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Why the Slater decision is spot on

Even if they said it wasn’t the case, allowing Billy Slater the privilege to end his illustrious career on his own terms in this weekend’s NRL grand final loomed as a mitigating factor in whether or not the judiciary would find Slater guilty or not of a shoulder charge.

A bad look is the fact this bump is illegal in the game of rugby league. For a league who prides itself on physicality, how can this clean shoulder bump be deemed an illegal offence. You can give me all the evidence about other players being suspended and whatnot for actual shoulder charges, but you can’t tell me with a straight face that what Slater did was against the spirit of the game and was illegal. How this type of bump is illegal in such a proudly brutal sport is laughable, and thank god he got off because you will find the ruling to be adjusted on the shoulder charge from this incident, purely because how silly it is to suspend a bloke for what would be deemed legal in many sports – example being the AFL which is supposedly inferior to the NRL.
Of course, you can argue that if it was anyone else they would not have gotten off, but for this particular bump to be scrutinized, it is quite amusing imo.
Common sense prevailed in this instance, and for the good of the game.

Why the Slater decision is spot on

So what you’re essentially saying is that the shoulder charge was brought in for actions like Slater’s….. Do you honestly believe that is a good look for the game if such a bump, east-west mind you, not the traditional north-south which has been the main charge stamped out, is outlawed? Please, the rule was not brought in for an action like Slater’s, completely different to the Ackerman situation, there was no injury or malice.

Why the Slater decision is spot on

Yeah the fact Gould of all people defended Slater, especially after having listened to him commentate many Storm games in complete bias against them, it should have ended this debacle. Completely agree.

Why the Slater decision is spot on