Storm's Slater wins Clive Churchill Medal

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Storm's Slater wins Clive Churchill Medal

This is the first time MrsDwan will see the Cowboys in a grand final. In short, dominate. Grind their opponents down by doing all the little things right.

I'm really keen on Melbourne to cover a 12-point handicap but I think it will be a slow start to the game before they really pull away from North Queensland in the second half.

Averaging 1796 total run metres per game in this finals series, compared to Melbourne's 1569, it's via the engine room that the Cowboys can gain an advantage and ensure they hold their own in the arm wrestle at ANZ Stadium.

Slater capped off his comeback by winning the Clive Churchill medal, scoring a try and having a hand in two others, while Smith and Tohu Harris were also vast. This should be a great grand final with plenty of emotion on both sides.

If you are going to overcome this mob, you'll have to do it the hard way, because North Queensland don't do freebies.

"It does hurt. It feels like a waste of a season to be honest", he told the Nine Network. Nth Queensland will need to cause another massive upset tonight to get over the Storm who have been dominant this year. Normally it's the club who would be nowhere without the player.

There really is no club like the Storm in Australian sport.

The 10-minute pause to the game for Fensom's exit was justice delayed but not denied, and there is no questioning the justice of Melbourne's 2017 premiership. There were no signs of a blow-out, but that's how it usually goes with the Storm. They get behind you.

That's how it was.

In the past three years, the NRL narrative has been about the fulfilment of longing: South Sydney, the Cowboys and Cronulla became premiers for either the first time or what seemed like it.

Kaufusi was the next to cross, after Billy Slater set him up off a set play. At half-time it was already 18-0 to the Storm and the victory from there looked a mere formality.

The Cowboys were without injured co-captains Johnathan Thurston and Matt Scott. They've been playing together for years, not just for Melbourne but for Queensland and Australia too, and know how to win big games. But this was different.

The Cowboys had hoped to launch an unlikely comeback when Te Maire Martin opened the second-half scoring early on. It was as good as it got. Cameron Smith threw a short pass to Dale Finucane who crashed over to the right of the posts. It was 24-6 after 63 minutes and the Cowboys' dream was effectively over.

Josh Addo-Carr bagged a double to cap a remarkable season.

Why will the Storm win?

"We are ready and just waiting for the moment when the NRL calls for bids for new teams or perhaps even relocation".

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