The Melbourne Storm romped to the 2017 NRL Premiership with a 34-6 victory over the North Queensland Cowboys in Sunday night’s Grand Final.
First-half tries from Josh Addo-Carr, Auckland-born Felise Kaufusi and Billy Slater had given Melbourne a commanding 18-0 lead at the break.
The Cowboys then scored first in the second after Turangawaewae junior Te Maire Martin went over.
But the joy was short lived. First Melbourne lockDale Finucane charged onto a Cameron Smith flat ball to go over in the 64th minute, before Addo-Carr set up Curtis Scott and then scored his second himself with seven minutes to go, benefitting from a beautiful looping cut-out pass from Tohu Harris.
Melbourne Storm 34 (Addo-Carr 2, Kaufusi, Slater, Finucane, Scott tries; Smith 5 goals) defeated North Queensland Cowboys 6 (Martin try; Lowe goal) at ANZ Stadium. Half time: Storm 18-0. Crowd: 79,722.