BY LUKE LEWIS ABC NRL commentator It’s unusual for the Melbourne Storm to be without Cameron Smith — he’s played 400-plus games and I don’t think he’s missed too many — and it’s a huge blow. To have someone of the calibre of Cameron Smith out of the side with a shoulder injury — you’re definitely going to feel it. But in saying that, the Storm’s system is so strong that when one of their stars is injured, the people who come in always step up. They’ve got a great hooker coming in Brandon Smith, who will fill the hole. He’s a quality football player, a strong runner, and a really good defender. They’ll lose a little bit with Cameron Smith going out, but they’ll also gain in different ways with Brandon Smith coming in. I think it’s a little bit of uncharted waters for the Storm, but Craig Bellamy will get them humming and they’ll be fine. Their attack may be jeopardised a little bit but they’ll get used to it pretty quickly. One thing about Cameron Smith is, he’s pretty much like a coach, so he’ll be out there during the week helping Bellamy on the training track. I’m also excited to see how the Storm do perform without him. Cameron Smith is getting a bit older now, but he’s still playing some of the best footy of his career. He might retire at the end of the year, he might continue to play on, or he might go to another club — there’s been a lot of speculation about him going to Brisbane — but right now, we just don’t know. What we do know is that Cameron Smith has always been the man for Melbourne and he has always been the leader for that side. He knows how to come up with big plays at the right time — under all sorts of pressure — week in, week out for the last 400-plus games. You can’t replace that. Cameron Munster is an off-the-cuff instinctive footballer and he’s a superstar in his own right but I do think he relies on Cameron Smith a little bit when it comes to keeping a cool head. It definitely gives an opportunity for him to step up and lead now. I think Brandon Smith will be a good leader as well, because he has come up under the guidance of Cameron Smith for a long time. They’re going to miss him big time, but it does give other guys an opportunity to put into practice what Cameron Smith has taught them over the years. When I was playing, to see how much the NRL’s Indigenous Round actually means to the Indigenous Australian players is pretty special. What is happening at the moment is that everyone’s starting to ask real questions, people are starting to get involved a lot more, even in the community when it comes to helping out [Indigenous events and groups], which I think is amazing. The other thing I really loved about this season’s Indigenous Round was the way the players performed and how passionate they were about it. Look at South Sydney. The Dragons really started the game off beautifully last Thursday night, then the Rabbitohs lost Adam Reynolds early to injury and I was a little bit worried. I wasn’t sure who was going to step up. But they had people like Cody Walker — and all the Rabbitohs’ tries came from Walker and the Indigenous players — and they were doing it with a smile on their face. The leadership shown by Walker in the Rabbitohs number six jersey really stood out, I thought that was an amazing game from the New South Wales State of Origin representative. The way the Indigenous players represented their Aboriginal families and culture was beautiful to watch. I liked that there were players involved in designing the Indigenous Round jerseys and telling their stories.