Melbourne Storm five-eighth Scott Hill will miss this weekend?s return clash with the Sharks at Olympic Park due to an ongoing shoulder injury suffered in round one.
Hill has missed the Storm?s past two matches since incurring the injury to his left rotator cuff in the extraordinary come-from-behind victory over the Sharks at Toyota Park in week one.
The 25-year-old Test lock was close to selection but will require at least one more week before he rejoins the injury-ravaged Storm side.
?Scott won?t be playing, he was close this week and hopefully it?s only one more week before he?s back,? Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy said.
Perennial winger Matt Geyer will again reprise the role of five-eighth in Hill?s absence as the Storm endeavour to keep the Sharks winless start to the season intact.
Bellamy believes his side will be well served by fullback Robbie Ross and centre Aaron Moule, both of whom made successful returns from injury in Newcastle scoring three tries between them.
As with last week Moule will take his place in the run-on side while David Kidwell occupies the bench.
?He (Ross) looked like he lacked a bit of confidence at the start (of last week?s match) but the further the game went on the better he got,? Bellamy added.
?He?ll be all the better for the run.
?I also thought Aaron played well, I was a bit worried about his match fitness but he seemed to last the distance and ended up being one of our better players.?
Young Welsh international Keith Mason has been named on the Storm bench for the second consecutive week and teenage second-rower Ryan Hoffman has been named as eighteenth man.
MELBOURNE STORM TEAM TO PLAY THE SHARKS, THIS SATURDAY AT OLYMPIC PARK, 7.30PM
1. Robbie Ross 2. Semi Tadulala 3. Aaron Moule 4. Billy Slater 5. Marcus Bai 6. Matt Geyer 7. Matt Orford 8. Robbie Kearns 9. Cameron Smith 10. Mitchell Sargent 11. Peter Robinson 12. Stephen Kearney (c) 13. Dallas Johnson
14. Danny Williams 15. David Kidwell 16. Kirk Reynoldson 17. Keith Mason 18. Ryan Hoffman
STORM?S TRAINING TIMES THIS WEEK: Wednesday: 3pm, Gosch?s Paddock Friday: 4.30pm, Olympic Park
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James Avery: Phone (03) 9421 3222 Mobile: 0411 623 024 [email protected]