After making the grand final last season, many have considered the Roosters season so far a major disappointment, given that they are languishing in the bottom half of the table, and seemingly, out of form.
Despite their win yesterday over the Knights, the Roosters still find themselves in 13th position on the NRL ladder, but for Ryles, he sees the Origin period as a perfect chance for the Roosters to bounce back, and well.
“It’s not as nice being where we are at the moment (compared to last year), I guess it’s a bit of a shock after expecting a lot at the start of the season and sort of coming up with what we have been,” he said on Monday.
“Hopefully we can turn that around now and we’ve got plenty of time in the season to get ourselves in the mix.
“After the Origin period if you’re around about the eight you can make a run for it.
“That’s our goal now and we just need to pick up as many games as we can while teams are down on players.”
Whilst Roosters coach Brian Smith described the win as ugly, Ryles says that teams do not always have to win spectacularly to go far in the NRL.
“I think it’s human nature after you lose five games, thoughts start to creep into your head.
“The only blokes that could change it was us, Smithy was giving us the best preparation every week. Thankfully we held on there in the last few minutes.
“… We always try and score as many points as we can, but our trouble has been stopping the points. As long as you score more points than the other team then that will do us.”