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Friday, 19 April 2019

'They are cut from the same cloth'


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Latrell Mitchell’s “freakish” game-winning performance in Friday night’s 2018 grand final re-match has earned the prodigy comparisons to the recently retired Greg Inglis.

The 21-year-old’s heroics single-handedly claimed the Roosters bragging rights over the Storm when he stepped up to ice the game in golden point with an emphatic 45-metre field goal.

The theatrics couldn't have come at a better time amid Inglis' departure from the game, and it was a first half try-assist to set up fullback James Tedesco that had pundits drawing comparisons to the Rabbitohs icon.

“Inglis retired this week and another star is on the rise, cut out from the same cloth,” proclaimed Phil Gould, and Storm legend Billy Slater couldn’t have agreed more.

Latrell Mitchell and Greg Inglis

“The field goal was special but his first half try he set up for James Tedesco was unbelievable,” Slater told VB Friday night Knock off.

“He just needed that little bit of space, he put a big fend on Curtis Scott and Suliasi Vunivalu, and that little ball back over the top to Tedesco – that was something that you don’t see every week. It was special.”

NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler also drew attention to the maturity and composure shown by the youngster in being able to centre himself in the big moments.

“That’s the next level you go to, being able to re-focus, breathe and relax,” he said as NRL Immortal Andrew Johns weighed in with his experience behind the kicking-tee.

Latrell Mitchell wins it for Roosters

“It’s tough because you’re celebrating the try, then you’re under fatigue, sometimes you can hardly breathe,” he said.

“Then you’ve got the responsibility of kicking the goal and Latrell nailed it, he absolutely nailed it.

“He didn’t miss a goal tonight, you can talk about the field goal or the try, but if he didn’t kick all the goals then they don’t win.

“We all know where he can get to, it’s up to Latrell where he gets to in the game. If he wants to, who knows where he could get.

Latrell Mitchell wins it for Roosters

While Johns was in awe over Mitchell’s display, he singled in on a moment that the centre allowed Storm’s Curtis Scott over the try-line as he pushed the Rooster to keep refining his game.

“Physically he needs to keep pushing himself and in also in the weight rooms and become strongerm,” he said.

“That little 1% he has to be on them all the time, that will come with maturity but the talent there is endless, it’s almost frightening how good he could be.”

The win draws the Roosters equal first with the Storm atop the NRL ladder.

Latrell Mitchell’s “freakish” game-winning performance in Friday night’s 2018 grand final re-match has earned the prodigy comparisons to the recently retired Greg Inglis.

The 21-year-old’s heroics single-handedly claimed the Roosters bragging rights over the Storm when he stepped up to ice the game in golden point with an emphatic 45-metre field goal.

The theatrics couldn't have come at a better time amid Inglis' departure from the game, and it was a first half try-assist to set up fullback James Tedesco that had pundits drawing comparisons to the Rabbitohs icon.

“Inglis retired this week and another star is on the rise, cut out from the same cloth,” proclaimed Phil Gould, and Storm legend Billy Slater couldn’t have agreed more.

Latrell Mitchell and Greg Inglis

“The field goal was special but his first half try he set up for James Tedesco was unbelievable,” Slater told VB Friday night Knock off.

“He just needed that little bit of space, he put a big fend on Curtis Scott and Suliasi Vunivalu, and that little ball back over the top to Tedesco – that was something that you don’t see every week. It was special.”

NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler also drew attention to the maturity and composure shown by the youngster in being able to centre himself in the big moments.

“That’s the next level you go to, being able to re-focus, breathe and relax,” he said as NRL Immortal Andrew Johns weighed in with his experience behind the kicking-tee.

Latrell Mitchell wins it for Roosters

“It’s tough because you’re celebrating the try, then you’re under fatigue, sometimes you can hardly breathe,” he said.

“Then you’ve got the responsibility of kicking the goal and Latrell nailed it, he absolutely nailed it.

“He didn’t miss a goal tonight, you can talk about the field goal or the try, but if he didn’t kick all the goals then they don’t win.

“We all know where he can get to, it’s up to Latrell where he gets to in the game. If he wants to, who knows where he could get.

Latrell Mitchell wins it for Roosters

While Johns was in awe over Mitchell’s display, he singled in on a moment that the centre allowed Storm’s Curtis Scott over the try-line as he pushed the Rooster to keep refining his game.

“Physically he needs to keep pushing himself and in also in the weight rooms and become strongerm,” he said.

“That little 1% he has to be on them all the time, that will come with maturity but the talent there is endless, it’s almost frightening how good he could be.”

The win draws the Roosters equal first with the Storm atop the NRL ladder.

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