Storm Eye NRL replacements, Sims an option | Defender of the Great Lakes

NSW State of Origin striker Tariq Sims is emerging as a real option for Melbourne’s depleted pack after Christian Welch’s Achilles break added to their woes. The Storm were left flat after their 26-16 win over the Wests Tigers on Saturday night, leaving CommBank Stadium with three serious injuries. Welch will have surgery on his achilles on Monday with his 2022 season over. The same fate awaits George Jennings who will be sent for an MRI on a suspected ACL tear. Hooker Brandon Smith will also go under the knife after breaking his hand. Welch and Smith’s injuries in the squad also come with Tui Kamikamica still out indefinitely due to an off-field incident and Jordan Grant and Tom Eisenhuth with calf injuries. Jesse Bromwich also missed the win over the Tigers as a household contact of a COVID-19 case, with the Storm nervous about whether he will avoid the virus and return to face South Sydney on Thursday. In a boost for the Storm, forward Trent Loiero escaped with a $1,000 fine for a cannonball tackle on Wests Tigers forward Luciano Leilua. Either way, the situation threatens to leave the Storm under pressure for the rest of the season. Sims, meanwhile, has been told by St George Illawarra that he will not be re-signed for next year and can leave if a deal is reached. He can play in both the middle and second tier and had sparked interest in Melbourne before Saturday’s injuries. “Not right now, no,” Bellamy said when asked if Sims was heading south. “We’ll have a bit of interest in a few players as we’ve lost some. Tui is suspended and we don’t know when he’ll be back. We’re not bottoming the barrel, but we’re getting to her.” really trust (rookie) Alec (MacDonald) to put in the effort [Saturday night]. I know how fit he is, that’s his strength. “But I’m not entirely sure we have more Alec left. We’ll have to bring two or three players into the squad if both injuries are as bad as our medical team thinks.” Thursday, with Harry Grant and Cameron Munster both back, after Tyran Wishart scored 78 minutes at half miss on his debut, while MacDonald’s 57-minute effort through the middle came despite not ever played in a Queensland Cup game. Jahrome Hughes and Ryan Papenhuyzen also proved again why they are among the top performers, taking over amid injuries The pair were instrumental in all four second-half tries, Hughes scoring one and doing a head bust. to another to help Storm go from 14-6 to 10 winning points. “My responsibility in the team is changing a bit. Especially with the young guys in the backbone as well,” Hughes said. “I just tried to keep their jobs simple. on a mission to step up the spine a bit and try to gain a bit of the upper hand.” Australian Associated Press


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