Victor the inflictor monsters Manly
VICTOR the inflictor.
Sydney Roosters forward Victor Radley pulled of the season's most astonishing tackle in his side's two-point win over Manly on Sunday.
In the 59th minute, Manly five-eighth Dylan Walker cut through and looked absolutely certain to score.
It would have been a try that levelled the scores at 20-all.
But, somehow, some way, Radley came across and created the impossible - hammering Walker to the ground one-on-one to deny the try.
Roosters officials, players and supporters stood and applauded.
"I was just doing my best to stay alive and help the play, and was in the right spot at the right time. So stoked. I might get a small little rap on Monday in the video (session). I won't get anything big," Radley said.
Roosters coach Trent Robinson smashed his hand on the coaching box window in appreciation.
"It was the biggest moment for us in that game," Robinson said. "There was nothing else that was going to happen other than scoring a try or Radley making a huge play to pull him down one-on-one.
"They are big moments in games and we turned it away. It was Dylan Walker, he's pretty good at getting over the line. It was going to take a big play. I'm sure he thought he was going to score."
Roosters skipper Jake Friend added: "It was massive. You could see how big a play it was. It definitely gave the boys a lift."
Even Manly coach Trent Barrett applauded the tackle.
"The Radley tackle, it was unbelievable," Barrett said. "It was a terrific tackle, he's a good player that kid. That tackle from Radley certainly gave them a huge boost."
It was the Roosters fifth win this season.
A tweak in attack paid immediate dividends. The Roosters attack ran smoothly and 22 points delighted Robinson.
By no means are the Roosters flying but they are grinding away at a modest pace in the right direction.
"For a decent week of change, for a first week, there was some better fluency there," Robinson said. "NRL, week to week, people like routine.
"So any slight change, like for most people, they don't like it. They get a bit tight. But these guys had to work through a bit of change."
Friend added: "As Trent said, there was a bit of change so for a first weekend, to go out and put a few tries on, which we've been struggling to do, is a step in the right direction."
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