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Slater suspended for two weeks in NRL

07/06/2006 07:36:19 PM Comments (0)

Billy Slater's return from a lengthy suspension has lasted just 25 minutes after the Melbourne Storm back was outed for two matches by the NRL judiciary.

Slater was found guilty of a grade one dangerous throw on Sydney Roosters centre Ryan Cross and had enough carry over points to warrant a two-game ban.

He had just returned from a seven-week ban for kicking West Tigers prop John Skandalis and held slim hopes of an State of Origin recall for Queensland.

He came on as a late replacement for Melbourne last weekend, contesting the final 25 minutes against the Roosters, but is now facing a further fortnight out of the game.

Slater didn't speak at the hearing, or after the verdict, leaving Storm football manager Dean Lance to comment."

"I thought it was disappointing, I thought we put up a very good case and had a very good argument," Lance said after the hearing, which lasted for about an hour.

"We had them thinking, and they took a while to come up with their deliberation.

"I thought we had a very fair hearing. There's no complaint from this end, Billy will do his two weeks, and (then get) back to business."

New Zealand Warriors prop Ruben Wiki is also set to go before the judiciary, contesting his charge of kneeing Brisbane's Corey Parker.

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