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NRL Preview grand final: Brett Kimmorley verdict, TAB odds

NRL Preview grand final: Brett Kimmorley verdict, TAB odds”

"Melbourne Storm makes you bigger than what you are and better than what you are".

During Round 26, the Cowboys needed the Bulldogs to upset the Dragons just to make the finals, and UBET was offering $101 about a North Queensland Grand Final win.

Another try followed when Cooper Cronk passed to Billy Slater, who laid it on for Felise Kaufusi to score. They looked rusty in the first half against the Broncos in their preliminary final, committed 10 errors for the match but still managed a 30-0 victory. This should be a great grand final with plenty of emotion on both sides.

Clive Churchill medallist Billy Slater says he will soak up the enormity of Melbourne's premiership triumph before making a final decision on his NRL future.

No Cowboy was able to dominate around the ruck and gain a quick play-the-ball or two. A sixth straight win over the Cowboys would be a fitting way to cap off an awesome season for the side from the Victorian capital and see the club secure a third Premiership.

North Queensland don't shoot themselves in the foot too often, respecting possession when they get it and priding themselves on achieving a low figure in the missed tackle category.

Heading into his mid-30s, we still don't know if Slater will play on after an improbably resurgent season, but injuries are going to start taking a toll on his famed athleticism, so he can only go for so long.

Te Maire Martin reduced the deficit in the 48th minute, stepping his way through from 10 metres out, following four consecutive Cowboys penalties.

Billy Slater's kick returns were excellent, as were his contributions in attack.

The 34-year-old then thanked the Cowboys, congratulated his teammates and paid special tribute to the departing Cooper Cronk, but there was one last person he had to thank.

And then there was the skipper. Cronk pulled the strings from the halves while Smith, racked up the most metres of a forward in the contest while Slater completed the fairytale comeback.

The result, and the performance, crowns the legacy of the so-called big three. The Cowboys are chasing their own history - with a victory they will become the first eighth-placed team to win the grand final. They may just be the best of all time. However, the Storm have beaten the Cowboys on each of the last seven times they have met, and majority have been comfortable victories.

The Cowboys were without injured co-captains Johnathan Thurston and Matt Scott.

The pair is now building a home in the country so they can enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle and surround themselves with what first brought them together: horses. "I'm immensely proud of the boys - I couldn't be prouder of the year we've had and what we've faced and what we've dealt with - the time will come for us to dissect tonight's game". To take from a famous rugby league anthem of days gone by, they've simply been the best side all season.

And they know exactly what they mean to the league.



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