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Tafua to miss the first few rounds

Knights enforcer Mark Taufua has escaped the surgeon’s knife but will miss the first few games of Newcastle’s NRL campaign as he recovers from tendon damage in his little finger. The former NSW Country rugby union representative suffered the injury playing for Central Coast Centurions, Newcastle’s NSW Cup feeder team, in a trial against Newcastle Rugby League club Western Suburbs at Tomaree Oval on Sunday. Knights sports physician Neil Halpin said Taufua had ruptured the extensor tendon in the little finger on his right hand. ‘‘These injuries often heal without surgery so we’ll splint it and let it heal like that, so he’d be looking at four to six weeks,’’ Dr Halpin said. The 29-year-old utility forward is unavailable for Newcastle’s NRL season-opener against Penrith at Centrebet Stadium on March 13, and away games against North Queensland on March 19 and Manly on March 27, but hopes to be back to tackle reigning premiers St George Illawarra at Ausgrid (formerly EnergyAustralia) Stadium on April 3. Continue reading

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The match review committee examined three other  incidents from the weekend’s trials.

Sydney Roosters forward Nate Myles was cleared of a lifting tackle on Wests Tigers back Wade McKinnon, while Cronulla recruit Jeremy Smith was deemed not to have tripped Newcastle’s Mark Taufua.

Penrith half Luke Walsh’s sickening hit on Parramatta’s Daniel Mortimer, which also sparked a melee, was deemed legitimate.

Gold Coast youngster Ryan James will need to wait another day to know whether he faces a second pre-season suspension after he was placed on report in the trial against North Queensland.

Footage of the Titans-Cowboys match will not be available until Tuesday.

Panthers V Knight report

A late try to the Penrith Panthers against the Newcastle Knights on Saturday night gave the Panthers a victory in Port Macquarie. Early tries to Panthers’ Sandor Earl and Kevin Kingston gave the men from the mountains a 10-nil lead just ten minutes into the game. Lock Mark Taufua made his way accross the white line to score for the Knights, a conversion from Wes Naiqama put the Novacastrians on the score board. Another Penrith try and a Michael Gordon conversion took the first quarter score to 16-6. After a number of pushes in the Panthers half, hooker Isaac De Gois narrowed the margin to 16-10. In the 33rd minute fullback Shannon McDonnell was tackled mid air by Penrith’s Travis Burns, McDonnell left the field and watched the remainder of the game from the sideline. With Naiqama moved to fullback, impressive young recruit Siuatonga Likiliki made his way onto the field. The second half saw tries to Evarn Tuimavave and Marvin Karawana, with successful conversions by Peter Mata’utia and Cory Paterson taking the knights to 16-22. Penrith came back in the final three minutes with two tries and two successful conversions, making the final score 28-22.

Visiting the Judiciary – Round 3

Gold Coast backrower Bodene Thompson will accept the three game suspension after pleading guilty to high tackle which left Canberra Hooker Travis Waddell with a broken jaw. Thompson reduced his possible suspension by one match by taking the early plea, the rookie forward to miss crucial games against North Queensland, Melbourne and St George Illawarra.

Waddell was due to undergo surgery today after he was left with fractures to both sides of his jaw when a shoulder charge from Thompson collected him flush on the side of the head.

The only other player charged from the weekend’s matches, Newcastle prop Mark Taufua, won’t miss any games after pleading guilty to a grade one striking charge.

No trip to the judiciary for Bailey

Gold Coast Titans prop Luke Bailey has escaped a tripping charge after he was placed on report after Saturday’s night clash with the Canberra Raiders. Bailey was booked following a 33rd-minute incident in which he appeared to stick his leg out while lying on the ground in an attempt to stop Raiders lock Shaun Fensom. The fact Bailey didn’t bring Fensom to the ground has saved the New South Wales front-rower from a charge by the NRL match review committee. Titans teammate Bodene Thompson could miss four games for his role in a tackle which broke Canberra benchman Travis Waddell’s jaw. Thompson has received a grade five careless tackle charge and will miss three games with an early guilty plea and four if he mounts an unsuccessful defence at the NRL judiciary. Newcastle Knight’s Mark Taufua could miss one game after he was charged with striking in the 50th minute of the loss to Manly on Saturday. He can escape a ban with an early guilty plea.