James Matthey answers key questions on the decider.
North Queensland protested but in all likelihood the collision mattered little.
The score-line reflected the sheer dominance of Melbourne's performances right from Round 1 this year but did not fairly reflect the effort the Cowboys put into a contest. They're better than every other team in the competition and have been all season.
Nine's Wide World of Sports has released details of what it is calling a blockbuster day of 2017 Telstra NRL Grand Final coverage when the Melbourne Storm plays the North Queensland Cowboys on Sunday.
Why should I cheer for the Storm? A win would be the icing on Smith's ideal season that already includes an Origin series win and Dally M triumph.
Now 34, Slater showed no signs of old age in an up-tempo grand final, continually catching the Cowboys out with quick restarts and probing runs.
In the past three years, the NRL narrative has been about the fulfilment of longing: South Sydney, the Cowboys and Cronulla became premiers for either the first time or what seemed like it.
Lowe's second-row colleague, Murgon's Gavin Cooper, has also had the responsibility of being stand-in captain in the absence of Johnathan Thurston and Matt Scott.
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Slater broke down several times following the Melbourne Storm's 34-6 victory over the North Queensland Cowboys, overcome with emotion following his long journey back from a knee injury that nearly ended his playing days.
So the Storm win again.
The nature of their 30-0 victory has made them heavy favourites to win the trophy and make up for the disappointment of last season's heart-breaking defeat. They've been there and done it before.
Speaking after the win, Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy said he was confident Slater would stick around.
A year on and the Cowboys could only hope to get close enough to lay a hand, let alone a swinging arm, on the elusive Melbourne winger as he lit up ANZ Stadium on Sunday night.
The Cowboys are on a hot streak, defying the odds each time this finals series. The damage was done and Paul Green's men were out on their feet. If a guy like Taumalolo can do that he will get Jake Granville, Lachlan Coote and Michael Morgan into play. If Morgan's kicking game can keep turning the Storm around, Taumalolo could break the game open in the final 20 minutes against a tiring Storm pack.
Kick-off is scheduled for 9.15pm (New Zealand time). Cowboys wing Kyle Feldt is paying up to $17 to be the first tryscorer. Not too far behind him is teammate Josh Addo-Carr ($8) who scored the opening try in both of Melbourne's finals so far.