Cronk, Tedesco light it up for Roosters

By , 25/04/2020 19:38

James Tedesco and Cooper Cronk combined for a superb fine try for the Roosters.It was the one-two punch that had Sydney Roosters fans giddy and NRL rivals jittery.

Star signings Cooper Cronk and James Tedesco took a step towards proving their $1 million price tags on Friday when they combined for a try in the Roosters’ 30-18 win over Canterbury.

The Roosters were leading by two tries when Cronk put Tedesco through a hole before backing him up to complete a 60-metre try and bring their new fanbase to their feet.

It came just a week after a false start against the Wests Tigers in round one that already had some questioning whether the Roosters are more pretenders than contenders.

“That was one of the nice moments,” Robinson said of the Cronk-Tedesco highlight.

“There was lots of good stuff there, it was great to see them combine on that play. Cooper’s known for his support through the middle and being right on the spot there.

“But it was nice to see James move like he did around the play. We just had better combinations. We got on a bit more of what we wanted to do this week.”

While Cronk marshalled his team around the field with typical ease, Tedesco lit up Allianz Stadium with 186 metres, eight tackle breaks, three line breaks, two try assists and a try.

Roosters captain Boyd Cordner said it wasn’t a shock to see Tedesco and Cronk strike form.

“(It was) awesome. We see it every day at training, so it wasn’t a surprise to us. It was really good to see them connect,” he said.

The only downside was a torn pectoral to winger Daniel Tupou that is likely to keep him out for an extended period, while Mitchell Aubusson required ten stitches for friendly fire.

The Roosters next face Newcastle in what is likely to be an emotional affair given Mitchell Pearce’s decision to leave the club following their controversial acquisition of Cronk.

Former Roosters Aidan Guerra and Connor Watson also switched camps over the summer, and Shaun Kenny-Dowall moved across midway through last year.

While the club was quick to promote Pearce’s return to Allianz Stadium next week, Robinson dodged the topic post-match, saying: “I’ll get over tonight first.”

Cordner also denied the match would be different to facing other teams.

“It is just going to be like every other NRL game. Treat them the same, approach them the same, prepare the same,” he said.

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