Scans taken early Sunday evening have revealed the extent of Matt Moylan’s hamstring issue, with the Sharks fullback set to be sidelined for an extended period.
Moylan came from the field towards the later stages of the first half in the game against the Titans, straining the hamstring in a long-range chase of a runaway Titans winger Corey Thompson, with the scans showing a grade two tear.
While how the injury responds to treatment will have a bearing on his recovery time, Moylan is expected to be missing for around a month.
The injury comes as a blow to the Sharks who have registered three consecutive wins with the ball-playing fullback in the side, although they did manage to score 28 unanswered points in the second half of the victory over the Titans with Moylan watching on from the sideline.
Coach John Morris has a number of options in relation to filling the gap at fullback, Josh Dugan putting in a strong performance in 50-plus minutes at the back last Saturday, while youngster Will Kennedy more than capably carried out the role earlier in the season.
In some good news for the Sharks, outstanding young outside back Ronaldo Mulitalo is in line for a return to the team pending a fitness test this week.
Mulitalo suffered a knee injury in the Sharks round four win over the Cowboys.
The Sharks were reporting no other major injury issues, either amongst the NRL team or the extended squad who came through a scrimmage match against the Titans unscathed.