Cameron Smith

The Storm won and Manly lost, yet that is not the biggest story to come out of the clash – with that mantle belonging to Sea Eagles and NSW back-rower, Glenn Stewart.

To compound the loss for Manly, Stewart suffered suspected medial ligament damage in his knee, after getting caught up under the weight of Melbourne utility, Rory Kostjaysn.

The initial diagnosis is set at 2-4 weeks, but Stewart will face a race against time to be fit for the third and final Origin clash.

On the game itself, it was only a Cameron Smith penalty goal that sealed the game for the Storm right at the end, in what was an otherwise entertaining affair between the two sides.

Despite the initial prognosis of Stewart’s injury however, Manly coach Geoff Toovey said that he and the club would not know more about the injury, until the back-rower undergoes scans.

He was also critical of his side’s sloppy performance, but did not hesitate to put a bit of blame on the referees.

“We can’t seem to get to push the boundaries as much as they do and they’re good at it,” Toovey said of the Storm.

“You can’t say too much (about the referees) … I’m sure they’ll say they’re sorry about it tomorrow but the match is gone.

“We let in a couple of soft tries the first half, we were most probably the dominant side the first half and probably should have been 18-0 up.”

For Storm coach Craig Bellamy, it was the resiliency of his side that had him most pleased.

“The boys were probably a touch flat at halftime – we needed to lift ourselves up from that and to their credit they did,” Bellamy said.

“I thought all except that last 10-15 minutes of the first half, that’s probably as good a footy as we’ve played all year.”

By ricky

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