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‘We can win without Billy’ – Jason Ryles

The Rugby League world is holding their collective breath as they wait the outcome of the judiciary hearing that will determine whether champion fullback Billy Slater is cleared to play in the Grand Final or be sent into retirement one game early

Slater was whacked with a grade one shoulder charge by the NRL Match Review committee on Sunday for his hit on Sosaia Feki in the 14th minute of Friday Nights Preliminary Final at AAMI Park.

Melbourne Storm assistant coach Jason Ryles spoke to the Macquarie Sports Radio Breakfast show with Mark Levy and Mark Riddell about Slaters chances.

“I know what I think but i’d prefer just to wait until after it’s all done so I don’t have a slip of the tongue or anything like that. We’ve had players coming in and come out all year. The most settled we’ve been as a team in regards to knowing who’s playing on the weekend was probably against the Sharks (on Friday). Can we win without him (Slater)? I still believe we can but we’ve got Jerome Hughes that will slot in there. He’s played that role already (fullback) this year and last year.”

The Melbourne Storm have enlisted the services of high profile Lawyer Nick Ghabar who successfully got Justin Hodges off of a dangerous tackle charge on Aidan Guerra 3 years ago that was also set to rule him out of the Grand Final. “We met with the lawyers yesterday and came up with a plan of attack to go into the judiciary with. Obviously they’re a lot smarter than us and they’ll narrow it right down and work out what’s important and what they think will give him the best chance of playing on the weekend” Ryles said.

The Melbourne Storm have enlisted the services of high profile Lawyer Nick Ghabar who successfully got Justin Hodges off of a dangerous tackle charge on Aidan Guerra 3 years ago that was also set to rule him out of the Grand Final. “We met with the lawyers yesterday and came up with a plan of attack to go into the judiciary with. Obviously they’re a lot smarter than us and they’ll narrow it right down and work out what’s important and what they think will give him the best chance of playing on the weekend” Ryles said

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Listen to the full interview with Melbourne Storm Assistant coach Jason Ryles below:

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