Sport Slater replaces Smith as Storm NRL skipper

03:51  16 may  2018
03:51  16 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith charged after 'wishbone' tackle on Kevin Proctor

  Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith charged after 'wishbone' tackle on Kevin Proctor He could be facing time on the sidelines.Smith yanked Proctor's leg in a second-half tackle during Melbourne's 28-14 win over the Titans at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.

Billy Slater will captain Melbourne Storm for the first time in his career when the NRL champions host Manly on Saturday night. Slater is stepping in for suspended Storm skipper Cameron Smith and can use the AAMI Park match as an audition to also replace Smith as Queensland captain in next

Billy Slater will captain Melbourne Storm for the first time in his career when the NRL champions host Manly on Saturday night. Slater is stepping in for suspended Storm skipper Cameron Smith and can use the AAMI Park match as an audition to also replace Smith as Queensland captain in next

Billy Slater of the Melbourne Storm. © Scott Barbour/Getty Images Billy Slater of the Melbourne Storm. Billy Slater will captain Melbourne Storm for the first time in his career when the NRL champions host Manly on Saturday night.

Slater is stepping in for suspended Storm skipper Cameron Smith and can use the AAMI Park match as an audition to also replace Smith as Queensland captain in next month's State of Origin.

Slater, Greg Inglis, Matt Scott and Darius Boyd are in the mix to lead the Maroons with the opening Origin at the MCG on June 6.

Smith, who pleaded guilty to a dangerous contact charge, called time on his illustrious representative career on Tuesday.

"I have not done that yet in my career so it will be an honour," Slater told SEN radio about being named captain.

"Obviously I'd love to have Cameron out there; I haven't played much footy without Cam but it is something to look forward to which I have not done before."

Brandon Smith has been named as the replacement for Smith at hooker.

Storm edge Cowboys in Townsville NRL win .
<p>Melbourne have eked out a 7-6 NRL win over North Queensland, with a field goal from Cameron Munster giving the visitors the advantage in Townsville.</p>In what was likely the last time the Queensland greats will share a playing field, the Melbourne skipper scored the Storm's only try on Friday night before Thurston skewed a field-goal attempt well wide of the upright in the game's closing stages.

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