Teddy’s ‘wake-up call’ af­ter shock Tonga loss

The Western Star - - Sport -

RUGBY LEAGUE: James Tedesco has had the Mi­das touch all year but it is his fi­nal pass of the sea­son which has given the Kan­ga­roos su­per­star a “wake-up call”.

Tedesco has made a habit of scor­ing match­win­ning tries at the dy­ing stages in big games this year.

But against Tonga on Satur­day night he could not quite repli­cate that mo­ment. Tedesco was cen­time­tres from scor­ing the match­win­ner as Aus­tralia trailed by four. But it was a pass later in the set which will haunt the Aus­tralian full­back.

He had to de­liver a pass to winger Nick Cotric who would have scored to draw the scores level but the pass was too dif­fi­cult for Cotric to take.

“Every­one is say­ing how good I am,” Tedesco said. “I still have a lot of stuff to work on. It’s good to have that wake-up call that I need to keep im­prov­ing and work­ing on my game to stay at the top.

“It’s dis­ap­point­ing. Not to ex­e­cute that last pass. That’s my job. I’ve had a lot of suc­cess in the last few min­utes over this year.

“It didn’t come off. That’s on me.”

Tedesco said he was hop­ing for that big mo­ment to come.

But rather than wait­ing for the play, the Dally M ‘player of the year’ said he was des­per­ate for it come.

“For me it’s not search­ing for it,” Tedesco said. “It’s play­ing my game, if it comes it comes. When you go search­ing for it things won’t come off. Maybe I was do­ing that in the last five or 10. It just wasn’t com­ing off. It’s a good re­minder for me.”

Michael Carayan­nis

Pic­ture: David Row­land/AAP

CAUGHT: James Tedesco is tack­led by Wil­liam Hopoate.

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