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Key facts and figures for NRL grand final

AAP logoAAP 28/09/2016

WHY YOUR TEAM CAN WIN THE NRL GRAND FINAL:

Why Melbourne will win:

* Melbourne have won their only other finals clash with Cronulla, winning 28-0 in the 2008 preliminary final

* Melbourne are the only team to have completed around 80 per cent this season (81.9%), while the Sharks average 76.2 per cent

* Cronulla play worse at night, winning 10 of 17, compared to being nine-from-nine in the day

* Melbourne concede the least points and line-breaks and miss the least tackles

* Melbourne have made Cronulla their bunnies in recent years, winning 10 of 12 against them since 2009. They only have a better record against Penrith (12-1) over that same period

* Cronulla have not beaten Melbourne away from home since round 2, 2008

* Melbourne have won 12 from 17 at ANZ Stadium, but have not played there since round 10, 2014. Cronulla have won seven of 22 matches there, including one of their past six. They have never won a finals match at the ground

* Melbourne will play their 500th NRL game on Sunday. They won their 100th, 200th, 300th and 400th

* Cronulla have not scored a try in the opening 20 minutes of their past five matches

While Cronulla will win:

* Cronulla have made the most metres of any team this year, slightly ahead of the Storm who are second

* No team who have finished third have lost any of the five grand finals they have reached since the top-eight system was introduced in 1999

* Cronulla are the most-experienced side to play in a grand final, with 2742 NRL games behind them. They also have five players with more than 250 games' experience

* Four Melbourne players have been sin-binned in 2016, double that of any other team

* All five of the Storm's losses have come at night this year, while they have won each of their six daytime games

* The only match Melbourne have lost this year after leading at halftime was against Cronulla, in round 4

Miscellaneous trivia:

* Sunday's decider is the first time opposing State of Origin captains have played against each other in a grand final

* Paul Gallen (278 games) becomes the most-experienced player to play his maiden grand final, edging out Jason Taylor (275)

* Cameron Smith is 11 points from becoming the fifth player to reach 2000. Johnathan Thurtson in five points away

* James Maloney becomes the seventh player to play in grand finals with three different teams

* Valentine Holmes needs one try to become the first Shark to reach 20 in a season

* Suliasa Vunivalu could become the second player to score nine doubles in a season if he scores twice on Sunday. He would be the first to do it in a rookie year

** All figures courtesy of Fox Sports Stats

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