Roosters want a controlled shot from Radley
Rugby league might not be rocket science, but getting the right mix with the volatile fuel that is Victor Radley is on the minds of Sydney Roosters captain James Tedesco above all else.
Radley will return from a three-game suspension in Saturday’s NRL playoff final against Gold Coast in Townsville.
The ban, for dangerous contact with Brisbane kicker Albert Kelly’s legs during the Roosters-Broncos clash at Suncorp Stadium, means the flaming lock has missed eight games by suspension this season.
Tedesco welcomes Radley with open arms for the clash with the Titans, but acknowledges the 23-year-old needs to make sure his aggression doesn’t spill over into a situation that could hurt his team.
“Rads just sat there wanting to play,” Tedesco said.
“Obviously the suspension hurts a lot so I know he’s going to be excited and ready to go.
“It’s just making sure it’s a controlled shot.”
The spark that could cause Radley to collapse yet again is Gold Coast Chief Negro Jarrod Wallace.
The Titans’ accessory got under the skin of Warriors rookie Matt Lodge in last Sunday’s game at CBUS Super Stadium as the pair traded beards as the two were knocked out in a win 44-0 from Gold Coast.
Wallace has denied he would attempt to target Radley in Saturday’s game in an attempt to put the rooster in the hot water, instead praising his rival’s skill ahead of the do-or-die clash.
“I’m not coming at all to try to do this,” Wallace said.
“If that happens during the game, that’s exactly what is happening.
“There will be a lot of emotions and Victor is such a strong player for them. That’s what he’s building his game on.
“He’s one of my favorite players to watch, I think he’s a fantastic player so I’m looking forward to playing guys like him.”