Roosters NRL coach Trent Robinson had no issue with a heated on-field exchange between two of his senior forwards and young halfback Sam Walker during his side’s 34-16 win over Brisbane at the SCG on Thursday.
Seconds after back-rower Angus Crichton scored the Tricolours’ third try early in the first half, veteran prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves turned and gave Walker a savage spray.
Lock Victor Radley then joined in, looking at the diminutive No.7 as if to say ‘be better.’
Robinson virtually applauded the move, as the Roosters continue to impress with the finals looming.
‘Jared’s coached as many players as I have, that’s his role (on the field),’ Robinson said.
‘We care about the way that we play the game and we feel like we can get better.
‘These guys are coaching each other to go ‘Come on. We want more. Come on, let’s get beyond that. Don’t do that. Let’s get better.’
After what has been a patchy 2022, Robinson’s men have sides in the top four nervously looking as their shoulders as they click into gear when it matters.
They have won their last three matches and now sit in seventh spot.
Over the next few weeks they face North Queensland, Wests Tigers, Melbourne and fierce rivals South Sydney.
Captain James Tedesco stressed the importance of momentum, with Manly, Canberra and St George Illawarra also still fighting for a top eight spot.
‘It’s so tight. There’s probably 10 teams within four points, so for us it’s about winning every week and just getting better,’ he said.
‘I feel we made a statement (against Brisbane) but we’re still chasing that 80-minute performance.’