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Storm lose big three for NRL clash

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/06/2017 Steve Zemek and Matt Encarnacion

Cameron Smith, Boyd Cordner, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater headline a long list of casualties for this weekend's NRL action following a bruising State of Origin II.

The top-of-the-table clash at Adelaide Oval on Saturday will be without at least four of its star attractions with Melbourne's big three as well as centre Will Chambers (concussion) ruled out, while Sydney Roosters co-captain Boyd Cordner (calf) is expected to be sidelined.

The Storm announced on Thursday that Queensland's Smith, Cronk and Slater had all pulled up sore and would not play.

NSW captain Cordner on Thursday underwent scans after coming from the field with a possible torn calf late in the Blues' 18-16 loss and could be sidelined for longer.

"I just felt my calf. We'll have to see how it pulls up tomorrow. Probably have to get scans to see how it is," Cordner said after Wednesday night's match.

A serious injury would wipe him out for the series decider in Brisbane in three weeks, leaving Laurie Daley to find a new skipper.

NSW pair Brett Morris and James Tedesco are also set to miss action for their clubs this weekend while North Queensland's Johnathan Thurston (shoulder) is long odds to take the field for what would have been his 300th game.

Tyson Frizell (ribs) and Darius Boyd (thumb) are also under injury clouds.

Canterbury coach Des Hasler confirmed Morris would not be available to take on the Warriors on Friday night in Auckland due to knee and rib niggles while Blues teammates Josh Jackson and David Klemmer would make the trip across the Tasman and be assessed by club doctors.

Wests Tigers fullback Tedesco (ankle) spent time on the sideline for the Blues.

Frizell is also long odds to back up for St George Illawarra against Newcastle on Sunday after playing through a rib injury and spending the last 25 minutes on the bench.

However Dragons head of athletic performance Nathan Pickworth said he was being assessed.

Thurston was tight-lipped on Thursday morning about whether he would be right to take on Penrith for North Queensland in his milestone match at 1300SMILES Stadium.

The Queensland champion - who booted the match-winning conversion to seal a famous win - said he was confident he hadn't suffered structural damage and was on Thursday being assessed by Cowboys medical staff.

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