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Roosters coach Trent Robinson defends James Tedesco after loss to Raiders

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Roosters coach Trent Robinson has leapt to James Tedesco’s defence after the champion fullback was twice crushed in aerial contests, and left to rue injury on the scoreboard on each events, because the Tricolours slumped to a 20-18 loss to the Raiders on Sunday evening.

Jack Wighton and Sebastian Kris each soared above Tedesco to arrange tries because the Raiders shot out to an 18-0 lead within the first half-hour of the Sydney Soccer Stadium conflict.

Wighton flew above the Roosters skipper and got here tumbling again right down to seize the primary strive of the match, earlier than Kris jumped above the 2019 Dally M Medal winner, batted the ball again and celebrated as Matthew Timoko swooped and scored.

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It was only some weeks in the past that Lindsay Collins confirmed up his Roosters teammate in an aerial contest in State of Origin I, hovering above him, plucking the ball and offloading to Cameron Munster as Queensland sealed victory at Adelaide Oval.

Tedesco was essential of his aerial performances in opposition to the Raiders on Sunday evening.

“I’ve simply received to be higher there,” he stated within the Roosters’ press convention.

“There’s not likely any purpose to it.

“Simply received to be assured in going up and taking it.

“These two tries value us ultimately.”

Robinson chimed in, saying Tedesco was being “harsh” on himself.

“Teddy’s received the very best defusal charges of fullbacks over 12 months on 12 months,” stated the Roosters mentor.

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“He is been excellent at these.

“He is upset tonight, however he is the most secure man on the again there that the sport’s seen in an extended, very long time.

“Teddy would not prefer it, however that is not a behavior; that is only a recreation.”

Whereas the Raiders rocketed out to an 18-0 lead on the again of tries scored by Wighton, Albert Hopoate and Timoko, two items of Joey Manu magic on both aspect of half-time ensured the Roosters remained within the contest.

The Kiwi worldwide burst onto a Luke Keary offload, weaved by means of visitors, eyed Kris and bulldozed over the Canberra fullback to attain on the stroke of half-time.

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Then after the break, he leapt above Jarrod Croker to take a Keary kick, earlier than extending his proper arm at full stretch to achieve the white stripe as he crashed to the turf.

What proved the distinction when the full-time siren blew was a Croker penalty objective, which got here on the again of a scrum infringement 54 minutes into the sport.

The Raiders and Roosters are each coping with contemporary harm considerations.

Josh Papalii’s evening was ended by a hamstring harm within the first 10 minutes, whereas Angus Crichton (knee) performed no half after half-time and Egan Butcher failed a head harm evaluation.

The Roosters are struggling in twelfth on the ladder after spherical 17, whereas the Raiders are positioned fifth.

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