Wests Tigers young gun Tommy Talau could be sent for a stint on the sidelines following a shoulder charge offence.

Wests Tigers young gun Tommy Talau faces at least one week on the sidelines after being hit with a grade one shoulder charge by the match review committee.

Talau’s incident occurred during the eighth minute of yesterday’s win over the Dragons, with the centre drawn into a side on hit on Jack Bird as the former NSW playmaker delivered a pass that resulted in a try to Cody Ramsey in the corner.

The 21-year-old was put on report for the hit and was charged by the NRL’s match review committee today.

Talau will miss just one game – the Tigers’ clash with the Gold Coast on Saturday – if he takes the early guilty plea. An unsuccessful challenge at the judiciary would result in a two-game suspension.

At the time of the offence, rugby league immortal Andrew Johns was left stunned with referee Chris Sutton’s decision to place the young gun on report.

“Was that [report] for a shoulder charge?” Johns asked during Nine’s coverage of the match. “He just braced himself.”

In the only other charge from yesterday’s NRL action, Cowboys prop Coen Hess has been hit with a fine of $1350-$1800 for dangerous contact on Warriors rookie Reece Walsh.

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