Greg Inglis inspired Melbourne Storm to their third National Rugby League premiership after a 23-16 grand final win over the Parramatta Eels in Sydney.
Inglis stings the Eels as Melbourne storm to title
Greg Inglis inspired Melbourne Storm to their third National Rugby League premiership after a 23-16 grand final win over the Parramatta Eels in Sydney yesterday. The Australian Test centre scored a second-half try and kicked a goal with two minutes left to put the Storm out of reach. "It's unbelievable - it was an exciting time the first time we won but it's a real sense of achievement this time," said the Melbourne captain Cameron Smith.
"We worked so hard to get there this year and we played an outstanding opponent in Parramatta. We were on the ropes there at the end but the boys showed what a tough side we are and we came through it." Melbourne were appearing in their fourth consecutive grand final - they won the title in 2007 - while Parramatta were attempting to become the first team to win the trophy after qualifying from eighth place in the play-offs.
Melbourne's Billy Slater was named the most valuable player in the match and winner of the Clive Churchill Medal. Meanwhile, St Helens will face Leeds in the English Super League grand final for the third year in a row after a hard-fought 14-10 victory over the Wigan Warriors on Saturday. The win means that the Saints will play in a record seventh grand final, and they will face the team that has beaten them in the last two finals.
"It was a really good performance from us against a very determined team," said the Saints coach Mick Potter. "It's great to get the result and be going to Old Trafford. There were some really special things done by us to stop them scoring." Wigan announced after the game that they have already chosen a successor to coach Brian Noble, whose contract will not be renewed. The Warriors will reveal their new coach on Wednesday, with reserve coach Shaun Wane and Melbourne assistant coach Michael Maguire the main contenders.