Tedesco takes big hit in Roosters NRL win

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Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has called for more consistency from NRL referees for sin-bins and send offs after James Tedesco failed an HIA following a high shot in the Roosters 34-10 win over St George Illawarra.

Jordan Pereira is facing a stint on the sidelines for the sickening hit on the Roosters fullback, which also cost the Dragons winger 10 minutes in the bin.

Tedesco did not return to the field in the second half of the Anzac Day clash at the SCG, prompting Robinson's call for immediate on-field punishment in the form of a send off for dangerous incidents.

Robinson said it was a difficult balance to strike for referees to keep the physicality of the sport intact while deterring players from foul play that cost the opposition in the moment.

"I don't want anybody that gets hit head high to go off the field," he said.

"I'm not where rugby union is ... where people are just getting yellow and red cards for silly reasons.

"But I also don't think it's up to Tuesday night (at the NRL judiciary) to decide when players are in or out.

"If we can do it on-field better, and through the bunker better, then we can make a statement about 'improve your technique'.

"Players don't want to let other players down.

"So we have to do a bit more than what we're doing in-game, without over-reacting."

The dangerous hit on Tedesco was put on report and could cost Pereira weeks on the sidelines when the charge sheet drops on Monday.

It happened 34 minutes in, when, with the Roosters on the attack chasing down a 6-4 Dragons lead, Tedesco tapped on the ball before he was blindsided by Pereira's swinging arm while falling.

He stayed down and was ruled out of the rest of the game, activating the 18th-man rule for the second time in less than 24 hours.

Later in the game, Roosters hooker Ben Marschke was sent to the sinbin for deliberately slowing down the ruck, essentially copping the same punishment as Pereira.

"They're completely different parts of the game," Robinson said.

"Ben gets in his way and we're easy enough to send him off for 10 for that but for the protection of our players we find it a bit more difficult."

The Tedesco incident sparked a huge turning point in Sunday's game.

Down to 12 men, the Roosters pounced twice in five minutes, first through Sitili Tupouniua's power running close to the line and then when halfback Sam Walker put Nat Butcher through a gap.

The Roosters took the halftime lead at 16-6 - Daniel Tupou scoring their other first-half try - and did not look back.

"For whatever reason once that sin bin came we just couldn't handle it, which we should have been able to," Dragons coach Anthony Griffin said.

Sam Walker again defied his limited NRL experience to star for the Roosters, scoring a try of his own to earn the Spirit of Anzac Medal in front of the 37,620-strong crowd at the SCG.

The Dragons could be missing more than Pereira when they face Wests Tigers next Sunday.

Mikaele Ravalawa was put on report for a shoulder charge on Josh Morris, while Tyrell Fuimaono's high shot on Tedesco could also warrant a charge from the NRL's match review committee.