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Waerea-Hargreaves suspension overshadows milestone match

Jared Waerea-Hargraves fails suspension appeal

The special occasion for Sydney Roosters prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves turned sour as a failed attempt to lessen a tackle charge resulted in a four-match suspension.

During his 307th NRL game, Waerea-Hargreaves was sent off temporarily after facing scrutiny for a high tackle on Dragons player Max Feagai.

This incident led to a grade 2 charge, marking his infraction of this nature.

Initially contesting the severity of the charge, the Roosters aimed to reduce it to a $3,000 penalty.

However, their strategy backfired, forcing the 35-year-old to sit out games against the Storm, Sea Eagles, Dolphins and Eels.

With two bye weeks included in his suspension period, Waerea-Hargreaves will be sidelined until Round 25, when the Roosters face off against the Titans on August 25.

This latest suspension adds to the props history of time spent off-field, totalling 27 weeks throughout his 16-season career.

Despite this setback, Waerea-Hargreaves achieved a milestone during the match by becoming the Roosters most-capped player of all time, surpassing Mitchell Aubusson’s 306 games.

With three premierships under his belt with the club and representing New Zealand on 33 occasions, the long-time Rooster will be looking to finish his career with a fourth premiership, where the Roosters are currently at $3.45 odds with the top NRL bookmakers.

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