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Roosters beat Monday blues as Tedesco makes light work of Bulldogs

All three bring different qualities and can win games on their own, but the two young guns still have some way to go to top this man of the moment.

New superlatives for the Kangaroos and NSW Origin fullback are running mighty thin. He finished with three tries, two try assists, 227 run metres, 10 tackle breaks, two line breaks and three line break assists.

“He was Teddy. And he’s just great to watch. Forget about being his coach. Just watching him move around the park and also being live – at the game – we get to see it,” Roosters coach Trent Robinson said post match.

“We get to see how he moves around and what he does and it’s just exceptional. You look at the way his feet move, you look at the way he talks, you look at the way his eyes are. It’s very good footy.”

Angus Crichton was solid without setting the world on fire in his first year at Bondi. This season, he looks far more like the player which forced the tri-colours to pay big bucks to lure him away from their arch-rivals at Redfern.

He regularly crunches anyone who dares run near him and is running some superb lines outside Kyle Flanagan on the Roosters’ right edge.

Together, Tedesco and Crichton were the Roosters’ chief destroyers.

But the scary part about Trent Robinson’s men is that you could genuinely pluck another six or seven names out of a hat and detail the big nights they had.

That’s the real reason they are genuine hopes of becoming the first team to win three straight titles since the Eels achieved that monumental feat in 1983.

If it’s not the Morris twins making repeat efforts every time the action enters their vicinity, it’s Boyd Cordner folding ball runners in half and running perfect angles with ball in hand. If Cordner isn’t in the thick of it, Joey Manu’s throwing a freakish offload on the other side of the field.

Bulldog Christian Crichton competes for a high ball with Daniel Tupou.

Bulldog Christian Crichton competes for a high ball with Daniel Tupou.Credit:AAP

When Cooper Cronk exited stage left with his second straight premiership in hand, the pressure was on Luke Keary and Kyle Flanagan to fill the boots of the playmaker who coached teams to wins on field, such was his prowess.

Finals will be when the true impact of Cronk’s absence becomes clear but so far, so good for the new halves pairing.

Aptly describing the gulf in class between these two teams is no easy task. Men against boys doesn’t quite cut it.

At times, the Roosters look like they’re playing a different sport to their counterparts.

The Bulldogs – who admittedly had their preparation for this clash rocked by the absence of Tolman – scrap their way to any and all points they score.

The Roosters score their points in second gear.

It took the premiers precisely 115 seconds to fire their first warning shot.

Keary found Tedesco, who hit Crichton as he turned the corner and the premiers strolled back to halfway with a lead, having not yet broken a sweat.


There were some loose moments – especially in the second half when the tri-colours sunk to the level of scrappy play the Bulldogs maintain – but the next 78 minutes was very, very light work for the premiers.

Since the season resumed, they have amassed a combined scoreboard of 127-18 against the Rabbitohs, Broncos and Bulldogs.

Before Kieran Foran crossed in the 66th minute, the tri-colours had scored 95 straight points without conceding one.

The team which, at this stage of the season, appear the most likely to be the challenger when the whips are cracking in October – Parramatta – await in what will be the match of the season so far on Saturday night.

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