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Our experts pick the winner, first try-scorer and Clive Churchill Medal winner

THE Sunday Mail’s panel of knowledgeable tipsters ship their verdicts on the NRL Grand Final: The winner, first tryscorer and Clive Churchill medallist.

FORM GUIDE: NRL GRAND FINAL — ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

PETER BADEL

Storm by 7

Why: The Storm gained’t lose back-to-back grand finals. Their massive males will run riot in midfield.

First try-scorer: Suliasi Vunivalu

CC Medal: Cameron Munster

FORM GUIDE: NRL GRAND FINAL — ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

TRAVIS MEYN

Cowboys by 2

Why: Phil Gould was proper. The Storm have stuttered at the unsuitable time and will run right into a Cowboys facet using excessive on confidence.

First try-scorer: Gavin Cooper

CC Medal: Jason Taumalolo

RIKKI-LEE ARNOLD

Cowboys by 1

Why: I don’t suppose their story is over for 2017. They are nonetheless the underdogs however they’re operating off the again of lots of momentum.

First try-scorer: Suliasi Vunivalu

CC Medal: Michael Morgan

PAUL MALONE

Cowboys by four

Why: The Cowboys have performed the better of any staff in the finals. They are additionally No. 1 all season when it comes to units accomplished and compelled dropouts

First try-scorer: Suliasi Vunivalu

CC Medal: Jason Taumalolo

ROBERT CRADDOCK

Cowboys by 6

Why: Their sport is so suited to finals they solely must be themselves. Low errors, Taumalolo, Morgan’s magic and it’s a win for the ages.

First try-scorer: Jake Granville

CC Medal: Jason Taumalolo

LUKE TURGEON

Storm by 12

Why: Melbourne are ruthless and will present no mercy. The Big Three gained’t let alternatives slip of their ultimate sport collectively.

First try-scorer: Suliasi Vunivalu

CC Medal: Cameron Smith

MICHAEL WESTLAKE

Cowboys by 1

Why: Unstoppable momentum and error-free soccer will strangle the finest groups out of a giant sport. They won’t let Melbourne off the hook.

First try-scorer: Jake Granville

CC Medal: Michael Morgan

GORDEN TALLIS

Cowboys by 2

Why: The Cowboys have all the momentum and confidence and that may make them onerous to beat.

First try-scorer: Gavin Cooper

CC Medal: Michael Morgan

MAL MENINGA

Storm by 6

Why: Melbourne’s second half in opposition to Brisbane proved they’ve discovered their rhythm. Big-match gamers and a season of consistency.

First try-scorer: Will Chambers

CC Medal: Cameron Smith

DARREN LOCKYER

Storm by 7

Why: If the Storm get off to a flying begin, they are going to have an excessive amount of expertise to be run down.

First try-scorer: Will Chambers

CC Medal: Cameron Smith

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