NRL Grand Final 2017

Posted October 01, 2017

As the Storm prepare to bid farewell to Cooper Cronk during Sunday's NRL grand final, the Cowboys are likewise preparing for their own changing of the guard.

"I'd just like to finish off by thanking one more person", he said, his voice breaking, after being presented with the medal.

"We are so excited to be up here in this lovely part of Australia". But to break down the Storm they must play a more expansive style of football Walker insists.

It was Elton John's last Australian concert on his Once In A Lifetime tour that skipped Australian capital cities in favour of regional shows in Mackay and Cairns, as well as Woollongong and Hobart.

With a select group of Grill Team listeners, Triple M NRL sponsors and some of the game's biggest names, the Grill Team's No BS Grand Final Lunch at ANZ Stadium today is sure to be a day to remember (or one that's quickly forgotten).

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.

Despite this, the Cowboys have defied the odds and scraped in to the top eight at the end of the fixture season and secured a place in the grand final, bucking the Sharks, Eels and Roosters. 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.

"If you actually feel it, it is quite soft on the outside so I don't think it will be an issue at all".

Since the inception of State of Origin in 1980, this will be just the second grand final, and first since 1998, that has not featured any capped NSW players.

The Cowboys have been relatively error free and methodical in their approach in the past three finals wins, and then gone in for the kill ruthlessly when their opponents have made errors. In March, they signed Jason Taumalolo to a record 10-year contract and will consider a four-or-five year arrangement for Morgan at $800,000 annually.

"He's going to be a big factor if they're going to win the comp".

"He has probably played his best footy with a broken hand".

Fensom has found a new home in North Queensland.

North Queensland is dripping with destiny. They are tenacious, gutsy and will never surrender.

"When he is at his best, Melbourne are at their best", he said. They have ridden their team all the way to the decider from eighth.

"He has played with it the last three weeks and his guard is exactly the same for the grand final", Fairleigh said.

Storm: Melbourne are expected to be as per program after naming the same 17 that shut the Broncos out in the preliminary final.