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Trio of Sharks to accept early pleas

The three Sharks charged for incidents stemming from the win over the Dragons on Friday night have accepted early guilty pleas and will miss this weekend’s game against the Gold Coast in Coffs Harbour.

Mawene Hiroti was charged by the match review committee with a grade two careless high tackle on St George fullback Cody Ramsey in the 40th minute, Josh Dugan assessed the same charge for his high shot on Billy Burns early in the second half, while Teig Wilton also faces a week on the sideline for a crusher tackle on Paul Vaughn late in the match.

The Hiroti tackle attracted a penalty of 200 points were he to challenge, 150 for the early plea, Dugan 150 points because of a seven-year incident free discount, 100 points were he to accept the charge and Wilton 200 points, 150 for the early for the grade one crusher.

All three will become available for the Sharks round 14 match against the Panthers. The Sharks have a bye in round 13.

In some good news, the Sharks are likely to welcome a number of players back into their line up for this week’s game in Coffs Habour.

Shaun Johnson, Andrew Fifita, Ronaldo Mulitalo and Jesse Ramien are on track to return from injury, Siosifa Talakai will be available after serving a four-game suspension, with the make-up of the Sharks team to be revealed on Team List Tuesday tomorrow.