Golden point? History suggests it’s on the cards
TWO of the past three Roosters-Storm games has been won on a field goal and the other was a three-point match.
The chances of extra time are clear in a grand final between teams with that recent history especially as three previous finals games this year were decided by a point.
The NRL confirmed golden-point would be played on Sunday if 10 minutes of extra time does not break a draw after 80 minutes.
A staggering statistic reinforces the belief that first points are important in the nerve-jangling environment of a grand final.
Fox Sports Stats say that since compulsory grand finals were introduced in 1954, only 10 teams have come from behind to win one.
They were St George (1964), Canterbury (1984), Canberra (1989), Penrith (1991), Newcastle (1997), Brisbane (1998), Melbourne (1999), Canterbury (2004), St George Illawarra (2010) and North Queensland (2015).
Cameron Smith's field goal was the difference in Melbourne's 9-8 win over the Roosters in round 18 in Adelaide.
Last year, the Storm won a round 23 match at home 16-13, with Mitchell Pearce's golden-point field goal settling a round 16 match earlier last season 25-24 for the Roosters.
The Storm are pronounced favourites in betting markets, but have a task ahead in scoring enough points to win.
The Tricolours have held their opponents scoreless in the final 20 minutes of each of their past four matches and have conceded a total of 12 second-half points.
The Roosters have won 15 of 16 games when leading at halftime this season but just one of six when trailing at the break.
Melbourne has won 13 of 16 matches when ahead at halftime but have the best winning record when behind at the change of ends of any team this season.
The Storm have won four games from eight when trailing at the break.
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