Storm boosted by Papenhuyzen return

15 May 2021 17:54:40 GMTPlus10

Melbourne look set to welcome back star fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen when they take on the Dragons in the Magic Round on Sunday.

The Storm are priced at 1.15 to beat the Dragons at Suncorp Stadium and having Papenhuyzen back available will give Craig Bellamy's side an extra boost.

Papenhuyzen has been out of the Storm side since picking up and AC joint injury in round six but Bellamy is hopeful of having him back in the 17 on Sunday.

"We sort of picked out this week for him to be quite honest, but we're always aware that it's not cut and dry how long it takes individuals to get over certain injuries," Bellamy told reporters on Saturday.

"I couldn't see any problems with him playing. He's trained really well all week and hopefully he'll line up for us."

The Storm have done well without him and crushed an injury-hit South Sydney side 50-0 last week.

They have scored 40 points or more in five of the last six games and Dragons coach Anthony Griffin knows his side will have to be at their absolute best.

"I'd say (they're the best attacking team) at the moment," Griffin said. "They are lethal - Penrith are really good defensively and they have a great attacking game at the moment - but the Storm have been running wild the last few weeks.

"Last week we were pretty clean, we didn't let in a line break. Even though the previous month we didn't get the results, we've been pretty sound there (in defence)."

Brandon Smith is suspended while Harry Grant (hamstring) and Cameron Munster (foot) are injured for Storm but Griffin is not taking that as a positive.

"Any time you play the Storm it's a massive challenge; it doesn't matter who they have in their team," Griffin added.

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