Jason Demetriou slams ‘ordinary act’ in heated Rabbitohs-Roosters clash

Following a heated elimination clash that saw seven sin-bins, Rabbitohs coach Jason Demetriou has slammed an ‘ordinary act’ from a Roosters player. 

Victor Radley and Taane Milne were both binned twice each in the match by Ashley Klein, while a number of other stars sat down for 10 minutes during South Sydney’s 30-14 victory.

But it was the ‘head slam’ from Roosters enforcer Jared Waerea-Hargreaves that left the Bunnies coach fuming in the post-match press conference.

The 33-year-old was sin-binned for the tackle on Tom Burgess, leaving the Souths prop dazed, and Demetriou wasn’t happy.

“We are talking about concussions as a serious part of our game, and we are talking about the referees and the game as a whole doing things to protect the players,” he said. 

“But if a player wants to hold somebody who is defenceless and slam his head into the ground, when does the responsibility come back on the player?

“I just think it is an ordinary act, and I think the game has to come down on it.

“You know what you are doing when you slam a bloke’s head into the ground, I just think as a player you have got to have some respect for the opposition.

“If you don’t, then who are you?”

Burgess wasn’t the only player to suffer a head knock during the match, with both James Tedesco and Angus Crichton ruled out of the game in the first-half.

Demetriou believes that players – not just from the Roosters – need to take more responsibility for their actions on the field.

“I think they are just two big men going at it, but it isn’t just the Roosters, it is across the board it happens,” he said. 

“It is happening too often, we see it all the time and a head slam when a bloke is defenceless, and it happens accidentally sometimes, but the deliberate ones, we have to come down on them.

“I just think, we are getting three men in a tackle, we are locking the ball up, he is defenceless and we are slamming him down with 120kg of weight on the back of his head.

“Tom is a big man but everyone saw how badly he got out of that tackle, not just saying for Tom, but for all players to take a real serious look at how we look after each other.”

South Sydney will take on Cronulla next Saturday in a bid to make their fifth-straight prelim final. 

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