NRL Preview grand final: Brett Kimmorley verdict, TAB odds

Monday, 02 Oct, 2017

You know when you play tennis or pool or golf with someone better and you lift to their level nearly as though you don't want to be embarrassed?

"It feels like a waste of a season to be honest", Morgan said. In a big game like that against a really good team ... when you're playing a team like that you can't have things go against you like that.

"He's changed the way fullbacks play the game".

A vintage Storm strong-armed their way to a three-try lead at halftime and were rarely threatened in front of a crowd of 79,722 at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.

Will Chambers created space for Addo-Carr, beating a trio of players before offloading for the speedster, who brilliantly swerved through the Cowboys on a sizzling 70m run that Storm fans will never forget.

Throughout 2017, the Cowboys were patchy, and as a result, they were completely unfancied in the finals, only to come from behind to upset the Cronulla Sharks, Parramatta Eels and Sydney Roosters in successive weeks, a remarkable run that captured the imagination of a nation.

Storm captain Cameron Smith is the favourite to win the 2017 Clive Churchill medal, which is given to the best on ground for the Grand Final.

Luckily for the Storm, less so for the Cowboys, the precision and execution returned at just the right time to coast to the premiership.

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.

Though you won't be able to watch the final live by going the Foxtel route, you can take advantage of Foxtel Now's two-week free trial to stream the game for free.

He thought his career may have been over after a debilitating shoulder injury back in 2015, and Billy Slater let it all out after the Storm's dominant victory over the Cowboys in the NRL grand final.

This was the Storm's sixth grand final in the last decade.

When Antonio Winterstein charged onto a Cooper Cronk attacking grubber and fumbled it at his own line it set the stage for yet another Storm assault and this time Slater went himself, slicing through an increasingly brittle-looking Cowboys left edge defence to make it 18-0 at the break. And Craig Bellamy is the best coach going around. No team has won the comp from eighth spot - where the Cowboys finished - but there's a first time for everything.

The Cowboys scored early in the second half, as they had to. It was as good as it got. The Bega-born prop had previously lost three grand finals, but it looked like that Storm magic dust had finally seeped into his skin.

"You come this far and we were a little bit embarrassed tonight".