Roosters plan anger management for Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Victor Radley, Knights halves on outer
Furious Roosters officials will put bad boys Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Victor Radley through the club’s own form of anger management over the summer.
The pair crossed the line in Sunday’s brutal clash with the Rabbitohs, spending three stints in the sin bin between them for cheap shots.
Club insiders largely blame the duo’s brain explosions for their loss to Souths that sent them spinning out of the comp.
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Both sail close to the wind with the way they play and with referees and the Bunker taking a zero tolerance approach to foul play these days, they are fast becoming a liability.
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A week earlier, with Radley missing and Waerea-Hargreaves getting little game time, the Roosters beat South Sydney comfortably.
In that game the Roosters played with controlled aggression whereas in the final, both players lost their heads and the Rabbitohs took full advantage.
Roosters coach Trent Robinson is about to begin his season review and is certain to give the pair a severe tongue lashing for their reckless performances last Sunday.
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Both can be fine players, but have short fuses and will need to learn to channel their anger to remain effective in the NRL.
They have the whole summer to think about how they blew it against South Sydney – and how they must cool it to stay relevant in the big games.
KNIGHTS HALVES ON THE OUTER
Something is going on at Newcastle regarding their halves.
Still looking for a replacement for Mitchell Pearce, whose move to France this year left a gaping hole in their playmaking, the club has offered both their current halves, Jake Clifford and Adam Clune, to English clubs.
It can mean only one thing – they have a halfback either signed or in mind for 2023.
Could it be a last desperate play to snare Luke Brooks from the Tigers?
The Tigers aren’t budging on Brooks at the moment, but if the Knights throw in some cash to sweeten the deal, that may change.
The Knights have signed Tyson Gamble from Brisbane, but he is not a realistic 26-game-a-season NRL playmaker… more of a handy back-up.
DOGS POACH TALENTED CHOOKS
The Bulldogs have continued their impressive build-up for next season by signing two of the best young players in the Roosters system.
Phil Gould’s men have poached Roosters Jersey Flegg captain and back-rower Jake Preston and prop Zac Montgomery for next season.
Preston, aged 20, and Montgomery, 19, both had impressive seasons in the Roosters team that finished on top of the Flegg ladder.
The Roosters lost a thrilling semi-final 24-22 against the Knights last weekend but have another chance to book a grand final spot when they face Penrith Panthers in the preliminary final.
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EELS SIGN NRL’S OWN LEBRON
Rugby league will have its own Lebron in 2023!
Parramatta has signed a giant prop from the Broncos system, Lebron Tuala.
And while standing at a towering two metres, he is just shy of NBA legend LeBron James (2.06m). The teenage middle forward is only 18 and still growing, with good judges rating him a fine prospect.
At 118 kilograms, he has plenty of bulk as well and moves swiftly for a big kid.
Tuala made a strong impression playing for Norths Devils in the Mal Meninga Cup this season, where he was spotted by Eels scouts.
Blessed with a strong running game and a hard hitter in defence, he’s definitely one to watch out for over the next couple of seasons.
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