'F***ing oath. He bit me'
Mon, 01 Oct 2012 9:11a.m.
Tensions boiled over in the 2012 NRL Grand Final with Storm fullback Billy Slater accusing Bulldog James Graham of biting.
His angry teammates demanded to know why the Canterbury forward wasn’t sent off, after Slater was left with two small marks near the top of his ear.
Video replays appeared to support the accusation and Storm captain Cameron Smith told referee Tony Archer: “The last player that bit someone got 18 weeks”.
However, rather than being sent off, Graham was put on report.
“That is all I can do. I haven’t got enough evidence,” Archer told Slater and Smith.
Asked if he wanted to make a formal complaint against Graham, Slater said: “F---ing oath. He bit me”.
Graham, who did not react as he listened to the decision by Archer, is expected to face a suspension of more than eight matches if found guilty of biting, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
Slater would not comment on the allegations after the match.
The Storm went on to win the Grand Final 14-4, securing what is only their second recognised title – two years after being stripped of two premier ships for salary cap rorting.
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