GOOD KARMA: Roosters prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves is wrapped up by the Panthers defence in last week’s qualifying final. Waerea-Hargreaves was fortunate to escape a charge from the judiciary after the game.
GOOD KARMA: Roosters prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves is wrapped up by the Panthers defence in last week’s qualifying final. Waerea-Hargreaves was fortunate to escape a charge from the judiciary after the game. Grant Trouvilleaap

Victim mentality may hurt Cowboys

LIKE most, I did not consider the Tariq Sims hit on Justin Hodges worth a five-week suspension.

It was, however, high, it was a shoulder charge and it was blatantly late.

But the conspiracy theory being bandied about has the potential to derail the Cowboys, especially if they take this "we was robbed" attitude into tonight's knockout final.

If still in the minds of the players, the fact the Cowboys have been eliminated in their past two finals campaigns under controversial circumstances could be cancerous.

Sims had to go and the extraordinary social media rant by his partner was clearly made in a moment of hysteria.

Did she ever consider how Gyanne Hodges, the wife of Justin, was feeling at home on Saturday night as she watched her bloodied husband being attended to by medical staff?

That Sims, who moves to Newcastle in 2015, has played his last game for the Cowboys is a shame for him and a massive loss for his team.

He has promised so much and seemed to be finally hitting his straps as the club turned its season around.

But when it comes to getting the rough end of the pineapple, the Cowboys' opponents tonight - the Roosters - do have every reason to whinge.

If beaten, they will have virtually come up empty after being the best team all season.

Sure the finals series is a new competition, but to be paid a pitiful $100,000 for finishing atop the ladder after one of the closest NRL seasons in memory is a genuine head scratcher.

And the irony - if the Roosters are beaten - is that the Cowboys took home $450,000 for winning the Auckland Nines, a Mickey Mouse pre-season tournament in which they played just six games.

Add to that the fact the NRL will spend $160,000 on premiership rings that players will barely wear and it makes a mockery of how the minor premiership is valued.

So if any team has a reason to feel dudded, it's the Roosters, not the Cowboys.

And maybe having Jared Waerea-Hargreaves escape a charge from last weekend is some form of karma.

Yes, yes, yes

MICHAEL Ennis is disrespectful - to his opponents and to the referees. Sure, he may play the game hard, and play to win, but when his career ends the list of those who respect him will barely fill a beer coaster.

No, no, no

THREE minutes into the Storm-Bulldogs final last Sunday, Jordan McLean, the player who served a seven-week suspension for that tackle on Alex McKinnon, grabbed the leg of Josh Reynolds and lifted him. Don't some people ever learn?



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