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Storm injury cloud clears

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. Continue reading

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

Bellamy breathes easier

Head Coach Craig Bellamy is breathing a little easier today after discovering none of his injured players from Saturday night’s trial match against Brisbane will be out for an extended period of time. Outside backs Beau Champion injured his calf during the warm-up and Chase Stanley suffered a corked leg before the 10-minute mark, while back-rower Sika Manu was forced off with a knee injury. With the round one fixture against Manly at AAMI Park less than a fortnight away, Bellamy said the players will need to do everything right in rehab to be a chance for the season opener. “I don’t think there’s anything there too serious, I don’t think we’re talking anything three, four or five weeks,” said Bellamy. “But they’re all going to be really touch and go for that first game. “It’s probably likely we’ll go in with a couple out, but hopefully they get better a bit quicker than the medical staff think.” Continue reading

Storm suffers injuries while Inglis looks on

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. Continue reading

Lowrie called up for Knights clash

Melbourne has made one change for Saturday night’s away clash with Newcastle, naming Todd Lowrie for his club debut in place of injured back-rower Ryan Hoffman. The dual premiership player, who missed the 2008 grand final after hurting his ankle late in the season, is expected to be sidelined for between four and six weeks after scans confirmed a grade two medial strain. Lowrie, however, is no certainty to line up as he continues his recovery from the groin strain he picked up in the World Club Challenge win over Leeds Rhinos a fortnight ago. The former Parramatta forward, who played against Melbourne in last year’s premiership decider, has been named for the second week in a row but a final decision on his fitness won’t be made until closer to the game. Rising star Kevin Proctor, who came into the starting line-up last week when Lowrie failed to come up, will start again this time in the No.12 jersey, with Ryan Tandy retaining his spot on the bench in the 17-man squad. Storm coach Craig Bellamy is still unable to consider Cooper Cronk (groin/hip), Brett White (shoulder), Sika Manu (broken leg), Chase Stanley (shoulder), Atelea Vea (back) or Sione Kite (shoulder) because of injury.

The Knights may welcome back hooker Isaac De Gois and centre Adam MacDougall after both missed last weekend’s upset win over the Bulldogs with knee injuries but inspirational skipper Kurt Gidley (hamstring) will sit out again and isn’t expected back until at least next week.Also certain to miss the match are James McManus (foot) and Ben Rogers (dislocated elbow) while Junior Sau (rib strain) and Marvin Karawana (knee) both suffered injuries last weekend and the club is waiting on the results of scans before confirming if either will be sidelined.

Sika Manu Sika injuries!

Sika Manu ($214,100 2RF) had a rod inserted in his leg last July when he broke both his tibia and fibula in his left leg when playing against St George and thought he was on track for Round 1 when he started running in early January. But the 22-year-old was forced to put those plans on hold when he developed sharp pain in his knee. “When I walk I get a sharp pain in my knee from the time I wake up until I go to bed,” Manu said. The powerful backrower was in great form before the injury, with damaging hit ups and an average tackle rate that was only betterd by workhorse Dallas Johnson in the Storm outfit last season. Storm physiotherapist Kieren Morgan was confident Manu would make a full recovery and be back playing midway through the season. Melbourne will start the season next Saturday night against Cronulla without premiership props Brett White ($180,500 FRF) and Ryan Tandy ($152,900 FRF), who both underwent off-season shoulder surgery.

Inglis departing early for WCC

Greg Inglis ($193,000 CTW) will fly into London three days earlier in a bid to play in the World Cup Challenge against Leeds. Inglis has a hip complaint and will be required to play 20 minutes of a hit out against the Harlequins to prove he is fit enough to face Leeds. Storm football manager said “He is doing more running now, he didn’t play in the All-Stars game . . . and our physio wants him to come with us and keep working on him.” Prop Jeff Lima ($224,900 FRF) is suffering from leg tightness and may also be required to prove match fitness in the Harlequins hit out. The Storm will also be without injured forwards Brett White ($180,500 FRF), Sika Manu ($214,100 2RF) and also Halfback Cooper Cronk ($294,00 HLV). Anthony Quinn ($91,400 CTW) returned from a serious neck injury last season, against Brisbane in trials unscathed and seems almost certain to regain his position in the starting line up on the left wing. The right wing position seems to be up for grabs with newcomer Matt Duffie ($73,600 CTW) and 28 year old speedster Luke MacDougall (Not Listed) set to fight it out to partner Dane Nielsen ($148,600 CTW) who looks to be moving back into the centres.