Storm romp over Cowboys in NRL GF

02 October, 2017, 00:54 | Author: Garry Little
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The trophy marks their third NRL Premiership after successes in 1999 and 2012, and helps secure benchmark status for Craig Bellamy and his team, while also sending off champion halfback Cooper Cronk in flawless fashion, with the long-time Storm and Maroons star calling time on his career at the club.

However, Paul Green's side were outclassed at ANZ Stadium as the vastly experienced trio of Cronk, Billy Slater and Dally M victor Cameron Smith guided minor premiers Storm to an emphatic win in their final game together.

Melbourne have not lost a game in nine weeks and have an outrageously talented squad, led by the Big Three of Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and the soon to depart Cooper Cronk.

He's too quick, Josh Addo-Carr, as the Storm flyer bolts away for the first try of the grand final.

Congratulations to the Storm. Man of the match on grand final day is the only honour in rugby league that's eluded Smith and given his influence on proceedings it's hard to see him being denied should Melbourne win.

"They've been the underdog this whole time and made it this far". They get behind you.

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There isn't a metric category which can measure it, but confidence is so important in modern-day rugby league, and North Queensland have plenty of it. Nth Queensland will need to cause another massive upset tonight to get over the Storm who have been dominant this year. It's good practice - you hear Craig Bellamy talk about it all the time - just practising good habits.

I expect to see a lot more from Cowboys hooker Jake Glanville, who missed a fair chunk of the season through injury. Their game plan without Thurston was sturdy and low-risk, good enough to get them past brittle opponents in September but no match for the Storm in October. If they can keep the Cowboys at a disadvantage through field position, they'll go a long way towards winning. The Queensland influence is strong in both of these teams, they are never out of the contest. Morgan has driven the Cowboys to this unlikely grand final appearance and along with wrecking ball Jason Taumalolo will be key to how they perform on the night. Morgan has grown into one of the best halves in the league and Taumalolo might be the best player in the world full stop. They're better than every other team in the competition and have been all season.

But the minor premiers were not exactly at their free-flowing best and it was a scrappy encounter, with three of Melbourne's four tries coming in the final 20 minutes.

This was the Storm's sixth grand final in the last decade.

Tip - Melbourne 26, North Queensland 10.



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