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Storm wary of Sharks' Carney Origin snub

Melbourne are wary that Cronulla playmaker Todd Carney will still be stinging from his State of Origin snub when the NRL sides meet at AAMI Park on Sunday night.
Storm wary of Sharks' Carney Origin snub
by AAP

By Melissa Woods

MELBOURNE, June 8 AAP - Melbourne are wary that Cronulla playmaker Todd Carney will still be stinging from his State of Origin snub when the NRL sides meet at AAMI Park on Sunday night.

The Blues incumbent five-eighth Carney was overlooked in favour of James Maloney, who was integral in NSW winning the opening Origin clash on Wednesday night.

Storm coach Craig Bellamy said Carney could feel like he had a point to prove.

"Todd will probably be out to try and prove a few people wrong about his Origin non-selection," said Bellamy.

"Everyone thought at the start of the year that they were going to be one of the teams to beat and I think they're back to that form now."

But Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan felt Carney worked any frustration out of his system when he helped orchestrate their grinding 14-12 win over competition frontrunners South Sydney in their last game.

It was the Sharks' fourth successive victory.

He said Carney wouldn't make it personal

"I think he dealt with it before the Souths game, which was the day after they picked the team," Flanagan said.

The Sharks have Luke Lewis and Andrew Fifita backing up from Origin with their skipper Paul Gallen banned for a week for punching Queensland's Nate Myles.

The Storm's four representatives, including Maroons skipper Cameron Smith, will all play.

The Storm have extra incentive to deliver a win for Smith's 250th NRL game.

He's been at the club even longer than Bellamy.

"Cameron genuinely cares about the club and he's a real team man and an outstanding captain," said Storm football manager Frank Ponissi.

"We make those players feel very special with milestone games and their teammates really do lift."

The last time the sides met at AAMI Park, the Storm scored twice in the final minutes to steal the win.

"That was a miraculous win, to score in the last play of the game," said Ponissi.

"I would imagine they would be using that as some form of motivation and it's payback time."




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