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Roosters prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.

Roosters hard-man Jared Waerea-Hargreaves says he can't really complain about a sore shoulder when he sees a couple of veteran outside backs leading the way at the club when it comes to preparation and recovery.

The fearsome prop played just 11 minutes in the Roosters' round six loss to the Storm due to a shoulder injury in a game where he and fellow front-rower Siosiua Taukeiaho (ribs) combined for less than 40 minutes.

But JWH produced his two best performances of the year so far either side of that with just over 400 metres made over two games against the Sharks and Dragons, despite still being troubled by the shoulder against the Dragons on Anzac Day.

"Always mate, always!" Waerea-Hargreaves laughed when asked by NRL.com if there were any lingering effects.

"But there's always challenges and getting the body right each week is probably the biggest challenge, just staying healthy."

But with inspiration coming from an unlikely source he had no choice but to battle through it, with the Morris brothers setting the standard over a long period when it comes to prehab, rehab and getting over injuries.

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"I've got two guys like Josh and Brett Morris to look at and have a bit of mentoring on getting the body right because they do a pretty damn good job of it. It's awesome, so impressive," he added.

"I'm just really enjoying my role at the moment and just keep trooping on really."

That role has been made simple by the form of teammates like Lindsay Collins, Taukeiaho, Isaac Liu and Victor Radley with Taukeiaho's return this week boosting the pack to full strength other than long-term absentee Boyd Cordner.

"I feel like we've found a real good balance between our roles, enjoying our roles," JWH added.

"The way the game is nowadays you just don't know so you have to adapt. Try and be brutal at times.

"I'm just enjoying my footy mate, enjoying my role. I've got a real clear understanding of what I've got to do and just really enjoying it. It helps when everything's just really clear and simple.

"I've just got to keep reproducing and recreating it, that's the challenge at the moment, doing it consistently and having fun at the same time."

With five wins and two losses to start the year, despite losing two of their most senior and most important players in Jake Friend and Luke Keary along with some other shorter-term injuries, the Roosters' progress has continued relatively strongly.

"You lose two big leaders, it makes a good opportunity for someone else," Waerea-Hargreaves said.

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"For all us other leaders there, we've all got to step up in other areas where those guys would do a really good job.

"There's definitely room to improve, we've just got to keep improving each day and each week and building. Robbo's trying to develop these players as fast as possible and that's our role as leaders, trying to educate these players every day, look to improve every day and every week and keep playing the best footy we can."

 

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