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Slater comes out in support of Woolford

By Daniel Pace 11/07/2005 07:23:52 PM Comments (0)

Melbourne fullback Billy Slater will send a letter of support to Simon Woolford after the Canberra captain was charged with a grade two dangerous throw by the NRL match review committee.

The Raiders believe the tackle on Slater during Canberra's 20-0 loss to the Storm on the weekend does not warrant an eight-match ban - the penalty if Woolford fails to have the charge reduced to a grade one at the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night.

Woolford would have copped a six-match suspension with an early guilty plea.

The hooker - who has already missed four weeks from two suspensions this year - will be banned for three games if the Raiders are successful in downgrading the charge.

"I really appreciate Billy doing that," Woolford said about Slater's letter.

"We'll just have to wait and see what happens.

"We're certainly not disputing the fact the tackle at one stage ended up in an awkward position but it's not a six week offence (with an early guilty plea).

"I'm just cursed this year. I've worked so hard on changing my tackling style and now it's got me in strife again."

Sydney Roosters enforcer Adrian Morley wrote a letter to support Nathan Hindmarsh's grapple tackle case at the judiciary in the lead-up to the State of Origin decider.

The Parramatta back-rower was exonerated and played a major role in NSW's thrashing of Queensland last Wednesday night to help the Blues clinch the series 2-1.

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