JWH facing up to seven weeks on the sidelines

Source: ABC.

Source: ABC.

This is a return to the Jared Waerea-Hargreaves of old.

The contact he made with George Rose during last night’s 16-4 win against Manly not only resulted in a  send-off but a Grade 1 Reckless High Tackle charge  from the match review committee. According to an article on NRL.com:

The base penalty of the charge is 300 points, which means normally an early guilty plea would carry a two-match ban.

However three prior similar offences in the past two seasons means the New Zealand International was hit with a 150% loading to the original charge.

If he takes the guilty plea he will automatically miss five weeks, while a challenge could result in a seven-match ban.

The Roosters havn’t said yet if they will contest the charge, but 26 Rounds believes they could get the charge downgraded. Watch this GIF:

Rose slips into the tackle and it was front-on. The arms are swinging in a wrapping motion and compares favourably with Steve Matai’s swinging arm on George Burgess two rounds ago, which was designed to hurt. And at speed the hit looks nowhere near as bad as in the slow-motion footage above.

However, there’s a big difference in missing him for five weeks, and missing him for seven. The Roosters could be forgiven for taking the guilty plea given their depth, and they’d have him back by round 14. Either way, he is likely to be suspended, which would mean the Roosters would be without the form front-rower in the competition, last night’s send-off notwithstanding.

Hopefully, this will be the last suspension of the year for JWH, who is prone to reckless tackles thanks to a poor technique combined with his size compared to most front-rowers and unmatched aggression. At the very least this should be an interesting week.

From NRL.com:

Previous infringements are set to haunt Jared Waerea-Hargreaves with the Roosters enforcer facing a lengthy stint on the sidelines following his send-off in Monday night football.

Waerea-Hargreaves was charged on Tuesday by the NRL Match Review Committee with a Grade 1 Reckless High Tackle on Manly’s George Rose.

The incident happened in the 69th minute of the Roosters’ 16-4 victory over the Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval.

The base penalty of the charge is 300 points, which means normally an early guilty plea would carry a two-match ban.

However three prior similar offences in the past two seasons means the New Zealand International was hit with a 150% loading to the original charge.

It means Waerea-Hargreaves faces a five-match suspension with an early guilty plea, or seven-matches if he contests the charge at the NRL judiciary and loses.

The Roosters prop would be free to play if he successfully fights the charge at the NRL judiciary.

via Waerea-Hargreaves facing lengthy ban – NRL.com.

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One response to “JWH facing up to seven weeks on the sidelines

  1. Pingback: BREAKING: Jared Waerea-Hargreaves takes early guilty plea | 26 Rounds·

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