Wests Tigers fullback James Tedesco in action against the Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval.

We took Manly lightly: Tedesco

Wests Tigers fullback James Tedesco has admitted his side probably took their opposition a bit lightly after going down to the Sea Eagles on Friday night.

 

Just one week after an amazing upset victory over South Sydney, the Wests Tigers faltered to the bottom-placed Manly side in wet conditions at Brookvale Oval. 

"We didn't start like we wanted to coming off last week," Tedesco told NRL.com.

"We were pretty confident but we probably took them a bit lightly.

"Compared to last week, we knew we had Souths and the intensity at training was high. 

"Probably coming off a win we were a bit more excited but a bit more lackluster," he said.

However Tedesco also praised Manly for their big effort, in particular their star halves who showed their class once again on Friday night, creating point scoring opportunities out of nothing.

"They're probably one of the best halves combinations in the game," Tedesco said. 

"When those two turn it on they're very hard to get over the top of. 

"I thought our boys did well too, I thought Mitch (Moses) had one of his best games of the year and the more he plays with confidence our halves will get better and will improve."

 

 

Tedesco was also very impressive for the Tigers, with 15 runs for 129 metres, seven tackle busts and two try assists, one of which was an amazing bat on out to Pat Richards.

"I don't know [how I did it], I thought it was forward to be honest," Tedesco said.

"I saw them both jam in on me so I knew I had to get it to 'Patty' [Richards]. 

"I was a bit worried I didn't really know where it ended up, I couldn't really see, but I was happy it came off."

Tedesco also gave credit to the Manly defence who he said gave them much less time and space than the Bunnies did the week before.

"Their defence was pretty good tonight," he said. 

"We tried to go around them, go up with the forwards then spread it out wide but it probably didn't work as well as last week.

"We'll work on that, we've got a long week this week and a long turnaround before the Panthers," he said.