Tedesco leads Roosters past Eels, Raiders sink Knights
James Tedesco played a starring role as the injury-hit Sydney Roosters came from behind on three occasions to beat Parramatta Eels 32-18 in the NRL.
The Roosters were without star half-back Cooper Cronk (hamstring) for a second week in succession and lost Jake Friend and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves to respective shoulder and rib problems either side of half-time on Friday.
However, the defending champions were still able to prevail against an Eels side who competed superbly, only to fall away in the closing stages.
A try from ex-Roosters star Blake Ferguson opened the scoring, but Tedesco swiftly responded and two Latrell Mitchell penalties put Sydney 8-6 up at the break.
The powerful Maika Sivo twice went over on the left wing for the Eels - last year's bottom club - either side of a Mitchell Aubusson score, but a Ferguson error gave the Roosters the platform to forge ahead once again through Victor Radley.
As the Eels tired, Tedesco then sealed victory in the final quarter, the full-back laying on an assist for Siosiua Taukeiaho before capitalising on some weak defence to claim his second try.
In Friday's other game, Canberra Raiders triumphed 17-10 over Newcastle Knights at GIO Stadium, with Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad crossing twice for the hosts. Josh Hodgson and John Bateman shone for Canberra, but Joseph Leilua appeared fortunate not to be sin-binned in the closing stages after elbowing Tim Glasby in the head.