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Storm to decide on Hill, Slater charges

04/04/2006 06:17:56 AM Comments (0)

Melbourne will decide on Tuesday 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.

Former Test lock Hill is facing a minimum three-week ban for making contact with referee Jason Robinson, while Slater is looking at a six-week suspension for his kick to the head of Tigers prop John Skandalis.

The Storm stars were just two of nine players charged by the match review committee.

Hill appeared to push Robinson as he disputed a try to Tigers winger Shane Elford midway through the first half of Sunday's loss at Leichhardt Oval.

The match review committee charged him with a grade four contrary conduct charge and Hill will miss four weeks if he tries to beat the charge and is found guilty.

Slater's grade five kicking charge could see him outed for as many as seven weeks, or six for an early guilty plea.

Skandalis reportedly accepted an apology from Slater at the end of the match after initially confronting the Storm custodian immediately after the incident.

Canberra is also considering if hooker Simon Woolford should contest his high-tackle charge from Saturday's 21-20 golden-point win over Penrith.

Woolford believes the charge - which carries a two-week penalty regardless of whether he pleads guilty or contests and loses at the judiciary - would never had been laid had Penrith prop Joel Clinton not played for a penalty following the high shot.

"I think if Joel Clinton would have got up and played the ball, nothing would have been of it," said Woolford.

Other players who may contest charges include Tigers forward Anthony Laffranchi (dangerous throw) and Parramatta's Chad Robinson (striking) - one of four Eels cited after Friday's loss to North Queensland.

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