"Too early" for Tedesco Origin talk: Taylor

“Too early” for Tedesco Origin talk: Taylor

Tue 17 Mar, 2015, 6:37am
By Matt Encarnacion, Western Sydney Correspondent, NRL.com

Wests Tigers Jason Taylor said it was “too early” to offer up fullback James Tedesco as an Origin candidate, while skipper Robbie Farah simply didn’t want to be asked the question.

“I got a man crush on him, so don’t ask me,” Farah said.

But the reality was Tedesco showed in the space of 20 minutes why he is a Blues player in the making, literally running away with the game for the Tigers between the sixth and 26th minute of the match against the Dragons on Monday night.

Displaying his electrifying speed – and new-found confidence in his injury-prone body – the 22-year-old set up a try each for wingers Kevin Naiqama and Pat Richards, and also scored one himself to blow the Dragons out of the Campbelltown inside half an hour.

“He showed tonight why people have talked about him how they have over the years. Some really classy touches, just really classy. Some things that not many guys can do,” beamed coach Jason Taylor after the game.

The fact that Tedesco is on the field right now is a credit to himself. Coming back from knee and ankle injuries suffered last season, Taylor admitted he was unsure whether he would have his prodigious fullback in time for last week’s season-opening win over the Titans.

“Right up until Christmas we weren’t thinking that he’d be right for Round 1. The big thing was we didn’t want to push him, and we were never going to put any pressure on him,” Taylor said.

"He was getting a bit frustrated, because he felt that he was ready to do more than he was. But we held him back and held him back.

“But he just kept proving that he could handle whatever else we threw at him and so it wasn’t until the 40 minutes that he played until the Cronulla trial, it wasn’t until he completed that – that we were 100 per cent that he was going to play. He really picked up in the last few weeks leading into the trials.”

Tedesco said he was growing in confidence with each game he comes out of injury-free.

“Especially coming off good games, coming off games where the knee’s not sore, and having no troubles during the game. It’s really confidence building in myself, just taking it week by week and hopefully stay out there,” he said.

“I feel that my body’s matured, [I’m] 22 now. Obviously having those injuries in the past was pretty disappointing for me. But yeah I’m feeling strong, the body’s feeling fit. No niggles. I don’t want to get too ahead of myself but feeling good.”

After running for 94 metres last week, Tedesco made 116 against the Dragons on Monday night and is on a long list of NSW fullback contenders who put their hand up on the weekend to fill the sizeable Blue boots previously worn by Jarryd Hayne.

“Obviously there’s an opportunity there. But all I can really focus on is playing good footy for the Tigers and see what happens. I’m not really worried about that, but if it comes, it’s a goal for me and it’d be awesome. Just to get mentioned is a great honour for me,” he said.

However his coach believes talk of Tedesco taking Hayne’s place is premature this season.

“Yeah, I think that’s too early. It was a really good first half and he showed what he can do, but I think that’s a bit too early for where he’s at. But down the track, for sure,” he said.

Brett Stewart can have the spot until Tedesco is ready.

lets not put to much pressure on Teddy just yet,let him string some games together and get his confidence up.

Geez the media are quick for a story , can we let the guy play some footy and let him concentrate on getting his confidence back.
It is so premature on him playing Origin.

Blues star of the future, I think so,

2 or so years down the track IMO.

2015 Goal - Injury free Survival

No Bias- Moylan is ahead of him.

@foreveratiger:

Geez the media are quick for a story , can we let the guy play some footy and let him concentrate on getting his confidence back.
It is so premature on him playing Origin.

The media are just trying to create a rivalry out of Tedesco and Moylan, you can see it coming. Both of them up and coming youngsters with immense talent and playing great guns. The press love spruiking this sort of stuff - it gets the fans talking and sells papers.

@Flippedy:

@foreveratiger:

Geez the media are quick for a story , can we let the guy play some footy and let him concentrate on getting his confidence back.
It is so premature on him playing Origin.

The media are just trying to create a rivalry out of Tedesco and Moylan, you can see it coming. Both of them up and coming youngsters with immense talent and playing great guns. The press love spruiking this sort of stuff - it gets the fans talking and sells papers.

Yeah no doubt . Teddy hasn’t been on the field long enough to get some continuity in his game .

Moylan has been brilliant and will get the nod IMO , but once Teddy is up and running i have no doubt hes a better player than Moylan.

I have absolutely no problem with Moylan-Tedesco replicating the Ennis-Farah saga. Moylan is ahead of Teddy at this point, and while I’m not sure he’ll get the nod immediately ahead of Dugan or Stewart, I wouldn’t begrudge him taking over for a few years while Teddy tears it up for us week after week.

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@foreveratiger:

Geez the media are quick for a story , can we let the guy play some footy and let him concentrate on getting his confidence back.
It is so premature on him playing Origin.

Absolutely. The same goes for the push from some in the media to give Keary an Origin berth this year……that little walloper would get sorted out in the Origin arena quick smart.

I’m supporting Moylan too. He is on top at the moment, but Tedesco may prove to be every bit as good…over time…

ya kidding yaselfs

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I cant believe how well Moylan is going.

He is going much better than I thought he was capable, good on him.

For SOO they will go for one of the experienced guys B Morris, Dugan or even Stewart. I still think Stewart is as good as anyone.

Id never, ever do this, but would not surprise me if they picked K Gidley, they love him!

I have no doubt that Tedesco is with Moylan the best NSW FB ATM. However, I would like Farah, Woods and Tedesco do ‘Lyons’ and give SOO a miss :sign:

why not aim for higher - life is too short

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