Warwick gets behind North Queensland

02 October, 2017, 00:55 | Author: Keith Rowe
  • North Queensland coach Paul Green pleads for Sydney fans to jump on the Cowboys bandwagon

They were the eighth placed team, the last placed team to qualify, and going up against the second placed team, and the Cowboys were riddled with injuries to the likes of Jonathan Thurston, but the heart and desire they showed saw them emerge triumphant. Morgan has driven the Cowboys to this unlikely grand final appearance and along with wrecking ball Jason Taumalolo will be key to how they perform on the night.

They have instead been forced to move their final training session to Sydney's Jubilee Park in Kogorah. If you sit back and give the Storm time to develop their game, you have no hope of beating them.

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Michael Ennis during the 2016 NRL Grand Final at ANZ Stadium.

Josh Addo-Carr has taken some tremendous strides as a player this season, and while there are still some errors in his game he has the speed and game-breaking ability to take any chance all the way home.

Throughout 2017, the Cowboys were patchy, and as a result, they were completely unfancied in the finals, only to come from behind to upset the Cronulla Sharks, Parramatta Eels and Sydney Roosters in successive weeks, a remarkable run that captured the imagination of a nation.

The breakthrough was all Melbourne needed to turn the screws on their opposition as their right-edge ensured an 18-0 advantage at halftime. That's how things seem to work with the supporting players at the juggernaut that is the Melbourne Storm rugby league club.


It was a try devoid of "Big Three" involvement, but Smith, Clive Churchill Medallist Billy Slater and departing hero Cooper Cronk more than made up for it, the star trio combining for Felise Kaufusi's 28th-minute try, and it just got better for those of a Melbourne persuasion.

Everyone else did - not just once, not just twice, but three times in a row, and the Cowboys just kept doing it.

And for the first 20 minutes of the second half, they were the better side.

For starters, North Queensland isn't supposed to be there.

"The Queensland fire in their belly will win it for them this weekend".

Melbourne is favourite especially when it has the three superstars Smith, Cronk and Billy Slater. You can catch all the action on nzherald.co.nz's live blog, as well as live commentary on Radio Sport.Where should I put my money?North Queensland are paying as much as $5.50 to win by 1-12 points so if you think we're in for a repeat of the 2015 decider when they pipped Brisbane by a point you can have a flutter there. 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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