The young Roosters fought bravely but went down to the Newcastle Knights 28-24 at Allianz Stadium.

Missing a host of stars to the NRL and representative teams the Tricolours took an early lead but couldn't hold on in the second half.

Braden Uele kick started the try scoring with a powerful run, crashing over carrying three players with him to continue the young New Zealanders great start to the season.

A swift back line movement then ended in the hands of Jack Goodsell who touched  down to extend the lead to ten.

Minutes later Taane Milne showed why he is feared by all opposition teams, out muscling the defence to put the young Tricolours in total control.

Newcastle then launched a fight back scoring the next two tries but only after some impressive goal line defence from the Roosters held the visitors out on a number of occasions.

The young Roosters then steadied the ship through Arthur Currie who worked his way past the opposition defence to extend the lead to eight.

A dropped bomb at the back then gifted the Knights a try and all of a sudden we had a contest.

The Knights then hit the lead, a solid run in the middle of the field putting the visitors in front for the first time in the match.

A penalty goal then extended the Knights lead to seal the result.