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Tedesco sparks Souths rout
A James Tedesco
performance has ruined Robbie
Farah’s fresh start at South Sydney,
the Wests Tigers’ No 1 firing his side
to a 34-18 thumping.
Not only were the Rabbitohs
embarrassed last night in their NRL
season opener, they had salt rubbed
into the wounds when Greg Inglis
left the game with a troubling knee
injury in the second half.
In a worrying sign for the
champion, he left the field midway
through the second half after
struggling for most of the game.
After copping a nasty blow to his
left knee in the seventh minute, he
was barely able to run but refused
to leave the field after centre Hymel
Hunt went down with a head knock
and failed to return.
Inglis was largely a passenger and
pushed out to the wing. He did
manage to pick up a clever Cody
Walker grubber to score on the
stroke of half-time but the game
other wise belonged to his opposite
Tedesco scored one, set up another
and played an important role in a
further two as the Tigers ran riot in
the six-tries-to-four rout.
He turned the game on its head
when he created something out of
nothing — stepping off his left foot
and then his right to leave Alex
Johnston, Kyle Turner and Sam
Burgess clutching at air to score and
make it 12-4 in the 19th minute.
When he sent Chris Lawrence over
six minutes later with a crisp, flat
pass, the Tigers were making metres
at will and the Rabbitohs looked
Inglis’s try just before the break gave
Souths a sniff of a chance but Tedesco
again turned provider after the break,
putting David Nofoaluma through a
hole as they ran 90m to score through
The Tigers’ post-Farah era was
off to a flying start with Tedesco,
Nofoaluma, Aaron Woods and
Moses all outstanding as they played
with flair and confidence.
Winger Moses Suli also scored a
double on debut but was found out in
defence during Inglis’s try.
Tigers centre Jamal Idris had
an indifferent return to the NRL,
dropping the ball with his first touch.
Farah, in his first outing in new
colours after his controversial exit
from the Tigers, largely had an
uneventful night as his side were
The Rabbitohs have big problems
with Inglis under an injury cloud and
halfback Adam Reynolds expected
to miss the next three weeks with
Inglis will go for scans today but
said he did not believe the injury was
Souths coach Michael Maguire
defended his decision to leave his
strike weapon on the field for over 50
minutes playing on one leg.
“ I’ve got some very good staff and
they were obviously in conversation
with Greg right throughout the
game,” Maguire said.
“Greg felt it was actually getting
better and he could stay out there.
There was a point in the second half
when we thought it was no longer
worth pursuing so we pulled him
Tigers coach Jason Taylor paid
tribute to Tedesco, saying his running
game would play a big part in their
game plan this year.
“ I didn’t think he was going to score
that try, it was just his brilliance,”
“Those guys taking the line on
was important tonight. Guys like
Mitchell Moses, Luke Brooks and
James Tedesco just being prepared
to get tackled, I thought that was
a key factor for us and sometimes
they didn’t get tackled and created
something for us.” — AAP
PICTURE: Getty Images
David Nofoaluma of the Tigers takes a high ball ahead of the Rabbitohs Alex
Rabbitoh Inglis under injury cloud
PICTURE: Getty Images
Josh Reynolds of the Bulldogs is tackled short of the try line.
Hasler likes risky Dogs’ play
Canterbury coach Des Hasler is
adamant his team is on the up despite
chalking just six points in its round-one
defeat to Melbourne last night.
The Bulldogs enjoyed 13 more
possessions inside the Storm’s 20m line
at Belmore Sportsground but could
manage only one try to five-eighth Josh
Reynolds in the 12-6 loss.
The result is is sure to intensify
questions about the Bulldogs’ attack,
but Hasler insists there was evidence of
improvement against last year’s beaten
“ I thought we chanced our hand pretty
well,” Hasler said.
“ I thought we played with good
width in difficult conditions, I thought
there were some good performances
The Bulldogs trailed 12-6 at half-
time but had a number of opportunities
to reduce the deficit in a second half
where they dominated field position and
But the torrential rain in the second
period limited what the Bulldogs could
do with the ball.
“ It was all about timing tonight, wasn’t
it? I thought they got relatively two soft
tries. They got the jump on us, and then
the rain was timed perfectly for them,”
“ I thought we showed plenty to get
back into the game at 12-6. I thought in
the second half, there were three genuine
try-scoring opportunities that we put
“ But that ’s what you have to do. You
have to execute in that moment, the pass.
We paid the price for that and ran out of
time, but some good signs. Twenty-five
rounds to go.”
The Bulldogs face the Sydney Roosters
in round two. — AAP
Defensive tweaks give
Warriors new hope
Simon Mannering has rolled into
south Auckland to report for Warriors
pre-season training 13 times since 2005.
As such the Nelson native knows fairly
well how one shuttle run can blur into
But the 30-year-old can sense
something a bit different in the air as a
new NRL season dawns under Stephen
Kearney, the club’s fifth coach since
It is nothing too drastic, but it is enough
to suggest the club is closer to its 2011
grand final performance than any of the
pedestrian campaigns that followed.
“ Little changes, not a massive
revolution, but little tiny changes,”
“ Defence isn’t re-inventing the wheel,
it ’s your desire and working bloody
Yet it might as well be for the club,
which conceded more than four tries a
game on average in 2016 and lost its last
four games to slump to 10th.
Only two sides — the Tigers and this
year’s round-one opponent Newcastle —
managed to give up more four-pointers
over the same period.
In response Kearney has personally
taken over as defence coach and
implemented a new structure, which
paid dividends in last fortnight’s 26-6
trial win over the Titans.
But on the flip side, the Auckland boys
had earlier flopped at home in the Nines
and threw away an 18-point lead to lose
to the Storm on the Sunshine Coast.
“Stephen’s obviously come from a strong
defensive background at Melbourne and
Brisbane (but) I’m sure the majority of
the teams are concentrating on defence,”
“Games aren’t won on how many
points you score, it ’s how many you stop.
“ We’re seeing improvements through
the trials and that ’s all you want.”
Mannering will line up at lock against
Newcastle tomorrow, with fellow ex-
captain Ryan Hoffman and bruiser
Bunty Afoa in the second row. — NZ N
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