Sydney Roosters and NSW captain James Tedesco is facing one of the most challenging times in his career. Following criticism for his performance in Origin I, Tedesco is under pressure to lead both his club and state to victory. In the closing stages of the game, he slipped over and was out-jumped by a front-rower. Tedesco arrived at Blues camp with his club team in a slump and now faces the added burden of saving the series for NSW at Suncorp Stadium in three weeks’ time.
If the Roosters lose their upcoming game against the Canterbury Bulldogs, Tedesco will have played in five straight losses for club and state, something that has not happened since his time at the Wests Tigers in 2017. Despite the pressure, he is determined to turn things around and lead by example. Tedesco knows he did not meet his own lofty standards in Origin I, especially towards the end of the second half.
The 30-year-old acknowledges that criticism is a part of the game but is determined not to let it affect his performance. Tedesco remains committed to staying positive and embracing difficult times as a leader. He is continuing to learn along the way and is focused on being the best player he can be.
Tedesco was busy for the Blues during Origin I, with almost 200m run and an almost score in the first half. Although many acknowledge Latrell Mitchell and Dylan Edwards‘ talents, Tedesco’s spot in the Blues side is not up for debate. He is still regarded by many as the best player in the game.
NSW coach Brad Fittler recognizes Tedesco’s self-criticism and believes it is necessary to become the best player. Fittler believes Tedesco will be a good judge of his game and understands that confusion can arise when leading a team.
Tedesco remains optimistic about winning the series and pointed out that NSW has won in Queensland before. He is committed to giving his all and is excited about the prospect of a deciding game in Sydney.