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BATTLE OF BUNDY: Duo to face off in NRL decider

BATTLE IS ON: Bundaberg's North Queensland Cowboy Coen Hess and Bundaberg's Melbourne Storm player Felise Kaufusi will play off in the NRL grand final this week.
BATTLE IS ON: Bundaberg's North Queensland Cowboy Coen Hess and Bundaberg's Melbourne Storm player Felise Kaufusi will play off in the NRL grand final this week. Ian Hitchcock

LEAGUE: This time next week Bundaberg's Felise Kaufusi or Coen Hess will be an NRL premiership winner.

The duo are off to the NRL decider and will face off on Sunday after Melbourne and North Queensland qualified for the grand final.

The Storm smashed the Brisbane Broncos 30-0 on Friday with the Cowboys beating the Sydney Roosters 29-16 on Saturday.

Incredibly, in the fairytale of the year, the Cowboys are now 80 minutes away from the premiership after being 17 minutes away from elimination in the finals in round 26.

They are the first side to make the grand final from eighth since Parramatta in 2009, who ironically faced the Storm as well.

Cowboys coach Paul Green said he was in awe of his squad, who have made the grand final without Johnathan Thurston, Matt Scott and with plenty of injuries.

"The players deserve a massive wrap,” he said.

"They've continued to work hard and try to get better as a team.”

Hess has been one of those injured players, still struggling with the knee injury he suffered against Parramatta last week.

He played for 29 minutes and gained 90 metres from the bench and should be fine in his first grand final.

They will face a Storm side heavily favoured to win its third premiership.

They were ruthless on Friday as Kaufusi played a full 80 minutes in second row and made 32 tackles in the Broncos shutout.

He should now be named in his first grand final as well and join his brother Antonio, who played in two deciders.

Kaufusi will hope he is on the winning ledger this time around after his brother lost both finals he was in.

It will be a big week for the duo with both expected to arrive in Sydney later this week.