Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
4 days ago
Despite another defiant performance from rank outsiders Wests, they could not match the firepower of the Devils, who will go in search of a fourth straight premiership against Tweed Heads next Saturday.
Norths, chock-full of Melbourne Storm development players, led 16-6 at halftime but did not seal the game until 14 minutes from fulltime.
The game-turning sequence came when Wests centre Jack Reed beat half-a-dozen defenders only to lose the ball across the line.
A minute later Devils five-eighth Sean Yorston chip-kicked 40m out, with the fullback running past the ball and completely missing it. Yorston regathered and scooped the ball one-handed to a flying Liam Foran in support, making for a 12-point turnaround.
It was smooth sailing for the reigning premiers, who had all the possession and territory until the 12th minute when half Liam Foran kicked out on the full.
But Norths was next to score when Foran started a slick movement to the right, reestablishing a healthy lead as Jharal Yow Yeh crossed in the corner.