Cronk leaves Melbourne a champion as Storm dominate Grand Final

Cronk leaves Melbourne a champion as Storm dominate Grand Final

Cronk leaves Melbourne a champion as Storm dominate Grand Final

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.

They have instead been forced to move their final training session to Sydney's Jubilee Park in Kogorah. But gradually, gradually, they got on top. 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. Since his return he hasn't be as unsafe out of dummy-half as he can be, and I have a feeling he might have a special performance up his sleeve for the grand final.

Cowboys five-eighth Te Maire Martin was chasing the Storm flyer from the outside but collided with the whistle-blower and went to ground, leaving Addo-Carr in open space.

Much of it comes down to their excellent completion rates, which have been at 80 per cent or higher through the last three game and have got better each week, culminating in them finishing 90 per cent of their 39 uses of the ball in the preliminary final.

"They've been the underdog this whole time and made it this far". What a night to remember for the young Aboriginal winger, who only joined the Storm a year ago from Wests Tigers.

Foxtel offers two ways of streaming the NRL Grand Final, though the big catch is that it's not live. After all, pundits have long predicted they would meet the Broncos in the Grand Final, but instead the two teams played in the preliminary final and Melbourne absolutely demolished their rivals.

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Storm: Billy Slater, Suliasi Vunivalu, Will Chambers, Curtis Scott, Josh Addo-Carr, Cameron Munster, Cooper Cronk, Jesse Bromwich, Cameron Smith (c), Jordan McLean, Felise Kaufusi, Tohu Harris, dale Finucane.

The Cowboys threatened just once in the first half, when Kyle Feldt caught a Cronk kick and ran 60m, breaking tackles left, right and centre, only for the half-time siren to sound.

After one of the finals runs for the ages, North Queensland have a chance at their second title after one of the most dramatic, improbably and downright incredible playoff runs in rugby league history. They've been playing together for years, not just for Melbourne but for Queensland and Australia too, and know how to win big games.

Walker said that when Storm fullback Billy Slater had blinders the Storm generally won.

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.

Because they've got those three guys - Smith, Cronk and Slater. Morgan has grown into one of the best halves in the league and Taumalolo might be the best player in the world full stop.

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