Brother of Cowboys' Murray Taulagi accuses Jared Waerea-Hargreaves of a CHEAP SHOT

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Brother of Cowboys’ Murray Taulagi accuses Jared Waerea-Hargreaves of a CHEAP SHOT and says the Roosters enforcer is lucky he wasn’t on the field too 

  • Jared Waerea-Hargreaves was at the centre of controversy in Townsville 
  • He slammed into Murray Taulagi after the Cowboys winger scored a try
  • And threw a swinging left hook that just missed North Queensland’s Peta Hiku 
  • Taulagi’s older brother JJ said he would taken action against JWH himself 

Jamie-Jerry Taulagi has labelled Jared Waerea-Hargreaves’ tackle on his brother Murray ‘a cheap shot’, claiming the Roosters star wouldn’t have got away with it had he been on the pitch.

Waerea-Hargreaves slammed into Taulagi after the 23-year-old scored North Queensland’s only try in their 28-4 loss against Sydney in Townsville on Saturday night.

The Roosters prop slid knee-first towards Taulagi after the latter had grounded the ball and hit him over the neck with his right arm.

Roosters firebrand Jared Waerea-Hargeaves was involved in a series of controversial moments during his side's win over the Cowboys in Townsville on Saturday

Roosters firebrand Jared Waerea-Hargeaves was involved in a series of controversial moments during his side’s win over the Cowboys in Townsville on Saturday

The three-time premiership winner escaped punishment, as the referee appeared to miss the incident.

Taulagi’s older brother, however, suggested he would have taken the decision out of the match official’s hands.

‘JWH [was] lucky I wasn’t playing with my little bro, [otherwise] It would have been on. Cheap shot,’ the former Queensland Reds player tweeted with a clip of the incident.

Waerea-Hargreaves had also flirted with controversy earlier in the game, when he threw a left hook at Peta Hiku, who had tackled him with Jordan McLean.

The Roosters prop slammed his right arm onto the neck of Murray Taulagi (bottom right)

The Roosters prop slammed his right arm onto the neck of Murray Taulagi (bottom right)

Waerea-Hargreaves, however, escaped punishment as the referee did not penalise him

Waerea-Hargreaves, however, escaped punishment as the referee did not penalise him

The Roosters enforcer’s swinging arm just missed its intended target and he wasn’t penalised by the referee. 

‘He gets up swinging Jared Waerea-Hargreaves,’ Andrew Voss said on Fox League.

‘The big left arm. Watch this [swing from Waerea-Hargreaves]. He was watching the Oscars.’

Taulagi's older brother said Waerea-Hargreaves was lucky he wasn't on the field

Taulagi’s older brother said Waerea-Hargreaves was lucky he wasn’t on the field

The NRL has been criticised for a lack of consistency when it comes to penalise defenders who make contact with a player who has just scored a try. 

Parramatta winger Sean Russell had his ribs broken and driven into his lung when Gold Coast’s Jayden Campbell drove into him with his knee as he scored in round one, but the latter escaped punishment.

On Friday, meanwhile, Penrith were awarded an eight-point try after Rabbitohs halfback Lachlan Ilias slid into Taylan May and smashed his foot into his face just after he put the ball down.

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