Melbourne Storm’s three injury concerns are set to take their places for tomorrow’s NRL opening-round clash against Manly, football operation manager Frank Ponissi said yesterday. Sika Manu (knee), Chase Stanley (bruised knee) and 18th man Beau Champion (calf) were all named in the Storm team this week but only firmed to play after being put through their paces on Wednesday. Manu will be tested again this morning, but Ponissi said the powerful second-rower was looking good, with coach Craig Bellamy to make a decision after training today. ”Craig was pretty keen that he completed a fair bit of training [on Wednesday], which he did, and if he can pull up well [today] and train well then we see no reason,” Ponissi said. Tomorrow’s game will be the first time the Storm has played for points since it was busted for salary cap rorting last April. After a long pre-season, Storm skipper Cameron Smith said the team was eager to finally get back onto the field against fierce rival Manly. ”It’s always a really, really good match between us and the Sea Eagles,” Smith said. ”They played pretty well in their preseason games.” He said the Sea Eagles would also not be distracted by its own off-field dramas where it has been engaged in a war of words with the NRL over what it feels was unfair treatment dished out to Brett Stewart in 2009.

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