NRL Grand Final Betting Preview: North Queensland vs. Melbourne Odds

Posted October 02, 2017

"The North Queensland Cowboys are proof that regional NRL clubs can be successful, whilst also allowing more local talent a pathway into professional football with the support of their local community around them", Mr Murphy said.

Southern Downs Automotive manager and Cowboys fan Leisa Dwan is heading to the game on Sunday and is expecting a big showing from her team.

They have instead been forced to move their final training session to Sydney's Jubilee Park in Kogorah.

The Storm, minor premiers who fell agonisingly short against Cronulla a year ago, beat the Cowboys 34-6 in the decider at Sydney's ANZ Stadium for their first title since 2012. They get behind you. Despite the evidence being clearly in the Storm's favour, you can expect a flurry of bets going on the Cowboys because everybody loves a fairy-tale.

Happy days for the Storm. Image Getty
Happy days for the Storm. Image Getty

Having created a bubble to keep the outside noise away, Paul Green and his side have orchestrated one of the most impressive finals campaigns in the NRL era.

The Cowboys were stunned, and soon afterwards Storm speedster Josh Addo-Carr bolted clear for the opening try. And it was a Cowboys team missing their two best players (and co-captains) - Johnathan Thurston and Matt Scott. Considering they lost 26-8 the last time these sides met suggests that everything will need to go right if the Cowboys are to pull off the upset.

Meanwhile, star half back Cooper Cronk, who is leaving the Storm after this year and who may never play again, said he didn't know where he'd be if it wasn't for Melbourne Storm.

The Storm have the best back three in the NRL when it comes to running the ball back from kicks. At half-time it was already 18-0 to the Storm and the victory from there looked a mere formality.

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For starters, North Queensland isn't supposed to be there.

Now out of contract, he must decide if he wants to play on in 2018.

Slater broke down several times following the Melbourne Storm's 34-6 victory over the North Queensland Cowboys, overcome with emotion following his long journey back from a knee injury that nearly ended his playing days.

The contest was only four minutes old when the Cowboys copped their first major blow of the night - and it was some friendly fire from Ethan Lowe.

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"He's going to be a big factor if they're going to win the comp".

But Melbourne are better.

Melbourne is favourite especially when it has the three superstars Smith, Cronk and Billy Slater. I think it will prove too much for them though after a really tough path to reach this game.

After the preliminary final, Roosters coach Trent Robinson declared that Morgan is the best player in the world right now, and that is hard to dispute.

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