NRL Grand Final Clive Churchill Medal Tips - Roosters playmaker Luke Keary to lead the charge for best on ground

Andrew Hendrie 27 Sep 2018
  • Clive Churchill Medal tips and odds
  • Back Luke Keary to be best on ground
Luke Keary

Minor premiers Sydney Roosters meet defending champions Melbourne Storm in the 2018 NRL Grand Final on Sunday night - and we’ve made our selection for the Clive Churchill Medalist.

Among the most cherished individual honour you can secure in the NRL is the Clive Churchill Medal for the best player on ground in the Grand Final - who will take home the cherished prize when the Roosters and Storm duel for the premiership on Sunday?

Considering I’m backing the Roosters home for the premiership, I’ve got to go with a player from Trent Robinson’s side for man of the match.

More often than not we see the big players stand up and make their presence felt in Grand Finals, so watch out for the likes of James Tedesco ($6.00 with online bookmaker Sportsbet), Cooper Cronk ( $9.00 if he plays) and Luke Keary ($10), along with Latrell Mitchell ($15) and Boyd Cordner ($15), while Jake Friend at $51 is a solid roughie to get behind.

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Out of those players, I fancy Keary or Tedesco to collect the Clive Churchill Medal. Tedesco is the favourite in terms of Roosters players and it’s easy to see why - the electric fullback can change the course of a game in an instant and could easily score the try that breaks the Grand Final open. At the same time, Keary could also be the man that sets up that play, and if Cronk doesn’t play and the Roosters end up winning, you know Keary would have played a big part.

Cordner is capable of producing an inspirational captain’s performance, while Jake Friend will get through a lot of work in the middle of the park.

If you fancy the Storm to prevail, Billy Slater is $4.00 to capture back-to-back Clive Churchill Medals, with Cameron Smith not too far behind at $5.00. Cameron Munster at $7.00 is probably your best bet though - the Storm five-eighth has been brilliant all season and is quickly transforming into a big-game player.

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NRL Grand Final Clive Churchill Medal Tips - Roosters playmaker Luke Keary to lead the charge for best on ground

Minor premiers Sydney Roosters meet defending champions Melbourne Storm in the 2018 NRL Grand Final on Sunday night - and we’ve made our selection for the Clive Churchill Medalist.

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