BILLY Slater will spend seven weeks on the sidelines after failing to have the severity of his kicking charge downgraded. The suspension has dashed any hope he had of playing fullback for Queensland in the 2006 State of Origin series.Canberra hooker Simon Woolford has also had a tough night at the judiciary, failing to have his grade two careless high tackle charge downgraded, and as such has received a two match suspension.Slater has 88 carryover judiciary points while Woolford has 85.
MELBOURNE Storm is expected to seek a downgrade in fullback Billy Slater's six match ban on a kicking charge at the National Rugby League Judiciary tomorrow night.
MELBOURNE will today decide whether to send star duo Scott Hill and Billy Slater before the NRL judiciary to defend charges relating to last weekend's loss to Wests Tigers.
MELBOURNE Storm five-eighth Scott Hill is facing at least a three-match ban for making contact with referee Jason Robinson during Sunday's NRL loss to Wests Tigers. And team mate Billy Slater is facing up to seven weeks on the sidelines after receiving a grade-five kicking charge for lashing out against Tigers forward John Skandalis during a tackle at Leichhardt Oval.
MELBOURNE could pay a heavy price for its disappointing 30-28 loss to Wests Tigers today after five-eighth Scott Hill was placed on report for a high shot on Scott Prince.
SOUTH Sydney will be without hooker Stuart Webb until round seven of the NRL competition after he pleaded guilty to a grade one reckless high tackle charge. In a further blow to the Rabbitohs, promising centre Yileen Gordon will also miss this weekend's clash with Cronulla after pleading guilty to a grade one careless high tackle.
THE Sydney Roosters have decided not to contest a grade-three careless high tackle charge against prop Adrian Morley who copped a two week suspension.Morley was charged for his much publicised hit on South Sydney halfback Ben Walker, who will miss four weeks after sustaining a knee injury in the tackle. Had Morley unsuccessfully contested the charge he faced a three week stint on the sideline.In other judiciary news, Bulldogs prop Nate Myles will serve a one-match suspension after also pleading guilty to a dangerous throw, while New Zealand Warriors utility Sione Faumuina is out for two games after pleading guilty to a careless high tackle charge.Wests Tigers forward Anthony Laffranchi escaped suspension after entering an early guilty plea to a dangerous throw charge. Meanwhile, Daniel Fitzhenry will replace the injured Benji Marshall at five-eighth for the West Tigers clash with the Bulldogs at Telstra Stadium on Friday night.Fitzhenry moves in from the wing to take over the number six spot, with rookie Michael Crockett coming onto the flank. Marshall broke his cheekbone in last week's 24-15 win over St George-Illawarra.
NORTH Queensland and Parramatta have both suffered blows to their NRL finals campaigns after an unsuccessful night at the judiciary last night. Cowboys prop Carl Webb and Eels backrower Fui Fui Moi Moi were both rubbed out for the entire finals series as well as the early rounds of the 2006 season.
PARRAMATTA crowd favourite Fui Fui Moi Moi and North Queensland's Origin prop Carl Webb will miss the entire NRL finals series unless they can successfully contest charges laid by the NRL match review committee today.
FIERY North Queensland prop Carl Webb and Parramatta second rower Fui Fui Moi Moi will contest charges at the NRL judiciary tonight in a bid to play in their clubs' NRL finals campaign.