STORM coach Craig Bellamy says Melbourne five-eighth Cameron Munster, along with Queensland teammates Christian Welch and Felise Kaufusi and New South Wales winger Josh Addo-Carr have put their hand up to face the Sydney Roosters at Newcastle’s McDonald Jones Stadium tonight (7.50pm kick-off).
The prospect of all four playing looks unlikely, however, with Bellamy admitting he would most likely rest two or three of his Origin stars.
The Roosters, who have relocated the game due to Sydney’s Covid-19 lockdown, welcome back young halfback Sam Walker while Tedesco and Angus Crichton will both back up from Origin two.
The Storm left their temporary base on the Sunshine Coast on Tuesday before southeast Queensland’s three-day Covid-19 lockdown, but Bellamy said the return to Melbourne had been a mixed blessing.
“We’re in isolation so there’s not much getting out and about, unfortunately,” he said.
“Coming back, most people were quite happy about that (though).”
Meanwhile, Bellamy denied claims that Munster was a grubby player.
Munster came under scrutiny after making contact with his knees on New South Wales captain James Tedesco in Sunday night’s second State of Origin match at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
While the Queensland playmaker wasn’t charged, it is the third similar incident involving Munster this year.
He received separate fines for kicking Blues back-rower Liam Martin in Origin one and then Warriors fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck in consecutive matches.
The incident with Tuivasa-Sheck prompted Bellamy to say Munster “needs to cut that out of his game” but he was less bothered by the collision with Tedesco last Sunday.
“I thought the incident the other day that everyone seemed to be talking about … he was going for the ball,” Bellamy said.
“Obviously, James was going for the ball as well.
“I thought he really tried to pull up actually, he could’ve kept going, which would’ve put James in more danger.” – AAP