Robinson salutes Magic Tedesco
Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson saluted the performance of James Tedesco during the Magic Round victory over the Cowboys on Saturday.
The Roosters got off to a flying start when racing into an 18-0 lead but North Queensland came fighting back to get to within two points of Robinson's men at 18-6.
But there was no need to panic for the Roosters as star fullback Tedesco helped steady the ship to lead them to 30-16 victory at Suncorp Stadium.
The win means the Roosters are 7-3 for the 2021 NRL campaign and well in touch with the top four.
Robinson was far from happy with the performance of his side and was grateful to Tedesco for getting them over the line.
"We didn't assume an ascendancy, just scored some points," Robinson told reporters after the game. "We were a little bit off but then I liked our adaptability in defence the longer the game went.
"And Teddy carried us on his shoulders tonight; he was a step above everyone else on the ground. He decided to own that game tonight and he did, and he needed to."
The Cowboys were not helped by a late sin-binning for Lachlan Burr who was given his marching orders for a high shot on Tedesco.
However coach Todd Payten was not looking for excuses.
"I'm just disappointed (by the Burr sin-bin) but that's not why we lost the game, we lost because we let in six tries," Payten said.
"We gave them too much respect (early in the game) but showed some character and fought our way back."