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Roosters fullback James Tedesco.

"Partying!" James Tedesco laughs when asked what he'd usually be doing at this time of year.

But after six finals-free seasons at Wests Tigers, Tedesco's move to Bondi has paid dividends in his first season in red, white and blue with Tedesco buzzing after starring in his first post-season appearance.

Tedesco likened the win over Cronulla as a similar intensity to State of Origin.

Proving, not for the first time, that he is made for the big stage the Campbelltown product lit up Allianz Stadium with 240 metres, eight tackle busts and two try assists – including a bullet catch-and-pass from the very top drawer for winger Daniel Tupou's crucial second-half try.

Tedesco said it was worth the seven-year wait to get a taste of finals football but he wasn't getting carried away despite being 80 minutes away from a grand final.

"The Roosters are a strong club and the team we've got here, we definitely have a chance of taking it all the way. This is one step forward to achieving our goal," he said.

Match Highlights: Roosters v Sharks – Finals Week 1, 2018

"There's a bit to improve on. To have that week off is pretty important for us so we'll be raring to go in two weeks."

The 21-12 win was arguably the best game this season for the Tedesco, Luke Keary and Cooper Cronk playmaking combination after they had started the Telstra Premiership season looking like almost complete strangers.

"Having all three of us connecting on those plays, we've worked a lot on our attack and executing those plays the best we can," Tedesco said.

"I think we got one off a similar play to Joey [Manu] in the first half and I was able to throw the cut out in the second half so it was good to see our attack connecting well. We had limited opportunities but when we did we made the most of it.

"I've had it in my game for a while now, it's just about executing under pressure. I probably haven't had that many this year but I've been working hard at it at training and trusting myself so I'm glad it came off."

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