Storm 1-1 at NRL judiciary hearings

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Melbourne have emerged from Tuesday night's NRL judiciary hearings with a win and a loss.

The defending premiers will be without giant forward Nelson Asofa-Solomona against the Warriors on Sunday after he failed to overturn a contrary conduct charge.

However centre Reimis Smith managed to get a careless high-tackle ban downgraded, allowing him to play this weekend.

Smith was facing a two-match ban if he failed to persuade the judiciary to downgrade his charge after being sin-binned for a shot on Jaimin Joliffe.

He left the judiciary with just a $1600 fine after it was reduced to a grade one charge.

Asofa-Solomona would normally have been able to escape with a fine for his charge after putting his knee on Joseph Vuna's head as he got up to play the ball against Gold Coast.

But two previous offences, including one for a high shot in the same game, meant he faced a one-game ban unless he was found not guilty.