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Three Sharks charged by match review

Three Sharks players have been charged by the match review committee following the game against Newcastle last night. 

Chad Townsend, who was sent from the field for a tackle on Knights fullback Kayln Ponga in the 52nd minute of the match, faces a grade three shoulder charge, while Toby Rudolf and Wade Graham were both charged for a dangerous throw. 

The Sharks have until midday tomorrow (Sunday) to decide whether to accept the charges or to challenge at a judiciary hearing. 

In relation to Townsend, the base penalty for the grade three shoulder charge is 500 points were the Sharks halfback to challenge and be unsuccessful to have the penalty downgraded or dismissed, meaning he would miss five games. 

Were Townsend to accept the early guilty plea the discount would be 125 points meaning the 375 point penalty would equate to a suspension of three weeks. 

As for Graham and Rudolf, the match review deemed the Sharks skipper was more responsible for the lifting tackle on Knights five eighth Mason Lino and charged with a grade three dangerous throw, while Rudolf's involvement in the incident attracted a grade one penalty. 

The grade two dangerous throw for Graham has a base penalty of 300 points, meaning a three game suspension were he to unsuccessfully challenge, 225 points and two games with the discount for an early guilty plea. 

Rudolf's grade one attracts a 100 point base penalty, 75 for an early guilty plea, meaning were he to accept the charge he would be free to play against the Warriors next Sunday. 

Braden Hamlin-Uele escaped penalty and was not charged for a tackle on David Klemmer in the second half of the match. He had been placed on report at the time of the incident.