NRL Grand Final: Everything you need to know

James Maloney of the Blues is tackled by Justin O'Neill of the Maroons during State of Origin game three in 2016

The North Queensland Cowboys battled bravely right to the end were barely in the contest right from the outset against a Storm side that were clinical and relentless from the opening whistle in Cronk's final game in purple. That's how things seem to work with the supporting players at the juggernaut that is the Melbourne Storm rugby league club. He scored the 11th most regular season tries across the league and now, you can jump on him at $17.

"One moment for me tonight that will live with me forever is we did one of our plays between Cameron, Billy and myself, and Billy went through", Cronk said. The Cowboys rake has been solid in defence over the last few weeks but hasn't had the chance to showcase his deadly running game - although Melbourne are so adept at controlling the ruck, Granville only needs one chance to break a game right open.

Finding holes in the Storm is hard, but if you were looking for negatives, you could - before this victory - have pointed to their failure to convert competition dominance into title victories.

Smith adds they were never really threatened after leading 18-0 at half time. The Bega-born prop had previously lost three grand finals, but it looked like that Storm magic dust had finally seeped into his skin. If they can keep the Cowboys at a disadvantage through field position, they'll go a long way towards winning.

Fan favourite: Billy Slater laps it up with the travelling support.

The remarkable memory left by Melbourne's big three is that their last was their best.




Shorn of key men Johnathan Thurston and Matt Scott, the Cowboys had upset the odds simply by reaching the final, having limped to an eighth-place finish in the regular season. I'm feeling really good and I'm just going to enjoy this.

We just tried to limit his impact on the game, to limit what he is capable of doing and make him uncomfortable.

The Cowboys have been underdogs in each of their three postseason matches so far, and this Sunday will be no different, with $3.85 AUD on offer for them to cause another boil over.

Smith, who was excellent and would have been a deserving Clive Churchill victor, fed Finucane at first receiver, and he barged past Gavin Cooper and Ben Hampton to score.

The Cowboys' Shaun Fensom signals to the crowed as he is carted off with a broken leg early in the grand final. This should be a great grand final with plenty of emotion on both sides.

"Hopefully that's enough to win the game on Sunday". They've been playing together for years, not just for Melbourne but for Queensland and Australia too, and know how to win big games.

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