Digital Image by Anthony Johnson copyright © nrlphotos.com:  Chris Heighington : 2015 NRL Round 15 -   Newcastle Knights vs Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium Sunday June 21st 2015

Sharks forward Chris Heighington has been found not guilty of a Grade One Dangerous Throw change at a judiciary hearing tonight and is free to take on the Dragons in the local derby match against St George Illawarra on Sunday. 

Heighington was charged by the match review committee for a tackle on Manly prop Josh Starling during the first half of the match at Brookvale Oval, however his defense revolved around the involvement of Andrew Fifita in the incident with the judiciary agreeing with the Sharks assessment. 

Had he been found guilty, with carry-over points and loading stemming from a previous charge, Heighington would have missed two matches. 

His availability now leaves Sharks Coach Shane Flanagan with a selection headache, albeit a good one, with Heighington having been named on a five-man interchange bench pending tonight's appeal. 

The Sharks have a training day off tomorrow, before the Captain's run on Saturday is set to determine the final make-up of the Cronulla side for the Dragons game on Sunday. 

Skipper Paul Gallen returned today from the Origin match last night and is rated a good chance of being fit to also play this weekend.