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Which Teams Will Make The Grand Final

Which Teams Will Make The Grand Final

Which Teams Will Make The Grand Final

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VOSSY’S LAST WORD: Finals week three.

Here are my thoughts on the two NRL Preliminary Finals that are coming your way live on SKY Sport.

GAME ONE: Storm v Broncos 

When: Friday, September 22, 2017.

Where: AAMI Park, Melbourne.

Watch it: LIVE. SKY Sport 2 from 9pm.

Our first game on SKY Sport this week comes your way from AAMI Park in Melbourne with the Storm hot favourites to beat Brisbane.

I have stated previously that I believe Melbourne deserve to win the 2017 title.

They have been the standout team all season. However the record of minor premiers in the NRL era hardly endorses making any side as a sure thing. Only six minor premiers in 19 years have gone on to win the grand final. Seven have finished runners-up, while another six never even made the big one.

For Friday night’s “Preliminary Final”, the Kiwi presence will be strong across both teams.

The Storm will look to Jesse and Kenny Bromwich, Tohu Harris and Nelson Asofa-Solomona to lead the way in the forwards. On the other side of the park, Kiwi captain Adam Blair will be ready to tackle things head on with the rest of the Broncos pack.

There will also be great pressure on Kodi Nikorima for the Broncos. He has been named as halfback with Darius Boyd set to return from injury at fullback. This has seen Benji Marshall relegated to the reserves bench.

If I was to list the best performances by teams in games this year, I rate the Storm’s round 17, 42-12 win over Brisbane as about as comprehensive as it gets. 

I’ll be blunt. It is theirs to lose. If Melbourne plays near their best, they’ll be the first team through to the grand final.

Vossy’s tip: Storm by 10.

GAME TWO: Roosters v Cowboys.

When: Saturday, September 23, 2017.

Where: Allianz Stadium, Sydney.

Watch it: LIVE. SKY Sport 2 from 8.45pm

The Roosters have been the kings of the close finish this year winning no less than twelve games by six points or less. I fancy they might add to that premiership record tally on Saturday night but it would be foolish to dismiss the chances of the Cowboys.

Paul Green’s men have built up some finals momentum spearheaded by the hard charging of Kiwi lock Jason Taumalolo. He is in career best form.

Indeed this week, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves has put his hand up as the man to challenge Jason head on. That will be reason enough to watch this one.
It will be some sort of comeback for the Roosters should they win here after finishing second last in 2016 and collecting just six victories along the way. It shows what is possible in the NRL. (Take heart Warriors fans)

In the most recent clash between the sides in Round 21 at Allianz Stadium, the Roosters prevailed 22-16, keeping the Cowboys scoreless in the second half in the process. It was a tough, hard fought win.

I expect Saturday night to be exactly the same.

Vossy’s tip: Roosters by 6.

From the vault:

It is etched in the history pages of the Warriors. September 24, 2011. That was the night of one of the great Preliminary Final upsets when the Ivan Cleary coached Warriors toppled minor premiers Melbourne at AAMI Park.

After leading 14-12 at halftime, the Warriors kept the Storm scoreless in the second half. And when Lewis Brown crossed late for the match sealing try it was mission complete. The Warriors were on their way to the grand final.

Maybe the Broncos should watch a replay of the game before this Friday night!

Enjoy two huge nights of finals footy folks here on SKY Sport.

Twitter: @AndrewVossy


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