It was last years final series in the monumental 100-minute clash between the Sydney Roosters and the Wests Tigers, when a hit so hard that it felt as if the earth had shattered, rocked Roosters second-rower Jarad Warea-Hargreaves.
That hit came courtesy of Tigers player Simon Dwyer, a considerable size smaller than the massive Hargreaves.
Despite ending up on his backside and seeing stars however, Hargreaves denies that he is out for revenge, or that he plans to avenge the hit, as he knows that the team comes first, and the win will give the Roosters the confidence heading into Rd 1.
Whilst that may be the case, Hargreaves has admitted that should the opportunity present itself, he will single out Dwyer, with the intention of putting on a big hit of his own.
“I am just going to go out and do what is best for the team, the game is different now to last year, although it seems when we play the Tigers the games get bigger,” Waerea-Hargreaves said.
“It would be selfish of me to go out and do individual stuff, but if he (Dwyer) comes towards me then we will see what happens.”
It was a shoulder injury that disrupted the start of Hargreaves season in 2010, and as a result, he perhaps failed to live up to the tag as one of the games premier young forwards, a tag that he is hoping he can live up to in 2011.
Hargreaves also has an ominous warning for rival clubs, saying that with a full pre-season under his belt, he is raring to go and cause havoc where possible.
“This time last year I had my arm in a sling and missed the first five or six rounds so it’s just good to be ready for round one,” he said.
“I didn’t have any pre-season last year but this year I have, and I feel a lot fitter and a lot stronger as a result, I am also more experienced.”