Knights lose Gidley as they get trounced by the Storm

Whilst the Storm won the game 42-12, the big talking point right now, is the potentially serious shoulder injury sustained by Knights fullback, Kurt Gidley.

With the severity yet to be determined, it is likely to have serious repercussions for the NSW Origin side, should he miss Game 1, with no other true utility being available.

The injury occurred when Gidley made a tackle on Cooper Cronk, but landed awkwardly on his shoulder, immediately feeling discomfort.

To make matters worse for the Knights, in-form halfback Jarrod Mullen was put on report, and coach Rick Stone does not yet know how long Gidley will be out for.

“It’s tough but that’s footy … any time we’re going to lose our skipper it’s going to be a significant blow to our team,” he said.

Despite the blow-out in the end, Stone was also pleased with his sides effort.

“I think for the 80 minutes the effort was there, obviously we got a bit untidy at the back end of the game and leaked a few points … but for the effort we put in the scoreline probably didn’t reflect it.”

Despite their win, Melbourne were somewhat erratic throughout, and coach Craig Bellamy did not know what to think of it all.

“We were very happy to get away with the win, I thought we responded well in the second half,” Bellamy said.

“We weren’t overly happy with the way we played but after a bit of chat at halftime the boys responded well and did a really good job in the second half.”

Before the game, Rick Stone added fuel to the fire and pointed out the lack of intimidation the Storm bring, and highlighted their weaknesses, which only spurred the Storm on.

“They were direct comments about our team but it was nice of him to do that because he pretty much gave away their game plan – they were going to come through our middle and bomb our back three, something we weren’t good at (against the Warriors),” Smith said.

“We know what we needed to prepare for and I thought we did a good job.”

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