‘He wants an Origin gig’: Ennis reveals theory about ref’s shock sin-bin call on Roosters star

Rooster enforcer Jared Waerea-Hargreaves was dramatically ejected against Penrith on Saturday night for swearing at referee Gerard Sutton.

He was later given a first-class charge for contrarian conduct and could face a $1,800 fine on a guilty plea.

Fox League pundit Michael Ennis explained that the rooster’s history with Sutton played a part in throwing away sins, while also making an interesting point about an important upcoming game.

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“I don’t think Robbo would approve of the language he used, but you can understand his frustration,” Ennis said.

“Jarrod has definitely cut him high, no doubt about it. I don’t think it was ever going to be a sin box, but the fact that Jared approached him the way he did, Gerard Sutton had none of that.

“I think Jared feels like there’s a piece of history. I think this was a bit of frustration that this has been a battle with Gerard Suttton for a while.

“Gerard controls everything leading to Origin because he wants an Origin performance and he will control everything, every attempt, every penalty.

“He doesn’t want to be at the center of a controversy that could potentially deprive him of a grand finale or Origin game.”

Penrith was on his way to victory when Waerea-Hargreaves lost his composure in Sutton with 11 minutes remaining.

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James Fisher-Harris was charging for the Panthers’ fifth attempt when he slammed a swinging arm of Waerea-Hargreaves on the cheek.

Sutton awarded the try and then called out the Roosters’ support, who foresaw that he was about to be reported.

“You take every chance you get to report to me, don’t you think,” Waerea-Hargreaves told Sutton.

“I’m just saying. Every time bro, every damn time. It’s not fair mate, I’m telling you.”

By that point, Sutton had heard enough and thrown him out as Waerea-Hargreaves protested “no, no, no” before James Tedesco led his teammate away.

Waerea-Hargreaves began to walk away as he barked his protest twice more at Sutton.

“Every time bro. Every time,” he said.

Jared Waerea-Hargreaves of the Roosters is sent to the sin bin by referee Gerard Sutton. Getty ImagesSource: Contour by Getty Images

Sutton simply responded with “go” and Tedesco was forced to stop Waerea-Hargreaves from walking back to the umpire.

“He’s not going to change his decision Jared, oh Jared be careful,” Andrew Voss said on Fox League as Waerea-Hargreaves walked back to Sutton.

“If he continues here, he’ll be sent away altogether. I know he wears his heart on his sleeve and it’s short sleeves.”

The Panthers got a second shot on target because of the incident, which Nathan Cleary scored as the last points of the game, which they won 32-6.

Roosters coach Trent Robinson made no apologies for the swearing, but fiercely defended Waerea-Hargreaves’ overall point.

‘You can’t talk like that. It wasn’t bad, but he swore. He didn’t swear at him, he didn’t abuse him,” Robinson said.

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“He swore and if that’s unacceptable I’m not sure but we haven’t seen too much of it. But if a swear word is used (and) they go off then that’s fine.

“(But) Jared is right too. Guys hit such guys around the chops all the time. How many eight point attempts we’ve seen from guys ducking into the corner and getting hit on the head, that just doesn’t happen.

“If that’s James Tedesco doing that tackle, he’s not on the list. That’s not a reportable high tackle.

“(But) you can’t talk like that.”

Robinson then doubled and suggested Waerea-Hargreaves had been targeted by umpires.

“When Jared does something like that, everyone’s ears prick up. We had a guy (Sitili Tupouniua) this week who had a concussion and it wasn’t even really talked about,” he said.

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“If Jared does that it’s a different story and I think he felt that too and I think he expressed that clearly and in the wrong way, which got him 10 in the bin.

“I would like to know how many small knees or high shots there have been and then there has been a penalty, it just doesn’t happen.

“But high shots happen on the goal line.

“I think in every game in our last three games against Penrith we’ve had a sin box, so Jared is clearly frustrated by that and he made that clear and he shouldn’t have sworn to make that point and the referee is clearly sensitive to it too, so he sent it to the trash.

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