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Tolman and Anderson into Melbourne team

23/09/2008 01:05:52 PM Comments (0)

Melbourne Test forward Ryan Hoffman has not been named in the Storm team for Friday's NRL preliminary final against Cronulla due to an ankle injury.

Storm coach Craig Bellamy Tuesday called Aiden Tolman and Scott Anderson into his side to replace injured Hoffman and suspended Kiwi Test forward Jeremy Smith.

Smith Tuesday accepted an early guilty plea to a chicken wing tackle on Brisbane's Sam Thaiday and has been banned for one game.

Sika Manu has been elevated to the starting line-up in place of Hoffman and Smith, with both Anderson and Tolman added to the interchange.

Anderson, 22, has played just six NRL games this year and eight in total while Tolman, 19, has also played just six games in 2008 in his debut season.

Anderson last played in the Storm's qualifying final loss to the New Zealand Warriors while Tolman played in the round 25 defeat to Newcastle.

There could be further changes to Melbourne's side with skipper Cameron Smith to face the NRL judiciary Wednesday night in an attempt to avoid a two-game ban for a grapple tackle.

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