Roosters enforcer Jared Warea-Hargreaves has been reported for an “unacceptable” elbow on Manly forward Zac Fulton.
The 33-year-old carried the ball up and was met by the grandson of Sea Eagles legend Bob Fulton.
Receiving the 20-year-old’s first grade, Warea-Hargreaves dug his elbow into the back of his chin and pinned his head to the side, pinning him to the ground.
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Referee Grant Atkins blew the whistle, with both Jared Warea-Hargreaves and boss James Tedesco baffled by the penalty.
Tedesco asked if he could challenge the decision and Manly captain Daly Cherry-Evans gave an enthusiastic response.
“Can I resist?” Tedesco said.
“Honestly don’t waste your time with your head on your elbows,” says Cheri-Evans.
Explaining why Atkins fined the attacking team, Tedesco said the prop’s actions were “unacceptable”.
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“If he thinks he’s above it all, he can’t do what Jared did, it’s unacceptable, and that’s why it happened to you,” Atkins said.
Fox League’s Andrew Voss admits the dirty tactics employed by the Tricolors executive – but explained in rugby league history, debutants are given a baptism of fire.
“That elbow, that arm in front of the power … it’s sick discipline, but I count that, the ones you’ve been watching for a long time, that’s continued every time a block starts,” Voss said.
“The young lad should have got the whipping, I know it’s a different time, but there are people who put their lids on it.
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But in 2022 you will be fined, we went ahead.
“Fulton didn’t complain, that’s his badge of honor.
Rugby league legend Nathan Hindmarsh admitted the elbow was unnecessary but admitted all the first-timers were “hit”.
Hindmarsh said on the Matty Jones show: “I loved it, maybe it wasn’t necessary, but welcome to first class, I don’t think it bothered Fulton too much.”
“He’s doing well.
But I don’t mind, I think it’s a small start, we call the police here and there.