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We'll be fine without Jared: Maloney

Chris Kennedy, National Correspondent Wed, Apr 02, 2014 - 5:32 PM

Roosters pivot James Maloney says his team will be just fine without the suspended Jared Waerea-Hargreaves. Copyright: NRL Photos/Renee McKay. Copyright: NRL Photos/Renee McKay.

Roosters five-eighth James Maloney says his side will befine without suspended enforcer Jared Waerea-Hargreaves for its Round 5 grudgematch against the Bulldogs on Friday night.

Waerea-Hargreaves took the early plea for his high shot thatforced Manly lock Glenn Stewart out of the Round 4 Grand Final rematch afteraround 20 minutes with concussion and will serve a one-match ban this weekend.

"He's a bit of a leader of our forward pack so we'llmiss him but we've got plenty of talented guys there," Maloney told mediaahead of the game.

"I think Sammy [Moa] and Frank[-Paul Nuuausala] areplaying good football, no doubt they'll step up and lead the way.

"Kane Evans and Dylan Napa have been pretty impressiveand they seem to be developing well for us."

Waerea-Hargreaves is no stranger to the judiciary, havingserved a six-match ban early last year for a high shot - also against hisformer club Manly - on George Rose.

"It's a week without him, we've done that quiteregularly recently. We'll be fine and we'll see him back the week after!"Maloney laughed.

The Roosters do welcome back Sonny Bill Williams from athree match suspension for a Round 1 shoulder charge on Rabbitoh GeorgeBurgess. He comes in as a straight swap into the 17 for Waerea-Hargreaves andjoked earlier in the week that he thought the prop should have received thesame three match punishment.

"That was very good by Sonny, I loved it. It gave me alaugh!" Maloney said.

"I think he's very excited to get back out there withthe boys, it's great having him out there, he offers us plenty as everyoneknows. To have him back out will be great."

Asked about any extra feeling involved when Williams comesup against his former club in the Bulldogs, Maloney said: "I don't thinkSonny reads too much into it but I suppose there are still fans [that feelstrongly about his departure from the club].

"If that's what the media drives to get a crowd it'sall good you know, it makes for a good rivalry. Hopefully we get plenty outthere and it makes a good atmosphere and we get the two points."

Maloney conceded discipline was something the side needed towork on after being on the wrong side of an 11-2 penalty count against Manly. Heinsisted, however, that it didn't cost them the game.

"Ball control and obviously the penalties bothcontributed [to the loss], it makes it hard when you're doing the defensiveworkload we had to do then trying to put your attack together and dropping balland giving them easy yards onto our line.

"It made it hard and they played well but at the end ofthe day the penalties didn't cost us, it was well within our reach if we did afew things differently."

On his own form, the incumbent Blues five-eighth said hefelt he'd been a bit quiet to start the year.

"I'm developing, I'd like to improve a few things thatI'm working on... having a bit more impact on the games and how they're turningout.

"I've probably been a bit quiet in a few early weeks sothat's something I've been working on."