5 Reasons The Storm Will Win
The Storm have the best defence in the premiership conceding only 12.5 points a game in 2016. The better regular season defensive team has won seven of the last eight deciders. Melbourne have won 3 of their last 4 Grand Finals when the better defensive team heading in.
- The Coach
Craig Bellamy is arguably the greatest coach of all-time. His win rate of 67% is five full points ahead of co-coaches of the century Wayne Bennett and Jack Gibson. Tactically he is brilliant. No coach gets more out of his talent.
Cronulla will carry the weight of 50 seasons without a title. Grand Finals have become commonplace for the Storm, who will play in their sixth in the last 11 years. The team that will feel the heavy burden of history on Sunday will not be the Melbourne Storm.
- Cam and Coop
Cameron Smith is the greatest hooker of all-time. He is a former Dally M Medal winner, a seven-time Dally M Hooker of the Year, the finest leader the game has known. Cooper Cronk is coming off his second Dally M Medal. This will be his sixth Grand Final. No halfback controls a match like him.
Melbourne rarely feel threatened but when they do it is by expansive, unpredictable teams. The Warriors have historically been a concern. The Raiders and their ability to play off-the-cuff have recently proved a handful. The Sharks’ want to play dour and direct will give the Storm few reasons for concern.