Rooster Radley's hit among 'better ones'

Scott Bailey
Roosters youngster Victor Radley was 'stoked' with his try-saving tackle on Manly's Dylan Walker

According to Sydney Roosters youngster Victor Radley, his try-saving tackle on Dylan Walker was just one of his "better ones".

And if that's how he's going to categorise Sunday's effort, you wouldn't mind seeing his highlights ree others that have come close.

Because Radley's hit was more than an absolute bell-ringer and contender for tackle of the season. It was a game changer.

With Manly's attack looking the far more dangerous in the second half, Walker looked certain to score when he beat the defence while down 20-14 with 25 minutes to play.

But Radley covered across field and crunched the makeshift Manly five-eighth, killing the Sea Eagles' momentum before the Roosters worked the ball downfield and slotted a crucial penalty goal minutes later to help seal the eventual 22-20 win.

The hit impressed coach Trent Robinson so much he stood and smashed on the glass in the coach's box, with full knowledge how important the tackle was in lifting the Roosters back in the top eight.

"I'm stoked with it," Radley said.

"That was one of my better ones ... I always try and do my best to get in a good position to help the boys out.

"I just keep moving and keep trying to do what I can to help whatever. I was actually pretty lucky I got hold of the ball there and stopped it."

It wasn't Radley's only big defensive play.

Moments earlier he rattled Manly prop Martin Taupau twice in a matter of minutes. The second shot was called high but it was about the only time a Rooster found a way to holt Taupau's momentum as he totalled 265 metres.

The 20-year-old weighs just 92kg but had no qualms taking it to a man who has previously been known for lifting more than three times the up-and-coming hooker's weight.

"If you don't throw everything at him he's probably going to run right over me," Radley said.

"So I may as well throw everything at him."

In a team of superstars, Radley may not yet be known as one of the big names.

But he's quickly become a crowd favourite this year, and based on Sunday's defensive efforts, it's not hard to work out why.

"He's a local boy and has a lot of local fans that turn up to watch him," Robinson said.

"He does (get credit) within our team as well. He's a good guy who has come through our system well.

"He's a student of the game but also has a really cool side to him."