Sia Soliola handed five week suspension for hit on Billy Slater

After just five minutes in deliberation, the NRL judiciary panel last night decided on a five-week ban for Canberra Raiders forward Sia Soliola.

Soliola pleaded guilty to a dangerous contact charge for his sickening hit on Billy Slater.

Because of the suspension he’ll only play one more game this season, round 26 against Melbourne.


“Obviously it’s pretty disappointing losing five weeks but I respect and accept the punishment,” Soliola said.

“Apologies to everyone who was affected by this, especially Billy and his family, and to the Melbourne Storm as well as our own fans at the Canberra Raiders.”

Slater is still suffering from the hit, the Storm medical officers claimed he suffered retrograde amnesia and can’t remember Queensland’s State of Origin III victory.