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Bellamy won't play Quinn after head blow

27/04/2009 04:11:38 PM Comments (0)

Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy won't consider playing Anthony Quinn in the NRL grand final re-match against Manly regardless of the winger's strong recovery from a head knock.

Quinn watched the Storm's training session on Monday following the sickening head knock on Saturday night during the game against the Warriors that left him convulsing and unconscious for almost 10 minutes.

With only three wins from seven starts, in eighth place on the competition table and tough away games and well as the representative season looming, the Storm needs its best and most experienced line-up playing.

However, Bellamy says he will go against any medical advice that gives the State of Origin winger the green light to play on Friday night at Brookvale Oval.

"There's no chance he'll play ... medically because of the way he's pulled up he probably could but there's no way in the world I'd play him after what happened on Saturday night.

"The medical staff said that perhaps he could play this week, it wasn't a definite yes but it wasn't a definite no either but I don't want to even consider him after what happened.

"I'd imagine he'll be right for the rep games the week after."

While the prognosis was positive for Quinn it wasn't so for promising second-rower Kevin Proctor, who limped off the field during the 14-14 draw at Olympic Park.

Bellamy said scans revealed the 20-year-old had suffered a broken ankle and could be out for up to three months.

"That's obviously not great, they're not quite sure whether it needs operating on but it will be a six to 12 week injury," he said.

"He was coming along really well for us so it's a bit of a blow."

The coach said that either Ryan Hinchcliffe, Matt Cross or Hep Cahill would come into the side to replace Proctor while Joe Tomane or Brett Anderson would fill Quinn wing duties.

Few would have predicted pre-season that the grand final re-match would feature a team in eighth position against the defending champions, currently sitting 12th.

Bellamy said he still saw Manly as a premiership threat and wouldn't be taking them lightly.

"At the end of the day they are still the premiers and at the start of the season they were favourite to win the competition.

'"I've got no doubt that they'll find their feet at some stage and hopefully it won't be this week.

"They've got too many good players not to come back to real good form.

"A Friday night match at Brookvale against Melbourne's a pretty big occasion for them and I expect them to be real tough opposition and imagine they're thinking the same thing about us.

"We think we got a little bit of momentum with the footy on Saturday night and hopefully we can keep that going."

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