NRL grand final: What you need to know

Posted October 02, 2017

An enormous day of rugby league action to wrap up the 2017 NRL Telstra Premiership will begin at 10am on Nine when Sports Sunday, hosted by Emma Freedman, welcomes two Grand Final heroes in former Storm captain Glenn Lazarus and Cowboys legend Brent Tate to the studio for a special NRL Grand Final preview show.

Michael Morgan has been the A through to Z factor in attack, but Jake Granville is the player who could really explode in the decider.

"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".

Cowboys five-eighth Te Maire Martin was chasing the Storm flyer from the outside but collided with the whistle-blower and went to ground, leaving Addo-Carr in open space.

The 34-year-old then thanked the Cowboys, congratulated his teammates and paid special tribute to the departing Cooper Cronk, but there was one last person he had to thank.

The Broncos had their chances in the first half but were unable to capitalise. The Storm are so well-drilled in the way they defend from the inside out, you have to upset them with inside balls. The Bega-born prop had previously lost three grand finals, but it looked like that Storm magic dust had finally seeped into his skin.

But the Storm soaked it up and when Smith sent Dale Finucane over beside the posts if the 64th minute any glimmer of hope was gone for the North Queenslanders.

They would keep fighting, of course, such is the narrative of the Cowboys.

So far the Cowboys have already delivered the three biggest surprises of the season.

Kaufusi was the next to cross, after Billy Slater set him up off a set play. Their game plan without Thurston was sturdy and low-risk, good enough to get them past brittle opponents in September but no match for the Storm in October.

"I'm really torn, I am immensely proud of the boys and I couldn't be prouder of the year we've had - what we've faced and what we've dealt with", Green said.

Munster revealed they had hatched a plan to get up in Morgan's face and made no secret of their desire to nullify his influence and rattle his cage.

"I'm confident that they can get the job done", MrsDwan said.

Smith, who was excellent and would have been a deserving Clive Churchill victor, fed Finucane at first receiver, and he barged past Gavin Cooper and Ben Hampton to score.

It was clear in that moment - and Shaun Fensom's serious knee injury that saw him stretchered off - that it would not be the Cowboys' night. This should be a great grand final with plenty of emotion on both sides.

It has also been good for the Queenslanders that they have been playing virtual finals every week for the past month.