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Nikora to miss one match

Sharks backrower Briton Nikora will miss the game against the Cowboys on Friday night after taking the early guilty plea on a match review committee charge.

Nikora was charged with grade two dangerous contact for a 71st minute incident involving Kenny Bromwich when the Storm second rower twisted awkwardly under the tackle.

The Sharks considered challenging the charge, however were they to be unsuccessful at a judiciary hearing, Nikora would have missed two games were he to be found guilty by the panel.

With the Kiwi international in outstanding form, his absence will be a blow to the Sharks in their top four clash with the Cowboys in Townsville.

Talented young backrower Teig Wilton will be in line to come into the starting side with Nikora unavailable.

In other charges stemming from the Sharks v Storm match, Andrew Fifita was charged with a grade one dangerous throw, attracting a $1000 fine, while Melbourne hooker Brandon Smith was referred straight to a judiciary hearing for contrary conduct as a result of his alleged abuse of a match official.

Despite twice being placed on report, Braden Hamlin-Uele, in his first game since round six, escaped penalty.

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