Vision emerges of Latrell Mitchell's ugly clash with Roosters players

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Latrell Mitchell had a terse conversation with a former Roosters teammate after he approached their locker room to check on the condition of Joey Manu, who he hit with a devastating high shot which fractured his cheekbone. Pictures: Getty Images/Channel 9
Latrell Mitchell had a terse conversation with a former Roosters teammate after he approached their locker room to check on the condition of Joey Manu, who he hit with a devastating high shot which fractured his cheekbone. Pictures: Getty Images/Channel 9

South Sydney star Latrell Mitchell reportedly had a brief but heated conversation with Sydney Roosters rival Jared Waerea-Hargreaves in the wake of his hit on former teammate Joey Manu.

Mitchell has accepted a six-week ban for the high shot on his former Roosters teammate, but was reportedly stopped by Waerea-Hargreaves after the game when he went to enter the Roosters' rooms to check on Manu after the game.

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According to a report from the Sydney Morning Herald, Mitchell was told by Waerea-Hargreaves that Manu was not in a good way when he attempted to approach the rooms.

Further words were then exchanged, with Mitchell walking away from entrance to the rooms before turning around and having further words with Waerea-Hargreaves.

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Waerea-Hargreaves is also now under investigation by the NRL's integrity unit for an alleged incident with a Nine Network cameraman, who was attempting to film Manu being taken into the tunnel with the horrific facial injury.

It's alleged the Roosters prop swiped at the camera he was holding to protect Manu from being filmed.

"The NRL is aware of the alleged incident and the integrity unit is investigating," an NRL spokesperson told AAP.

It's unknown if there is any footage of the alleged incident between Waerea-Hargreaves and the cameraman.

It was reported that Roosters coach Trent Robinson had to calm down players on the bench in the wake of the hit.

According to a Newscorp source, the Roosters bench was overheard calling Mitchell 'a f***ing weak c***'.

There was no other confrontation between Mitchell or any of the Roosters players.

Latrell Mitchell needs to learn his lesson: Tedesco

Meanwhile, Roosters skipper James Tedesco says the banned South Sydney superstar needs to find some balance in his game to avoid "breaking people's faces".

Mitchell will miss the rest of the NRL season and part of next season after pleading guilty to a grade-two reckless high tackle charge for the hit on Manu that fractured the centre's eye socket.

Manu underwent facial reconstruction surgery in a Brisbane hospital on Saturday.

While Tedesco's main concern was for Manu, he said he didn't think Mitchell acted maliciously.

He did, however, urge 24-year-old Mitchell to learn his lesson.

"It happens pretty quickly when you're a fullback. I don't think Trell would do it on purpose, but it's forceful contact with the head," Tedesco said of his NSW Origin teammate.

"Whether it's accidental or not, if it causes someone to break a fair amount of bones in their face, it must be a pretty forceful hit to the head.

"You just can't do that."

Tempers flared between South Sydney and the Roosters after Latrell Mitchell's hit on former teammate Joey Manu. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
Tempers flared between South Sydney and the Roosters after Latrell Mitchell's hit on former teammate Joey Manu. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

For the Blues and previously at the Roosters, Tedesco says has loved playing with firebrand Mitchell but admits the young superstar walks a fine line that can hurt people.

"I love Latrell. I love playing with Latrell. He's a fiery player and he plays the game in that manner, he wants to be dominant," Tedesco said.

"He's just got to be careful with it. He's been in trouble with it before for making contact with the head and it's happened again.

"He's got to learn the lessons from that.

"He plays with fire and passion and that's what makes him such a great player but it's finding that balance of not over stepping the line.

"You don't want to be breaking people's faces."

Since the incident, Mitchell has reportedly reached out to Manu to apologise while his former teammate recovers in hospital.

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