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Storm Warning For The Cowboys


Storm Warning For The Cowboys

Storm Warning For The Cowboys



Here are my thoughts on the big one for 2017 – LIVE on SKY Sport 2 from 8.30pm Sunday

GRAND FINAL: Storm v Cowboys 

When: Sunday, October 1, 2017.

Where: ANZ Stadium, Sydney.

Watch it: LIVE. SKY Sport 2 – 8.30pm.

I’ll win no friends up in North Queensland but I reckon the Melbourne Storm deserve to be crowned premiers this weekend.

Here are the facts.

They lost only four matches all year to finish emphatic minor premiers, six points clear of the second placed Roosters.

Melbourne can clearly boast the best attack in the competition after registering the most tries. However by the numbers they’ve also clearly had the best defence.

And in their march to the grand final, taking out an opponent 30-nil in a Preliminary final is some score line.

I have already gone on record as saying the only team that could definitely beat the Storm is the Storm.

If they play near their best, I can’t imagine any side in the competition toppling them let alone the Cowboys, even despite their tremendous form of the last three weeks.

North Queensland have won so many admirers in the playoffs after just scraping into the finals.

They have played outstanding football starting with an extra time win over Cronulla. The following two weeks they have found themselves behind in both games but have finished off so strongly. At the helm of everything good has been Jason Taumalolo in the forwards and Michael Morgan at halfback.

And if they are to pull off an upset they will need contributions again across the board. One player who could be an ‘X’ is New Zealand international Te Maire Martin at five-eighth. What a try he scored in the first half last weekend against the Roosters.

Looking at the history of clashes between the sides the Storm have won 25 of 35. They have actually won the last five meetings that includes the double this year.

In round 22 in Townsville, the Storm got the job done 26- 8.

Meanwhile back in round 15 at AAMI Park the sides played a golden point thriller with their Origin players absent. The Storm got up 23-22.

This is the third straight year they have met in a finals game, with a win apiece. But the stakes are as high as they get in this one.

Vossy’s tip: Storm by 10.

The curtain raisers:

There is a lot to like about the lower grade games on Grand Final day.

The Under 20 decider will see Parramatta tackle Manly. These two teams finished fourth and eighth respectively but have charged through the finals series that saw runaway minor premiers Cronulla a casualty – LIVE 3.30pm SKY Sport 2.

And in the championship final featuring the winners from the Intrust Super Cup and Premiership, the PNG Hunters will bring their home nation to a stop when they play Penrith LIVE 5.30pm SKY Sport 2

From the vault:

If you can’t reminisce about the biggest matches in the club’s history on grand final day, when can you.

These are the two dates etched in the history of the Warriors.

October 6, 2002. The Warriors were gallant against a Roosters team going through a great era. The end score line was a win to the Brad Fittler skippered Roosters 30-8.

And October 2, 2011. Manly 24 beat the Warriors 10. Second half tries to Manu Vatuvei and Elijah Taylor got the Warriors back to 18-10 down with 12 minutes remaining but they just couldn’t find another big play in the championship minutes.

Enjoy what should be a great grand final night folks here on SKY Sport.

Twitter: @AndrewVossy

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