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Late Mail - Sharks v Knights

The Sharks can confirm the changes revealed last night when the team was trimmed down from the originally named 21, with Ronaldo Mulitalo ruled out for today's match against the Newcastle Knights.

After battling through recent weeks with a knee complaint, Mulitalo has succumbed to the injury, with the Sharks winger set to spend an extended period on the sidelines. Further tests will be required before confirming a time frame, with Mulitalo possibly to miss up to six weeks. 

In his place for tonights game comes the versatile Connor Tracey, who has been shifted from centre to wing, with Teig Wilton going from the back row row into the Sharks backline. 

Jack Williams, who has played strongly wider of the ruck when required so far this year, will start as an edge back rower, while Brayden Trindall has been brought into the 17 to take on the bench utility role. 

Franklin Pele is the Sharks 18th man and concussion substitution.

Prior to the backline reshuffle, the Sharks had been forced into other changes to the team beaten by the Roosters last weekend, with Wade Graham and Josh Dugan ruled out due to concussion. 

In a positive for the Sharks, Siosifa Talakai returns for his first game of the 2021 season having now fully recovered from off-season shoulder surgery. 

The Sharks v Knights match is scheduled for a 6.00pm kick off, with the two 17-man squads, plus the concussion reserve players, listed below. 

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Knights is number 1 Kalyn Ponga
    Fullback for Sharks is number 1 William Kennedy
  • Winger for Knights is number 2 Brayden Musgrove
    Winger for Sharks is number 2 Mawene Hiroti
  • Centre for Knights is number 3 Enari Tuala
    Centre for Sharks is number 4 Jesse Ramien
  • Centre for Knights is number 4 Bradman Best
    Centre for Sharks is number 12 Teig Wilton
  • Winger for Knights is number 5 Hymel Hunt
    Winger for Sharks is number 3 Connor Tracey
  • Five-Eighth for Knights is number 6 Kurt Mann
    Five-Eighth for Sharks is number 6 Matt Moylan
  • Halfback for Knights is number 7 Blake Green
    Halfback for Sharks is number 7 Chad Townsend

Forwards

  • Prop for Knights is number 8 David Klemmer
    Prop for Sharks is number 8 Braden Hamlin-Uele
  • Hooker for Knights is number 9 Jayden Brailey
    Hooker for Sharks is number 9 Blayke Brailey
  • Prop for Knights is number 10 Daniel Saifiti
    Prop for Sharks is number 10 Aaron Woods
  • 2nd Row for Knights is number 11 Tyson Frizell
    2nd Row for Sharks is number 11 Briton Nikora
  • 2nd Row for Knights is number 12 Mitchell Barnett
    2nd Row for Sharks is number 16 Jack Williams
  • Lock for Knights is number 13 Connor Watson
    Lock for Sharks is number 13 Toby Rudolf

Interchange

  • Interchange for Knights is number 14 Sauaso Sue
    Interchange for Sharks is number 14 Billy Magoulias
  • Interchange for Knights is number 15 Jacob Saifiti
    Interchange for Sharks is number 15 Aiden Tolman
  • Interchange for Knights is number 16 Josh King
    Interchange for Sharks is number 17 Siosifa Talakai
  • Interchange for Knights is number 17 Brodie Jones
    Interchange for Sharks is number 18 Braydon Trindall

Reserves

  • Reserve for Knights is number 18 Simi Sasagi
    Reserve for Sharks is number 20 Franklin Pele

Match Officials

  • Referee: Matt Cecchin
  • Touch Judge: Dave Munro
  • Touch Judge: Darian Furner
  • Senior Review Official: Ashley Klein

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