NRL Grand Final: Player Ratings

The Melbourne Storm have won the 2017 NRL Premiership with a 34-6 win over the North Queensland Cowboys, RealSport rates each players performance from the 2017 decider

Melbourne Storm secured their third Premiership title with a 34-6 win over the North Queensland Cowboys. 

We take a look at which players from both sides stood up to the occasion and who struggled.

Melbourne Storm

1. Billy Slater – 9/10

Class performance from one of the greatest fullbacks of all time. Safe at the back and always dangerous in attack with two line breaks, a try assist and a try. Was awarded the Clive Churchill medal for best on ground.

2. Suliasi Vunivalu – 7/10

Had his handling tested by the Cowboys with a barrage of bombs, stuck solid and didn’t make any mistakes.

3. Will Chambers – 7/10

Helped out his forwards with the ball and was faultless in defence. Ran for 176 metres and made 16 tackles.

4. Curtis Scott – 6/10

Had limited involvements but made the most of it when the ball came his way. Was able to grab himself a Grand Final try by supporting his winger, a moment the young man won’t soon forget.

5. Josh Addo-Carr – 7/10

Answered every question that was asked of him. His trademark speed was on show for the opening try of the match and then nabbed himself another late in the second half.

6. Cameron Munster – 8/10

Not one to be over-awed by an occasion, Munster handled the spectacle with ease, looking dangerous with every touch and running over 100 metres.

7. Cooper Cronk – 7/10

Great send off for one of the games modern greats, a classic Cooper Cronk performance, clinical and professional.

8. Jesse Bromwich – 7/10

Bombed a try in the opening minutes but made up for it with his defensive efforts and fantastic line speed. Carried the ball forward and helped his team dominate the middle.

9. Cameron Smith (c) – 8/10

Dominant performance from the Storm captain, faultless defensively and ran for over 130 metres.

10. Jordan McLean – 7/10

Alongside Bromwich, dominated the early exchanges with stinging defense and great carries up the middle.

11. Felise Kaufusi – 8/10

Terrorised Te Maire Martin all night, running an excellent line off a Slater ball to cross for a try in the first half, then ran the decoy for Slater to go over himself.

12. Tohu Harris – 8/10

One of the best performances of his career. Looked dangerous early and attracted attention with every carry. Ran for over 100 metres and made 43 tackles.

13. Dale Finucane – 7/10

Safe performance from the Melbourne workhorse, did all that was asked of him.


14. Kenny Bromwich – 5/10

Did his job without being anything spectacular, made 23 tackles in his 26 minutes.

15. Tim Glasby – 6/10

Played his role perfectly, carted the ball upfield and made every tackle he needed to. 

16. Nelson Asofa-Solomona – 8/10

Was absolutely unstoppable in one of his greatest performances to date. Bent the Cowboys defensive line with every touch.

17. Slade Griffin – 5/10

Wasn’t injected into the game until late but played as well as he could’ve with limited minutes.

North Queensland Cowboys

1. Lachlan Coote – 7/10

Tried his best and left it all out on the paddock but wasn’t enough to get the Cowboys rolling, ran for 160 metres.

2. Kyle Feldt – 7/10

Didn’t get the opportunity to display his freakish try-scoring ability, helped his forwards with a 180 metre effort.

3. Justin O’Neill – 6/10

Was given little opportunity but went looking for work, contributed 130 metres and 15 tackles.

4. Kane Linnett – 6/10

Came up with a costly error late in the second half, limited opportunities but made 22 tackles from centre.

5. Antonio Winterstein – 7/10

Ran hard from the back and tried his best whenever the ball was in his hands, ran for over 160 metres.

6. Te Maire Martin – 4/10

Came up with two costly defensive mistakes in the first half which lead to Storm tries. Did manage to grab one for himself early in the second stanza. 

7. Michael Morgan – 7/10

Tried his best but was playing on the back of a forward pack that was dominated by the Storm. Came up with the Cowboys only try assist, putting Martin through a hole.

17. Shaun Fensom – 2/10

Went down in the third minute and didn’t return. Played as well as he could have in three minutes of game time. 

9. Jake Granville – 5/10

Needed to run the ball more but was stuck behind a forward pack that was far out-played by Melbourne. Made 39 tackles.

10. Scott Bolton – 5/10

Did his job but was out-played by the Melbourne forwards, dominated up the middle for most of the first half.

11. Gavin Cooper (c) – 6/10

Got through some work with 100 metres and 40 tackles but wasn’t enough to help the Cowboys make any real impact.

12. Ethan Lowe – 7/10

Worked hard in defence and attack but couldn’t get any real roll on against a great Storm forward pack.

13. Jason Taumalolo – 6/10

Disappointing performance from a man that was amongst the Cowboys’ best throughout the finals series. Was handled by the Melbourne forwards and had minimal impact by his standards.


8. John Asiata – 7/10

Put the effort in with 80 metres and 30 tackles, looked dangerous when getting involved.

14. Ben Hampton – 5/10

Lacked involvement with eight tackles in a limited 15 minutes of game time. 

15. Coen Hess – 6/10

Was thrusted into the game earlier than he was expecting following the injury to Fensom, had to cop the brunt of the early exchanges and therefore couldn’t make his usual impact with the ball.

16. Corey Jensen – 6/10

Solid effort from the youngster with 38 metres and 20 tackles in 25 minutes.

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