Why the Suns are looking closely at Townsend


Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew has explained the reasons why the club is pursuing Jacob Townsend.

Reports emerged last week that the Suns were set to sign the recently delisted Essendon forward who is a premiership player with Richmond in 2017.

Dew admits there is interest in the 27-year-old journeyman and outlined why the Suns may add a player who has tallied 60 games over nine season with GWS, the Tigers and the bombers.

“There definitely is (interest), but we’re working through that currently,” he said on SEN Breakfast.

“Obviously a player like Jacob has been around the block.

“We had a couple of guys in George Horlin-Smith and Anthony Miles. Externally, people might sit there and say they didn’t play a lot of footy, but what they added to the club on a day-to-day basis is immense for our culture.

“We’ve now got two fantastic characters as past players that the players love and we’ve got really good connection with them.

“Jacob’s obviously a premiership player as well. I think that having those players in your locker room can be really beneficial.”

When will the club have to make a call on Townsend?

“We’re just doing a bit of work on the final list with Craig Cameron who has done a fantastic job,” Dew added.

“With not only turning the list and managing the list, but then navigating through this period where (there is) a lot of uncertainty in waiting for the regulations

“So that will be in the next period.”

If Townsend were to arrive at the Gold Coast, it would make it a handful of experienced players added over the past two trade periods with Dew citing a need for mature bodies to help their glut of talented youngsters.

“We certainly feel like we’ve now got our group and obviously then you’re just adding pieces of the puzzle you think you need,” he said.

“For reasons why we went and got Brandon Ellis, Hugh Greenwood, Rory Atkins and even Oleg (Markov), as a player who has been in the system.

“We’ve got a lot of young players and we wanted a little bit more maturity.”

The Suns can take Townsend as a delisted free agent today or tomorrow or wait until the National, Rookie or Pre-Season Drafts on December 9 and 10.







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NRL 2020: Transfer news, player movement, Cowboys’ Josh McGuire linked to Dragons, Chad Townsend to Bulldogs


Josh McGuire has been linked to an exit from the North Queensland Cowboys, with Chad Townsend also being considered for an unlikely move.

McGuire is facing a two-game ban for swearing at referee Grant Atkins in the Cowboys’ loss to the Storm.

The Queensland forward has endured a difficult start to life in Townsville.

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NRL 2020: Casualty Ward, Josh Papalii, Dylan Napa, Kieran Foran, Wade Graham, Sharks, Titans, Brian Kelly, Tom Trbojevic, Chad Townsend suspension


The Raiders have received some good news after Saturday’s loss to the Roosters with star forward Josh Papalii cleared of any serious shoulder injury.

The 28-year-old left the field early and there were fears he could miss the remainder of the season but scans over the weekend put him in the clear.

The club confirmed the news in a statement on Monday and said he would be “assessed later in the week” with the aim of playing this weekend.

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The Bulldogs have suffered a fresh blow with confirmation that star prop Dylan Napa will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.



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NRL 2020: Andrew Voss, Round 17, Sonny Bill Williams, Chad Townsend, results, ladder


Loved the round of football right up to the last second of play in the last game on Sunday night.

Miracle comebacks, miracle tries, superstar performances and the comeback of a football megastar.

Here’s my verdict on Round 17.

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Holmes comes up clutch!

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NRL 2020: Cronulla Sharks v Newcastle Knights, Chad Townsend sent off for hit on Kalyn Ponga, news, video, charge


Cronulla halfback Chad Townsend is set to pay a heavy price for his shouldercharge on Knights fullback Kalyn Ponga on Friday night.

Townsend has been hit with a grade three shoulder charge for the incident which saw the Sharks playmaker controversially sent off by referee Ben Cummins.

He now faces a three-week suspension if he makes an early guilty plea, and risks a five-week stint on the sidelines if he unsuccessfully tries to overturn the charge.

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Cronulla Sharks halfback Chad Townsend sent off for late shot on Newcastle Knights’ Kalyn Ponga as fullback scores hat-trick in thumping win


On the Townsend tackle, Morris said: “It’s a shoulder charge. His arm was tucked, I’m not going to deny that.

“Whether it was a send-off, I’m not so sure. Maybe he could have stayed on the field, but the rules are the rules. I don’t think he’s even been sin-binned in his career, let alone sent off. He’s not one to play like that.

“He was just trying to change the momentum of the game. No doubt he’ll have a case to answer and we’ll have to defend him.”

The after-the-whistle contact came after Ponga had tried to take a quick tap re-start, which was halted by referee Ben Cummins.

Townsend raced out of the defensive line and cannoned into Ponga, already with claret dripping from his nose from an earlier incident, seemingly oblivious to Cummins’ call.

The whistleblower conferred with the bunker and ordered Townsend from the field, the third player to be sent off this year after Manly’s Addin Fonua-Blake (dissent) and Gold Coast’s Kevin Proctor (biting).

Morris will also be sweating on the NRL match review committee’s findings after captain Wade Graham and fellow forwards Toby Rudolf and Braden Hamlin-Uele were all placed on report for lifting tackles.

Kalyn Ponga scored a hat-trick against the Sharks.Credit:Getty Images

“It comes from poor sloppy tackles, not getting in the right positions and not getting their shoulders in and making the right tackles,” Morris fumed. “It leads to lifting legs and crap we don’t practise.

“It’s not the right time of year to be having players on report and it’s off to the judiciary with about three cases by the look of it. We’ll have to hold our breath there.

“I didn’t think I would be in this position to apologise to our fans, but I have to after that. It was so far outside the standards of what we set ourselves as a club. We’ve been known for gritty and tough performances and we absolutely got our pants pulled down and bums smacked in front of everyone, which is disappointing for where we are in our season. It was an awful effort.

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“We’re still in the eight, but certainly after a game like that we don’t deserve to be.”

The disciplinary dramas masked another sub-par Sharks performance against a team above them on the ladder. They’re still to beat a top-eight team this season – and are barely clinging to their own spot in the finals race –after Ponga ran riot.

Cronulla are only four points clear of the Warriors, which can bridge the gap when they play the struggling Eels at Central Coast Stadium on Sunday. The Sharks and Warriors will meet at Kogarah next Sunday night.

After being embarrassed by the Warriors themselves last week and being hauled into an honesty session by coach Adam O’Brien, the Knights reeled off 22 straight points after conceding Ronaldo Mulitalo’s opener.

Asked whether Townsend made contact with his head, Ponga told Fox League: “He got my body and I sort of just fell back. It is what is. He got sent off so we’re laughing.”

Said O’Brien: “I saw what everyone else did. I’ll leave that one alone. Everyone saw the same thing.”

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS 38 (Kalyn Ponga 3, Starford To’a 2, Lachlan Fitzgibbon, Josh King tries; Mason Lino 5 goals) defeated CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS 10 (Ronaldo Mulitalo, Connor Tracey tries; Bryson Goodwin goal) at McDonald Jones Stadium. Referee: Ben Cummins.

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NRL 2020: Chad Townsend sent off for Kalyn Ponga hit in Sharks Vs Knights


A spiteful clash between the Newcastle Knights and Cronulla Sharks has gone up a gear after Chad Townsend was sent off after a vicious hit on Kalyn Ponga.

Up 22-4 with 27 minutes to go, the Knights’ fullback marked the ball in the in-goal before running out to the 20m line.

The Knights returned to form on the back of a Kalyn Ponga hat-trick in the 38-10 win but Townsend’s hit stole the attention.

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Already sporting wadding up the nose to stop a nose bleed, Ponga raced out and took the tap, only for Townsend, who was set on the 30m line, to fly out and annihilate the Knights star.

Both teams came together for some push and shove, and thankfully Ponga was quick to leap up.

“Colossal from Chad Townsend on Kalyn Ponga and the flare up ensues,” Matt Russell said on Fox League.

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media_cameraThe hit on Ponga that led to a send off.

It was a serious hit with Townsend jumping into the hit, with Russell pondering if it was a shoulder charge from Townsend.

“Did he make an attempt to put his left arm around?” Roach asked. “Trying to do something for his team.

“It‘ll be a penalty, that’ll be about it.”

The crowd of 5,597 were baying for blood after the hit and surprisingly referee Ben Cummins agreed, calling it high, pointing the Sharks half to the sideline, the third send off of the season.

“You aren’t making a tackle, feet off the ground, you’re off,” he said. “I reckon it was pretty serious, he jumped off the ground, off the ball and he’s hit him high.”

Part of the explanation was that Cummins had called time off as he was about to send Ponga back to tap again.

Roach asked: “Townsend was on the move, how could he pull out of it?”

Sharks coach John Morris wasn’t sure if he thought it should be a send off but “yeah it was a shoulder charge”.

“I feel for Chaddy, I don’t even think he’s been sin binned in his career let alone sent off and he’s not one to play like that but he was just trying to change the momentum of the game and shot off the line and obviously he got it wrong.”

Morris added that thing “happen at a million miles” and that it was a split-second decision.

Ben Cummins gives Townsend his marching orders.
media_cameraBen Cummins gives Townsend his marching orders.

“What?” Roach said. “Turn it up.”

“He‘s sent him off,” a shocked Russell said. “He has sent Chad Townsend off in his comeback game, five games out with a calf injury, he returns only to be sensationally sent off.”

Paul Aitken was the last Shark to be sent off in 2011.

The commentators still couldn‘t believe the issue.

“I did not see the send off coming,” Russell said.

Roach agreed: “You could put it on report and let them work it out, I don‘t think it’s a send off.”

But at halftime in the second game, Greg Alexander called the whole incident “bizarre”.

“It’s one of the more bizarre incidents I’ve seen in a long time,” he said. “We don’t see many send offs in the game. He left the ground, he hit him high — now I don’t know whether he did make contact with the head — but it was such a crazy moment from Chad Townsend, I was shocked when I saw it really. The referee had called a halt to play but Chad carried on.”

Braith Anasta said the issue comes down to whether the shoulder hit the head, because if it didn’t, he said it shouldn’t have been a send off.

However, on Channel 9, Andrew Johns said “He‘s in a lot of trouble. Unbelievable.”

Post-match, Ponga said “He was on the ground, he was above me, that was how it unfolded. It is was it is, he got sent off so it’s what happened.”

He also denied that he was hit in the head with the impact in his body sending him backwards.

Social media was pretty happy for the send off however.

It wasn’t the first controversial moment of the game with a Tony Rudolph also placed on report for a “suplex” tackle.

After the Knights hot first half, Lino was picked up with Rudolph deemed to have thrown the Knights half down.

“He does it to the littlest man on the field, take on some of the big blokes,” Roach said in commentary.

“That‘s very dangerous this. He’ll be on report for sure. He’s tried to suplex him here. He’s tried to put his head through the ground.

“That‘s really nasty.”

Sharks 'ugly' suplex tackle

NRL: Wade Graham and Toby Rudolf were both placed on report for this nasty looking lifting tackle on young Knight Mason Lino.

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Chad Townsend sent off for Kalyn Ponga hit in Sharks Vs Knights


A spiteful clash between the Newcastle Knights and Cronulla Sharks has gone up a gear after Chad Townsend was sent off after a vicious hit on Kalyn Ponga.

Up 22-4 with 27 minutes to go, the Knights’ fullback marked the ball in the in-goal before running out to the 20m line.

The Knights returned to form on the back of a Kalyn Ponga hat-trick in the 38-10 win but Townsend’s hit stole the attention.

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Already sporting wadding up the nose to stop a nose bleed, Ponga raced out and took the tap, only for Townsend, who was set on the 30m line, to fly out and annihilate the Knights star.

Both teams came together for some push and shove, and thankfully Ponga was quick to leap up.

“Colossal from Chad Townsend on Kalyn Ponga and the flare up ensues,” Matt Russell said on Fox League.

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It was a serious hit with Townsend jumping into the hit, with Russell pondering if it was a shoulder charge from Townsend.

“Did he make an attempt to put his left arm around?” Roach asked. “Trying to do something for his team.

“It‘ll be a penalty, that’ll be about it.”

The crowd of 5,597 were baying for blood after the hit and surprisingly referee Ben Cummins agreed, calling it high, pointing the Sharks half to the sideline, the third send off of the season.

“You aren’t making a tackle, feet off the ground, you’re off,” he said. “I reckon it was pretty serious, he jumped off the ground, off the ball and he’s hit him high.”

Part of the explanation was that Cummins had called time off as he was about to send Ponga back to tap again.

Roach asked: “Townsend was on the move, how could he pull out of it?”

Sharks coach John Morris wasn’t sure if he thought it should be a send off but “yeah it was a shoulder charge”.

“I feel for Chaddy, I don’t even think he’s been sin binned in his career let alone sent off and he’s not one to play like that but he was just trying to change the momentum of the game and shot off the line and obviously he got it wrong.”

Morris added that thing “happen at a million miles” and that it was a split-second decision.

“What?” Roach said. “Turn it up.”

“He‘s sent him off,” a shocked Russell said. “He has sent Chad Townsend off in his comeback game, five games out with a calf injury, he returns only to be sensationally sent off.”

Paul Aitken was the last Shark to be sent off in 2011.

The commentators still couldn‘t believe the issue.

“I did not see the send off coming,” Russell said.

Roach agreed: “You could put it on report and let them work it out, I don‘t think it’s a send off.”

But at halftime in the second game, Greg Alexander called the whole incident “bizarre”.

“It’s one of the more bizarre incidents I’ve seen in a long time,” he said. “We don’t see many send offs in the game. He left the ground, he hit him high — now I don’t know whether he did make contact with the head — but it was such a crazy moment from Chad Townsend, I was shocked when I saw it really. The referee had called a halt to play but Chad carried on.”

Braith Anasta said the issue comes down to whether the shoulder hit the head, because if it didn’t, he said it shouldn’t have been a send off.

However, on Channel 9, Andrew Johns said “He‘s in a lot of trouble. Unbelievable.”

Post-match, Ponga said “He was on the ground, he was above me, that was how it unfolded. It is was it is, he got sent off so it’s what happened.”

He also denied that he was hit in the head with the impact in his body sending him backwards.

Social media was pretty happy for the send off however.

It wasn’t the first controversial moment of the game with a Tony Rudolph also placed on report for a “suplex” tackle.

After the Knights hot first half, Lino was picked up with Rudolph deemed to have thrown the Knights half down.

“He does it to the littlest man on the field, take on some of the big blokes,” Roach said in commentary.

“That‘s very dangerous this. He’ll be on report for sure. He’s tried to suplex him here. He’s tried to put his head through the ground.

“That‘s really nasty.”



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NRL 2020: Sharks vs Knights, John Morris interview, Chad Townsend send off, Kalyn Ponga


Cronulla coach John Morris has teed off on his playing group and claimed they don’t deserve to play finals after a shocking 38-10 loss to Newcastle on Friday.

The Sharks are teetering inside the NRL’s top eight and are in danger of being run down and knocked out of finals by the Warriors – a fact thought nigh impossible only a few weeks ago.

Kalyn Ponga put a clinic on the Shire boys, who were cruelled by errors and ill discipline in the Hunter.

Halfback Chad Townsend was sent off for a blatant shoulder charge on Ponga, while three other players were put on report for lifting tackles.

Round 17

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