Melbourne Storm

Olam to travel south to tie down contract with Melbourne Storm

PNG Hunters utility Justin Olam will travel to Melbourne after the games this Sunday with the Redcliffe Dolphins to visit Melbourne Storms coach Craig Bellamy to see where he will be residing to play with his new NRL club.

Hunter’s coach Michael Marum said Justin is a dangerous player being in the Hunters team and his performance has boosted the team in many games.

“Replacing Co-Captain Noel Zeming, he has played well scoring tries and defending the corner lanes,” Marum said.

Melbourne Storm on top of NRL ladder after hammering Sydney Roosters

The emphatic victory saw the Storm reclaim first place on the ladder from Cronulla and they will hang on to it despite the fact the Sharks are yet to play their round-14 game.

Cronulla would have to beat reigning premiers North Queensland by more than 42 points on Monday night in what would be its 10th-straight win to take top spot back.

On Saturday night, the Storm looked every part worthy ladder leaders as long-serving stars Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk led them around the park.

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.

Storm go top with one-point win

Vindicating taking a home game on the road to record their sixth straight win at Queensland's home of rugby league, a judicious decision by Smith to take a field goal 10 minutes from full-time was all that separated two sides who came into the clash locked together on top of the table.

The Storm moved to the outright competition lead with their eighth win of the season and showed with the NRL's best defence and two of the game's sharpest minds at the helm that they have all the qualities needed to challenge for the title later in the year.

Slater ruled out for eight months

Storm Football Director Frank Ponissi said, "While we are hugely disappointed to hear the extent of Billy's injury, we are very pleased to hear the medical team expect him to make a full and successful recovery."

Slater will have some time away from the Club before commencing his rehabilitation program to return to the field as soon as possible.