Melbourne Storm vs Nth Queensland Cowboys Tips, Odds – NRL Grand Final 2017

We take a look at Sunday’s NRL Grand Final match between the Melbourne Storm and the Nth Queensland Cowboys. The Storm go into the match as the short priced favourites against the Cowboys who have strived on being the underdog in each of their finals matches after scraping into the eight. View our tips and selections as well as a look at the odds for the 2017 NRL Grand Final.

When: 19:15 | Sunday 01/10/2017

Where: Stadium Australia

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Odds:

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Tip: Melbourne Storm at $1.28

 

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Melbourne head into the match as short-priced favourites after one of the most dominant seasons of the NRL era. But history says such a regular season record is no guarantee to a title. The Storm are looking to send off Cooper Cronk a premiership winner, while Billy Slater could also play his last game for the club. The Cowboys have become just the second team in the NRL era to qualify for the grand final from eighth spot. After they lost representative co-captains Johnathan Thurston and Matt Scott early in the season, they only made the finals after Canterbury upset St George Illawarra on the final day of round 26. But since then they have shocked Cronulla, Parramatta and the Sydney Roosters in come-from-behind efforts. Coach Paul Green was coy when questioned on Scott’s possible return from his knee injury next weekend.

Key: Cooper Cronk’s clash with Michael Morgan could represent a passing of the baton in Queensland and Australian rugby league. Cronk could hang up the boots after Sunday’s grand final, while Maroons utility Morgan has established himself as one of the best players in the game over the past month. Few would have picked this as the key battle of the grand final at the start of the season, but whoever comes out on top out of the two halfbacks will go a long way to lifting the trophy.

Tip: Melbourne by 10 points

 

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NRL News:

Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has backed crucial bunker call to award North Queensland winger Kyle Feldt a match-turning try in their preliminary final clash.

The Roosters led by two with 15 minutes to go before Feldt was ruled to have got a ball down within centimetres of the right in-goal touchline to give the Cowboys a four-point lead.

The call went up as a try, and the bunker ruled it had evidence to support the call that the bulk of the ball was planted first before the part over the touchline hit the ground.

The Roosters never hit the lead again as they crashed out of the finals from second spot, but Robinson said he had no problems with the call.

“Yeah I think (I was OK with it),” Robinson said.

“It was hard to tell for me. They’ve got that there. It was dependent on what they sent it up. That’s more than fine.

“It shouldn’t have got that close.”

Robinson stands in contrast with rival coaches Trent Barrett and Shane Flanagan, who both criticised match officials after Manly and Cronulla’s respective week-one exits from the finals.

Both clubs have been fined – Manly $20,000 and the Sharks $30,000 – and entered responses to breach noticed in the past week to try and reduce the punishment.

But unlike his fellow coaches, Robinson admitted his team had caused their own downfall after they completed just 65 per cent of their sets and as a result had only 42 per cent of the ball.

“Periods of the game we both went tit for tat and it was a good arm wrestle there,” Robinson sad.

“The areas we conceded we didn’t defend well enough, especially in the second half.

“If you’re going to have those errors we had you better be defending well. ”

 

*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change

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