BILLY Slater inspired Melbourne to a stunning preliminary final thrashing of Cronulla but could well have rubbed himself out of the NRL grand final in the process.
Slater was the star at a packed-out AAMI Park on Friday in what could have been his final game of rugby league.
He will be sweating on the match review committee, who on Saturday will decide whether he has a case to answer for a shoulder charge on Sosaia Feki.
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If Slater is guilty of a grade one shoulder charge it will carry a two-week suspension.
He will then have to fight it at a judiciary hearing if he wants to beat it and play next Sunday.
Slater is retiring when this season ends, and on Friday his Storm teammates looked like they were playing for their champion fullback.
The team was electric, led by Slater as they stunned the Sharks to lead 20-0 at half time.
Slater scored two tries and had a hand in another as he tore the opposition defence to pieces with his speed and deceiving hands.
Everyone wearing purple – and a lot who aren’t – will be hoping to see the little champion one last time at ANZ Stadium on Sunday week.