UPDATED: As reported on Twitter by Dean Ritchie, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves will miss five matches after pleading guilty to a Reckless Grade 1 High Tackle on Manly’s George Rose on Monday.
The guilty plea means the Roosters avoided a potential seven-match suspension but also is surprising considering the groundswell of support among the majority of media and fans from all clubs who believe the send-off was harsh and the grading harsher.
26 Rounds made the case that he could have the charge downgraded, but it obviously wasn’t worth the risk of losing the game’s best prop for almost two months.
The Roosters named him in their squad to play the Cowboys on Saturday, but both Lama Tasi and Dylan Napa were not named to play for Newtown.
JWH will return to action in Round 16, ironically against the Sea Eagles. It should be on of the hotly-anticipated first hit ups of the season, if JWH gets the ball off the kick-off.
It should also add huge numbers to what was expected to be a big crowd regardless. But for the last wrod, here’s the man of the hour: