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Smith out of Storm NRL clash with Knights

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 2/06/2017

Storm coach Craig Bellamy said on Thursday that Smith had not pulled up as well as his Queensland State of Origin teammates. © Jason O'Brien/Getty Images Storm coach Craig Bellamy said on Thursday that Smith had not pulled up as well as his Queensland State of Origin teammates. Melbourne captain Cameron Smith has been ruled out of their NRL round-13 clash with Newcastle at AAMI Park.

Slade Griffin will start on Friday night in place of Smith at hooker, with Brandon Smith joining the bench and Joe Stimson dropping out of the 17.

Storm coach Craig Bellamy said on Thursday that Smith had not pulled up as well as his Queensland State of Origin teammates Cooper Cronk and Will Chambers and "we'll just see how he feels in the morning but he's feeling tired and he's looking tired".

For the Knights, Lachlan Fitzgibbon has been promoted from the interchange bench to the starting side in a swap with Mitchell Barnett.

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