St George Illawarra winger Madison Bartlett was taken straight to court for an alleged biting incident involving Parramtta Sereana Naitokatoka during their NRLW clash in Wollongong on Sunday.
Bartlett faces a heavy suspension if found guilty after being charged by the Match Review Committee on Monday.
Naitokatoka was cautioned for dangerous head/neck contact in the same tackle by the match review committee while fellow Dragon, Kody Housecould be out for 1-2 games for a shoulder charge earlier in the 10-0 win over the Eels.
On the NRL front, the Brisbane star Adam Reynolds will miss the first round after returning a positive PCR test for COVID-19 last Thursday.
The Broncos announced ahead Kobe Hetherington and their captain had self-isolated and would be forced out of the squad for a week, ruling them out of Friday’s home showdown with Reynolds’ former club South Sydney. Both players had reported minor flu-like symptoms.
Reynolds’ absence means coach Kevin Walters will choose from Tyson Gamble, his son Billy Walterrecruit Ezra Mam and veteran Albert Kelly for the two berth halves.
co-captain of the storm Jesse Bromwich was banned from training with the team before the first round after his son contracted COVID-19. The Kiwi Test prop won’t be able to attend AAMI Park for practice or team meetings until the end of the week as he self-isolates with his family at home.
Ryan Papenhuyzen struggles to be fit for the first round with coach Craig Bellamy facing the prospect of missing half of a regular freshman squad.
Cooper Johns damaged his AC joint in Melbourne’s 24-10 win over the Knights in Ballarat and was ruled out 4-6 weeks as a winger Xavier Coates suffered a concussion after a tackle attempt in the first half.
Bellamy said five-eights was a problem with Cameron Munster already suspended, so it will look to use the return utility Nick Meaney Where Jayden Nikorima in shirt number 6.
They got a reprieve with Brandon Smith now able to play in Round 1 after All Stars game was counted as his one game ban with Warriors fullback Reece Walsh now available in Round 2 after getting the same request granted.
To complicate matters, Papenhuyzen’s ongoing ankle problem and suspensions at Harry Grant and Chris Lewiswith Tui Kamikamica resigned due to assault charges.
Manly striker Haumole Olakau’atu He is unlikely to play until Round 4 after suffering a partial elbow dislocation in the second week of trials. Duo of sea eagles Martin Taupeau (return and Dylan Walker (ankle) will likely be available for Thursday’s season opener at Penrith.
Canberra manager Ricky Stuart to give rising star Brad Schneider first crack in jersey n°7 left vacant by Jamal Fogartyknee injury.
Schneider, who tasted the NRL with a game last season, will partner Jack Wighton in halftime for Friday’s home clash with Cronulla. Fogarty is out for four months after injuring his knee during the trial against the Sea Eagles at Gosford.
Teen prodigy cocks Joseph Suali is set to miss the first two rounds as he recovers from his foot injury, but Luc Kearyon his way home from his ACL tear, is a sure go.
Captain of the Sharks Wade Graham‘s missing more than a month to start the season after damaging his syndesmosis in their Test win over Canterbury.
Attackers Cameron McInnes and jack williams will also miss the start of the season with minor knee problems and Graham’s absence means a new signing Dale Finucane could be given captaincy in his first game for Cronulla in next Friday’s road clash with Canberra.
Western Tigers Skipper James Tamou will miss the clash with the Storm after accepting a charge of dangerous contact for a late hit on Roosters halfback Sam Walker.
Jacob LiddleOngoing battles to stay in the park continued with the Wests Tigers hooker out for the first month of the season with a knee injury.
Scans on Liddle’s knee revealed a torn posterior cruciate ligament during the trial against the Roosters, with club medical staff expecting the 25-year-old rake to miss 4-6 weeks.
NRL injuries and suspensions, team by team
Adam Reynolds (COVID, round 2)
Kobe Hetherington (COVID, round 2)
Brendan Piakura (suspended, round 2)
Tesi Niu (hamstrings, round 3)
Thomas Flegler (suspended, round 4)
Xavier Willison (knee, mid-season)
Raymond Faitala-Mariner (foot, round 1)
Matt Doorey (knee, mid-season)
Lachlan Burr (hip – early retirement)
Ben Hampton (hamstrings, round 1)
Moses Mbye (quadruple, round 1)
Tariq Sims (calf, round 1)
Billy Burns (foot, round 1-2)
Jayden Sullivan (hamstrings (round 1-2)
Max Feagai (ankle, undetermined)
Josh McGuire (suspended, round 6)
Nathan Brown (ankle, round 1)
Wiremu Greig (leg, round 1)
Marata Niukore (suspended, round 2)
Maika Sivo (knee, June-July)
Haze Dunster (knee, season)
Bradman Best (knee, round 1)
Sauaso Sue (suspended, round 3)
Jayden Brailey (Achilles, June-July)
Bailey Hodgson (elbow, indefinite)
Hymel Hunt (knee, undetermined)
Nathan Cleary (shoulder, round 1)
Mavrik Geyer (elbow, TBC)
Cameron Murray (shoulder, round 1)
Latrell Mitchell (suspended, round 2)
Liam Knight (ankle, round 5)
Sam Williams (COVID, Round 1)
Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (COVID, round 1)
Matt Frawley (COVID Close Contact, Round 1)
Peter Hola (knee, rounds 2-4)
Jordan Rapana (suspended, round 3)
Jamal Fogarty (knee, round 15)
Harley Smith-Shields (ACL, season)
Luke Keary (knee, round 1)
Sam Verrills (suspended, round 2)
Joseph Suaalii (foot, round 3-4)
Martin Taupau (return (round 1)
Dylan Walker (leg, round 1)
Josh Schuster (ankle, rounds 3-5)
Ben Trbojevic (knee, rounds 3-5)
Josh Aloiai (suspended, round 4)
Haumole Olakau’atu (elbow, round 4)
Wade Graham (ankle, round 4-6)
Matt Moylan (thigh bite, round 1)
Siosifa Talakai (concussion, round 1)
Toby Rudolf (ear infection, round 1)
Jack Williams (knee, round 2)
Cameron McInnes (knee, round 2)
Franklin Pele (suspended, round 2)
Braydon Trindall (suspended, round 3)
Xavier Coates (concussion, round 1)
Jesse Bromwich (COVID Close Contact, Round 1-2)
Cooper Johns (shoulder, rounds 3-5)
Ryan Papenhuyzen (ankle, round 1-2)
Harry Grant (suspended, round 2)
Cameron Munster (suspended, round 2)
Chris Lewis (suspended, round 2)
Tui Kamikamica (retired)
James Tamou (suspended, round 2)
Jacob Liddle (knee, rounds 4-6)
Adam Doueihi (knee, round 8-14)
Tommy Talau (knee, mid-season)
Asu Kepaoa (pectoral, mid-season)
Shawn Blore (ACL, season)
Joe Vuna (knee, mid-season)
Josh Curran (head kick, round 1)
Matt Lodge (suspended, round 2)
Reece Walsh (suspended, round 2)
Tohu Harris (knee, June-July)