WELL DONE: Sione Mata’utia congratulates Shaun Kenny-Dowall after scoring a try on debut for Newcastle. Picture: AAPThe Knights suffered their23rdconsecutive loss away from home when they were beaten 28-4 by Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium on Friday night.
Newcastle’s horrendous run on the road extends back to the final round of 2015, when a 30-12 thrashing at Penrith consigned them to the wooden spoon.
They lost all 12 away games last year and have gone down in 10 out of 10 this season.
The Roosters led 12-0 after tries by winger Blake Ferguson and five-eighth Luke Keary, but Newcastle reduced the deficit to 12-4 at half-time when new signing Shaun Kenny-Dowall scored on debut against his former club.
A 61st-minute try by Roosters winger Anthony Tupou gave the home side a 12-point buffer, then lock Isaac Liu strolled over four minutes later to leave the visitors facing an unassailable advantage.
Roosters fullback Connor Watson, who is reportedly joining Newcastle next season, darted over next to the posts in the 73rdminute after a Ferguson offload.
Knights bench forward Luke Yates was tackled inches short of his first NRL try twice in the second half.
There was a horrendous incident in the 57th minute when Ferguson, at full speed on a kick return, appeared to collect Newcastle winger Chanel Mata’utia on the jaw with a forearm.
Mata’utia lay motionless on theturf for several minutes before he was eventually taken by medicab for treatment.
The win lifted the Roosters to equal first with Melbourne, who have a game in hand against Canberra on Saturday.
The Knights remain last, two wins adrift of Wests Tigers, their nearest rivals.Continue Reading →