Sydney Roosters captain James Tedesco reached a century of NRL tries as the Habs found their way back to winning ways with a 44-16 loss to struggling Gold Coast.
Tedesco scored a hat-trick and wingers Daniel Tupou and Joseph Suaalii netted a brace as the Roosters ended a two-game losing streak with the eight tries to three win at Mackay’s BB Print Stadium on Saturday.
The loss is Gold Coast’s fifth in a row and leaves their season hanging by a thread with just two wins from nine games in 2022.
Justin Holbrook’s men, playing without injured star David Fifita, got off to a perfect start when Beau Fermor surged forward after Suaalii knocked down a Will Smith grubber in the third minute to take a 4-0 lead.
Tedesco hit his career ton in a quick six-minute Roosters response, combining with Joey Manu to score what would be the first of six tries through the Gold Coast left side defence.
Despite losing Sam Verrills to a shoulder injury and Lindsay Collins sinning for a shoulder charge on Corey Thompson, the Roosters extended their lead when Tedesco crossed for his second in the 24th minute. – breaking up a weak tackle from Brian Kelly on his way to the try line.
Suaalii and Siosiua Taukeiaho then took advantage of the Titans’ left edge to blow the score to 24-4 with five minutes remaining in the first half.
Another kick from Smith led to the Titans’ second try when he bounced off Angus Crichton’s leg into Sam Lisone’s grateful hold which crashed to make it 24-10 at the break.
Gold Coast scored first in the second half through Herman Ese’ese to come within eight of the Roosters before Tupou and Tedesco scored tries to put Trent Robinson’s side in control.
Tupou and Suaalii completed late moves to put some shine on the Roosters’ scoreline.
The Titans will be hoping to end their losing streak when they host St George Illawarra next Saturday while the Roosters take on Parramatta next Sunday in a mouth-watering clash.