Cronk leaves Melbourne a champion as Storm dominate Grand Final

Here's how you can give our Cowboys the send off they deserve

Here's how you can give our Cowboys the send off they deserve

The Storm were a class above a courageous Cowboys side, winning 34-6 in a one-sided Grand Final, in front of 79,722 at ANZ Stadium.

"I honestly didn't know whether my body would let me back here", he said, in reference to his missed season of 2016 and the incredible amount of recovery work he had to do.

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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.

Against the Storm, the Cowboys, once again, fell behind early, trailing 18-0 at the break.

"To be stood here on the final day of the NRL calendar, it's really hard to put into words what the feeling is".

The Cowboys, at the end of an injury-hit season that included losing captains Johnathan Thurston and Matt Scott, suffered another blow in the final, losing prop Shaun Fensom to a broken leg in the third minute.

Meanwhile the streets of Bagasau erupted last night when Josh Addor-Carr scored the first try for the Storm.

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Replays of the hit clearly show Trevathan lowering his head and hitting Adams high and hard with the crown of his helmet. The hit was so violent, Adams' mouthpiece went flying.

It is Slater's second Churchill medal after claiming the prestigious medallion in the 2009 decider.

For the Cowboys, spearhead Jason Taumalolo went missing after only just managing to crack triple figures in a finals series where he had averaged over 250 metres.

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

Breakneck speed: Joshua Addo-Carr sprints away to score for the Storm.

Paul Green has got them believing in their systems and therefore you have just got to bring your attitude and form and they have done that and they are willing to do that for each other for 80 minutes. The Storm have already won three premierships since 2009 (although two of those were stripped for rorting the salary cap - another reason to cheer for the Cowboys) and the fact that scenes at Townsville Airport will be epic should the team return home with the trophy.

But when Storm coach Craig Bellamy got his hands on him at the Storm, he turned him into a safe, reliable contributor, as he has done with so many rejected fish over the years.

Te Maire Martin managed a solitary try for the Cowboys in response, but it was one-way traffic in Sydney's west. It was as good as it got. So fans were left scratching their heads when the Cowboys won 24-16, and were even more baffled by their huge upset in the preliminary final against the Roosters.

Why will the Storm win? And a good chunk of the population in Melbourne will be celebrating for the second time in two days this Sunday evening.

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