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Friday, 21 September 2018

Slater to face NRL judiciary over shoulder charge


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Billy Slater has been charged by the NRL match review committee after his 14th minute try-saver on Cronulla's Sosaia Feki during the Storm's 22-6 win on Friday night.

The NRL confirmed the charge on Saturday morning. The grade-one offence earned him 200 demerit points and a suspension unless he can beat it at the judiciary on Tuesday night.

Speaking after Melbourne's dominant win to qualify for their third-straight NRL grand final, Slater was not concerned by the threat of a suspension hanging over his head.

"I wasn't worried at the time," Slater said, without having seen a replay.

"When it was a penalty I thought what was the penalty for, but then I realised I got my body in an awkward position.

"I thought he was going to step inside me hence why I got my body in an awkward position.

"It's pretty hard to make a conventional tackle when you're going across at top speed trying to save a try like that ... It was just a collision."

The retiring superstar put on a first-half clinic at AAMI Park, scoring two tries and setting up another to power the Storm to an unassailable 20-0 lead that the Sharks never looked like recovering from.

But it will be one of Slater's  that will garner all the attention, after the veteran fullback was penalised for a last-ditch shoulder charge on the winger as he looked set to cross.

Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan and retiring veteran Luke Lewis both backed Slater, and declared it would be unfair to rub the 35-year-old out of a seventh grand final over the hit.

"What do you want him to do there? For his team he needs to save a try there," Flanagan said.

"I thought he had a hand in there actually. He might've hit him with one shoulder and one hand."

"He's one of the best defensive fullbacks in the game and you have to stop a try and put your body on the line," Lewis said.

"If someone was to miss a game for something like that, I don't know what our game would be coming to. It's a contact sport.

"I don't think there was anything in it to be honest. If there's anyone I want see play on grand final day, it's Billy Slater."

It overshadowed a dominant showing by the Storm, who remain a chance of becoming the first team to go back-to-back in a unified competition since Brisbane in 1992-93.

They'll now play in their eighth grand final since 2006 next Sunday against the winner of Saturday night's preliminary final between the Sydney Roosters and South Sydney.

- with AAP

Billy Slater has been charged by the NRL match review committee after his 14th minute try-saver on Cronulla's Sosaia Feki during the Storm's 22-6 win on Friday night.

The NRL confirmed the charge on Saturday morning. The grade-one offence earned him 200 demerit points and a suspension unless he can beat it at the judiciary on Tuesday night.

Speaking after Melbourne's dominant win to qualify for their third-straight NRL grand final, Slater was not concerned by the threat of a suspension hanging over his head.

"I wasn't worried at the time," Slater said, without having seen a replay.

"When it was a penalty I thought what was the penalty for, but then I realised I got my body in an awkward position.

"I thought he was going to step inside me hence why I got my body in an awkward position.

"It's pretty hard to make a conventional tackle when you're going across at top speed trying to save a try like that ... It was just a collision."

The retiring superstar put on a first-half clinic at AAMI Park, scoring two tries and setting up another to power the Storm to an unassailable 20-0 lead that the Sharks never looked like recovering from.

But it will be one of Slater's  that will garner all the attention, after the veteran fullback was penalised for a last-ditch shoulder charge on the winger as he looked set to cross.

Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan and retiring veteran Luke Lewis both backed Slater, and declared it would be unfair to rub the 35-year-old out of a seventh grand final over the hit.

"What do you want him to do there? For his team he needs to save a try there," Flanagan said.

"I thought he had a hand in there actually. He might've hit him with one shoulder and one hand."

"He's one of the best defensive fullbacks in the game and you have to stop a try and put your body on the line," Lewis said.

"If someone was to miss a game for something like that, I don't know what our game would be coming to. It's a contact sport.

"I don't think there was anything in it to be honest. If there's anyone I want see play on grand final day, it's Billy Slater."

It overshadowed a dominant showing by the Storm, who remain a chance of becoming the first team to go back-to-back in a unified competition since Brisbane in 1992-93.

They'll now play in their eighth grand final since 2006 next Sunday against the winner of Saturday night's preliminary final between the Sydney Roosters and South Sydney.

- with AAP

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