Melbourne Storm Win The 2017 NRL Premiership

Justin O'Neill celebrates a try during the 2012 NRL grand final between Melbourne and the Bulldogs

"I have played alongside Cooper for the last 17 years and he has made me a better player and made us a better team". It is their third official title - not including the two that were stripped for salary cap breaches.

Now 34, Slater showed no signs of old age in an up-tempo grand final, continually catching the Cowboys out with quick restarts and probing runs. In short, dominate. Grind their opponents down by doing all the little things right. If a guy like Taumalolo can do that he will get Jake Granville, Lachlan Coote and Michael Morgan into play.

"This Sunday's grand final will be the first grand final in history where not one New South Wales Origin player will step foot on the field".

Winger Josh Addo-Carr chimed in with a double to to help the storm to and emphatic victory.

Slater picked up his second Clive Churchill medal after a fantastic performance at fullback and he was extremely emotional when speaking to Channel Nine's Brad Fittler. They're fuelled by the grand final defeat last season and have a gear that nobody else can touch. You work extremely hard for it, the satisfaction - there's no words to describe it.

"We have so much respect for the Cowboys as a football team".

"It feels like a waste of a season to be honest", Morgan said. The best first tryscorer odds you can get for the Storm player is $7. Normally it's the club who would be nowhere without the player.

"It is a really sad night for our club".

The 10-minute pause to the game for Fensom's exit was justice delayed but not denied, and there is no questioning the justice of Melbourne's 2017 premiership.

'12 months ago you had a suit on, did you think you'd get back here?

That's how it was.

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

Why should I cheer for the Cowboys?

Munster laid down the challenge to his Queensland State of Origin teammate after watching him lead the Cowboys to back-to-back-to-back upset wins over Cronulla, Parramatta and the Sydney Roosters during the finals.

Against the Storm, the Cowboys, once again, fell behind early, trailing 18-0 at the break.

"He's going to be a big factor if they're going to win the comp". But this was different. There was slight assistance from referee Matt Cecchin, who had inadvertently interfered with the attempts of Te Maire Martin to catch up with Addo-Carr when the Cowboys five-eighth ran square into him. But that was as good as it got. Cameron Smith threw a short pass to Dale Finucane who crashed over to the right of the posts.

The Storm have been making some uncharacteristic errors during the finals, but they will be looking to fix that on Sunday.

When Josh Addo-Carr collected a loose ball in the 68th minute and offloaded to Curtis Scott, the match was effectively over.

Why will the Storm win?

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