Roberts is the official man of the match. No surprise at all.
That's a great win for the Knights, but another disappointing effort from the defending premiers.
There will be some discussion about the refs after this one from both clubs. They'll all be hard done by. But the Roosters had 2 tries disallowed and a player sent to the bin for 10 mins.
That's all from here. Thanks for reading.
Catch you next time.
What an amazing win @NRLKnights !!! You gotta love the @NRL — Andrew Voss (@AndrewVoss9) July 25, 2014
What a great finish. The ball went from side to side and back again, but the Knights kept showing up - and they hang on.
Tyrone Roberts has had a blinder in the second half.
Great celebrations on the field. You'd think the Knights had won a final.
In an absolutely frantic finish the Knights hang on.
Knights 16 Roosters 12
Might have spoken too soon. The Roosters get the ball back from the kick-off. Still hope.
79th min: And there is late drama. The Knights are in, through BJ Leilua, the former Rooster. He chases through a Roberts grubber and grounds it - just. The Knights are home. What a win.
The boys have got a bit frisky here. No real punches, but plenty of push and shove. Beau Scott has got a bit friendly with Jake Friend and then it's gone from there. Penalty Knights, but no further action from the refs. 5 mins to go, Roosters by 2 points.
Do the Knights have a winner in them? They probably deserve something for their effort.
72nd min: The Roosters are in through Nuuausala. SBW offloads to basically no one and it fortuitously comes off Frank-Paul's leg and bounces up right into his arms and he scores beside the posts. Stroke of luck there. Maloney converts. Gagai's simple miss looking very costly for the Knights.
Roosters 12 Knights 10
10 mins to go and a great finish in the offing. JWH is back. It's 13 on 13 again.
65th min: But they don't have to wait long. Roberts is in again for the Knights. Willie Mason streaks into the clear and from the play the ball Roberts brushes through some average defence to score. Gagai misses from close range though. JWH still has 4 mins in the bin.
Knights 10 Roosters 6
The Knights nearly get another one. Minichiello throws a wild pass to no one, but the Knights can't pick it up. Lucky escape for the Roosters.
60th min: But now the Knights are in. And Jared Warea-Hargreaves has got 10 in the bin at the same time. I think he's had a bit to say to the ref. Roberts found Beau Scott in space and he returned the favour and Roberts scores beside the posts. Gagai converts. Sniff of a huge upset here.
Another controversial moment here. Tyrone Roberts chips and regathers, but he's brought down by Minichiello. When the Knights spread the ball left a Roosters player, who is a mile offside, saves the day. Why isn't that a penalty try? He would have scored otherwise. The ref has ruled the pass forward apparently, so everything after that is null and void. Very lucky escape for the Roosters.
Roosters coach Trent Robinson will be getting a tad frustrated in the coaches box. His side has come up with one try in 53 minutes against a team running third last with a host of players out - and it was an ordinary try at that.
Jarrod Mullen has not returned for the second half to add to the Knights' injury problems. He's got a pretty serious looking hip problem.
And now it's the Knights turn to have a try called back, this time for a forward pass. Robbie Rochow threw the pass and Jake Mamo went over in the corner. But alas ...
The Knights, with the wind at their backs, kick early. Might be a sign of things to come.
The community has risen for @mckinnon92 - donating more than $1.4 million. Thank you!! #RiseForAlex pic.twitter.com/mhuRtPFImY — Newcastle Knights (@NRLKnights) July 25, 2014
Maloney will be wondering what he's done wrong with 2 tries overturned tonight by the video ref.
Good effort from the Knights to be just 6 down at the break after running into a strong wind.
But this probably shows why the Roosters are not the team they were last year. For whatever reason, they just don't have the attacking punch they had last season. SBW has been quiet (again). That's probably got a bit to do with it.
The Roosters Frank-Paul Nuuausala takes on the Newcastle defence. Photo: Getty Images
The Roosters have scored one try from a dusty little grubber that the Knights made a meal of. Great effort from the home team.
The Knights are hanging in their gallantly MG. Just 2 minutes to the break and they're well and truly still in it.
Newcastle hanging in there gallantly. Like their chances if they're only behind by 6 at ht.. — Mark Geyer (@markMGgeyer) July 25, 2014
Is Paul Harragon the video ref tonight? #nrl — Jon Tuxworth (@Tuxy81) July 25, 2014
32nd min: What was I saying about the refereeing? Sonny Bill gets through the front line and finds Maloney in support and he just gets the ball down on the chalk. Or does he? It's referred upstairs and ... no try. Mmmm, fair chance the topic of discussion after this one will be video refs.
The wind has picked up at Hunter Stadium and is behind the Roosters, but they haven't made much use of it - yet.
I imagine Chris Close (see tweet below) lives in Queensland and is watching the Broncos-Storm game, but he could be talking about this one. The standard of refereeing is just poor.
The standard of @NRL REFFING IS THE LOWEST IT HAS EVER BEEN! 2 refs are ruining the game. #oneref — Chris C Close (@chop59) July 25, 2014
Sione Mata'utia has saved another try with a good tackle on a runaway Boyd Cordner. Busy night for the kid.
Not a great set from the Knights, as you'd expect with so many players out tonight.
The Knights have forced a dropout of their own and for the first time tonight are putting some pressure on the Roosters.
And the Knights do survive. But not before we've seen a cracking Falcon from Minichiello. He and Guerra both knock the ball forward from a Maloney bomb.
Still 6-0 Roosters.
The Roosters force a dropout and will get a repeat set. The Knights have done well to hang in there so far ...
The Roosters were very unlucky there, mainly because the on-field ref had ruled a try and there was hardly enough evidence to overrule. Anyway, play on ...
Hi all I've been in South America for five weeks. Did they change the strip and knock on rules? Regards Webuardo — Andrew Webster (@awebstar1) July 25, 2014
@sydneyroosters Now that's an amazing call by the ref wow. Loose carry. Haha one on one,can someone explain please. — David Warner (@davidwarner31) July 25, 2014
15th min: The video ref may have given Sione Mata'utia and the Knights a break here. He has made a great effort to save a Roosters try. Dane Gagai kicks ahead for the Knights, but it bounces off Maloney's leg and he chases it through. Maloney and Mata'utia dive together and the ball spills free and Maloney pounces to score. But the video ref has overruled the onfield official and it's no try. Lucky escape for the home side.
481 games missing at the back tonight for the Knights (McManus, Boyd, Uate). Fair chance the Roosters will bomb away in the tricky conditions.
After a terrible start, the Knights have woken up. But the Roosters look to have some big metres in them in attack when they get it together.
3rd min: And they turn a bad start into a terrible start. Anthony Minichiello scores under the posts after collecting a short kick from Jake Friend. Sione Mata'utia simply falls over at the back for the Knights. James Maloney converts.
Roosters 6 Knights 0
Willie Mason gives away a penalty for a high tackle on the 3rd tackle of the game. Great start for the home team.
Having done nothing but talk about the Knights, if the Roosters play anywhere near their potential, they will win and win well.
And these are the games they need to win if they're serious about being the first team in 20-odd years to go back-to-back.
Kick-off is not far away.
As reported by Fairfax Media, Knights pair Chanel and Sione Mata'utia tonight become the first brothers in more than 70 years to make their first-grade debuts in the same game. Great story.
NRL boss Dave Smith has just announced the Rise for Alex round raised $1.4 million. It goes without saying that's a cracking effort.
Congratulations to Kade Snowden - who is set to play his 150th NRL game tonight #NRLnewsyd #goKnights pic.twitter.com/cfGxHG1vI5 — Newcastle Knights (@NRLKnights) July 25, 2014
Evening sports fans and welcome to tonight's coverage of Newcastle v Sydney Roosters from Hunter Stadium.
It's been another tumultuous week for the Knights, so what they come up with tonight is anyone's guess.
They succumbed to the emotion of Rise for Alex round last weekend, which is understandable, and went down to the Titans.
They lost Darius Boyd for well-publicised reasons during the week and the coach is leaving at the end of the season.
On top of all that, they don't have much to play for as the finals are all but out of reach.
The Roosters, on the other hand, have got very few problems and no excuses tonight.
But this is the NRL and anything can, and often does, happen.
It is a little wet and windy in the Hunter tonight.
Kick-off is not far away.
Hunter Stadium, Newcastle, Friday 7.40pm (AEST)
Last meeting: Round 14 2014 - Roosters 29 bt Knights 12 at Allianz Stadium
Head-to-head: Knights 18 Roosters 25 drawn 2
Referees: Gavin Bader, Grant Atkins
TV: Live, Channel 9 (delay Brisbane, 9.30pm)
Ladbrokes: Knights $4.00, Roosters $1.25
Betfair: Knights $4.30, Roosters $1.28
AAP writes: A dramatic week at the Knights following an emotion-charged weekend with the Rise For Alex round. Coach Wayne Bennett has confirmed he’s heading back to Brisbane at season’s end while star fullback Darius Boyd has checked himself into a mental health clinic for depression following a midweek trashing of a hotel room. It’s hardly ideal preparation for taking on the premiers. The Roosters scored an impressive win over Penrith last week and appear to be getting into good form leading into the final rounds of the year.
Key: Aidan Guerra’s return to lock means the premiership winning backrow of Guerra, Boyd Cordner and Sonny Bill Williams are back together. Dangerous for the Knights.
KNIGHTS: Darius Boyd, James McManus, Dane Gagai, Joey Leilua, Akuila Uate, Jarrod Mullen (capt), Tyrone Roberts, Kade Snowden, Adam Clydsdale, Willie Mason, Beau Scott, Robbie Rochow, Jeremy Smith. Interchange: Travis Waddell, Korbin Sims, Adam Cuthbertson, David Fa’alogo.
ROOSTERS: Anthony Minichiello (capt), Nene Macdonald, Mitchell Aubusson, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, James Maloney, Mitchell Pearce, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Jake Friend, Sam Moa, Boyd Cordner, Sonny Bill Williams, Aidan Guerra. Interchange: Frank-Paul Nuuausala, Isaac Liu, Dylan Napa, Remi Casty.