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Late Mail - Sharks v Panthers

The Sharks will be without Shaun Johnson for tonight’s clash with the table-topping Panthers due to the groin injury which saw him replaced late in his team's win over Titans. 

His place in the Sharks side will be taken by Braydon Trindall, the young half back set to play his second NRL game after debuting in his teams rind 12 match against the Broncos.

The 20-year-old Trindall was a member of the Sharks premiership-winning Jersey Flegg team of 2018, while also playing a leading role in the dual championship success of the Newtown Jets last season.

Trindall will partner Matt Moylan in the Sharks halves.

While the Johnson injury wasn't deemed serious, wife Kayla Cullen gave birth to the couple's first child last night, meaning the Sharks star missed the majority of the training week and wasn't able to convince medical staff he had fully overcome his groin issue.  

The Trindall for Johnson replacement will be the Sharks only change to the 17-man squad as previously announced for the game which kicks off at 6.00pm at Panthers Stadium tonight.

Josh Dugan, after coming from the field late in the Sharks win over the Titans has been given a clean bill of health and will take his place at centre for a game where the Cronulla side will be aiming to continue their push for a spot in the top eight.

In an alteration to the Sharks starting side, Toby Rudolf moves to prop, Braden Hamlin Uele goes back to the interchange bench, with Scott Sorensen coming into the starting team.

Johnson and Teig Wilton are the players omitted from the Sharks 19-man squad as announced last night.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Panthers is number 1 Dylan Edwards
    Fullback for Sharks is number 1 William Kennedy
  • Winger for Panthers is number 2 Josh Mansour
    Winger for Sharks is number 2 Sione Katoa
  • Centre for Panthers is number 3 Tyrone May
    Centre for Sharks is number 3 Josh Dugan
  • Centre for Panthers is number 4 Stephen Crichton
    Centre for Sharks is number 4 Jesse Ramien
  • Winger for Panthers is number 5 Brent Naden
    Winger for Sharks is number 5 Ronaldo Mulitalo
  • Five-Eighth for Panthers is number 6 Jarome Luai
    Five-Eighth for Sharks is number 6 Matt Moylan
  • Halfback for Panthers is number 7 Nathan Cleary
    Halfback for Sharks is number 20 Braydon Trindall

Forwards

  • Prop for Panthers is number 8 James Tamou
    Prop for Sharks is number 10 Aaron Woods
  • Hooker for Panthers is number 9 Apisai Koroisau
    Hooker for Sharks is number 9 Blayke Brailey
  • Prop for Panthers is number 10 James Fisher-Harris
    Prop for Sharks is number 13 Toby Rudolf
  • 2nd Row for Panthers is number 11 Viliame Kikau
    2nd Row for Sharks is number 11 Siosifa Talakai
  • 2nd Row for Panthers is number 12 Liam Martin
    2nd Row for Sharks is number 12 Wade Graham
  • Lock for Panthers is number 13 Isaah Yeo
    Lock for Sharks is number 15 Scott Sorensen

Interchange

  • Interchange for Panthers is number 14 Daine Laurie
    Interchange for Sharks is number 8 Braden Hamlin-Uele
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 15 Spencer Leniu
    Interchange for Sharks is number 14 Connor Tracey
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 16 Moses Leota
    Interchange for Sharks is number 16 Jack Williams
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 17 Zane Tetevano
    Interchange for Sharks is number 17 Royce Hunt