NRL 2022 injuries, suspension, team lists, casualty ward

Bulldogs forward Tevita Pangai jnr has escaped sanction from the match review committee despite being put on report twice in the trial loss to Cronulla on Monday night.

The NRL announced on Tuesday that Pangai, who hit Sione Katoa high and threw a punch at Royce Hunt during a melee in an eventful first half, was not charged for either offence.

Cronulla prop Braden Hamlin-Uele was the only player charged and is facing a fine of $1350-$1800 for dangerous contact on Canterbury half Jake Averillo in the second half.

Sharks skipper Wade Graham‘s comeback from concussion problems which cut short his season last year with the veteran forward limping off in the first half of Monday’s trial against Canterbury.

He suffered the injury to his left leg while making a tackle in his return match at PointsBet Stadium and will undergo scans to determine the extent of the damage.

Cronulla trio Siosifa Talakai (concussion), Toby Rudolf (ear infection) and Matt Moylan (corked thigh) were rested from Monday night’s trial but are certain starters for round one.

Jacob Liddle‘s ongoing battles to stay on the park have continued with the Wests Tigers hooker out for the first month of the season with a knee injury.

Scans on Liddle’s knee have revealed a posterior cruciate ligament tear from last Friday’s trial against the Roosters, with club medical staff expecting the 25-year-old rake to miss 4-6 weeks.

Storm duo Ryan Papenhuyzen and Cooper Johns are struggling to be fit for round one with coach Craig Bellamy facing the prospect of missing half a team of regular first-graders.

Johns damaged his AC joint in Melbourne’s 24-10 trial win over the Knights at Ballarat on Sunday while winger Xavier Coates was concussed after an attempted tackle in the first half.

Bellamy said five-eighth was a problem spot with Cameron Munster already suspended so if Johns is not fit for next Saturday’s clash with the Wests Tigers, he will look to use utility back Nick Meaney or Jayden Nikorima in the No.6 jersey.

“It’s obviously a bit of a concern for us; we’re not quite sure what we’re going to do now,” Bellamy said. “We will look at it this week and try and make a decision and train with whatever decision we make.”

Complicating matters is Papenhuyzen’s lingering ankle problem and the suspensions to Harry Grant, Brandon Smith and Chris Lewis, with Tui Kamikamica stood down due to assault charges.

Newcastle centre Bradman Best limped off with a knee problem in the first half but he said it was only a minor bump and was confident of being right for next Saturday’s SCG showdown with the Roosters.

Panthers rookie forward Mavrik Geyer‘s hopes of making his debut are on hold after he suffered a dislocated elbow in Saturday night’s trial loss to Parramatta.

Manly forward Haumole Olakau’atu was the major casualty out of Friday night’s trials, suffering a partial dislocation of his elbow which means he is unlikely to be right for next Thursday’s season opener in Penrith.

Sea Eagles duo Martin Taupau (back) and Dylan Walker (ankle) are more likely to be available.

On the judiciary front, Wests Tigers skipper James Tamou is set to miss the round-one clash with the Storm after he was charged with dangerous contact for a late hit on Roosters halfback Sam Walker.

Roosters prop Lindsay Collins escaped with a fine of $750-$1150 for the same charge over a cannonball tackle.

There were no charges from Saturday night’s games and Sunday’s review is yet to be announced.

NRL injuries and suspensions, team by team


Adam Reynolds (hamstring, Round 1)
Brendan Piakura (suspended, Round 2)
Tesi Niu (hamstring, 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 (hamstring, Round 1)


Moses Mbye (quad, Round 1)
Tariq Sims (calf, Round 1)
Billy Burns (foot, Round 1-2)
Jayden Sullivan (hamstring (Round 1-2)
Max Feagai (ankle, indefinite)
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, indefinite)


Nathan Cleary (shoulder, Round 1)
Mavrik Geyer (elbow, TBC)


Cameron Murray (shoulder, Round 1)
Latrell Mitchell (suspended, Round 2)
Liam Knight (ankle, Round 5)


Peter Hola (knee, Round 3-5)
Sam Williams (COVID, Round 1)
Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (COVID, Round 1)
Matt Frawley (COVID close contact, Round 1)
Jordan Rapana (suspended, Round 3)
Harley Smith-Shields (ACL, season)


Luke Keary (knee, Round 1)
Sam Verrills (suspended, Round 2)

Sea Eagles

Josh Schuster (ankle, Round 3-5)
Josh Aloiai (suspended, Round 4)


Wade Grahm (ankle, TBC)
Matt Moylan (corked thigh, Round 1)
Siosifa Talakai (concussion, Round 1)
Toby Rudolf (ear infection, Round 1)
Cameron McInnes (knee, Round 2)
Franklin Pele (suspended, Round 2)
Braydon Trindall (suspended, Round 3)


Xavier Coates (concussion, Round 1)
Cooper Johns (shoulder, Round 1-2)
Ryan Papenhuyzen (ankle, Round 1-2)
Harry Grant (suspended, Round 2)
Cameron Munster (suspended, Round 2)
Brandon Smith (suspended, Round 2)
Chris Lewis (suspended, Round 2)
Tui Kamikamica (stood down)


Jacob Liddle (knee, Round 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 knock, Round 1)
Matt Lodge (suspended, Round 2)
Reece Walsh (suspended, Round 3)
Tohu Harris (knee, June-July)

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