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Read Now: Roosters star's explosive spray at teammate – 101 Latest News



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A tumultuous season in Bondi looks to be coming good at the right time – but nobody in the Roosters camp is taking it for granted.

Injuries, suspensions and some mediocre form at times in the first half of the year have kept the Chooks off the pace and out of the top eight for chunks of their campaign – but now, with just a month left to play, nothing’s out of the question. Including the top four.

If you want to look at how locked in the Roosters are right now, it was the actions of Jared Waerea-Hargreaves both during and after Thursday’s win over the Broncos.

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First, the veteran prop gave Sam Walker an on-field spray over a play (on a set that led to a Roosters try, no less), and then made it clear to his teammates after the game that they were far from their potential, despite the quality of this win over Brisbane.

Waerea-Hargreaves’ actions had the full endorsement of his coach.

“Jared’s coached as many players as I have, so that’s his role (on the field),” Trent Robinson said after the game.

“We care about the way that we play the game and we feel like we can get better. It’s not just about finishing a game going, ‘What happened, how can we get better?’ On the field, these guys are coaching each other.’

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“We’ve got more in us and the coach isn’t going to decide that. We know how we’re going to play, it’s those guys on the field nailing it.”

A couple of weeks ago the top eight was up in the air. Now, they’re eyeing off an extra chance in the finals.

The Roosters leapfrogged arch-rivals South Sydney into seventh place after the win, albeit the Rabbitohs have a game in hand against the lowly Warriors on Saturday.

But should other results go their way, Robinson’s team will find themselves out of the top four only via for and against.

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“Our best is yet to come because of what we’re talking about with Jared. Jared wants more, Teddy talked about it after the game to the team,” Robinson said.

“It’s not about a negative point of view, but we feel we’ve worked hard enough this year and tried different things that it’s time to play better.”

They were far from their best in a 20-10 win over a weakened Manly last week, and looked to step it up a gear as they ran in six tries against a team with top four aspirations of their own in the Broncos.

“The last month has been good, and improving, but we’ve got to keep going,” Robinson said.

Tedesco reiterated that the team was extremely disappointed after the win at Brookvale, and although last night was an improvement, there was a long way to go.

“It was better – but again, we’re still striving for better,” he said.

“We’re still chasing that 80 minute performance – we’re getting better and better and we’re learning a lot of lessons along the way.”

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Read Now: Lions star whacked over 'contact to eye region' – 101 Latest News



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Brisbane veteran Dayne Zorko has copped a one-match ban after appearing to make contact with a players’ eye in the aftermath of a dangerous tackle.

The incident occurred in the first quarter of the Lions’ loss to Adelaide on Sunday, when Zorko wrapped up Crows youngster Luke Pedlar in the Crows’ forward line.

After catching Pedlar high, Zorko appeared to rub his right hand in the region of Pedlar’s eye, with the incident catching the attention of the match review officer.

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The MRO assessed the incident as intentional conduct with low impact and high contact, giving Zorko a one-match suspension as a result.

Zorko was not the only star to be given a ban in the wake of Sunday’s thriller, with Crows midfielder Rory Laird handed a one match-ban for a tackle on Lachie Neale.

Laird’s tackle was assessed as careless conduct with medium impact and high contact after he appeared to sling Neale’s head into the turf.

If the two players choose not to contest the bans at the tribunal on Tuesday, Zorko will miss Brisbane’s clash against Hawthorn in round 13, with the Lions having a bye in round 12, while Laird will miss the round 12 clash against the Suns.

Richmond star Dustin Martin was the other player to be charged by the MRO, with the Tigers star copping a $3000 fine for striking Port Adelaide’s Dan Houston.

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Read Now: Kylian Mbappe confirms plan for next season amid Real Madrid interest – 101 Latest News



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Kylian Mbappe has confirmed that he will stay at Paris Saint-Germain this summer despite interest from Real Madrid.

The French superstar has been consistently linked with a blockbuster move to Los Blancos over the last 12 months, with reports emanating from Spain recently suggesting that the club were keen to make another approach for Mbappe this summer.

Despite said interest, during Sunday evening’s UNFP awards – in which Mbappe won Ligue 1 Player of the Year for a fourth time – the striker confirmed that he intends to stay at Paris Saint-Germain for the 2023/24 season.

“I am here to talk about the trophy,” he responded to a question about his future. “Next season I’ll be playing at PSG. I have one year left on my contract and I’m going to honour my contract.”

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Mbappe’s current contract was signed last season at a time when it seemed that the forward was all-set to join Real Madrid. Since signing the contract, PSG have continued to dominate Ligue 1 but also continued to struggle in the UEFA Champions League.

Despite tying down Mbappe and signing Lionel Messi, Les Parisiens have failed to go beyond the round of 16 in the competition since 2021.

Likely with a new manager at the helm, as Christophe Galtier looks set to leave the club this summer, and without Messi, who looks destined to return to Barcelona, Mbappe and PSG will be hoping to finally win the Champions League for the first time next season.

Galtier, however, has stressed that he has earned the chance to stay at PSG and try challenge in Europe, telling reporters: “I deserve a second season at Paris Saint-Germain!

“I repeat it once again because no one wants to hear it but it was a very special season. We had to stay the course even when we thought everyone had their heads under water. I pay tribute to my players who have not given up. I am very happy and I don’t want us to trivialise [this title win]!”


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Read Now: Latrell ruled out, Cleary in doubt for Origin opener – 101 Latest News



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Latrell Mitchell is out of the State of Origin series opener at the Adelaide Oval on Wednesday night with a calf strain.

And it may yet get worse for the Blues, with star half Nathan Cleary also in doubt with a wisdom tooth issue.

Nine’s Danny Weidler reports Nicho Hynes has been told to prepare to play at No.7, and Matt Burton — already on his way to Adelaide as 18th man — would move onto the bench should Cleary be ruled out.

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But Weidler said NSW is currently still expecting Cleary to play.

Mitchell was picked to play in the centres, but has been ruled out after scans revealed the extent of the strain.

He will not travel to Adelaide with the rest of the Blues squad on Monday morning, and has been replaced in the side by Stephen Crichton.

“This is huge … he had build that combination on the left side wth Hudson Young, they had worked out how they were going to play so now Stephen Crichton goes there [and] they’ve got to tweak things,” Andrew Johns said on Wide World of Sports’ Immortal Behaviour.

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“Stephen Crichton is a world-class player, but [Mitchell] is a big loss this close to the game.

“I think it’s only a small strain, but you just cannot risk an outside back.”

The new combination will have just the captains run on Tuesday to gel, before the match on Wednesday night.

Mitchell didn’t finish training on Sunday night, and joked with the Sydney Morning Herald he was “a bit cold”.

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“I thought I’d give Nicho [Hynes] and Critta [Stephen Crichton] a run out there,” he said.

It wasn’t until later in the evening the extent of the injury became apparent.

The injury is believed to be only minor, and his fitness for game two on June 21 is not in doubt.

For Crichton, it’s the second Origin promotion in the space of a week. Having originally been left out of the squad, the Panthers centre was made 18th man after Campbell Graham was withdrawn with a sternum injury.

In a statement the Blues confirmed Bulldogs half Matt Burton would travel to Adelaide on Monday afternoon as the new 18th man.

It’s the second injury scare to rip through Brad Fittler’s camp after Payne Haas spent much of Friday’s training session in the grandstand at Coogee Oval with an ankle injury.

He completed Sunday’s training session, and is not believed to be in doubt for the series-opener.

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