James Tedesco delivered another smashing performance in his final game before the State of Origin opener to lead the Roosters to victory over the Sharks on Saturday night.
Cronulla made three straight attempts in the second half to make Tricolors mentor Trent Robinson sweat in his Shark Park coaches’ box, but the Roosters reacted late with back-to-back attempts to secure a 36-16 win. set.
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Tedesco was the director of the win, with 240 run-meters, two linebreaks, two try-assists and his own attempt to send the Maroons an ominous warning ahead of the June 8 opener.
The 2019 Dally M Medalist also produced a stunning flick pass in the 28th minute to set up a Nat Butcher attempt.
“James Tedesco’s leadership – well, Origin is clearly just around the corner,” Wests Tigers legend Benji Marshall said of Fox League coverage.
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“His leadership was the constant throughout the Roosters’ season, how well he played.
“I thought his foreplay through the middle was excellent.”
Tedesco, who has made seven tries from his last five games, will once again play as fullback and captain of New South Wales as they strive to defend their win in the 2021 series.
NSW coach Brad Fittler will designate a 22-man squad on Sunday night at the completion of the Native round.
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