Farrell absence creates dilemma for Price

RUGBY LEAGUE

Dylan Farrell’s likely absence has thrown Dragons coach Steve Price a selection curve ball despite the coach naming an unchanged line-up for the clash with the Warriors.

Still seething after the Red V’s incident-marred loss to Melbourne, Price indicated a preference to stick with the same 17 which came close to ending a 15-year hoodoo in Melbourne.

But he’ll have to make at least one change in the centres after indicating Farrell had likely torn a pectoral muscle in the after-the-siren loss.

The Dragons will make the extent of Farrell’s injury public on Wednesday after assessing scans.

It means that utility Kyle Stanley – overlooked for the Storm clash – could revert back to the centres with Charly Runciman and Newcastle recruit Peter Mata’utia also in the mix.

Canberra recruit Joel Thompson, the suspended Jack de Belin – and possibly injured Tyson Frizell [foot] – will also come into contention as the Dragons attempt to end a three-game slide.

Meanwhile, the Dragons have until noon on Wednesday to enter pleas for Mitch Rein and Joel Thompson after both were charged by the match review committee from the Storm game.

Rein was hit with a grade-one dangerous contact charge for unnecessary pressure on the head/neck of Ryan Hoffman while Thompson was slugged with a grade-one dangerous throw on Young Tonumaipea. Both will be free to take on the Warriors with early guilty pleas.

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