2017 Grand Final: Cowboys player ratings

NRL.com rates the performances of all 17 North Queensland Cowboys players in the 2017 NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final.

‌1. Lachlan Coote

Tried to relieve Morgan of some of the playmaking duties but the relentless Storm pressure made it difficult to have an impact. Safe, brave, typical Lachlan Coote. 6/10

2. Kyle Feldt

The powerful winger was one of few Cowboys players to worry the Storm defence, his kick return prior to half-time giving North Queensland fans a rare moment to get excited. Unfortunately very few opportunities in the second half. 6.5/10

3. Justin O'Neill

Came up with some solid defence early but was subjected to a Storm onslaught down the right, missing the tackle on Slater as he crossed midway through the first half. 5.5/10

4. Kane Linnett

Some strong carries when the Cowboys ventured down short sides and tried to help Morgan wrangle a rampant Tohu Harris before a spill in his own half gifted the Storm the try that sealed the Provan-Summons Trophy. 5/10

5. Antonio Winterstein

Good defensive reads early along with very strong carries to help out his forwards but awful error just before half-time that led to Slater's try was a big blot on his scorecard. Had more post-contact metres than any other Cowboy and ran with vigour all night. 6.5/10

6. Te Maire Martin

Came in on Slater for the Kaufusi try and didn't show enough urgency to get across when Slater scored just before half-time. The Storm's 'big three' performed a public humiliation on the 21-year-old until he linked with his halves partner to score his side's only try. 5/10

7. Michael Morgan

Gauged the momentum of the game early really well under immense pressure from Storm defenders but was rarely in a good position to put in an attacking kick. Great vision to lay on Martin try and tried valiantly to drag his side back into the contest with the weight of North Queensland on his shoulders. 7/10

17. Shaun Fensom

Suffered a shocking leg injury after less than four minutes and played no further part in the game. 3/10

9. Jake Granville

Spectacular try-saving tackle on Jesse Bromwich in the fourth minute and more active than he had been in recent weeks out of dummy-half. Made 28 first half tackles that limited his attacking potency and it was one-way traffic by the time he returned, the hooker giving away two silly penalties late. 6/10 

10. Scott Bolton

Industrious in opening exchanges against heavy Storm defence, making 63m in his first 26 minutes. Career year with an unhappy ending. 5.5/10

11. Gavin Cooper

The skipper was helpless as Cronk pulled the Cowboys' left edge apart, his task made even more difficult by a leg injury late in the first half. Offload in 63rd minute put Lowe under all sorts of pressure and was the man left clutching as Finucane crashed over. 5.5/10

12. Ethan Lowe

Great desperation to get back on a Cronk kick that hit the post and a Smith grubber early in the contest. Ill-timed offload gave Storm possession as Cowboys mounted a fight-back but few in a Cowboys jersey worked harder. 6.5/10

13. Jason Taumalolo

Received plenty of strong treatment early but jolted ball free in strong tackle on Vunivalu to swing momentum briefly. Kept to 68m in first 32-minute stint and was closely marked again in the second half, kept to only 115m whilst making 34 tackles. 6.5/10

8. John Asiata

Came on after 25 minutes and produced some terrific scything tackles including one as the Storm attacked the try-line. Playing with a broken hand his skill gave the Cowboys an extra playmaking option and some energy in attack. 6/10

14. Ben Hampton

On for Granville 10 minutes into the second half and was penalised for a lifting tackle on Munster after getting away with another a couple of minutes earlier. Given just 15 minutes of game-time. 5/10

15. Coen Hess

Brought on after four minutes due to terrible injury suffered by Shaun Fensom and delivered some customary strong carries without ever really troubling the determined Storm defence. 5.5/10

16. Corey Jensen

Tried to muscle up against the big Storm pack but made just 38m in his 25-minute stint. 5/10