Sydney Roosters, car crash season, Trent Robinson, James Tedesco, NRL 360

The Roosters’ season has been described as a “car crash” as the usually steady club lurches from one poor performance to another and captain James Tedesco is copping the brunt of it.

The Roosters were premiership favourites heading into the season but they sit 14th after 20 rounds and must win all seven of their remaining games to play finals.

Coach Trent Robinson has led the club to three premierships in the past decade but is running out of answers to save their 2023 campaign.

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“This has been a car crash season for the Sydney Roosters and unlike one I can recall as far as having to many hurdles to jump to get through,” Dave Riccio said on NRL 360.

“It began at the start of the year with Angus Crichton’s off-field issues and personal issues that he had to deal with at the start of the year.

“We moved into the Joseph Suallii situation, switching codes, Jason Ryles up and leaving as an assistant coach, Sam Walker, their starting half dropped.”

But Gorden Tallis pointed out those issues weren’t unique to the Roosters.

“That happens at other clubs, players leave and coaches move on, that can’t be an excuse for a club that I thought was going to be in the grand final,” Tallis said.

James Tedesco of the Roosters. GettySource: Getty Images


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“This is a club that reeks stability and that’s the basis of their success that they don’t have these issues so when that many issues arise, we’re seeing the fallout of it now,” Riccio responded.

“It’s unfamiliar territory for the Roosters and they just haven’t handled it well at all,” Braith Anasta said.

The NRL 360 panel then debated whether the club should have allowed club captain Tedesco to holiday in Byron Bay last weekend while his side lost to the Storm.

“I don’t understand how you could say it’s a wise decision from the footy club to let their captain miss such a season-defining match for this club,” Riccio said.

“They are on their knees.”

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