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Melbourne Storm put on a rugby league masterclass as they put North Queensland Cowboys to the sword 34-6 in the Australian NRL grand final on Sunday.

The Storm scored six tries to one as they totally dominated the Cowboys, who ended the regular season in eighth place before making an unlikely run to the grand final.
Melbourne were led by their three superstars, hooker Cameron Smith, halfback Cooper Cronk and fullback Billy Slater, but in truth there were no poor players in a team that won 10 games straight to finish the season.
Slater, who was awarded the Clive Churchill Medal as the player of the match, said he was never worried about the result.
“It was a great performance, but we’ve been doing it all year and we were very confident,” he said.
The Storm went into the match as firm favourites and were given a massive boost in just the third minute when the Cowboys lost hardworking forward Shaun Fensom to a suspected broken leg following an accidental clash with a teammate.
Playing with one man down the Cowboys’ struggled to cope with the pace and power of the well-drilled Melbourne pack.
The Storm were in complete control but it took almost 20 minutes to break through, winger Josh Addo-Carr scoring a length of the field try after a Cowboys attacking kick went awry.
They were in again eight minutes later when Cronk found Slater, who put Felise Kaufusi through a huge gap.
Melbourne then put one hand on the trophy when Slater ghosted through a gap and scored just before halftime to put the minor premiers 18-0 ahead at the break.

That 34-6 win was such a typical Melbourne Storm performance. They didn't let the Cowboys really get into it. Just too professional, clinical and consistent.
 
It's the sort of performance they put on so many times this year, but not in the finals until today.
 
Cameron Smith was instrumental in all facets, Cooper Cronk's game management was on point, Billy Slater was flawless at the back. Tohu Harris, Cameron Munster, Will Chambers ... seriously, they had wall-to-wall great performances.


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