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Bellamy delays team announcement

Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy could wait until match eve to decide on his line-up to face Manly in their round one NRL clash on Saturday. Bellamy will name an expanded squad as he gives a host of injured players as much time as possible to prove their fitness. One certain to start the Storm’s first match for NRL competition points since last April is fullback Billy Slater, who has recovered from shoulder surgery. Pleas to play Souths recruit Beau Champion, who hasn’t managed a Storm trial due to injury, appear to have fallen on deaf ears. “He’s probably been on the edge for a little while with that head injury and now the calf, I’d probably say he’s pretty unlikely,” the coach said. Five-eighth Maurice Blair, centre Chase Stanley and forwards Sika Manu and Rory Kostjasyn are among the injured brigade. “I’d like to have the line-up settled but we’ve got a few injuries,” Bellamy said, adding they will test the players on Wednesday. Continue reading


Widdop eyes vacant 5/8th position

Storm playmaker Gareth Widdop was one of the star performers in Saturday night’s 24-4 win over the Raiders in Bega, but he isn’t getting ahead of himself in the race for the number six jersey. Widdop set up Chase Stanley’s second try with a classy pass, and was involved in many of the Storm’s best moves on the night. Storm Head Coach Craig Bellamy admitted after last week’s trial Maurice Blair probably had the inside running the vacant five-eighth spot, but Widdop’s efforts against the Raiders has him back on level terms. Widdop knows he’s got a battle on his hands if he wants to be named in the team for Storm’s first NRL game of the year against the Sea Eagles at AAMI Park, but he is happy with his development over the pre-season. Continue reading