Storm captain Cameron Smith in the 2016 NRL grand final.

2016 Grand Final: Storm player ratings

NRL.com rates the performances of all 17 Melbourne Storm players in the 2016 NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final.

 

1. Cameron Munster 

Simply couldn't find a way to get into the contest. Was safe as houses under the high ball and racked up 168 metres but couldn't inject himself in Melbourne's usually slick backline moves. 6/10.

2. Suliasi Vunivalu 

Was caught out of position but stopped Feki when he looked certain to score. Finished with plenty of metres and looked a chance to score as the siren sounded, but was well handled overall by the Sharks. 6/10.

3. Will Chambers 

Stepped up when it mattered most to give his side the lead 15 minutes from full-time with some nice footwork to evade Cronulla's left-edge defence. Came up with an incredible bit of play at the death to kick and regather but ignored a wide-open Cooper Cronk on his inside who would have scored untouched. Placed on report for a dangerous tackle on Sosaia Feki. 8/10.

4. Cheyse Blair  

Didn't have the same impact as he did against the Sharks back in Round 26. Came up with an error midway through the second half when he strangely attempted to contest an aerial battle with one hand. 5.5/10.

5. Marika Koroibete  

Horrible high shot on Chad Townsend in the sixth minute and put on report in his final NRL game. Made one threatening run down the shortside in the second half and played the role of battering ram for the entire contest when the Storm needed to get out of trouble. 6.5/10.

6. Blake Green 

Incredible tackle to deny Luke Lewis in the 14th minute. Did most of the kicking in the first half and was busy throughout the match without being brilliant. 6.5/10.

7. Cooper Cronk 

He was the best player throughout the regular season but the star halfback was shut out of the game by Cronulla's defence. Forced a couple of dropouts but otherwise struggled with his usually pin-point perfect right boot. 5/10. 

8. Jesse Bromwich  

Turned the game on its head with a trademark surge to barge over for Melbourne's first points. Produced two offloads in the space of a minute midway through the first half but lost the ball when the Storm were pressing for the go ahead try. 7.5/10.

9. Cameron Smith  

Made a staggering 38 tackles in the first half and added another 36 after the break. Threw the short ball that sent Bromwich over, and was a constant threat in the middle of the field.  8.5/10.

10. Jordan McLean 

Did what was expected of him with plenty of tough carries and stinging hits in defence, but wasn't a threat in attack. 6/10.

11. Kevin Proctor 

Made 40 tackles in defence but wasn't as effective as usual on the right side of the field. 6/10.

12. Tohu Harris 

Missed the tackle on James Maloney that allowed a line break and was lazy from the scrum for Barba's try, but those were the only negatives in his game. The edge forward was close to Melbourne's best with 47 tackles, 125 metres and a stack of tackle breaks. 8/10.

13. Dale Finucane  

Came off injured at the end but was steady as ever in the middle third, getting through plenty of work in defence and attack. 6.5/10.

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14. Kenny Bromwich   

Came off for an HIA test after just 11 minutes of action but managed to return in the second half. Put down a pass when it looked like he was into a gaping hole early in the second half, but troubled the defensive line with his footwork.  6/10. 

15. Tim Glasby  

Got through a mountain of work while he was on the field with 29 tackles and 68 metres in just 37 minutes of action. 6/10.

16. Christian Welch  

Produced two telling offloads in the same set; the second one played a pivotal part in the Chambers try, but ruined his good work by conceding a needless penalty that led to Andrew Fifita's match-winning try. 6/10.

17. Ben Hampton

Set up the try that gave the Storm its only lead of the night with just his second touch of the ball to put Will Chambers into space. His speed and agility could have been handy if he was given more game time. 5.5/10.