Penrith winger Taylan May set to miss prelim final for high shot on Will Penisini

Penrith winger Taylan May is set to miss the club’s prelim final, after he was charged for a high shot on Will Penisini on Friday night.

The 21-year-old has had a chaotic couple of weeks, after being found guilty of assault last October and handed a sanction by the NRL for the off-field incident.

May was sent to the sin-bin during the Panthers’ 27-8 qualifying final win over Parramatta for the shot on Penisini, and has since been charged with a grade two careless high tackle. 

The Samoan international will miss one game with an early guilty plea, ruling him out of Penrith’s grand final qualifier in two weeks. If he fights the charge and loses, May will miss two games – including the grand final.

In a cruel twist, May could be sidelined for the grand final despite the likely one-game ban, after he left the field with a hamstring injury in the second-half. 

Spencer Leniu was also placed on report during the clash, but will escape a suspension.

The front-rower was hit with a grade one careless high tackle charge for his shot on Isaiah Papali’i and will be fined $750 with an early plea and $1,000 if he fights the charge and loses. 

No Eels players were charged following the loss, with Mitchell Moses the only major injury concern. 

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