Cowboys must up the ante in attack to beat Storm


The trophy marks their third NRL Premiership after successes in 1999 and 2012, and helps secure benchmark status for Craig Bellamy and his team, while also sending off champion halfback Cooper Cronk in ideal fashion, with the long-time Storm and Maroons star calling time on his career at the club.

"I think we did a pretty good job of that a couple of years ago so hopefully we can do it again and really build up that last couple of days before the grand final". The Melbourne Storm go into the match as the overwhelming favourites ahead of the Cowboys who only just scrambled into finals and have caused upsets at all of their finals matches.

Josh Addo-Carr has taken some tremendous strides as a player this season, and while there are still some errors in his game he has the speed and game-breaking ability to take any chance all the way home.

The Cowboys have been underdogs in each of their three postseason matches so far, and this Sunday will be no different, with $3.85 AUD on offer for them to cause another boil over.

And of course it was on the back of Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater.

One player who could pop up and get in first is the Cowboys' Kyle Feldt. If you sit back and give the Storm time to develop their game, you have no hope of beating them.

Even more impressive, they were missing star players Johnathan Thurston and Matt Scott for the playoffs as they watched from the coaches' box.

The score-line reflected the sheer dominance of Melbourne's performances right from Round 1 this year but did not fairly reflect the effort the Cowboys put into a contest. The ascension of Michael Morgan has been something to behold and the continued rise of Jason Taumalolo shows no signs of slowing down.

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The Cowboys are heavy outsiders, but they have been for the last month and they just keep coming up with the plays that matter when they're required.

Meanwhile the streets of Bagasau erupted last night when Josh Addor-Carr scored the first try for the Storm.

The Cowboys will also need to overcome the toll of four consecutive games in Sydney to lift the Provan-Summons Trophy, but Green insisted they were already battle-hardened road warriors.

But they were both on the field at ANZ Stadium this weekend to orchestrate a comprehensive 34-6 triumph over the 2015 premiers. "I don't think Cameron Smith has thrown me a bad pass in my career".

Are you game enough to write them off?

North Queensland protested but in all likelihood the collision mattered little.

It led directly to the final try of the game, which ended the season and this trio's 17 years together fittingly. "Basically what we planned, we did it for 80 minutes".