Gallen charged, takes guilty plea

Sharks skipper Paul Gallen was charged with grade one dangerous contact head/neck for a tackle on late in the match against the Broncos on Saturday night however in accepting the charge and taking the early guilty plea will be free to play in his teams' next match against the Warriors on June 29.

The tackle in question was on the 75th minute of the game, on Brisbane forward Joe Ofahengaue, wasn't penalised by the on-field officials but in viewing the footage the match review committee decided there was a case for Gallen to answer.

If Gallen had challenged and been found guilty of the offence at a judiciary hearing, the 100-point penalty would have seen him miss one game.

In deciding not to contest the charge, Gallen accrues 75 carry-over points but does not miss a game.

The incident at the time seemed accidental and innocuous, however the match review panel later deemed otherwise.

The Sharks have this weekend to rest up and recover ahead of a crucial game against the New Zealand Warriors on Friday week.

Jack Williams unfortunately appears likely to miss an extended period after suffering a pectoral injury, while Luke Lewis, who limped off with a lower leg problem, will be assessed during the week.