Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

Melbourne Storm wins 2017 NRL Grand Final

Michael Morgan Michael Morgan. Adam Head
Jerome Frank | 02 October, 2017, 00:55

The Cowboys, at the end of an injury-hit season that included losing captains Johnathan Thurston and Matt Scott, suffered another blow in the final, losing prop Shaun Fensom to a broken leg in the third minute.

The Cowboys have already won a finals match at ANZ Stadium this year, downing the Eels at the venue in week 2, and have won their last four games in New South Wales.

"... I thought we started really well, we matched sets with them really well and then the Addo-Carr try against the run of play probably hurt us a little bit in particular".

All the Cowboys are operating at peak capacity and I will fight you if you say otherwise. "A lotta hard work", Storm fullback Billy Slater said of both his personal and team journey in season 2017, a kid in each arm, as he teared up. He controls everything out of dummy half.

"I honestly didn't know if my body would let me back here and it was the toughest thing I've had to sit through previous year and the boys going so close and me being helpless and I wasn't going to let that happen today", Slater said.

We just tried to limit his impact on the game, to limit what he is capable of doing and make him uncomfortable. Craig Bellamy will be hoping for at least 90 percent completion rate and certainly won't want to see so many kicks going across the Cowboys dead-ball line. In fact, this final pits the team with the shortest odds in NRL history against a team that was 100/1 to win it just three weeks ago.

For the Sharks previous year, Andrew Fifita, Matt Prior, Paul Gallen and Chris Heighington were superb. Their confidence is infectious on the rest of the group. They get behind you.

The only time the Cowboys will be vulnerable is when Taumalolo leaves the field for a rest in the middle of the game.

Mrs Dwan predicted halfback Michael Morgan to take home the Clive Churchill Medal.

THERE'S just one more sleep until the NRL Grand Final and Warwick has well and truly thrown its support behind the fairytale run of the North Queensland Cowboys.

Seriously, North Queensland could not be getting more out of their squad than they are now.

As well, Morgan - who powered the Cowboys to consecutive upsets over Cronulla, Parramatta and the Sydney Roosters to make the season decider - was well below his best. Addo-Carr bagged his double in the 73rd minute after some lovely lead-up work from Cronk and Slater before a handsome long-cut-out from Tohu Harris to seal the dominant 34-6 result. Despite the evidence being clearly in the Storm's favour, you can expect a flurry of bets going on the Cowboys because everybody loves a fairy-tale.

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