Roosters star in doubt after health scare

Rugby league superstar James Tedesco is expected to be ruled out of Thursday’s match against the Brisbane Broncos after reportedly waking with a temperature.

The Daily Telegraph reported the Roosters fullback will miss the round four clash at Suncorp Stadium because of strict biosecurity measures in place to combat the coronavirus. Anyone with a temperature over 37.2 degrees is not permitted to enter the match venue.

Brett and Josh Morris are the most likely candidates to replace Tedesco at fullback.

BREAKING: James Tedesco expected to withdraw from @sydneyroosters side to play the Broncos
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I think the Roosters will still be too good for the Broncos tonight, but no Tedesco is a pretty euuuug out. #NRL

The Roosters secured a comfortable 28-12 win over cross-town rivals the Rabbitohs on Friday. Tedesco was the standout performer for the victors, managing two line breaks, 314 run metres and a try.

The 27-year-old spoke about how the newly-introduced six again rule has benefited his style of play.

“I think it will suit our footy and suit me,” Tedesco said.

“Obviously it’s a lot quicker ruck and less stoppages. Both middles are getting a bit more tired so it opened up a lot more space for me around the ruck.

“It’s just more about timing, I think it’s a bit scrappy at the moment with everyone trying to get a bit more space and trying to execute some plays through that.

“All the off-the-cuff stuff with offloads is how I score my tries.

“The off-the-cuff footy can work in these conditions. It was cool, just have to get used to it.”

The Sydney Roosters secured their first win of the 2020 premiership on Friday.Source:Getty Images

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Tedesco was awarded the Dally M Medal last year after guiding the Roosters to their second-consecutive NRL premiership.

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Broncos: 1. Jamayne Isaako 2. Corey Oates 3. Jesse Arthars 4. Darius Boyd 5. Herbie Farnworth 6. Anthony Milford 7. Brodie Croft 8. Thomas Flegler 18. Cory Paix 10. Payne Haas 11. Ethan Bullemor 12. Jamil Hopoate 13. Patrick Carrigan 14. Tesi Niu 15. Joe Ofahengaue 16. Rhys Kennedy 17. Matthew Lodge 19. Xavier Coates 20. Tom Dearden

Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Josh Morris 4. Joseph Manu 5. Brett Morris 6. Luke Keary 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend 10. Lindsay Collins 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Angus Crichton 13. Victor Radley 14. Sam Verrills 15. Isaac Liu 16. Nat Butcher 17. Sitili Tupouniua 18. Siosiua Taukeiaho 20. Ryan Hall

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