The Wyong Roos have extended their unbeaten run to four matches, downing the Newcastle Knights 28-6 at McDonald Jones Stadium in the sides' Round 14, 'M1 derby' clash.
Match: Knights v Roos
Round 14 -
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium
Heading into the match on the back of a last start draw with Penrith, Wyong raced out of the blocks –taking a 22-0 lead into the sheds at half-time, in an opening 40 minutes which also saw Dean Matterson cross for a double.
The return of Brock Lamb was not enough for the Knights to overcome the resurgent Roos, who opened the match's scoring in the sixth minute of play, courtesy of hard-running edge forward, Poasa Faamausili.
Brendon Frei etched his way onto the scorers' sheet before Matterson completed the first-half rout, as the Roos returned to the change rooms with a 22-point advantage.
Chris Smith extended Wyong's lead to beyond four converted tries with a four-pointer of his own, in a second-half thwarted by persistent rain in Newcatle.
Knights halfback Hayden Loughrey snatched a late consolation try with eight minutes to play, but the darting run for points was nothing more than that.
The Wyong win sees the Roos move to tenth on the Intrust Super Premiership NSW ladder, while the Knights remain anchored to the bottom of the standings, 14 rounds played.
WYONG 28 (D Matterson 2 P Faamausili B Frei C Smith tries J Mantellato 4 goals) bt NEWCASTLE 6 (H Loughrey try Lamb goal)