Wests Tigers have thrashed Gold Coast 42-12, with James Tedesco and Luke Brooks starring in scorching conditions for Sunday’s NRL match at Robina.
Wests Tigers young guns Luke Brooks and James Tedesco had a day out in the Queensland sunshine as they tore Gold Coast apart in Sunday’s NRL clash at Robina.
In temperatures nudging 40 degrees Celsius, the Tigers romped to a 42-12 victory over the Titans – the heaviest home defeat in Gold Coast’s history.
Man of the match Tedesco and halfback Brooks were at the heart of everything good for the Tigers as the visitors raced in seven tries to two in the impressive win.
Tedesco scored one try and had a hand in two others as he racked up 169 metres with two linebreaks and an amazing 10 tackle busts.
The pair combined brilliantly in the dying minutes of the game to seal the win, Tedesco gathering a Brooks chip before grubbering ahead for the halfback to dive onto the ball and cap a dominant display.
Tigers skipper Robbie Farah said the duo hadn’t surprised him with their performances.
“Teddie’s been playing great footy for a long time now,” said Farah, who had a barnstorming performance of his own with two linebreaks and a game-high 37 tackles.
“Midway through last year you could tell he started getting confidence back in that knee after that long-term injury and I thought second-half of last year he was our best player week-in, week-out.
“Everyone knows what Brooksie can do. There’s going to be times when they don’t play well and we’ve got to be patient with them. They’re exciting kids and they’re players we can build the team around.”
The victory eases the pressure on coach Mick Potter but he wasn’t getting too ahead of himself knowing he has to ensure his players recover from the gruelling heat in time to take on South Sydney on Friday.
“It’ll be all about recovery,” Potter said when asked about the week ahead.
“That’s most important.
“We’ll do a little bit of stuff on the field to try and counter what they throw at us.”
The Titans were never in the contest as the Tigers raced to a 22-6 halftime lead thanks to a Pat Richards double.
Injuries added to the pain of defeat with co-captain Greg Bird taken off with a shoulder injury late in the match while hooker Beau Falloon has strained a medial ligament in his left knee.
“Everyone probably got a little bit individual out there,” Bird said.
“Everyone tried to do it on their own and then all the individuals pretty much were making individual errors.
“Dropped balls, missed tackles. We weren’t working as a group and I think it showed.”
The Tigers will assess a hamstring injury to centre Chris Lawrence while Sauaso Sue could also find himself in hot water for a diving late challenge on Titans five-eighth Aidan Sezer’s legs in the first half.