Right decision: Cameron Smith.
New South Wales fans should not expect a surprise Cameron Smith comeback for game two of State of Origin.
The Melbourne star and retired Queensland captain starred for his club in the Storm’s 32-16 win over the Brisbane Broncos at AAMI Park on Sunday and his performance showed that fresher legs and a clear head can work wonders.
But Smith was still asked post-match if he regretted his decision after watching the Maroons lose to the Blues in game one of the series last week.
“None,” Smith said.
“There was a slight moment on Wednesday night when the boys ran out and you hear the roar of the crowd. That is probably a moment that I missed but as soon as it was underway I was just a fan.
“I was up and down in my seat all night, it was a really nice experience to watch the game with my wife and three children, that was pretty cool but I have no regrets. I’ve made the right decision about that and I’m looking forward to the next few weeks and hopefully playing well for the Storm.”
Smith said felt he could still contribute to the Maroons as younger players fill in for absent Origin stars.
“The weight was off the shoulders,” Smith said.
“Over the last two weeks I didn’t have to go into camp, I was just here preparing with the team and I’ve had a bit of an extra bounce in the step.
“It’s a really important period for the club with our standing on the ladder and without some crucial players in our side.”
Storm coach Craig Bellamy, who offered no further update on his coaching future, said Smith’s form on Sunday showed how wise his decision was.
“He was outstanding,” Bellamy said.
“I thought his kicking all day was outstanding and he had a little plan today with how the Broncos defend kicks and he came up with some real special kicks and special plays.
“As I said in the dressing room, I don’t know what he is thinking but I’m sure he has made the right decision in retiring from Origin.
“He was a little more vocal this week and reassuring for the new guys coming in and to play like he did is a credit to him. If he hadn’t of played today we would have been in trouble.”
While Smith is firing, New Zealand and Storm prop Jesse Bromwich is set to miss several weeks after injuring his hamstring in the second half of Sunday's game.
"He has a hamstring and I don't think it is a real good one, I don't think it is a strain," Bellamy said.
"It is going to keep him out for a bit by the look of it. Jesse is real disappointed and it has been a disjointed year for him but I know he will work hard to get back and we need him to do that."
Bellamy was also unsure on whether Billy Slater will return against Newcastle Knights this coming Sunday, with the fullback needing to prove he is completely past his own hamstring struggles.
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