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Storm to contest Slater charge

Melbourne Storm confirms it will contest Billy Slater's charge at the NRL Judiciary.

The NRL Match Review Committee, on Saturday morning, charged Billy Slater with a grade one shoulder charge meaning even with an early guilty plea, Slater will miss one match.

The Match Review Committee charged Slater for a tackle on Cronulla's Sosaia Feki in the first half of Friday night's Preliminary Final at AAMI Park. Slater was penalised at the time, but not placed on report

Storm Football Director Frank Ponissi said," We are disappointed for Billy that he has been charged by the Match Review Committee. We must now focus on giving Billy the best chance of playing in Sunday's Grand Final, we have spoken with our defence team and feel we have a very strong case."

The Club will now await confirmation from the NRL on the day of the judiciary hearing.

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