Storm romp over Cowboys in NRL GF

Storm romp over Cowboys in NRL GF

Kerry Wise
October 2, 2017

The Cowboys will also need to overcome the toll of four consecutive games in Sydney to lift the Provan-Summons Trophy, but Green insisted they were already battle-hardened road warriors. They have been by far the best in attack and defence in the NRL.

For the last hour of the season, the grand final became a study in excellence.

That's thanks in large to his powerful 92kg frame, which means Morgan is just as capable of powering through the defensive line as he is of throwing a pinpoint flat ball to send a teammate through a gap.

Munster revealed they had hatched a plan to get up in Morgan's face and made no secret of their desire to nullify his influence and rattle his cage.

Although it was predictable play that showed why this decider won't be forgotten too quickly. If Granville can play a straight-forward game for the first 25 minutes and then cut loose, he might be able to come up with some valuable points.

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.

They have been below their best in their two finals matches but have still managed to down Parramatta 18-16 and smash Brisbane 30-0 to earn their second consecutive grand final berth, making this their seventh grand final under Craig Bellamy. In those moments when we just took our foot off the pedal a little and went away from what we set out to do in a 10-minute period, they put 10 to 12 points on us. The Cowboys are going to have to produce their best kick chase game; they can't afford to give these three any room.

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All the Cowboys are operating at peak capacity and I will fight you if you say otherwise.

"But we wanted to get there for Coops and make sure that tonight was a special night for him". They were underdogs in their qualifying final against the Sharks but sneaked a 15-14 victory, and they were not given much hope of beating the Eels in the semis.

Melbourne will also target the Cowboys' front row pair of John Asiata and Scott Bolton.

"I didn't really know [whether I'd be back here]", Slater said after the win, breaking into tears. There is no better player than Cameron Smith at directing play around the ruck at tiring props.

Melbourne have been setting the pace all season and are deserved favourites heading into the grand final.

Ethan Lowe was part of North Queensland's premiership team and he felt there was no substitute for experience to combat the overwhelming hype before they even take the field.

Southern Downs Automotive manager and Cowboys fan Leisa Dwan is heading to the game on Sunday and is expecting a big showing from her team.

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