7)
NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS (8)
Tries: Aidan Guerra
Conversions: Kalyn Ponga (1/1)
Penalty Goals: Kalyn Ponga (1/2)