Cronk forced a dropout with a well-weighted kick and on the resulting play in the 28th minute, Slater drew two defenders and set up Felise Kaufusi who had a clear run to the line and gave the Storm their second try. From that point on the Storm went about their business with clinical precision. In the days leading up to the grand final, the single returned to the top of the Australian iTunes charts. This is the footage that shows the Storm were never going to lose the 2017 NRL grand final. It was the icing on the cake for the best team of the season. Coach Craig Bellamy would have preferred Cronk take the field goal, forcing the Cowboys into a position where they had to score four times. It will also be his last game for the Storm after playing 323 first-grade games for the club. Departing Storm second-rower Tohu Harris was another player the Storm coaching staff rated highly in Clive Churchill Medal voting. The Roosters, lacking leadership and commitment, probably played at about 60 per cent of their capability, meaning too many people were hypnotised by the Cowboys' fairytale. It was a tough night for the Queensland side from the outset when Shaun Fensom was taken out of the game after a freak accident. The Storm won the match 34 – 6 to claim their third premiership title. Cronk, Will Chambers, Cameron Smith, Jesse Bromwich, and Billy Slater were the last remaining members of their last premiership winning team in 2012. They defeated defending premiers, the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 15–14 in extra time at Allianz Stadium,[7] the Eels 24–16 at ANZ Stadium,[8] and the Roosters 29–16 at Allianz Stadium,[9] making it the first time they have reached a grand final without losing a finals match. This was the third time that a grand final was contested by two non-Sydney/New South Wales based teams, after the 2006 Grand Final (Brisbane defeating Melbourne) and the 2015 Grand Final (North Queensland defeating Brisbane), and the first to feature neither the Brisbane Broncos or a Sydney-based club. It will enhance any encyclopedic page you visit with the magic of the WIKI 2 technology. Roy Masters is a Sports Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald. The general consensus in Melbourne is that Bellamy is coaching at his best after more than a decade at the club. Fan favourite: Billy Slater laps it up with the travelling support. ... 2017 NRL Grand Final: Billy Slater cries thanking wife. Overlooked was the form of the Cowboys' three opponents in the semi-finals, the Sharks, Eels and Roosters. Assistant Adam O'Brien has been identified as his successor and will accompany Bellamy and the Storm's director of football, Frank Ponissi, on their annual October study trip to the US. It is highly unlikely Bellamy would leave Melbourne while Smith is still playing, and the current form of the Storm captain should take him into 2019. Eight Storm players are seen chasing a single Cowboy, Kyle Feldt, with hardly another North Queensland player in sight. The source code for the WIKI 2 extension is being checked by specialists of the Mozilla Foundation, Google, and Apple. He could have easily been awarded the Clive Churchill medal but the honour went to Billy Slater who was uncatchable finishing with 168 run metres, setting up two tries and scoring one himself with his sheer pace and vision. Still, Smith's overall defence of the middle and accurate goal-kicking meant two points were added to every try, keeping the Storm out of reach. It will enhance any encyclopedic page you visit with the magic of the WIKI 2 technology. Their first meeting was in 2005 at, the then named, Aussie Stadium where the Cowboys defeated the Storm 24-16 in the Semi Final. Tue 03 Oct, 2017 Finals. But so too is former Souths coach Michael Maguire, who is favoured for the Gold Coast position. Others believe he will retire and become a Fox Sports analyst. e-mail; 1.7k. Some in Melbourne suspect a club, such as the Roosters, will try and strike a deal where he signs on as a player-assistant coach, with his fee paid jointly from the salary cap and the football department budget. Smith converted and Storm lead 24-6. To install click the Add extension button. NRL Telstra Premiership 2017 Grand Final Storm v Cowboys Full Match Replay. One of the power couples of the NRL, Nicole and Billy Slater met when they were just 14 while at pony club. Captain Cameron Smith raced out of the line, only to create a gap for Cowboys five-eighth Te Maire Martin to slice through to make it 18-6. After just one penalty in the opening half, the Storm conceded three in a row early in the second. He was running and kicking from dummy half, had 41 tackles and kept the entire Cowboys defence second guessing themselves every step of the way. NRL News. Curtis Scott scored a grand final try in his debut season after receiving a pass from Josh Addo-Carr. Nor would he find it comfortable signing for 2019 at another club while still at the Storm, irrespective of all the unrealistic promises that the news would never leak.