Embrace the opportunity

Melbourne Storm Coach Craig Bellamy is confident his young side can acquit themselves well when they face the Eels on Monday night at AAMI Park.

Storm enter the clash without Origin representatives Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and Will Chambers with regular starters Cooper Cronk and Marika Koroibete also absent through injury. However Bellamy has belief in his young outfit. 

"It's a very young side, I think we've got four or five guys who haven't played 10 first-grade games yet," Bellamy said on Friday.

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"It's a very young and inexperienced side but our forwards don't change a whole heap to be quite honest. Obviously Cameron (Smith), is a fair out but other than that we're all okay there.

"When someone misses out, someone else gets a chance, that's the way we always look at it.

"I think they will do a really good job on Monday night. It's going to be tough, without a doubt, we all know that."

With much of the rugby league world's discussion surrounding Billy Slater's availability for Origin 2, Bellamy was matter of fact about the number one's situation prior to Storm's Friday training session.

"All Billy will be concerned about is Wednesday night, Billy hasn't played since last Origin so I'm sure he's fresh and ready to go," Bellamy said.

"He's got a shoulder problem, everyone knows that.

"I think we've all said from the start, he'll need an operation at the end of the season.

"It's a problem, it needs a whole heap of managing as we've already found out. We are just taking it week by week."