FORMER Knights forward Zane Tetevano made a sudden and brutalimpact on debut for the Roosters in their 28-24 win against Canterburyat Allianz Stadium on Thursday night.
ELUSIVE: Roosters centre Latrell Mitchell on the attack against the Bulldogs on Thursday night. Picture: Getty Images
Tetevano, sacked by Newcastle in 2014 and de-registered by the NRL after being convicted ofassaulting his former girlfriend, played for Wyong last season before being thrown an NRL lifeline by the Roosters.
He played 29 games for the Knights between 2011 and 2014.
With the match hanging in the balance at 22-18 and the Bulldogs on the attack, Tetevanohit Canterbury fullback Will Hopoate with a crunching 67th-minute tackle that involved a head clash.
A bloodied Hopoate was helped off the field. A try by Roosters back-rower Mitch Aubusson five minutes later gave the Roosters a convincing 28-18 lead.
But when Canterbury’s Josh Morris scored his second try in the 77thminute, the visitors were back within four points.
Canterburywinger Kerrod Holland –who was playingfor Cessnock two years ago – suffered a shoulder injury scoring the opening try.
Holland, who helped the Knights win the 2015 NSW Cup grand final before joining Canterbury last season, dived over in the corner in the third minute and got up clutching his shoulder.
Canterbury extended their lead eight minutes later through Josh Morris, but from then on it was a Roosters procession.
Winger Daniel Tupouscored a double before half-time and Boyd Corder also dived over to make it 16-8 at the break. When Test centre Blake Ferguson scored in the 47thminute, the Bulldogs were facing a 22-8 deficit.
A Brett Morris try in the 52ndminute got the visitors back into the contest. When Adam Elliott crashed through in the 63rdminute, it was 22-18 and anyone’s game.
The result left the Roosters undefeated after two rounds and Canterbury searching for their first win.