'It's game on'
While he used to be a wild child, Sydney Roosters forward Jared Waerea-Hargreaves says he now prefers to be chilled and skilled before a game.PT2M3S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2uxiz 620 349 October 3, 2013
Jared Waerea-Hargreaves may have been one of the few players to get under the skin of the normally cool Petero Civoniceva in 2009, but now Civoniceva believes the Roosters firebrand is ready to lead his team to a premiership title.
Waerea-Hargreaves, 20 at the time, ruffled Civoniceva when the pair came head to head in a Test match in England. Waerea-Hargreaves called Civoniceva, who is 13 years his senior, ''old'' and the now retired prop fired back in a heated 20-20 draw.
The pair patched up their differences in a Leeds pub on the same tour. Civoniceva said the lip service provided by Waerea-Hargreaves was just the way he played.
''The first time he came on the scene everyone could see he was going to be a great talent,'' Civoniceva said. ''It was a tough old game. There was a lot of feeling in that game. There were some good stoushes right across the park. It was fun. If the Roosters are going to win on Sunday, he'll be a big part.''
He rates Waerea-Hargreaves' maturity as a factor in his best season since making his debut for Manly in 2009. He likened his hostile on-field demeanour to that of former teammate Gorden Tallis.
''He is an experienced campaigner and having played plenty of Test football and playing for quite a number of seasons, he is now a senior player within the forward pack,'' Civoniceva said. ''It'll be great to watch him mature as a player. The football he has displayed this year is what he'll be able to give us for the remainder of his career.
''He reminds me of Gorden Tallis given that he is quiet and humble away from the game, but once they cross that white line they become a different person and the aggression comes out in that game.''
Civoniceva, a three-time premiership winner, predicted a Roosters victory in a replica of the 4-0 tussle the two sides contested in the first week of the finals.
''There's something about the Roosters and what they have to offer,'' he said. ''I think the Roosters will win in a tight one.''