NRL.com's 2017 Grand Final tips

The NRL.com editorial team has covered all 200 Telstra Premiership fixtures in 2017, with just Sunday's title decider to come. The Storm and Cowboys have never faced each other on grand final day, so who are the NRL.com team backing to come out on top at ANZ Stadium?

Tony Webeck, Chief Qld Correspondent
Storm by 4
Clive Churchill Medal: Billy Slater
First try-scorer: Felise Kaufusi

I tipped the Cowboys last week and as much as I hate to jump off now there is too much class within that Storm team to let it slip now. I can't see a Cowboys capitulation but two tries in the final 15 minutes will get the Storm home in another grand final classic.

Martin Gabor, National Correspondent
Storm by 26
Clive Churchill Medal: Cameron Smith
First try-scorer: Curtis Scott

They've lost just four times in 2017, they boast the best attack and defence in the NRL and their star halfback is bidding farewell to the club he called home for 14 seasons. What more can you say? 

Dylan Morris, North Queensland Correspondent 
Storm by 6 
Clive Churchill Medal: Cameron Smith 
First try-scorer: Cameron Munster 

The Cowboys have looked incredible in the last three weeks, but only as good as the Storm have looked all season, and Melbourne's consistency will get them home… just. 

Andrew Marmont, Melbourne Correspondent
Storm by 8
Clive Churchill Medal: Cooper Cronk
First-try scorer: Will Chambers

The Storm’s calmness under pressure will see them hang on for a tight victory.

 


Dominic Brock, Production Editor
Storm by 4
Clive Churchill Medal: Cooper Cronk
First try-scorer: Josh Addo-Carr

I’ve enjoyed the Cowboys’ incredible run as much as everyone but I’ve also had the Storm down as premiership favourites since the pre-season, and if anything they’ve only exceeded expectations since then. They were rusty last week but that that will only drive them to get back to their usual near-perfection and they should be too good – just – for the never-say-die Cowboys. 

Alicia Newton, National Correspondent
Cowboys by 2
Clive Churchill Medal: Jason Taumalolo
First try-scorer: Josh Addo-Carr

I'm riding the underdogs to finish their season with a memorable grand final victory. I think the Cowboys can frustrate the Storm and go with them defensively. The big stage occasion should make it anyone's game. Clive Churchill Medalist always seems to be anyone but the obvious, but you'd imagine if the Cowboys did spring an upset, Jason Taumalolo will be one of the key contributors. 

Adrian McMurray, Presenter/Producer
Storm by 14
Clive Churchill Medal: Cameron Smith
First try-scorer: Suliasi Vunivalu

Hardly the most daring selection, but Melbourne will win this one. I have a feeling it will be a cagey affair before the Storm go on with it in the second half, while Cameron Smith will add the Clive Churchill Medal to his incredible list of accolades. 

Eden Richards, Queensland Correspondent
Storm by 8
Clive Churchill Medal: Cameron Smith
First try-scorer: Will Chambers

Melbourne have been the best team all year and should have too much class for a gutsy Cowboys side. It's a huge game for the Storm with the impending departure of Cooper Cronk and I expect Cameron Smith to orchestrate the perfect send-off for his good friend.

Corey Rosser, New Zealand Correspondent
Storm by 8
Clive Churchill Medal: Billy Slater
First try-scorer: Suliasi Vunivalu

The Melbourne Storm got all the bad habits out of their system earlier in this finals campaign with poor first halves in both week one and their preliminary final, and are primed for this one. I expect North Queensland to foot it with them through the first 40 before Melbourne open the game up, with Billy Slater to deliver some telling blows in attack.

Chris Kennedy, National Correspondent
Cowboys by 4
Clive Churchill Medal: Michael Morgan
First try-scorer: Suliasi Vunivalu

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