Published: Mon, October 02, 2017
Medical | By Carla Vaughn

NRL Grand Final: Everything you need to know

NRL Grand Final: Everything you need to know

North Queensland are on a finals run for the ages, fighting through from eighth spot to progress to their third grand final, all without their talisman Johnathan Thurston.

Only when Cowboys pivot Te Maire Martin sliced through soon after resumption did the Storm's grip on the trophy loosen.

Three minutes in, North Queensland lost a player, the perennially unlucky Shaun Fensom driven off in a cart with what was believed to be a broken leg, a coda to the club's long injury-ravaged season.

They have instead been forced to move their final training session to Sydney's Jubilee Park in Kogorah.

If you've got a traditional Foxtel subscription, you can download the Foxtel Go app to your computer or mobile device and watch the game there. Only two of the last 10 NRL Grand Finals have contained 42 or more points but the bookies all go heavily odds-on for below 42.5 points in this contest.

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. The Storm are experts at slowing down an opposition's momentum and they'll have Taumalolo tangled up in a pile of defenders each time he makes a run.

However there were few in the Cowboys side who knew the play was on and Melbourne easily cleaned up before storming home.

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Munster laid down the challenge to his Queensland State of Origin teammate after watching him lead the Cowboys to back-to-back-to-back upset wins over Cronulla, Parramatta and the Sydney Roosters during the finals.

"The time will come for us to dissect tonight's game ... there's heaps of positives to take out of the year but then to get to the grand final and then to play the way that we did at least for half the game is disappointing, but that's footy".

The Storm have the best back three in the NRL when it comes to running the ball back from kicks.

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

"First of all, I just like to thank the Cowboys". They've been playing together for years, not just for Melbourne but for Queensland and Australia too, and know how to win big games.

But the minor premiers were not exactly at their free-flowing best and it was a scrappy encounter, with three of Melbourne's four tries coming in the final 20 minutes.

'I'd just like to finish off by thanking one more person. and that's my wife, ' Slater said as he got choked up. They didn't waste it, as Slater slipped out of a tackle to score. Morgan has grown into one of the best halves in the league and Taumalolo might be the best player in the world full stop.

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