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Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson lashes out over speculation regarding Angus Crichton’s future
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Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has passionately defended second-rower Angus Crichton over speculation that he is unhappy at the club.
Crichton joined the club from fierce rival Souths at the start of 2019 on a three-year deal expected to be worth over a million per year.
However, Crichton has failed to live up to his price tag according to many pundits, with the former Origin player relegated to the bench behind the reliable Mitch Aubusson and rising star Nat Butcher.
Robinson lashed out at the media at a press conference after reporters suggested that his demotion had left Crichton unhappy and looking for a way out of the club.
“It’s ridiculous, it’s a silly question. He gets asked every week. I’m starting to get asked, it’s silly questions.” Robinson told the media on Friday.
"He answers that he’s really happy, we’re really happy with him and we’re developing our game.
“You say you don’t want to perpetuate that but you have.”
When asked about where speculation regarding his displeasure at the club had originated from, Robinson turned it back on the waiting media, exclaiming that the change of positions had caused reporters to speculate regardless of the facts.
“From you guys! Because you change a guy in a position, therefore, someone’s unhappy. You tell me one bit where he’s unhappy or where he’s been quoted,” Robinson exclaimed.
“It’s just not true. Either get some facts or stop asking, that’s for you guys. Back it up with facts or stop asking, that’s the reality of it and that’s the way we feel about it. We’ll continue to progress and coach that way.”
Robinson believes that his demotion to the bench is been part of his development as an NRL player, suggesting that it has allowed Crichton to play some of his best football for the club.
“We wanted to work on some things in his game and I feel like he has played a really good role in that in the last month,” Robinson said.
“You need to learn different parts to your game, so you develop into a certain style of a player. And then you can pick up things by going to other positions. Angus going into the middle, he’s going to learn some pretty critical things to be a backrower.”
There were rumours circulting on Friday morning that Tyson Frizell was unhappy at the Dragons and could be on his way to Bondi in place of Crichton.
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Sydney Roosters prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves has been charged for the second time in three weeks by the Match Review Committee.

After beating a charge at the judiciary following his side's round 17 loss to the Cowboys, Waerea-Hargreaves will need to beat a dangerous contact charge if he is to avoid a second suspension for 2019.

An early guilty plea and unsuccessful trip to the judiciary would both attract a one-game ban.
 
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Sydney Roosters prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves has been charged for the second time in three weeks by the Match Review Committee.

After beating a charge at the judiciary following his side's round 17 loss to the Cowboys, Waerea-Hargreaves will need to beat a dangerous contact charge if he is to avoid a second suspension for 2019.

An early guilty plea and unsuccessful trip to the judiciary would both attract a one-game ban.
Nah - he's gone this time.
 
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After beating a charge at the judiciary following his side's round 17 loss to the Cowboys, Sydney Roosters prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves has pleaded guilty to a dangerous contacted charge on Bulldogs half Jack Cogger and will miss one match.
 

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Tedesco primed to push for back-to-back history
Sun 4 Aug 2019, 07:00 AM

Any talk around back-to-back titles at Bondi was virtually forbidden leading into the 2019 season but Sydney Roosters fullback James Tedesco insists the rare feat is now part of the discussions for the defending premiers.

Tedesco has his sights set firmly on helping the Roosters become the first team since the 1993 Broncos to win back-to-back premierships, with the State of Origin series now complete and the Tricolours sitting comfortably in the top four.

The 26-year-old declared last December there was no reason why the club couldn't mentally push on for another title and reiterated that stance ahead of the side's clash against the Gold Coast on Sunday.

"There's definitely a hunger there to go back-to-back," Tedesco said.

"We probably didn't talk about it too much at the start of the year but now we're in a position we need to put our foot down and play our best footy.
"The next six weeks of footy we really need to get back to our best footy, we probably haven't hit it this year."

Roosters v Titans -  Round 20

Roosters v Titans - Round 20

Tedesco has crossed the line as first try-scorer in his past two clashes against the Bulldogs and Knights since having a break post-Origin, where he finished as Wally Lewis Medallist for player of the series.

The former Wests Tigers fullback said the team's position on the ladder and the depth of the Roosters' squad this season had allowed coach Trent Robinson to give him an extra week's break compared to the same period last year.

"When I was at the Tigers because when you come back in [after Origin] you're fighting for a place in the eight," Tedesco said.

"It's pleasing here at the Roosters because we're usually top of the table and Robbo can allow us to have a bit of a rest and get away from footy for a bit.
"[Origin] does take it out of you mentality with media and a big build-up to games. I feel like I've learnt that pretty well now. The body is feeling good."

Tedesco warned the Titans were no pushovers in their clash at the SCG, particularly as the visitors look to bounce back following their heavy defeat against Melbourne.

Both sides are yet to meet each other in 2019, while the Titans will play at the cricket ground for the first time in their history and just days after Justin Holbrook was confirmed as new coach from 2020.

"It's a tough time but it makes you want to play each other more," Tedesco said of the Titans' current predicament.

"I think the playing group bonds together and that's where they can be dangerous.

"It's more a mentality thing where people expect you to win and you can be a bit complacent."

 

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Good win to Chooks 22 - 18 Canberra.

Puts them in box seat for 2nd - not a bad spot for the finals.
 

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The NRL Integrity Unit will launch an investigation into racist online abuse of Roosters star Latrell Mitchell as players speak out against social media trolls.

Mitchell was one of several players to be targeted via social media over the weekend, with CEO Todd Greenberg labelling derogatory comments about the Indigenous powerhouse as "disgusting".
 

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Interesting. That player manager Isaac Moses has sounded like trouble for years now.
 
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