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Storm name unchanged side despite
Storm coach Craig Bellamy has named with the same side that comfortably defeated the Newcastle Knights at EnergyAustralia Stadium last week, even though key playmaker Matt Orford faces a fitness test in the build up to Saturday night?s match.
Centre Steven Bell - sprained foot - and winger Matt Geyer ? knee ? will also need to prove their fitness before being cleared to take on the Tigers in what is shaping up as one of the matches of the round.
Both Bell and Geyer failed to join their teammates on the training track today but are expected to resume training later in the week.
After x-rays and subsequent scans cleared Orford of a broken hand yesterday, the 26-year-old believes he will be fit for this week?s match as the fifth-placed Storm host the sixth-placed Tigers.
?The hand feels good and the swelling is slowly starting to come down, I did a little bit of running today but no contact work,? Orford explained.
?I?ll be going easy on the contact stuff this week to make sure I don?t get any knocks on it. I won?t get the ball in my hands until a little bit later in the week and I?ll have to have some sort of test to make sure I can grip the ball, I certainly don?t want to be dropping ball during the game.
?Everyday I seem to be getting more movement in it and I should be right by the time the weekend comes around.?
The Tigers have never won in Melbourne before but their form this season under coach Tim Sheens ? a former mentor to Bellamy when they were both at Canberra - belies their 0-3 record at Olympic Park.
?Wests have been going along pretty quietly and they are an underrated but we know they?re a fairly solid football side,? the Melbourne No.7 added.
?We?ve got our work cut out for us on Saturday night but hopefully we can continue the way we?ve been playing lately which has been quite strong.?
The Storm has the chance to further cement its fifth place this week before taking on Souths and enjoying the bye round in the coming fortnight.
?We?ve set a few goals to try and go into the bye with a few wins and we?ve already got three in a row now, a home game this week is a great opportunity to keep that going but we?ll worry about this week first up,? Orford said.
Young fullback/outside back Steve Turner has been named as 18th man again this week and is expected to drop off the bench for Saturday night?s match.
MELBOURNE STORM TEAM TO PLAY THE WESTS TIGERS, SATURDAY JUNE 5, AT OLYMPIC PARK (5.30PM):
1. Billy Slater 2. Matt Geyer 3. Steven Bell 4. Jake Webster 5. Dustin Cooper 6. Scott Hill 7. Matt Orford 8. Robbie Kearns 9. Cameron Smith 10. Alex Chan 11. David Kidwell 12. Stephen Kearney (c) 13. Kirk Reynoldson
Unchanged from last week?s line-up