Relentless Storm Beat Cowboys 34-6 In NRL Grand Final

NRL grand final North Queensland Cowboys halfback Michael Morgan laments lost opportunities after loss to Storm

I'm a bit anxious that if the Storm finally put together a full 80 minutes of their best football, the Cowboys could be on the wrong end of a very impressive display.

Although it was predictable play that showed why this decider won't be forgotten too quickly. Craig Bellamy's entire team and staff have done rugby league a service in 2017 by expanding the possibilities of how the game can be played.

The 34-year-old then thanked the Cowboys, congratulated his teammates and paid special tribute to the departing Cooper Cronk, but there was one last person he had to thank.

The Cowboys were stunned, and soon afterwards Storm speedster Josh Addo-Carr bolted clear for the opening try.

The Cowboys need to be at their best to grind the game down and have to take every opportunity for a chance of victory.

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. The Storm are so well-drilled in the way they defend from the inside out, you have to upset them with inside balls.

But the Storm soaked it up and when Smith sent Dale Finucane over beside the posts if the 64th minute any glimmer of hope was gone for the North Queenslanders. If they can keep the Cowboys at a disadvantage through field position, they'll go a long way towards winning.

She has also previously spoken about Billy's high profile and that while he has a host of followers, she sees him only as a "great husband and dad" - not a superstar.

That was as good as it got for the Cowboys though as an unstoppable Storm outfit exploded late in similar fashion to that in which they put Brisbane to the sword a week earlier.

"I think Winterstein is busted at the moment with a bad hamstring and is not stretching out like he should be, so I think some wide shifts by Melbourne could expose the Cowboys' left-hand defensive edge".

"But we wanted to get there for Coops and make sure that tonight was a special night for him".

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.

"The Queensland fire in their belly will win it for them this weekend". Sydney fans, who admire both excellence and courage, came to enjoy both, but they did not get the invigorating contest that neutrals really love.

The Cowboys won the grand final two years ago in the 79th minute.

"Hopefully that's enough to win the game on Sunday". It was the same story as he crossed for his double from a Tohu Harris cut-out pass in the closing stages, even as the emotions of a grand final win were becoming very real.

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