The 37-year-old is yet to make a call on whether he will play on again next year as his side charged into a sixth straight preliminary final.
The news wasn’t so good for Eels forward Niukore, who was slapped with a grade one crusher tackle on Tino Fa’asuamaleaui. He will miss two games with an early guilty plea, or three matches if he fights it at the judiciary and loses.
Sharks pair Sione Katoa and Siosifa Talakai will both be fined $550 with early guilty pleas for charges stemming from Cronulla’s season-ending loss to Canberra in the nation’s capital.
It is set to be a busy night at the NRL judiciary on Tuesday with Penrith wrecking ball Viliame Kikau set to fight a dangerous throw charge which threatens to rule him out of the Panthers’ preliminary final.