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Billy Slater Lost 2 Weeks Of Memory After Soliola's High Hit

26 Juillet 2017

Storm supporters will always remember when Billy Slater was pulverised by Sia Soliola - a moment wiped from Slater's own memory by the hit's brain-snapping impact.

But in a 100-minute hearing, NRL counsel Anthony Lo Surdo told the three-man panel that the hit was reckless and needed a six-week ban.

Ghabar also argued it "would've been very hard" to pull out of the tackle.

Melbourne's medical report stated that Slater had no idea where he was and had no recollection of what he had done in the previous fortnight - during which time he had featured in Queensland's State of Origin triumph.

Archer admitted shortly after the game that Soliola should have been sent off, but today revealed that lead on-field referee Matt Checchin was not at fault.

Evidence from Melbourne's head medical official, Dr Jason Chan, claimed the Maroons fullback was "unconscious before he hit the ground". "Not aware he had played State of Origin, or that he had injured his ankle that week".

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The suspension marks Soliola's first in either the NRL or English Super League since his debut in 2005.

"I'd like to thank the NRL for giving me a fair hearing", Soliola said.

"The officials who were ultimately responsible for the decision, given it occurred in back play, were the senior review official and the assist referee", Referees boss Tony Archer said.

"It is my expectation that the assist referee firstly identifies incidents in backplay, while the senior review official should have taken stronger action due to the serious nature of this incident".

Regular review from Saturday night official Bryan Norrie has also escaped punishment.

Meanwhile, Billy Slater has been ruled out of Melbourne's clash against rivals Manly on Sunday after close observation and tests on his concussion.

Billy Slater Lost 2 Weeks Of Memory After Soliola's High Hit