34-year-old Roosters star Jared Waerea-Hargreaves was subject to sledging from the Tigers in the seconds before a “totally unneccesary” act that has him facing a lengthy suspension.
Waerea-Hargreaves is facing a potential seven-game ban over two separate charges from the Roosters’ 26-8 win over the Wests Tigers on Saturday, one of which was for a headbutt on Tigers forward Stefano Utoikamanu.
The Roosters were cruising to victory when the prop shot out of the line and collected Tigers captain Apisai Koroisau’s head with the top of his chest.
The hit sparked a fracas with Waerea-Hargreaves also charged with striking over what appeared to be a headbutt on Utoikamanu.
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The Daily Telegraph’s Phil Rothfield said on NRL 360 that Waerea-Hargreaves was “baited” by some of the Tigers.
“I got told a couple of the Wests Tigers boys said to him…