Storm romp over Cowboys in NRL GF

Monday, 02 Oct, 2017

Melbourne fullback Billy Slater refused to be drawn on his future plans after his Clive Churchill medal-winning performance inspired the Storm to a convincing 34-6 win over North Queensland in the NRL grand final.

You know when you play tennis or pool or golf with someone better and you lift to their level nearly as though you don't want to be embarrassed?

If the Cowboys win then Walker said Morgan and Taumalolo will need to have blinders.

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 is fitting that the final club game from that trio saw all three bring their best to the game's biggest stage, scoring or helping create four tries.

A vintage Storm strong-armed their way to a three-try lead at halftime and were rarely threatened in front of a crowd of 79,722 at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.

The Storm head to Sydney full of confidence, having won nine games in a row and played their first two finals on their home deck.

It was a fitting way to finish what was an emotional day for a club that has appeared in a league-high seven grand finals in the NRL era but never farewelled a core member.

He's too quick, Josh Addo-Carr, as the Storm flyer bolts away for the first try of the grand final.

Luckily for the Storm, less so for the Cowboys, the precision and execution returned at just the right time to coast to the premiership.

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After a stalemate that stretched almost 20 minutes, the Storm took control of the first half, with Josh Addo-Carr's stunning opener setting the tone for the evening.

Morgan admitted that Storm skipper Cameron Smith effectively got to him and shut down his kicking game.

When Melbourne have been deprogrammed in recent years, it has often been by the funky (the Warriors had a habit of beating them) or the skanky (the hostile Sharks last year).

Addo-Carr has told of how he was pulled into line by Craig Bellamy upon arriving at Melbourne and told that they didn't carry on celebrating tries down that way.

"I thought our defence pretty much was great for the whole game but a lot more clinical tonight than we have been the other two finals", he said.

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.

When Josh Addo-Carr collected a loose ball in the 68th minute and offloaded to Curtis Scott, the match was effectively over.

So the Storm win again.

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.