Sunday, 22 October, 2017

Churchill medallist Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk coy on NRL futures

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Carol Daniels | 02 October, 2017, 00:51

We take a look at today's NRL Grand Final match between the Melbourne Storm and the North Queensland Cowboys.

"I honestly didn't know if my body would let me back here and it was the toughest thing I've had to sit through previous year and the boys going so close and me being helpless and I wasn't going to let that happen today", Slater said.

"I just like to finish off by thanking one more person". Andrew Johns likened the Storm to artists at work, but it's hard to imagine any artist attaining such perfection first go. What a night to remember for the young Aboriginal winger, who only joined the Storm a year ago from Wests Tigers.

'It's been a rocky road the last couple of years, but I certainly couldn't be standing here without your support, ' Slater said through tears after accepting the Clive Churchill medal as the best player on the field.

Melbourne have been setting the pace all season and are deserved favourites heading into the grand final.

But Melbourne are not the best defensive side in the NRL for nothing, and they were content to give away penalty after penalty. After all, pundits have long predicted they would meet the Broncos in the Grand Final, but instead the two teams played in the preliminary final and Melbourne absolutely demolished their rivals.

North Queensland are so enraged that they have reportedly threatened to skip tonight's Dally M players awards due to the scheduling clash.

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"You can do certain things to class players and he's one of them".

She has also previously spoken about Billy's high profile and that while he has a host of followers, she sees him only as a "great husband and dad" - not a superstar.

Munster revealed they had hatched a plan to get up in Morgan's face and made no secret of their desire to nullify his influence and rattle his cage.

Directly opposite Cronk is Michael Morgan; the man who has more than emerged from the shadow of injured future immortal Johnathan Thurston. So fans were left scratching their heads when the Cowboys won 24-16, and were even more baffled by their huge upset in the preliminary final against the Roosters.

Dale Finucane restored his team's advantage in the 64th minute before Curtis Scott and Josh Addo-Carr sealed the title - and their 10th straight win - in a comprehensive performance.

"... I thought we started really well, we matched sets with them really well and then the Addo-Carr try against the run of play probably hurt us a little bit in particular".

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

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