NRL Podcast: Cronk, Munster the keys for preliminary finals
Steve Renouf is tipping a Melbourne Storm v Sydney Roosters grand final and in this week's NRL Podcast he outlines why Cooper Cronk and Cameron Munster will be the catalysts to inspire their respective sides to the September 30 decider.
Renouf provides an interesting take on how both Cronk and Munster are masters of the clutch play in the big moment, when they both get into a "zone" and shut out all external pressure.
What fascinates the Brisbane legend is how the duo are polar opposites in temperament with Cronk the composed philosopher king and Munster the footloose and fancy-free larrikin.
Renouf outlines why he believes a week's rest will be crucial to the outcome of both preliminary finals in the wake of South Sydney and Cronulla both backing up from physically and mentally draining finals, which he says will be a telling factor in their demise.
He also analyses what went wrong for the St George Illawarra Dragons in more than just their final set with the footy in the 13-12 loss to the Rabbitohs, pinpointing the entire last four minutes as a rudderless segment of play half Ben Hunt must learn lessons from.
Renouf also predicts the Broncos will win the Telstra Premiership by 2020 at the latest after developing a plethora of young stars in both the forwards and the backs who will only learn from their disappointing elimination semi-final loss to the Dragons.