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Huge ban shows why Hull KR star signing could flop 

Jared Waerea Hargreaves Hull KR

Just one week into the current 2024 season, Hull KR announced one of the biggest signings in recent Super League history as they confirmed the arrival of Sydney Roosters Jared Waerea-Hargreaves for 2025.

Whilst the Kiwi international is a mightily impressive name and still packs a hell of a punch on the field, there are fears that he could become a costly player in terms of his disciplinary track record.

The prop forward made his 307th career appearance for Sydney Roosters this weekend, breaking the club record for the most appearances and writing his name into the history books.

He showed exactly why Hull KR have signed him as he made 148 metres in just a 35 minute stint. Unfortunately, he also showed exactly why he could be an incredibly costly signing because he was limited to just 35 minutes due to the fact he sat ten minutes in the sin bin.

That sin bin offence saw him handed a three-game ban, which the club and player appealed unsuccessfully. As such, that’s been upgraded to a four-game ban and JWH will miss the majority of the rest of the regular season.

This latest ban takes the number of games that Waerea-Hargreaves has missed through suspension in his career to a whopping 27, ringing serious alarm bells and raising questions of how Hull KR can manage to keep their star recruit on the pitch.

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Concerns for how Hull KR signing will adapt to Super League’s laws

There was a significant focus on how tackling technique would be policed this season, something that led to plenty of bans in the early rounds of Super League, but that is only set to intensify in 2025.

New laws will be introduced that will mean tackling is policed even more firmly, something that has received criticism from fans but has been mandated onto the game from a health perspective for the players.

What it will mean is another adjustment period with Round One being a major example of that as three red cards and 15 disciplinary charges were handed out. Whether Hull KR will be able to teach their old dog new tricks and ensure JWH spends his time on the field, not the sidelines, remains to be seen.

His failed appeal was confirmed this morning with the Roosters’ record-breaker copping a four-game ban for his careless high tackle meaning he will not be able to return until Round 25.

What could benefit Waerea-Hargreaves and Hull KR is that he doesn’t have a disciplinary record with the RFL meaning that previous offences on his record will not count against him, something that is often a factor when determining if a charge results in a fine or a ban.

However, that has not allayed any concerns that fans have regarding his ability to stay on the field, something that was prevalent at the time of the announcement and after his sin bin on Sunday.

Following his record-breaking game on Sunday, one fan responded to his performance noting their concern with “these powder puff SL rules” and “how long he will be on the pitch for”.

That’s something that ex-referee Richard Silverwood mentioned when Hull KR confirmed his signing, with the former official labelling him a great signing who “could play until he is 40” in Super League but feared for how often he would be suspended.

Another had a similar feeling with the suggestion that he would be suspended longer than he plays, something that was actually a reality for Warrington Wolves’ recruit Josh McGuire in 2023.

Whilst Willie Peters will have issues keeping JWH on the field, he’ll certainly take the gamble given the sheer quality he has acquitted to build his forward pack around. That was highlighted by former NRL stalwart Paul Gallen who spoke glowingly after his record-breaking game on Sunday morning.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. John

    July 9, 2024 at 1:18 pm

    3 matches “huge ban”???
    Desperate reporting!

  2. Real Journalists

    July 9, 2024 at 4:45 pm

    Hey it’s worthless hack Sam Cook with another article slating Rovers. Try and get paid sometime, hahaha. Loser.

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