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After last week?s bruising encounter with the North Queensland Cowboys, Melbourne Storm will lick its wounds this week and attempt to overcome injury as it prepares to take on the Brisbane Broncos at Olympic Park this Sunday.
With only one fit player available on the bench for much of the game, Melbourne looked to be down and out against the Cowboys but fought back to snare a courageous 6-point victory and cement itself in the NRL?s top eight.
Second-rower Peter Robinson was taken from the field after just nine minutes and now awaits scan results on his injured right knee and ankle while young rookie Dustin Cooper looks to overcome an injured AC joint in his left shoulder.
Prop Kirk Reynoldson was knocked out in the first half and didn?t return for the remainder of the match, he will be monitored this week but is expected the make a full recovery.
Melbourne may also face the prospect of losing forward Glen Turner after the 23-year-old Kiwi was today charged with a grade three careless high tackle.
After achieving three wins in a row for the first time since the 2001 season, the Storm will be aiming to set another mark this Sunday when coach Craig Bellamy squares off against his former mentor Broncos coach Wayne Bennett for the second time this season.
A win this week would be the first time the club has logged four consecutive victories since the tail end of the 1999 season ? the year the Storm went on the capture the premiership.
When Melbourne met the Broncos at ANZ Stadium in round ten earlier this year the home side ran out 20-point victors but this time the return bout is in Melbourne where the Storm enjoys a 3-1 record over Brisbane.
Olympic Park has once again become a graveyard for travelling teams this year where the Storm has forged a formidable 6-2 record, losing only to the Roosters and the Bulldogs.