Jared Waerea-Hargreaves hit with finals ban over 'sickening' incident

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor

Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Sam Burgess' poor disciplinary records have come back to haunt them, with the rival forwards set to be banned from the first week of the finals.

Sydney Roosters prop Waerea-Hargreaves was charged with a grade-one high tackle for his shot on South Sydney's Liam Knight in Friday night's loss.

Knight was momentarily unconscious on the ground after copping an accidental head clash in the same incident, cutting his head open in the process.

Matty Johns called the incident “sickening” in the post-match show, while Roosters coach Trent Robinson said there was nothing his charge could do.

Liam Knight, pictured here after the horror moment.
Liam Knight was cut open in the clash. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

“He couldn’t take his arm off. It wasn’t clenched,” Robinson said in his post-match press conference.

“They are penalties. You can’t hit the head, so I understand that, but I don’t know what else he could’ve done.”

Gorden Tallis said Waerea-Hargreaves had a duty not to hit Knight in the head.

“His target could’ve gone lower,” Tallis said.

“I know he’s falling but its your responsibility to not strike another player in the head.

“It’s careless and I think you know the Roosters will have a case to answer for because he’s fallen, but still he got him in the head and Knight had to leave the field.”

Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, pictured here after his hit on Liam Knight.
Jared Waerea-Hargreaves is facing a ban for the first week of the finals. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Burgess banned too

Burgess was also hit with a contrary conduct offence after pulling the hair of Billy Smith, with both players only facing one-game bans due to weighting and carry-over points.

They were both ineligible for fines because the pair already had two guilty charges this season.

Burgess controversially had a careless tackle charge downgraded at the judiciary last month and escaped with a fine.

But that incident means the Rabbitohs enforcer will miss a potential rematch against the Roosters next week.

The teams will meet in a qualifying final next weekend if Canberra lose to the Warriors on Saturday.

Waerea-Hargreaves is out because he took an early guilty plea to a dangerous contact charge in round 19.

with AAP