Relentless Storm Beat Cowboys 34-6 In NRL Grand Final

North Queensland coach Paul Green pleads for Sydney fans to jump on the Cowboys bandwagon

The Johnathan Thurston-less Cowboys are going to have a tough time of it according to the bookies, the best odds you can get for them is $4.

His status as an elite playmaker and ball runner means defenders have no choice but to approach him with hesitation, thinking both about closing down the ball and getting their positioning right to absorb the contact if he runs, which sooner or later will result in a misread or a mistake.

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.

'I'd just like to finish off by thanking one more person. and that's my wife, ' Slater said as he got choked up.

That's what Cronulla had to do a year ago.

Smith sums it up best.

"But this is one hell of a football team to come back from the disappointment of previous year and continually do the hard work and continually do the hard things that make you a good footy team".

Although two premierships, won in 2007 and 2009, were stripped due to salary cap breaches, a side boasting the likes of Smith, Cronk and Slater, and coach Craig Bellamy, for so long, ought to have won more than one legitimate championship this millennium.

"But we wanted to get there for Coops and make sure that tonight was a special night for him".

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For the Sharks a year ago, Andrew Fifita, Matt Prior, Paul Gallen and Chris Heighington were superb.

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. Their confidence is infectious on the rest of the group.

The only time the Cowboys will be vulnerable is when Taumalolo leaves the field for a rest in the middle of the game.

"I'll celebrate this, wake up with a hangover and think about it", he said.

"The Queensland fire in their belly will win it for them this weekend".

The Cowboys halfback and rampaging lock were spoken about as potential x-factors however had little influence on the game as the Storm comprehensively outplayed the Townsville-based underdogs at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.

As well, Morgan - who powered the Cowboys to consecutive upsets over Cronulla, Parramatta and the Sydney Roosters to make the season decider - was well below his best.

Melbourne showed their class in Cooper Cronk's last game for the club, sending out the veteran halfback a victor. 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. The challenge for the Cowboys is being able to out-perform it. I'd like to think we inspired each other to keep working hard.

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