Slater lost two weeks
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.”