The Roosters have notched 40 points for the second straight week, demolishing Wests Tigers 40-6 as Brett Morris picked up a second successive hat-trick.
The Roosters won their season opener 46-4 against Manly last week, and put on a similarly dominant performance against a woeful Tigers side at Campbelltown in the second round.
Tigers halfback Luke Brooks battled to get through a banner commemorating his 150th NRL appearance, and it was perhaps more resilient that the hosts’ defence, which has leaked 70 points in two games.
The Roosters heavily targeted the Tigers’ left side defence all day, sending Morris breaking down the wing in the sixth minute, where he kicked back in-field for Tedesco to score his first try against his former team.
Morris streaked away in similar fashion shortly after, shaping to kick again, but stepping inside fullback Daine Laurie instead to score his first.
Tigers hooker Jacob Liddle caught the markers napping to score from a dummy-half sneak, but the Roosters crossed again before half-time when halfback Luke Keary isolated big back rower Sitili Tupouniua against Brooks and he crashed over.
Morris and Tedesco touched down again in the first 10 minutes of the second half, tying them on five tries each after matching first-round hat-tricks, but Morris went one better when he crossed on the end of another right-side shift with six minute left.
Debutant Fletcher Baker also crossed on debut as the Roosters fired a warning shot to the rest of the league with a second stunning performance to start the season.
The Tigers, meanwhile, have a lot of soul searching to do after Keary, Tedesco, Joey Manu and Morris dismantled the defensive line on Sunday afternoon.
The performances of Brooks, Luciano Leilua and Joey Leilua will come under particular scrutiny, while Adam Doueihi was underwhelming in his first outing as five-eighth.
Raiders hold on against Sharks as Townsend misses shot to go to golden point
Cronulla’s goal-kicking problems reared their head again in 2021 with the Sharks copping a heartbreaking 12-10 loss to Canberra in Kogarah on Sunday night.
Chad Townsend has taken over kicking duties while Shaun Johnson is sidelined, with the Sharks halfback missing three of four shots at goal, including two to level the game in the final minutes.
The Sharks had rallied against a terrible 67 per cent completion rate to fight their way back into the match and a penalty with one minute left on the clock gave them the perfect chance to send the game into golden point.
But Townsend’s poor night with the boot was the difference in what was a scrappy affair for both sides in Wade Graham’s 250th NRL game.
The Raiders had dominated the match with ball control and high possession until it all fell apart in the final 20 minutes.
Two first-half tries had Canberra in the lead as the Sharks struggled to hold onto the ball, but the home side took things to a new level to chase down the game.
The Raiders were sloppy in attack, turning the ball over several times on the line before a penalty with eight minutes on the clock gave the Sharks the chance they needed.
Wingers Bailey Simonsson and Ronaldo Mulitalo launched to compete for a bomb but neither took hold of it, leaving the loose ball free for Josh Dugan to pounce and score.
Townsend missed the conversion to level the scores from the sideline, and later missed a penalty kick on full-time to take the game to golden point.
Conversions have been a problem in the past for the Sharks.
In 2019 they lost at least five games where they had scored more tries than their opponent.