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Competition - NRL Premiership

Round - Round 06

Teams - Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks v Gold Coast Titans

Date - 10th of April 2016

Venue - Southern Cross Group Stadium, Sydney NSW

Photographer - Robb Cox

Sharks backrower Luke Lewis has taken the early guilty plea after being charged for a tackle gone wrong in the win over the Titans on Sunday.

Lewis came under the scrutiny of the match review panel for a tackle on former Shark Luke Douglas in the 31st minute of the Titans clash and was subsequently handed a 240 point penalty for a shoulder charge.

In accepting the early plea that point penalty is reduced to 180, meaning Lewis will miss just one match and have 80 carry over points.

Should he have decided to challenge at a judiciary hearing and failed in his bid to have the charge dismissed, Lewis would have been suspended for two games.

The Sharks will make a decision on a replacement for Lewis later in the day, with the team for the game against the Raiders this coming weekend to be announced at 5pm today.

In other match review panel charges, Titan Greg Bird is also set to miss one game for his hit on Sharks five eighth James Maloney in the 17th minute of the match.

Bird was charged with a grade two careless high tackle, with Maloney taken from the field following the incident.

The Titans have until midday today to decide whether or not to challenge the Bird charge. 

Acknowledgement of Country

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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