Wests Tigers fullback James Tedesco says Friday night’s 30-20 loss to the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval was a step backwards, following a 34-6 win over the reigning premiers South Sydney Rabbitohs just a week earlier.
Already into double figures for tries scored in season 2015 — his most productive year since making his debut in 2012 — Tedesco pulled no punches about Friday’s defeat, admitting that the inconsistency is frustrating for both the fans and players alike.
“Definitely disappointing to play like that,” Tedesco reflected on Monday.
“To come up against Manly like we did after what we did to Souths was disappointing.
“We showed glimpses of the footy that we can play, but it’s about doing that for 80 minutes, and to be honest, we’re struggling to do that consistently.
“I think being a young team and a young squad, we’ve got to expect that to a degree,” he continued about the inconsistency that’s hallmarked the 2015 campaign so far.
“Personally, I’ve been going through a bit of inconsistency and we’ve done the same as a team. But we know we’re getting better the more games we play together.
“I know it’s hard sometimes to see, but we are continuing to improve, and we know how far we’ve come under JT from where we were at the start of the season.
“We definitely have to work hard this week for a big performance against Penrith.
See what Tedesco had to say in full about this week’s match in the press conference above.