Bellamy hopeful Origin reps will play
Storm Coach Craig Bellamy is hopeful his side's Origin representatives will line-up on Sunday afternoon at AAMI Park when Storm take on Parramatta.
Ryan Hoffman, Cameron Smith and Billy Slater all participated in last night's Origin contest and will be assessed by Storm medical staff Friday and Saturday leading into Sunday's Eels match-up.
"We actually haven't seen the boys yet, we'll see what they're like when they get in," Bellamy responded when asked about his representative trio.
"At this stage we're expecting them all to play on Sunday.
"We'll just see how they pull up over the next couple of days."
Parramatta currently sit seventh on the NRL ladder just two points ahead of Melbourne giving extra significance to the Round 15 meeting between the two sides as the competition's mid-table scramble continues.
"They are going really well (Parramatta), I don't think anyone expected them to be where they are," Bellamy said.
"They're a big side, they've got really good structure and to that structure they've got some really good options.
"Some of their guys are big aggressive ball runners and they're hard to handle.
"It will be a real challenge for us on Sunday with the form they're in at the moment."