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Sharks James Maloney and Wade Graham were charged from incidents in the game against the Cowboys on Saturday night however both will be free to play the Roosters in their team’s crucial match this weekend.

Maloney was charged with tripping Cowboy Ethan Lowe in the 72nd minute of the match, while Graham was handed a grade one careless high tackle charge for a hit on Michael Morgan in the 28th minute of the first half.

Grade one Careless high tackles and tripping charges now attract monetary fines rather than points and match suspensions, with Maloney fined $1,350 and Graham $1,900 for their indiscretions after the pair took early guilty pleas.

Graham had loading from a prior offence which bumped his penalty up to $1,900.

While Graham came from the field with calf soreness in the early moments of the second half up in Townsville, he remains positive about his chances of being fit to face the Roosters on Saturday night.

As for Maloney, in his second week back after breaking his hand in the round 20 win over Souths, the Sharks number six turned in a stellar opening 40-minutes in returning to his best form and with that additional game under his belt will be primed for a big performance against his old club the Roosters in the important round 25 clash. 

From the NYC match played earlier in the evening at 1300SMILES Stadium in Townsville last Saturday young Sharks fullback Will Kennedy was charged with a grade one dangerous throw.

Should he accept the early guilty plea his 75 point penalty would also see him available for the Holden Cup match with the Roosters on Saturday. 

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