Classy big three link up for super Melbourne try as Storm dominate Cowboys to claim NRL premiership glory

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Melbourne Storm have outclassed the North Queensland Cowboys 34-6 to win the 2017 NRL grand final at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia tonight.

FULLTIME - STORM 34 COWBOYS 6

74 mins - STORM 34 COWBOYS 6

TRY! The Storm's big three link up again for a Melbourne pet play with Josh Addo-Carr finishing it off down the left edge.

Cameron Smith lands the conversion from out wide.

68 mins - STORM 28 COWBOYS 6

TRY! Curtis Scott crosses over to score after another Cowboys mistake, the North Queensland team bobble the ball inside their own 30m line and Josh Addo-Carr pounces on the loose ball before thowing the pass to Scott.

Cameron Smith misses his first conversion of the match.

63 mins - STORM 24 COWBOYS 6

TRY! Cameron Smith catches the Cowboys off guard - throws a superb short ball to Dale Finucane who crashes over to score for Melbourne.

The Storm skipper is 100 per cent with the boot tonight nailing another shot at goal from easy range.

60 mins - STORM 18 COWBOYS 6

A big chance here for the Cowboys as the officials rule that the Storm knocked the ball on first from 10 metres of their own try-line.

57 mins - STORM 18 COWBOYS 6

PENALTY! A little push and shove starts between both sides after Ben Hampton is ruled to have made a dangerous tackle on Storm's Cameron Munster.

52 mins - STORM 18 COWBOYS 6

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 01:  Joshua Addo-Carr of the Storm makes a break during the 2017 NRL Grand Final match between the Melbourne Storm and the North Queensland Cowboys at ANZ Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Joshua Addo-Carr of the Storm makes a break during the 2017 NRL Grand Final match against the North Queensland Cowboys at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

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Momentum of the match has switched in favour of the Cowboys as they start to make metres up field with ease. Jason Taumalolo returns to the pitch for the Cowboys.

47 mins - STORM 18 COWBOYS 6

TRY! Finally the Cowboys are on the score board and Michael Morgan throws a perfect pass for Te Maire Martin, who dances his way to the try-line.

Ethan Lowe converts Te Maire Martin's try.

45 mins - STORM 18 COWBOYS 0

PENALTY! The Storm are penalised for taking too long to get out of the way of the ruck as the Cowboys attempt a quick play of the ball.

42 mins - STORM 18 COWBOYS 0

Storm are relentless on both attack and defence as the Cowboys struggle to make it out of their own half.

40 mins - STORM 18 COWBOYS 0

We are back! Michael Morgan kicks off for the Cowboys to the Storm.

HALFTIME - STORM 18 COWBOYS 0

40 mins - STORM 18 COWBOYS 0

Kyle Feldt comes up with a sensational run just as the siren goes off to signal halftime. He beats several Storm defenders and makes a 60 metre break up field, but the defenders get back in time to stop him in numbers.

38 mins - STORM 18 COWBOYS 0

TRY! Billy Slater spots a gap in the Cowboys' defence and throws a dummy = Justin O'Neill falls for it and Slater crashes over for Melbourne's third try.

Cameron Smith lands another shot at goal. 

38 mins - STORM 12 COWBOYS 0

MISTAKE! Cowboys' winger Antonio Winterstein had all the time in the world to pick up the ball after a kick from the Storm but he drops the ball just outside his own try-line.

33 mins - STORM 12 COWBOYS 0

The Cowboys are finding it hard to break the Storm's defensive line as the Melbourne pack continue to create headaches for the tired Cowboys on attack.

28 mins - STORM 12 COWBOYS 0

TRY! Felise Kaufusi crosses the line to score the Storm's second try of the match. Cooper Cronk straightens before throwing the ball out the back to Billy Slater. Slater holds the ball up enough before throwing the pill to Kaufusi who scores down the right edge.

Cameron Smith nails the conversion.

28 mins - STORM 6 COWBOYS 0

The Storm have their tails up and are applying some real pressure on the Cowboys as their forwards look absolutely knackered. Cameron Smith puts in a clever grubber and gets a reset for Melbourne forcing a goal-line dropout.

23 mins - STORM 6 COWBOYS 0

PENALTY! Dale Finucane has been penalised for a high tackle and the Cowboys now march into the Storm's half.

19 mins - STORM 6 COWBOYS 0

TRY! The Storm have scored after Will Chambers re-gathers the ball after a towering kick from Michael Morgan. He breaks two tackles before linking up with his winger Josh Addo-Carr who races away to score close to the uprights.

Cameron Smith is on song with his kick at goal.

15 mins - STORM 0 COWBOYS 0

A poor decision from the Cowboys as they opt to pass it on the last tackle and the Storm easily read what their opposition are trying to do. 

13 mins - STORM 0 COWBOYS 0

A big bonus for the Cowboys as Suliasi Vunivalu spills the ball around halfway after a tackle by Gavin Cooper and Justin O'Neill.

11 mins - STORM 0 COWBOYS 0

NO TRY! Cooper Cronk puts in a brilliant grubber kick for Billy Slater to chase but a cruel bounce sees the ball bounce in the favour of the Cowboys and it is Ethan Lowe who comes up with the pill.

9 mins - STORM 0 COWBOYS 0

A see-saw battle and Cowboys' half Michael Morgan kicks the ball over the side-line to give his troops a rest. Melbourne Storm have a scrum just inside their own 30 metre line.

And Tohu Harris makes a charging break up field - Cowboys are now on the back foot. 

6 mins - STORM 0 COWBOYS 0

Both sides have been perfect with their opening sets and Cameron Smith makes a clever scoot out of dummy half but the Cowboys shut him down quick. 

4 mins - STORM 0 COWBOYS 0

Play has resumed after medical staff take Cowboys' Shaun Fensom off the field on a stretcher. Fensom receives a big applause from the crowd and he gives the thumbs up as he exits the field.

3 mins - STORM 0 COWBOYS 0

A missed opportunity for the Storm as Jesse Bromwich makes a huge break on the 30 metre line inside the Cowboys' half. But a desperate tackle from the Cowboys defenders forces Melbourne's prop to lose the ball.

It was a pass from Cooper Cronk which put Bromwich through the hole, if only Bromwich had given the ball early to his teammate who was free on the left hand side of the field.

It was Jake Granville who came up with the crucial spot tackle to stop the Storm from scoring.

Trouble for Cowboys' Shaun Fensom as he cops some friendly fire, looks like his night is over after he suffered what seems to be a serious left leg injury.

2 mins - STORM 0 COWBOYS 0

A solid first set for the Cowboys. But the Storm are putting in a huge defensive effort getting numbers in the tackle - as the North Queensland side struggle to get out of their own half.

KICK-OFF! - STORM 0 COWBOYS 0 

And we are underway! With Melbourne Storm's skipper Cameron Smith kicking off towards the Cowboys. 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 17:  Jason Taumalolo of the Cowboys  passes the ball whilst being tackled Melbourne Storm defenders at AAMI Park in Melbourne. on June 17, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Jason Taumalolo of the Cowboys passes the ball whilst being tackled by Melbourne Storm defenders at AAMI Park in Melbourne.

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PRE-MATCH:

The Melbourne Storm are touted to be the heavy favourites to take out NRL's top prize this year, with the big three Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater set to play their last game together for the same NRL club.

The Storm finished this year as minor premiers, six points clear of the second placed Sydney Roosters.

Melbourne's coach Craig Bellamy has yet again guided his team to the big dance. his side on paper are the best attacking and defensive team in the competition.

After last week's 30-0 drubbing of the Brisbane Broncos, the Storm look to send off their veteran's Cronk, Tohu Harris and youngster Jordan McLean on a good note.

Without star playmaker Johnathan Thurston who has been ruled out for the rest of year with a shoulder injury, the Cowboys have continued to surprise the NRL competition and fans with their ability to grind out tough wins in their run to the NRL Grand Final.

Michael Morgan has been outstanding in the halves with his kicking game and game management - he has done more than just fill in JT's boots, giving the Cowboys a chance to be champions again after their premiership win in 2015.

Kiwi forward Jason Taumalolo has gone to another level in this year's playoff series, causing havoc for opposition sides with his damaging runs and quick play of the balls.

Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk on the attack for the Melbourne Storm.

Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk on the attack for the Melbourne Storm.

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Ethan Lowe, Gavin Cooper and Lachlan Coote have all played their roles in the Cowboys' run to the final and could play a big part in guiding their underdog side to premiership glory in 2017. 

TEAMS:

STORM: 1. Billy Slater, 2. Suliasi Vunivalu, 3. Will Chambers, 4. Curtis Scott, 5. Josh Addo-Carr, 6. Cameron Munster, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Jesse Bromwich, 9. Cameron Smith, 10. Jordan McLean, 11. Felise Kaufusi, 12. Tohu Harris, 13. Dale Finucane.

RESERVES: 14. Kenneath Bromwich, 15. Tim Glasby, 16. Nelson Asofa-Solomona, 17. Slade Griffin.

COWBOYS: 1. Lachlan Coote, 2. Kyle Feldt, 3. Justin O'Neill, 4. Kane Linnett, 5. Antonio Winterstein, 6. Te Maire Martin, 7. Michael Morgan, 8. John Asiata, 9. Jake Granville, 10. Scott Bolton, 11. Gavin Cooper, 12. Ethan Lowe, 13. Jason Taumalolo.

RESERVES: 14. Ben Hampton, 15. Coen Hess, 16. Corey Jensen, 17. Shaun Fensom.

6 mins - STORM 0 COWBOYS 0
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47 mins - STORM 18 COWBOYS 6

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