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Smith to miss NRL clash with Tigers

Melbourne and Queensland skipper Cameron Smith will miss Saturday's NRL clash with the Wests Tigers after cutting his right eye in State of Origin game two.
Smith to miss NRL clash with Tigers
by AAP

SYDNEY, June 27 AAP - Melbourne and Queensland skipper Cameron Smith will miss Saturday's NRL clash with the Wests Tigers after cutting his right eye in State of Origin game two.

The 30-year-old says he was poked in the eye just seconds before the mid-match melee that marred the Maroons' 26-6 victory at Suncorp Stadium.

Smith had the four small cuts stitched up in Brisbane on Thursday morning, but the club later confirmed the hooker would not travel to Leichhardt Oval on the advice of doctors.

"The specialist has advised Smith that he shouldn't fly or play this weekend due to the possibility of further risk," the Storm posted on its website.

Smith had earlier expressed his concern about causing any further damage to the injury.

"It's around a pretty delicate area, so I don't really want to jeopardise the rest of the year just for one match," he said.

Smith said the injury had left him in the dark about what happened during the brawl.

"I was back on our tryline just holding my eye because I couldn't see out of it at all," he said.

"Then obviously the crowd erupted and I looked up and everyone was just into it, so I thought `Oh, here we go, I'm going to have to make my way up to the referee and see what's happened'."




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