Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy joked about the prospect of ”kidnapping” former star Greg Inglis after losing both centres to injury in Saturday night’s 26-6 NRL trial defeat to Brisbane. In a somewhat bizarre sight, Inglis – who left the Storm to play for Brisbane only to renege on his contract with the Broncos to sign with South Sydney – was a star spectator in the 8000-strong Redcliffe crowd. After a visit to Melbourne’s dressing room, Bellamy quipped he might try and pry away the Test representative, with off-season recruit Beau Champion and fellow centre Chase Stanley both receiving injuries. ”I see Greg’s up the hallway, I might try to hijack or kidnap him actually and take him back to Melbourne,” Bellamy joked. ”Souths wouldn’t be very happy with that though.” Champion (calf) went down in the warm-up on Saturday night while Stanley (knee ligaments) was taken off in the opening minutes of the loss to the Broncos. ”I was disappointed in our performance. We made a lot of errors and didn’t give ourselves a chance,” said Bellamy, who hopes to have star full-back Billy Slater (shoulder) back for round one. ”We’re a bit skinny in the outside backs and depth could be an issue this season. ”We were going to work on a few combinations but we lost Beau in the warm-up and Chase in the first few minutes, which threw our plans into disarray a touch. ”Injuries happen but we should have adapted better than we did. We certainly took some backward steps from last week.” The news got worse for Bellamy after the game with forward Sika Manu facing a month or more on the sidelines with medial knee ligament damage. Bellamy was impressed with the slick Broncos who maintained their unbeaten trial record after wins over Gold Coast and North Queensland. ”The scoreline was what we deserved,” he said.

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