Tackle Count: Can anyone stop Tedesco and those red-hot Roosters?

STAR POWER: Roosters fullback James Tedesco dives over to score a try against the Bulldogs on Monday night. Picture: Grant Trouville, NRL Imagery
STAR POWER: Roosters fullback James Tedesco dives over to score a try against the Bulldogs on Monday night. Picture: Grant Trouville, NRL Imagery

Are the Roosters on track for a three-peat?

It's been three weeks since the NRL restarted and there's been a clear standout in that time.

After starting the season 0-2, the Roosters proved too strong for Souths before turning it up a notch in the past fortnight against Brisbane (59-0) and the Bulldogs (42-6).

A key to that win over Canterbury was fullback James Tedesco's form. The NSW State of Origin custodian, who believes he's only going to get "better and better", scored three tries and was a constant threat in attack. Is he the best player in the world right now? It's hard to argue.

The Roosters will again be favourites to win this week, however, Parramatta are top of the ladder and playing confident footy. Can they topple the two-time reigning premiers?

Down in the nation's capital, we get the latest on John Bateman's contract situation and the return of crowds to footy while Manly's Curtis Sironen has a more immediate worry as he's facing up to Jack Wighton on Sunday.

And there's a better vibe down in Dragons land following the Red V's win over Cronulla last week. But there was a bolt from the blue today when the Dragons confirmed they were considering granting James Graham a release to return to the English Super League.

The round kicks off with the Broncos looking for redemption against Newcastle Knights tonight. Brisbane remain winless since the NRL's re-start - will the return of captain Alex Glenn help break their losing streak? Buckle up for another interesting start to the round.

* This edition of Tackle Count was written by Joshua Bartlett.

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