MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 17: Cameron Smith of the Storm pulls up sore after a contest during the round 23 NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Parramatta Eels at AAMI Park on August 17, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Melbourne’s 20-4 victory over the Eels didn’t come without some problems, as the Storm finished the contest with no fit players left on the interchange bench.

Cameron Smith saw a back injury end his night prematurely in the first half, while Suliasi Vunivalu (hamstring), Nelson Asofa-Solomona (ankle) and Brandon Smith (knee) all sustained injuries throughout the contest.

While all four players while have scans and tests to confirm the severity of their injuries, coach Craig Bellamy spoke to the media after the win, and touched on each injury.

“It is hard to say at the moment,” Bellamy told reporters post-match.

“Cameron has had spasms in the joints in his back, which he has had before. I don’t think it is anything too serious but what serious is, I don’t know, especially with backs.

“Brandon and Nelson are going to be out for a fair chunk of time I think.

“Suli felt his hamstring, it wasn’t too bad but we weren’t prepared to put him out there for the second half. Our physio basically said it will get worse and if he tears it, that is a six-week injury. He is going to miss a week or two but it won’t be long term like the other two.”

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Melbourne finish their home-and-away season with matches against the Titans and Panthers.


    • Rabbits were playing the best footy of any team all year in there last game against the storm.
      But a couple of key players out injured exposed their lack of depth.
      Is Cook playing injured. He was quiet.

  1. Parra look lost – didn’t know what to do with the ball. Moses seems to struggle to guide a team around. I reckon Storm will be without Chambers for a couple of weeks after that crusher tackle. How ironic that Smith gets injured being wrestled by someone else!

  2. Off the back of 6 or 7 straight penalties we were shot.
    Hard to come back from that.
    At one stage the had 14 from 15 sets and Parra had 6 from 7.
    Not much you can do when Sutton is blowing the pea out of his whistle in their favour.
    The storm have killed rugby league with the wrestle and for some stupid reason the rejects who run the game think we need a successful team in the AFL heartland. They let them get away with murder and the refs go into their games with instructions on how to ref in their favour.
    Oh well looks like spoon number 14 for us.
    Only good thing that came out of that game is we injured grub smith.

  3. Grub Smith, wasnt he the Queensland and Australian Captain? must be lost in translation…doesnt Grub mean…”the adjective ‘grubby’ for somebody or something that is dirty and the Australian slang term ‘grub’ is also for a person who is unclean or who has messy habits”. Where does that leave your National team? Qld State team? hahaha funny.

    On a side note Parra were awful..just sayin

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