Tedesco calls for 18th-man NRL rule change

James Tedesco called for changes to the NRL 18th man’s policy to make concussion replacements easier, after admitting he felt helpless in the sheds as the Sydney Roosters season ended almost unreservedly.

Tedesco suffered a concussion late in the afternoon in Sunday afternoon’s brutal knockout defeat to South Sydney after scoring a high shot from the Rabbitohs George Burgess propeller.

Burgess was indicted but not convicted for the act, but has since pleaded guilty to a level 2 reckless tackling charge and will miss two games for the heist.

Tedesco had initially taken an off-field test for his health but began to feel dizzy upon returning from the locker room and was immediately banned from the game under concussion protocols.

The Roosters full-back was still suffering from a headache on Monday before winning the Brad Fittler medal as NSW home state player of the year.

Tedesco’s injury contributed to an afternoon of horror for the Roosters, who also lost Angus Crichton to a separate concussion in the first half and then Daniel Tupou to an external problem. Elder.

However, according to the rules of the NRL, the substitution of the 18th man can only be activated when the injury is the result of a sin or an expulsion foul, or when three HIAs have failed.

It meant the Roosters couldn’t use their replacement and add another man to their stretched back line, even though Burgess was cautioned for another high shot a minute later and has now been disqualified.

Tedesco asked the NRL to consider lowering the bar for a substitute for concussion when the blow to the head comes due to reportable foul play.

“If it is a reportable offense and the player loses for the remainder of the match, it may be an option for him to be activated,” Tedesco said.

“It would have been useful.

“We had two HIAs and another injury. It would have been nice to activate it ”.

Tedesco did not drink at the Roosters’ Crazy Monday event the day after the defeat, reporting that he still felt dusty.

It also set him to accept the top three men’s awards at the NSW Origin Dinner, including Player of the Year, Coach’s Choice, and Fans’ Choice.

The Roosters captain admitted he struggled to watch the team’s final exit because he admitted they were too caught up in the excitement of a game involving seven sin-bins.

“I was devastated that I couldn’t get back into the game,” said Tedesco.

“It was one of the craziest games I’ve been in… it felt like it lasted three hours.

“That wasn’t how we wanted to play. We got too involved emotionally and in the end it was to our detriment.

“We bought some emotional stuff, which we didn’t want to do.”

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