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NRL Cowboys Fuming After Training Gets Bumped For Macklemore Grand Final Rehearsal

It may well be one of the most explosive NRL grand finals for some time with not all the action focused on the field.

Cameron Smith lands another shot at goal.

Fensom is one of four Cowboys players who have never played in a grand final.

The Cowboys are finding it hard to break the Storm's defensive line as the Melbourne pack continue to create headaches for the exhausted Cowboys on attack.

The seeds of his coaching prowess were sown more than three decades ago, when Bellamy joined the fledgling Canberra Raiders as one of the club's foundation players in 1982.

The Storm have their tails up and are applying some real pressure on the Cowboys as their forwards look absolutely knackered.

"Nothing official has been signed with Michael, but as soon as the salary cap for next year is finalised, we have an agreement with his management that we will start talks".

He said Queensland's dominance of the NRL and State of Origin meant CQ was "very much in the running to be home to an NRL team". Billy Slater, Josh Ado-Carr and Suliasi Vunivalu are all devastating runners of the ball.

Their frighteningly large forwards led by Jason Taumalolo and Coen Hess made a quick imprint on the game, as it remained deadlocked through the opening quarter.

After averaging 194m in 2017, he ran for just 101 metres as the Storm forwards dominated. Just two try assists in the first eight rounds, and 13 in 23 rounds.

And we are underway!

NRL spokesman Glenn Jackson told The Daily Telegraph big games are often delayed to ensure the 80,000 fans get into the ground on time.

The Storm finished this year as minor premiers, six points clear of the second placed Sydney Roosters.

But Melbourne are better.

As usual, it was the kicking game of Cooper Cronk which was on fire - ably supported by his captain Cameron Smith.

The game stopped for nine minutes, but that wasn't enough to help the Cowboys prepare to weather the storm that was about to hit.

After breaking records by becoming the first forward to run for 5000m in season, former Dally M medallist Taumalolo largely went missing.

Cronk will leave the club at the end of the year and is expected to retire.

Walker said that when Storm fullback Billy Slater had blinders the Storm generally won. Jordan McLean, 11. Felise Kaufusi, 12.

Lock Dale Finucane was in on the con job.

"The Storm have got big, loping men like Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Jesse Bromwich and Jordan McLean and they like to defend up and down, but if they can get some change of direction going it limits their ability to get that wrestle going as well". Kyle Feldt, 3. Justin O'Neill, 4. His pass for Kane Linnett to score against the Roosters was absolutely exquisite, and he was nearly faultless throughout. Five-eighth Te Maire Martin found a sliver of space in the defensive line and scored. Interchange: Ben Hampton, Coen Hess, Corey Jensen, Shaun Fenson.