If James Tedesco doesn’t know where he is running when he has the Steeden, how the hell are NRL defences supposed to?
That’s the question Wests Tigers’ rivals will be asking themselves after superstar fullback Tedesco scored one of the tries of the season in the 26-14 upset win over North Queensland at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday.
Tedesco beat 10, yes 10, defenders on the way to the tryline at the southern end of the iconic suburban venue to seal the Tigers 10th win of the year just before fulltime.
On a day in which Jarryd Hayne returned to the NRL, Tedesco’s try revived memories of the ex-Parramatta star in his heyday.
And Tedesco was meant to be taking a field goal, which is about the only thing he can’t do on a rugby league field.
“I said to Mitch (Moses) I would just be an option outside him, he threw me the ball and I was not confident taking a field goal, so I just thought I would run it,” Tedesco said.
“I don’t know how I got there in the end, I was just trying to get there.
“The boys say they try and support me but they don’t know where I am running. I don’t know where I am running either. I just found myself near the line. I was pretty lucky to get there.
“I sort of slid and they sort of dragged me over so I didn’t really know if I got there in the end.”
Tigers coach Jason Taylor said in the post-match press conference he still couldn’t believe Tedesco scored the try.
As it was the NSW fullback was making up for an earlier error and was even concerned his late lunge at the line could have lost the Tigers victory.
“Mitchell wanted to go the set before but I threw a pass (from dummy-half) over his head,” Tedesco said.
“We ended up getting a repeat set, we were lucky.
“I was pretty worried if it was double movement then they would get a penalty and they would be down our end.
“In the end they have (awarded) the try. To do that tonight it will give us a massive boost heading into the end of the season.”