SOLIOLA TO FACE JUDICIARY OVER SLATER HIT
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Raiders forward Sia Soliola could be forced to watch the next few games from the sidelines over that tackle which left Billy Slater unconscious.
He’ll face the NRL judiciary on Tuesday night, where he’ll fight to avoid suspension.
Fans were left outraged after the referee failed to send Soliola off the field after the incident, which saw Slater leave the stadium in a medicab.
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Rugby league great Andrew Johns reckons it was a cheap shot.
“I know Sia Soliola’s a lovely guy, but that was a cheap shot; as cheap as they come, and he should’ve been sent off,” he said.
Johns said more needs to be done to protect playmakers from late tackles.
“Every weekend I see halfbacks go to the line and pass, and then a second or two later the guy 22 kilos bigger than him smashed him from behind in the ribs or kidneys,” he said.
“How can we produce smaller guys who are creative when they pass the ball and big blokes come from behind and smash them in the kidneys and ribs.”
Referees boss Tony Archer said based on a review of the tackle, the Canberra forward should have been sent off.
The declaration’s prompted calls by former leading NRL refs Greg McCallum and Bill Harrigan for Archer to walk away from his position, claiming the game has got out of control under his watch.
Meanwhile, Canberra’s rough season’s about to get even worse, with winger Jordan Rapana also facing time on the sidelines.
Rapana faces a one-week ban over a shoulder charge on Storm forward Nelson Asofa-Solomona.
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