NRL Grand Final: Super Storm spoil Cowboys' fairytale with runaway victory

NRL Grand Final: Super Storm spoil Cowboys' fairytale with runaway victory

The North Queensland Cowboys are aiming to become the first side in the history of the NRL to win the Premiership after finishing eighth on the ladder when they head back to Sydney for the fourth weekend in a row for a Grand Final against the Minor Premier Melbourne Storm.

"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". With NRL Grand Final fever causing such a stir, take a few moments to look beyond the on-field highs and lows, to what supports and unites many players in the NRL community.

Melbourne is favourite especially when it has the three superstars Smith, Cronk and Billy Slater. But to break down the Storm they must play a more expansive style of football Walker insists.

Breakneck speed: Joshua Addo-Carr sprints away to score for the Storm.

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.

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.

Fittingly, the superstar trio of Cronk, Smith and Slater, whose own future remains uncertain, combined superbly to help set up the game's final try, with Addo-Carr finishing in the left corner. The Storm are so well-drilled in the way they defend from the inside out, you have to upset them with inside balls. "That scoreline doesn't reflect the effort we put in through this year".

But Morgan and star lock Jason Taumalolo could not provide the sort of inspiration they had in weeks previous. The Storm have already won three premierships since 2009 (although two of those were stripped for rorting the salary cap - another reason to cheer for the Cowboys) and the fact that scenes at Townsville Airport will be epic should the team return home with the trophy.

"The Cowboys have to change a bit with the way they attack", he said.

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.

Although it was predictable play that showed why this decider won't be forgotten too quickly.

Seriously, North Queensland could not be getting more out of their squad than they are now.

The Cowboys need to be at their best to grind the game down and have to take every opportunity for a chance of victory. "I don't think Cameron Smith has thrown me a bad pass in my career".

Their path to the Grand Final has been easy and dominant, and their dominance over the Cowboys in recent years is absolute.