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2017 NRL - Grant Trouville © NRL Photos

The NRL have released the following statement from GM Officiating Tony Archer re the tackle by Canberra's Sia Soliola on Billy Slater.

"It's important to note that Sia Soliola is on report and the matter will be addressed by the Match Review Committee.

"But based on a review of the tackle, the incident did meet the indicators of a send off and the player should have been sent from the field.

"The match officials always have the option of a send off and I expect them to use it in instances of serious foul play."

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