Cowboys stars go missing in flawless Storm

Kristen Gonzales
October 2, 2017

Melbourne Storm are the champions for 2017, dispensing with the fairy tale North Queensland Cowboys with arguably their best performance of the season.

"I have played alongside Cooper for the last 17 years and he has made me a better player and made us a better team". With NRL Grand Final fever causing such a stir, take a few moments to look beyond the on-field highs and lows, to what supports and unites many players in the NRL community.

"I just like to finish off by thanking one more person".

"Behind closed doors, the CQ NRL Bid is working hard to ensure they are ready to go when the time comes".

Will Chambers created space for Addo-Carr, beating a trio of players before offloading for the speedster, who brilliantly swerved through the Cowboys on a sizzling 70m run that Storm fans will never forget.

With a second Clive Churchill medal around his neck, Billy Slater (right) celebrates Storm's win.

Melbourne have been setting the pace all season and are deserved favourites heading into the grand final. 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.

But Melbourne are not the best defensive side in the NRL for nothing, and they were content to give away penalty after penalty.

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

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'12 months ago you had a suit on, did you think you'd get back here? Halfback Michael Morgan has been the game's most in-form player over the past six weeks and Kiwis lock Jason Taumalolo is the most destructive forward in the competition.

Kaufusi was the next to cross, after Billy Slater set him up off a set play.

The Cowboys were stunned, and soon afterwards Storm speedster Josh Addo-Carr bolted clear for the opening try.

The NRL runs a subscription service known as NRL Live Pass, which gets you access to live streams of every NRL game played over the season - including the Grand Final.

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

Jets co-coach Shane Walker has highlighted how the Cowboys can create chaos in the Melbourne defence in Sunday's NRL grand final by changing the way they attack.

Asked for his thoughts on the prospect of prolonging his illustrious career, Slater told Channel Nine: "I really don't know yet".

The pair is now building a home in the country so they can enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle and surround themselves with what first brought them together: horses.

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