In case anyone had forgotten, James Tedesco reminded everyone that he is the best player in the NRL on Monday night.
The reigning Dally M winner made a triumphant return to the field after missing last week with a high temperature, proving unstoppable against Canterbury in the emphatic 42-6 win.
In what is becoming a standard performance for the 27-year-old Australian fullback, Tedesco raced to 194 metres, three tries, two try assists and five linebreak assists as the Roosters logged a third straight win after the season resumption.
Perhaps more remarkably, it was just the second hattrick of Tedesco’s NRL career and his first for the Roosters.
It comes after the premiers clocked up 59 points against Brisbane in round four, for a tally of 101 points and one leaked try in their past two games.
Hours after the entire Bulldogs squad was cleared of coronavirus, they came down with a case of inadequacy trying to handle Tedesco at Bankwest Stadium.
In the first postponed premiership game since 1997, the extra 27 hours of preparation sent the teams in opposite directions.
While the Roosters marched towards a remarkable record from their past two games, the Bulldogs barley fired a shot as errors and poor passes mounted against the slick champions.
Leading 30-0 wih a remarkable 95 unanswered points stretching across three games, the Roosters finally cracked in the 66th minute when Kieran Foran and Will Hopoate combined for the Bulldogs’ first try of the night.
The right edge combination of Foran, Hopoate and Angus Crichton looked most likely for the Bulldogs and the trio threatened to score late in the first half.
A quick tip on from Hopoate put Crichton over for an acrobatic looking try, only for the Bunker to reveal his boot had grazed the line to deny the points.
It was the tale of the night for the Bulldogs, capping off a bizarre weekend for the club.
Hours earlier the Bulldogs’ 50-person bubble were forced to undergo the COVID-19 test following the health scare involving Aiden Tolman.
The veteran prop was cleared on Sunday afternoon, however is understood to be unavailable for three games as he self-isolates from the team.
The drama erupted in the NRL on Sunday after Tolman learnt that one of the teachers at his child’s school had tested positive for coronavirus, forcing the NRL to reschedule the match.
The Roosters’ win sets up a blockbuster match against undefeated Parramatta at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday night, while the Bulldogs will face Cronulla on Sunday.