Injured Storm duo should be fit for Origin
Injured Storm pair Cooper Cronk (knee) and Billy Slater (shoulder) should be fit to take their place for Queensland in Holden State of Origin II in 10 days' time, although Cronk will need to have scans to determine the extent of an injury picked up in his side's 20-0 win over Penrith on Saturday night.
Slater missed the game – the second he has sat out in successive weeks – after originally being named, but Storm coach Craig Bellamy said he was close to playing.
He said Cronk, who came off after 60 minutes with a knee injury that may be a torn meniscus, would need scans.
"He's got something wrong with his knee, we don't seem to think it's too serious but he'll have a scan tomorrow and see how we go from there," Bellamy said.
"I'm not quite sure what they think at the moment, the doc and physio just had a look at him there, they don't think it's too serious but until they have a scan we're not quite sure what it is or how bad it is."
Of Slater, he said it had been decided it was best to give the fullback an extra week to recover.
"We thought he'd be ok for this game after having Monday off but didn't come up," he said.
"He's certainly better than what he was last Sunday but still not 100 per cent obviously, he's not going to be 100 per cent, we just thought it best to leave him out of tonight's game and hopefully he'll be able to recover to play in Origin. I'm sure he will."
Storm and Queensland skipper Cameron Smith also said Cronk's injury didn't seem too serious.
"We have to find out a bit more about Cooper, I don't think it's too serious, I think it's quite minor," Smith said.
"We all know he gets on top of his injuries better than anyone else. He'll want to be there for this one [Origin II].
"Bill, I think he was fairly close to playing tonight, he just told coaches he didn't feel he was 100 per cent for the team and didn't want to go out there if he wasn't going to be able to do his job properly but we've got a fair while until that Origin so I'm pretty confident he'll be there for that one."
Cronk appeared to strain the knee when trying to score a try from a Blake Green grubber. He hobbled for a while after that, spent two plays off the field, came back in time to race 80 metres downfield to chase down a Tyrone Peachey intercept run, and was then replaced for the final 20 minutes.
"I think he did it when Blake Green put that kick in that hit near post, zeroed in behind the black dot, he was chasing then when he changed direction that's when he thought he did," Bellamy said.
"He said it felt like someone had knocked into him or knocked knees but that wasn't the case so something was done when he changed direction."
According to Bellamy, Cronk said he didn't really feel the knee during the intercept chase.
"He might not have felt it because of the adrenaline... but when he stopped said he felt it again. If it had been a real tight game he might have stayed on, I'm not sure, but that's when he did it, we thought it was safer to get him off and get him checked out."