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Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Slater free to play NRL grand final


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Melbourne Storm fullback Billy Slater will play in Sunday’s NRL decider after the Queensland star was found not guilty of a shoulder charge.

Slater will end his storied 16-year NRL career by playing in the 2018 decider after the three-man judiciary panel ruled in his favour.

In one of the most compelling judiciary hearings in recent years, Slater was ruled to have not used the shoulder in his clash with Sosaia Feki in Melbourne’s 22-6 preliminary final victory over Cronulla.

https://twitter.com/storm/status/1044538888860008448

The Storm custodian presented evidence for 30 minutes to the panel consisting of former players - Sean Garlick, Bob Lindner and Mal Cochrane - arguing that his intention was to make a ball and all tackle.

In unprecedented scenes, Slater mounted his argument by standing and walking his way through the tackle to try and emphasise the point of contact.

Slater said his first initial contact was with the chest and the collision with Feki was more profound because the Sharks winger stepped inside and raised his arm.

He said by Feki stepping back in he had less time to react to the situation which put him in a "vulnerable position".

More to come ...

 

Melbourne Storm fullback Billy Slater will play in Sunday’s NRL decider after the Queensland star was found not guilty of a shoulder charge.

Slater will end his storied 16-year NRL career by playing in the 2018 decider after the three-man judiciary panel ruled in his favour.

In one of the most compelling judiciary hearings in recent years, Slater was ruled to have not used the shoulder in his clash with Sosaia Feki in Melbourne’s 22-6 preliminary final victory over Cronulla.

https://twitter.com/storm/status/1044538888860008448

The Storm custodian presented evidence for 30 minutes to the panel consisting of former players - Sean Garlick, Bob Lindner and Mal Cochrane - arguing that his intention was to make a ball and all tackle.

In unprecedented scenes, Slater mounted his argument by standing and walking his way through the tackle to try and emphasise the point of contact.

Slater said his first initial contact was with the chest and the collision with Feki was more profound because the Sharks winger stepped inside and raised his arm.

He said by Feki stepping back in he had less time to react to the situation which put him in a "vulnerable position".

More to come ...

 

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