Tag Archive: Adam Blair


Blair back up the front

In-demand Adam Blair’s absence from the Melbourne Storm front row has turned out to be more of a weekend break than an extended holiday. Blair spent the pre-season preparing to play in the back row and was named there for the opening-round win over Manly. But coach Craig Bellamy decided on a late reshuffle of his pack, with Blair starting in the front row in place of Bryan Norrie and being one of the Storm’s best in the 18-6 victory over the Sea Eagles. The coaching staff must have been pleased, with Blair listed at prop for Saturday’s home game against Gold Coast, allowing Kevin Proctor – who also shone against Manly – to start in the back row. “I thought I was going to be on the edge but the coach wants me in the middle so I’ve got to do some hard work,” Blair said on Wednesday. “The fitness is a little bit tougher in there, but once I get one game out of the way it can only get better.” Continue reading

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Lockyer dons the Bronc for first time in 2011

Brisbane skipper Darren Lockyer will wear the Broncos jersey for the first time in 2011 after being named in a strong side to meet Melbourne Storm in Saturday night’s NRL trial at Redcliffe. New Broncos coach Anthony Griffin on Wednesday named his first team two days after Ivan Henjak’s controversial dumping, and chose to rest four of his biggest forwards. While Brisbane’s backline will be at full strength against a strong Storm outfit, Queensland forwards Sam Thaiday and Ben Hannant, plus Nick Kenny and Mitchell Dodds have been rested. “We will give Sam and Ben a rest this weekend but they will be right for round one,” Griffin told the Broncos website. “Nick Kenny is the same, as is Mitchell Dodds. “This gives the other guys a chance to show what they can do. Continue reading

Storm forecast

Melbourne youngster Chase Stanley’s interrupted season is over after he suffered an elbow injury at the weekend. Stanley succumbed inside the opening 20 minutes of the AAMI Park clash with South Sydney, along with front-rower Aiden Tolman who suffered a rib cartilage injury, and coach Craig Bellamy has confirmed Stanley won’t play again in 2010 after having a slow start because of a shoulder injury. Fortunately for Bellamy though he has a ready-made replacement to step straight back in after overcoming ankle and thigh injuries of his own. “Certainly with Chase getting injured that gives us a chance to put Justin back in which is great, the more time he gets the better he’ll be,” Bellamy added of the 19-year-old who has excited Storm fans with his try-scoring feats in his handful of games so far. Bellamy is no better than hopeful that Tolman will get to play a farewell game in Round 26 against the Knights but he does welcome back Adam Blair from a rest and Jeff Lima following the birth of his first child leading up to the Rabbitohs game. Another rising star, forward Jesse Bromwich, has been named at 18th man as Bellamy keeps an eye on a couple of players carrying injuries, and the coach has been impressed by the under-20s graduate. “Yeah he’s been really good Jesse,” Bellamy said

Judiciary – The Fallout Rd 2.

Struggling Canterbury will be without Gary Warburton for their next two NRL games after the second-rower pleaded guilty to a dangerous contact charge on Tuesday.

Melbourne prop Adam Blair has been handed a one-game ban after he pleaded guilty to a dangerous contact charge in the Storm’s 20-14 win over Newcastle on Saturday.

Warriors backrower Lewis Brown has also been sidelined for one game after he pleaded guilty to a dangerous throw charge during the Warriors’ victory over Cronulla in Auckland on Saturday. Brown and new signing James Maloney were placed on report following a tackle on Anthony Tupou, but the Warriors have opted to fight the charge against Maloney at a hearing on Wednesday. Should the decision go against former Melbourne five-eighth Maloney, he will face a two-game suspension.

South Sydney’s Luke Stuart (dangerous contact) and Cronulla’s John Morris (high tackle) have both escaped bans after taking early guilty pleas.

Visiting the Judiciary – Round 2

The NRL match review committee has charged Adam Blair with a grade one dangerous contact for the incident, which resulted in the New Zealand international being placed on report in the 64th minute of the 20-14 win at EnergyAustralia Stadium. Blair will miss a week even if he enters an early guilty plea to the charge.

Canterbury forward Gary Warburton is facing up to three weeks on the sidelines after he was booked for a dangerous contact-head/neck offence in the loss to St George-Illawarra on Friday night. He will miss two weeks if he enters the early plea and three if he unsuccessfully defends the charge at the NRL judiciary.

Warriors’ pair James Maloney and Lewis Brown have been charged with a dangerous throw in Saturday’s win over Cronulla. Maloney will miss a week with the early plea and two weeks with an unsuccessful defence, while Brown will miss a week either way.

South Sydney prop Luke Stuart will escape a ban with the early plea after a dangerous contact-head/neck charge and miss a match if he is unsuccessful at the judiciary.

Cronulla’s John Morris will escape any ban despite a grade one careless high tackle charge.