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Kimmorley, who was knocked out in a tackle with Melbourne's Ryan Hoffman last night, has boarded a flight to Auckland with his four Sharks teammates and will be assessed before the game tomorrow. A stack of Country players are walking wounded after last night's loss including Phil Graham (medial ligament), Preston Campbell (knee) and Anthony Laffranchi (broken nose).
Craig Fitzgibbon (cheekbone), Josh Morris and Kurt Gidley (both hip) are also carrying injuries but are expected to back up for their teams this weekend. Manly's Jason King is the only injury concern out of the City camp with scans today to determine the extent of a rib inury.
As a result, former England fullback Richie Mathers will make his NRL debut against the North Queensland Cowboys on Monday night at Carrara Stadium. The in-form Campbell has had his NSW selection chances dashed for the May 23 Origin series opener against Queensland after Titans medical staff confirmed posterior cruciate ligament damage to his left knee.
Titans doctor Paul Ohmeson says the injury doesn't require surgery.
Moments of attacking flair were rare as City beat Country 12-6 in a dour match in Coffs Harbour with both teams struggling to develop combinations with only two days of full preparation. Carr admits the scheduling of Cronulla v Newcastle - in which ten City-Country players were originally involved - on Monday night had made things difficult for both sides.