Cronulla’s backline is in for an overhaul with fullback Will Kennedy and Jesse Ramien facing two and three weeks on the sidelines respectively through suspension.
The match review committee on Monday morning charged Kennedy with a grade-three careless high tackle for his shot on New Zealand Warriors opposite Reece Walsh during Sunday’s 29-10 win.
Kennedy was immediately sent off and will miss Magic Round and the round-11 trip to the Gold Coast against the Titans should he take the early plea.
Walsh, in his defence, bounce back to his feet and was cleared of injury.
Ramien, who was sin-binned for clipping Euan Aitken, was also charged with the grade-three careless high tackle. Because Ramien was charged in round three with a similar offence against St George Illawarra, he faces three matches on the sideline with an early plea.
Sharks coach Craig Fitzgibbon conceded after the game Kennedy, who became the second player sent off in as many weeks in the NRL following Manly’s Karl Lawton spear tackle, was “obviously sheepish and disappointed”.
Will Kennedy was marched for this high shot on Reece Walsh
Nicho Hynes slotted into fullback on the weekend as the Warriors failed to take advantage of the extra player on the field.
Connor Tracey played on the weekend and is a backs options, Mawene Hiroti was 18th man on the weekend, winger Ronaldo Mulitalo will return from sickness, while Braydon Trindall can slot into the halves should Fitzgibbon opt to keep Hynes at the back.
Kade Dykes was a standout for Newtown in the No. 1 jersey on Sunday in their win and is also an outside chance to be called up, along with Rugby Sevens Olympian Lachie Miller.
Cronulla forward Toby Rudolf was also charged with a crusher tackle on Rocco Berry, but can escape with a fine.
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