Slater lost two weeks

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - DEAN RITCHIE

BILLY Slater was so badly con­cussed by a sick­en­ing high shot from Can­berra’s Sia So­li­ola that the su­per­star full­back ac­tu­ally lost two weeks of his life.

A damn­ing Mel­bourne med­i­cal re­port – ten­dered at last night’s NRL ju­di­ciary hear­ing – stated Slater could not re­mem­ber the match or his pre­vi­ous fort­night.

Slater could not even re­call play­ing State of Ori­gin III in Bris­bane or the an­kle in­jury he had lead­ing into the de­cider.

The three- man ju­di­ciary panel took eight min­utes to de­cide that So­li­ola should be banned for five games. He will be avail­able to play in the fi­nal round of the reg­u­lar sea­son.

The Storm med­i­cal re­port con­tin­ued: “He ( Slater) was un­con­scious for two to three min­utes. Bill was un­re­spon­sive. He was clearly dis­ori­ented. He had no rec­ol­lec­tion of the event.

“The force of the con­tact was se­vere. He was un­con­scious be­fore he hit the ground.”

So­li­ola was re­ferred di­rectly to the ju­di­ciary.

“I wanted to get there and do my best for the team and to make a nor­mal tackle,” So­li­ola said in ev­i­dence.

“I didn’t mean to col­lect him high. I didn’t think it was late at the time. But look­ing back and see­ing the re­plays, I re­alised it was late.”

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