Melbourne Storm champion Billy Slater has been hit with a grade 1 charge, which would see him banned from the upcoming grand final.
Slater was penalised during the Storm’s win over the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks for a try-saving shoulder charge on Sosaia Feki during the first half.
The NRL Judiciary’s findings mean that even if Slater was to make an early plea, he would still be suspended.
Slater will all but certainly challenge the finding, given he has nothing left to lose, having announced his retirement earlier this year.
“It’s pretty hard to make a conventional tackle when you’re going across at top speed trying to save a try like that,” Slater said after the Storm’s win.
“It was just a collision.”