Melbourne Storm

Storm defence holds strong as stars back up

Despite conceding in the opening 10 minutes the Storm kept the Panthers scoreless for the remainder of the game, much to coach Craig Bellamy's delight.

"I thought we were really strong defensively, they scored in the first 10 minutes, so to keep them scoreless for 70… it was outstanding," Bellamy said.

Smith set to return as Cronk needs time

Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk both had a say in Queensland's 6-4 win over New South Wales in Origin I on Wednesday night and while Craig Bellamy is expecting his captain to take the field on Saturday, he's still unsure as to whether Cooper Cronk has recovered from an ankle injury suffered during Queensland's training camp.

"Cameron's come back and he looks like he's moving OK, so we'll see how he trains later today," Bellamy said. 

Melbourne's outside back 'curse' continues

Ben Hampton was the latest to join the injury list after tearing his calf in Saturday night's thrilling one-point win over the Cowboys.

Hampton will most likely spend close to a month on the sidelines, and Bellamy joked it could have something to do with the jumper numbers. 

"It just seems to be that when we throw someone in a 3 or 4 jersey they get hurt, so I've got no inclination in throwing [Cameron] Smith, Cooper [Cronk] or Jesse [Bromwich] out in the centres at the moment," Bellamy laughed.