NRL Grand Final Betting Preview: North Queensland vs. Melbourne Odds

Brandon Parsons
October 2, 2017

But they were both on the field at ANZ Stadium this weekend to orchestrate a comprehensive 34-6 triumph over the 2015 premiers. And when Billy Slater crossed for the Storm's third try a couple of tackles later, a road to nowhere is exactly what the Cowboys seemed to be on. A win for the Victorian side would make one Ladbrokes punter extremely happy, it's the final hurdle of a six-leg multi that would see a handsome $5,500 return from just $20.

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

That they even made the finals was impressive. But gradually, gradually, they got on top.

"... Full credit to Melbourne though, they've had an wonderful year and for parts of that game they were at their clinical best tonight".

Now they are on the brink of a second Premiership, but the odds are hugely stacked against them.

The Melbourne Storm did in this 2017 NRL Grand Final what they've done for so long now.

The Storm celebrate as the Cowboys contemplate.

You know it is going to deliver on grand final night.

But the Storm will be quietly confident going into this final.

It was a dominant performance from a team that finished three wins clear of second place in the regular season, ensuring Cronk departed from the club with two titles.

'I'd just like to finish off by thanking one more person. and that's my wife, ' Slater said as he got choked up.

The previous encounter was a thriller as the Cowboys took Melbourne to extra-time, only to fall to a golden point from Brodie Croft, and the Cowboys will take heart from that.

It's hard to build a strong case for the Cowboys, given the Storm have beaten them twice this season and are on a 9 game winning streak.

The big three; Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and in his last game in the Storm colours Cooper Cronk were at their silky best, producing the goods to lead the Storm to an emphatic victory.

The injured Slater watched from the sidelines 12 months ago as Cronk and his team-mates suffered a 14-12 upset to Cronulla Sharks in the season decider. This year there was a vacuum of such storylines; the Storm stepped into that void with a speed and precision that can only lift the standards of the entire game, or those parts of it that are keenest to learn. Morgan has grown into one of the best halves in the league and Taumalolo might be the best player in the world full stop. With him in the team, the Cowboys have a chance.

They also have nothing to lose, and that makes them unsafe, so Melbourne will have to be at the top of their game if they are to win what promises to be an electrifying Grand Final.

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