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Wests Tigers Coach Jason Taylor said he was pleased with the heart shown by James Tedesco on Saturday after the fullback battled on with injury against the Sharks.

After taking a bomb in the first minute of the game, Tedesco was hit with a knee from Cronulla forward Luke Lewis — taken from the field to undergo a concussion test.

The fullback returned 15 minutes later and immediately made his presence felt, scoring a try and setting up another in five minutes to give Wests Tigers an early advantage.

And while the Sharks would go on to re-take the lead and eventually the game, Taylor said he was pleased with the determination shown by the fullback to battle through the match, with Tedesco also confident he'll be right to go against the Newcastle Knights next week.

"I haven't had a chance to speak to him but he looks fine in there now," said Taylor.

"Our medical staff are doing the right thing by him.

"Jordan Rankin did a good job in that period filling in, but it was great to get Tedesco back.

"He did some really good things for us today, but as a whole, we didn't do enough in the end."

"I sort of copped a bit of a knock in the ribs and the head," Tedesco told 

"It was a bit annoying that it was the first touch, but I got through the tests alright. I wasn't too dazed, it was just a bit of a head knock, but you've got to take those precautions.

"It's a bit sore. There's a bit of a lump there, but I got through the game alright.

"We've got an eight day turnaround, so I think I should be sweet for that. "

Be there for Sunday afternoon footy at Leichhardt Oval when we take on the Storm!


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