Melbourne Storm Win The 2017 NRL Premiership

Melbourne Storm Win The 2017 NRL Premiership

Melbourne Storm Win The 2017 NRL Premiership

Melbourne were far too good for North Queensland, running away 34-6 victors at ANZ Stadium after a destructive and dominant display.

We take a look at today's NRL Grand Final match between the Melbourne Storm and the North Queensland Cowboys.

"The North Queensland Cowboys are proof that regional NRL clubs can be successful, whilst also allowing more local talent a pathway into professional football with the support of their local community around them", Mr Murphy said.

They have instead been forced to move their final training session to Sydney's Jubilee Park in Kogorah.

As well as trying to keep Smith and Cronk quiet, the Cowboys' biggest challenge will be to win the battle in the middle.

Even more impressive, they were missing star players Johnathan Thurston and Matt Scott for the playoffs as they watched from the coaches' box.

Right now no half in the world takes the ball to the line and commands as much respect as Michael Morgan does.

The Storm, who finished in first place during the regular season, led 18-0 at halftime.

Minor premiers and overwhelming pre-game favourites, the Storm flexed their muscle over 80 minutes to end the Cowboys' fairytale run.

Billy Slater won his second Clive Churchill medal and teared up for the second time in 10 minutes as he thanked his wife Nicole. Josh Addo-Carr, Curtis Scott, Felise Kaufsui, Nelson Asofa-Solomona and Slade Griffin are the only five players who have not played in a grand final before.

While the team unequivocally still belongs to Cameron Smith, the departing Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater, they have been surrounded by a gluttony of other representative talent, including Cameron Munster, Suliasi Vunivalu and Jesse Bromwich.

And they did it by their big three - Slater, Cronk and Smith - being absolutely brilliant, and by the supporting cast of players feeding off them, and rising to something approaching their level.

Asked if he thought he'd ever play another grand final, Slater added: "I didn't really know, mate".

The contest was only four minutes old when the Cowboys copped their first major blow of the night - and it was some friendly fire from Ethan Lowe.

"It feels like a waste of a season to be honest", Morgan told the Nine Network.

The half-time siren came at the ideal time for North Queensland, who looked on the ropes after 40 bruising minutes, and the break would allow the Cowboys to regroup.

Why will the Storm win?

As well, Morgan - who powered the Cowboys to consecutive upsets over Cronulla, Parramatta and the Sydney Roosters to make the season decider - was well below his best.

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