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James Tedesco injury scare almost ruined big Wests Tigers win over Gold Coast Titans

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Tigers maul Gold Coast Titans

Wests Tigers defeat the Titans 42-12, in blistering heat at CBUS Super Stadium.

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Wests Tigers coach Michael Potter feared fullback James Tedesco's season was over almost before it began.

Fans of the joint venture – even those with sunburn at a sweltering Cbus Super Stadium – went pale when the 21-year-old lay motionless after a first half collision during the 42-12 thrashing of Gold Coast on Sunday.

Wests Tigers' Martin Taupau celebrates with team mates after his try against the Titans.

Wests Tigers' Martin Taupau celebrates with team mates after his try against the Titans. Photo: Getty Images

Time
80.00
Team
GCT
Score
12
Team
WES
Score
42
Gold Coast versus Wests Tigers
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Players Sezer, Kelly Tries 2 Tries 7 Players Richards(2), Tedesco, Thompson, Nofoaluma, Taupau, Brooks
Players Sezer 2/2 (100%) Conversions 2 Conversions 6 Players Richards 6/7 (85%)
Players Penalty goals 0 Penalty goals 1 Players Richards 1/1 (100%)
Players Field goals 0 Field goals 0 Players

''I thought 'oh no' – I shat myself,'' Potter said. ''You think it's his knee. My first message to the runners was 'check on Teddy'.''

But a grinning Tedesco said after terrorising Gold Coast with 140 metres gained, nine tackle breaks and a line break: ''It was never the knee. I copped a knock in the personals. There was a fair bit of pain down there but I was OK before long.''

Some water to the affected area also helped ... ''I waited for the cameras to be off me first.''

James Tedesco of the Tigers attempts to break free from the defence. Click for more photos

Wests Tigers v Gold Coast Titans

Wests Tigers' defeated the Gold Coast Titans 42-12 at CBUS Super Stadium on Sunday March 16, 2014. Photo: Getty Images

Up 22-6 at half-time, the Tigers belted an inexplicably poor Gold Coast after the break to bury the memory of last week's heavy loss to St George Illawarra.

Temperatures in the middle of the newly renamed Cbus Super Stadium topped 40 degrees; drinks breaks and an extended half-time would have done little to assuage the distress of the 34 players involved.

The oppressive conditions could not have been more different to those in Wigan where he set multiple records, but veteran winger Pat Richards helped Wests Tigers bury the Titans on what was accurately marketed as ''White Hot Sunday''.

Richards, returning to the NRL after a stellar eight years in Super League, scored his first try after four minutes and another in the 31st, and booted 7 from 8 for an 22-point individual tally, in a dominant performance from the joint venture.

Richards' first try was from a simple overlap, in the north-western corner. He was unable to convert but had no trouble three minutes later when  Tedesco crossed much closer to the posts after a kick from a sharp-looking Luke Brooks.

After replacement Sauaso Sue was booked for diving at the legs of Titans kicker Aidan Sezer, the five-eighth showed no ill-effects when he crossed in the 23rd minute off a Greg Bird break and converted himself, leaving the home side closer than it probably deserved to be.

But after the outstanding Tedesco executed a try-saving ankle-tap on Albert Kelly, Wests Tigers extended their lead when Richards scored in similar circumstances to his first with nine minutes remaining in the half, outdoing his previous effort by converting from the sidelines.

Former Titan Bodene Thompson then hammered in another nail in the shadows of half-time by fielding Braith Anasta's bomb for a try.

Cory Paterson was denied a try when the ball bounced off the posts two minutes into the second half.

But less than another 60 seconds elapsed before late inclusion David Nofoaluma scored after some smart lead-up by Brooks. Shortly before the second drinks break, prop Martin Taupau  steamrolled over for another.

Brooks completed the scoring with a try in the 71st minute.

12 comments so far

  • This was one of the worst matches I've ever seen. Incredibly boring for a game with over 50 points scored.

    Commenter
    Bear Hunter
    Date and time
    March 16, 2014, 6:12PM
    • I blame the channel 9 commentator - who was that guy?! Long liv Rabs! Go the Tigers!!

      Commenter
      Deeba
      Date and time
      March 17, 2014, 9:41AM
    • Yep that Brooks chip for Tedesco was so boring. That short banana kick from Brooks to Tedesco was also boring.

      The Nofoaluma barge try - amazing how he stated on his feet - also boring.

      Commenter
      Peter
      Date and time
      March 17, 2014, 10:35AM
    • @Peter

      Don't expect the rest of the NRL fans to fall over themselves because your boys managed a few flukey tries in a win against an inept team that wasn't interested in being there. The game was a big time snoozer. If they can beat Souths in a similar fashion this Friday, I'll be the 1st to be on here to eat crow (assuming they allow comments on a Souths loss, they didn't last Friday).

      Commenter
      Bear Hunter
      Date and time
      March 17, 2014, 12:37PM
  • Good to see tiges

    Commenter
    Tiger k
    Date and time
    March 16, 2014, 9:12PM
    • May today's win be the first of many for this young team! Congratulations on a terrific victory!

      Commenter
      curaeus
      Date and time
      March 16, 2014, 10:54PM
      • Great win under very difficult conditions (30+degrees C). Good start for this promising young side!

        Commenter
        curaeus
        Date and time
        March 16, 2014, 11:02PM
        • I'st not hard to see that 'Bear Hunter' is a Titans supporter (sour grapes) Great game Tigers many more to come, Go the Tiges

          Commenter
          tigerjim
          Date and time
          March 16, 2014, 11:55PM
          • Actually a Sea Eagles supporter (and long time NRL watcher).

            I stand by my statement, but I do understand why you can't see why this game was terrible when your team of nuffies has finally done something for the 1st time since 2011 and gives another team a towel up, so let me lay down some science on ya - 81 missed tackles in total - EIGHTY ONE, 30 total errors and a 61% completion rate from the Titans. These stats indicate this game was of an appalling quality. Was even worse then the Manly/Souths game which was also pretty ordinary until the last 20 odd minutes or so (but at least it was close, so it made it somewhat better).

            Commenter
            Bear Hunter
            Date and time
            March 17, 2014, 11:16AM
          • Good on you Bear Hunter. That's pretty impressive you're a long-time NRL watcher. You should have said so before.

            Why don't you go back and read Peter's comment again. He was just making the point that three of the Tigers plays were not boring. I'm sure he'd be the first to admit it wasn't a great game, but in those conditions what do you expect? Not sure why you're suggesting he's expecting everyone to "fall over themselves". Where did that come from??

            Commenter
            Luke
            Location
            Sydney
            Date and time
            March 18, 2014, 11:48AM

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