Cameron Smith will revert to halfback for the Storm’s blockbuster clash with the Roosters, with coach Craig Bellamy finally flicking the switch on a change that has been encouraged by several of the game’s best thinkers.
An injury to Cameron Munster has forced Bellamy to go back to the drawing board on his game plan and although he initially named Ryley Jacks and Jahrome Hughes in the halves for tonight’s game, Wide World of Sports has learned that he has ultimately been swayed by the temptation to start two of his best players on the field at the same time, with Brandon Smith promoted off the bench.
The switch will see champion skipper Cameron Smith moving to first receiver, with either Jacks or Hughes dropping to the bench.
Given Hughes has been a regular starter this season and is a natural runner of the ball, it is likely that he will be the man to pair his captain in the halves.
Arguably the greatest halfback of all-time, Andrew Johns has been keen on the idea of Smith switching to halfback for some time, due to the toll defending in the middle of the field can take and the fact that the Storm have a wealth of outstanding hookers on their books.
Kiwi international Brandon Smith has been a starting calibre player for at least the past two years but has been stuck on the bench. Harry Grant, meanwhile, is on loan from the Storm and sitting second on the Dally M Medal leaderboard, as he plays a starring role for the Wests Tigers.
“Imagine what he’d do for Super League, that promotion of him playing away at all the other teams; the grounds would be packed,” Johns told Freddy and The Eighth.
“He could play halfback; he could play with a cigarette in his mouth.”