As expected, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves is facing a one match ban after the NRL charged him with a Grade 1 Dangerous Contact – Forearm, which could rule him out of the first finals match versus the Manly Sea Eagles on Saturday night.
If he pleads guilty or chooses to fight and loses, he ends up with a one match suspension, so it is expected that the Roosters will fight the charge with nothing to lose except for carry over points.
For revision’s sake, here’s the incident (if the below gifs don’t load, click to enlarge and they will):
The initial fear was that, given JWH’s judiciary history, the Roosters forward could face a three-match ban for the hit, but the one-match charge was the popular thinking. The Roosters have until tomorrow midday to fight the charge, and could do well in fighting it. Amazingly, Ben Pomeroy was not charged following what many could consider a worse hit in the Sharks-Knights game last month:
The Roosters do have a good opportunity here to make sure the judiciary exonerate the fiery forward, who seemingly slipped his arm up by instinct more than anything else. The club lost three out of the five games JWH missed earlier this season through suspension, conceding 99 points in that stretch as their defence went off the rails.
Meanwhile, the NRL has not announced a charge for Sam Burgess after his eye rake and kicks to the stomach of JWH on Friday drew the ire of NRL fans and lit up social media on Saturday.
Roosters forward Jared Waerea-Hargreaves is facing the prospect of missing the opening Qualifying Final against Manly on Saturday night after he was charged by the NRL Match Review Committee with Grade 1 Dangerous Contact – Forearm.
Waerea-Hargreaves was cited following an incident in the 69th minute involving South Sydney’s Chris McQueen during the Roosters’ 24-12 win over the Rabbitohs to clinch the Minor Premiership at ANZ Stadium on Friday night.
The charge leaves Waerea-Hargreaves on 108 points with an early guilty plea or 138 points if he fights the charge at the NRL judiciary and loses.
Ironically, carry-over points from a tackle on Manly’s George Rose in Round 9 could cost Waerea-Hargreaves a place against the Sea Eagles in the opening week of the Finals.
Waerea-Hargreaves will need to successfully fight the charge at the NRL judiciary to be available for the Final against Manly at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.
The Roosters enforcer will have until midday on Tuesday to enter a plea.