NRL Grand Final Betting Preview: North Queensland vs. Melbourne Odds

   Jason Taumalolo is a pivotal part of the Cowboys gameplan

GETTY IMAGES Jason Taumalolo is a pivotal part of the Cowboys gameplan

The Cowboys have already won a finals match at ANZ Stadium this year, downing the Eels at the venue in week 2, and have won their last four games in New South Wales.

"I didn't really know [whether I'd be back here]", Slater said after the win, breaking into tears.

All the Cowboys are operating at peak capacity and I will fight you if you say otherwise.

TAB has reported that around 63% of the Head to Head money is on the Storm, with betting support for the Cowboys stronger than their price would suggest. He controls everything out of dummy half.

As Eternity reported previous year, rugby players from opposing teams have been praying together, before and after games. In defence they'll make sure they have at least one defender chopping his legs out from underneath him.

Goondiwindi talent and former TRL Colt of the Year Lowe will carry an eye socket injury into Sunday's big grand final in Sydney, but such has been the gutsy effort of the Cowboys to qualify for the decider, there has been no suggestion this week of the hard-working second-rower missing it.

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.

Melbourne have been setting the pace all season and are deserved favourites heading into the grand final.

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For the Sharks a year ago, Andrew Fifita, Matt Prior, Paul Gallen and Chris Heighington were superb.

Will Chambers created space for Addo-Carr, beating a trio of players before offloading for the speedster, who brilliantly swerved through the Cowboys on a sizzling 70m run that Storm fans will never forget. Their confidence is infectious on the rest of the group.

Are you game enough to write them off?

The only time the Cowboys will be vulnerable is when Taumalolo leaves the field for a rest in the middle of the game.

Leading the Cowboys' charge is Michael Morgan ($11) and Jason Taumalolo ($11).

One more, in the form of the North Queensland Cowboys, proved to be just too much of a stretch. And a good chunk of the population in Melbourne will be celebrating for the second time in two days this Sunday evening.

"The Cowboys are underpinned by a great work ethic, back-rowers who start and end the game and a workaholic bench that is unheralded but which comes on and does a lot of cleaning up". Victory in the Grand Final would be a fairy-tale for Cronk, so there is plenty riding on the outcome of the game for both teams and an abundance of engaging stories to be told. In a big game like that against a really good team ... when you're playing a team like that you can't have things go against you like that.

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