Roosters coach lauds 250-gamer JWH

Jared Warea-Hargreaves celebrated NRL game 250 with a big performance and win on the Gold Coast.
Jared Warea-Hargreaves celebrated NRL game 250 with a big performance and win on the Gold Coast.

Young gun Sam Walker will take all the headlines but in Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson's view there was only one match-winner for his team against Gold Coast on Saturday.

Veteran enforcer Jared Waerea-Hargreaves marked his 250th NRL appearance with a brutal display as the Roosters claimed a thrilling 35-34 win over the Titans at CBUS Super Stadium.

The 32-year-old played a full 80 minutes, notching 199 running metres from 20 carries and 44 tackles including a number of try-saving efforts.

His final run was crucial in getting the ball into position for Walker's winning field goal and Robinson was in no doubt of the value of the New Zealand international's efforts.

"That was an incredible game from Jared. He led the whole team. He dominated the game," Robinson said.

"Every time he had the ball, the way that he defended, the way that he saved tries - that was an incredible performance.

"To play 80 minutes, 250 games, carry like he did, save tries like he did - that was a beast of a performance.

"It was just incredible to watch him play and he was the reason we won."

The Roosters headed back to Sydney on Saturday night ahead of a quick turnaround before facing Penrith next Friday.

Walker will be in doubt after picking up an injury to his right shoulder against the Titans early in the second-half.

Despite that, the 18-year-old came back onto the field to win the game and Robinson was also full of praise for the teenage halfback.

"You know the temperament of guys, you can see the guys that want the ball in the difficult moments and Sam has always proven to be that guy."

The Roosters will also be hoping NSW Origin captain James Tedesco is fit to face the Panthers after he was a late scratching after aggravating an existing hip injury in the Blues' big win over the Maroons in Townsville.

Australian Associated Press