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Storm duo to miss Anzac Day clash

By Guy Hand 21/04/2011 05:33:44 PM Comments (0)

Melbourne, the masters of unearthing no-frills NRL forwards, had better start digging again.

The Storm's forward depth is set for another huge test with Bryan Norrie and Adam Woolnough in doubt for the Anzac Day clash with the New Zealand Warriors.

Both front-rowers failed to train fully with their Storm teammates on Thursday, and coach Craig Bellamy said they would be given until match eve to prove their fitness for Monday's AAMI Park clash.

Norrie is still nursing soreness from a huge hit from Penrith's Timana Tahu in the Storm's 25-10 weekend win, while Woolnough also failed to complete Thursday's session.

The Storm are already without injured duo Sika Manu and Troy Thompson for several more weeks, and Bellamy admits the latest injury issues are less than ideal.

"If those guys don't play it will stretch our reserve strength in the forwards," Bellamy said.

"Hopefully they'll be okay but they'll be on restricted duties this week.

"We'll give them until Sunday. Adam will probably do a little bit (of training) tomorrow, Nozz won't."

Monday's clash with the Warriors will be the Storm's third Anzac Day match.

The club wants it to become an annual event to offer another option to Victorian sports fans alongside AFL's traditional Collingwood-Essendon blockbuster.

Bellamy took his players to Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance following training on Thursday for further insight into the meaning of Anzac Day.

"They're certainly not going to war, but there are some good comparisons and parallels you can make between men working for each other and looking out for their mate," Bellamy said.

"It's obviously a special day for all Australians and New Zealanders.

"In Melbourne, certainly sporting-wise it seems to be even more important with the Collingwood and Essendon game.

"We're certainly not going to get 90,000 into our stadium, but we like to think that this is going to become an annual event with the Warriors."

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