Melbourne Storm will go into their game against Parramatta Eels as clear favourites after finishing the season as minor premiers. Cameron Smith is set to break the NRL’s all time games record when he runs out for Melbourne Storm on Saturday evening. It’s hard to see Melbourne getting beaten with the form they’re in at the minute.
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1. Billy Slater 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. William Chambers 4. Curtis Scott 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Jordan McLean 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Tohu Harris 13. Dale Finucane 14. Kenneath Bromwich 15. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 16. Tim Glasby 17. Slade Griffin 18. Jahrome Hughes 19. Robbie Rochow 20. Joe Stimson 21. Young Tonumaipea
1. Will Smith 2. Semi Radradra 3. Michael Jennings 4. Brad Takairangi 5. Kirisome Auva’a 6. Corey Norman 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Daniel Alvaro 9. Cameron King 10. Tim Mannah 11. Manu Ma’u 12. Tepai Moeroa 13. Nathan Brown 14. Beau Scott 15. Kenny Edwards 16. Siosaia Vave 17. Suaia Matagi 18. Kaysa Pritchard 19. Josh Hoffman 20. David Gower 21. Frank Pritchard
Two years ago Jason Taumalolo very nearly became a Cronulla Shark.
But the North Queensland enforcer has no regrets sticking with the Cowboys despite their dire plight ahead of Sunday’s NRL elimination final with his former suitors Cronulla.
Taumalolo was reminded of just how close he came to joining this weekend’s foes after Sharks captain Paul Gallen chewed his ear at the 2015 All Stars game.
“At the time I was (close),” Taumalolo agreed.
“I was still young and weighing up my options.
“I didn’t think Gal would be playing too much longer but the way he has been showing us young boys how to play, he’s still one of the big boys.”
However, Taumalolo said he did not wonder what might have been despite the Sharks’ success.
The NRL’s oldest player Gallen – who turned 36 last month – has found another gear to ensure the defending premiers are overwhelming favourites against the depleted Cowboys.
Reeling from an injury list that ballooned out to 12 players three weeks ago, North Queensland had to rely on other results to scrape into the top eight.
“I think the boys around me made my decision easy,” Taumalolo said of staying at North Queensland.
“I had the respect of my teammates and the coaching staff and I had it for them so that made my choice easier.
“And I love living in north Queensland and that won’t change any time soon.”
Taumalolo is on a collision course with Gallen on Sunday after amassing the most total run metres (4243m) and averaging the most metres per game (192.9m) this season.
But Taumalolo scoffed at the suggestion he was carrying the Cowboys’ finals hopes.
“We are not a one-man team,” he said.
“We have strike weapons right across the park, hopefully on Sunday they all fire.”