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2016 NRL Finals
Finals Week 1
Elimination Final 1: Brisbane Broncos (5) vs Gold Coast Titans (8)
Brisbane Broncos 44 defeat Gold Coast Titans 28
In what was a controversy fueled game, the Broncos took a 16-point victory over the Titans in what turned out to be the highest-scoring final in the history of the NRL.While they were expected to win this one, the Broncos have plenty of improving to do especially on the defensive end after the Titans scored five tries. Most of those were during the first half and if young half Ashley Taylor hadn’t of been injured the game might have been a different story. It was a dominating second half though for the Broncos, and while the Titans copped the rough end of the stick with the match officials, the Broncos are through to the second week of the finals.
Qualifying Final 2: Canberra Raiders (2) vs Cronulla Sharks (3)
Canberra Raiders 14 defeated by Cronulla Sharks 16
It was low-scoring and hard-fought contest in Canberra as the Sharks came away with a two-point win on the road to qualify for the preliminary finals, while the Raiders will have to front up for work again next week. Scores were locked with just five minutes to go, but a penalty was given away in front of goals and James Maloney would calmly slot the winning points.
Qualifying Final 1: Melbourne Storm (1) vs North Queensland Cowboys (4)
Melbourne Storm 16 defeat North Queensland Cowboys 10
The Melbourne Storm put in a clinical performance to earn a week off in the first NRL qualifying final, defeating the North Queensland Cowboys at home by six points. A Cameron Smith 40/20 set the tone and they never looked back, maintaining a lot of possession and running away with the win.
Elimination Final 2: Penrith Panthers (6) vs Canterbury Bulldogs (7)
Penrith Panthers 28 defeated Canterbury Bulldogs 12
The Panthers put an end to the Bulldogs’ season with a strong showing in the second elimination final. They struggled during the first half of the match but lifted significantly after the break, and their dominant for in the second half was enough to earn them a 16-point win over the Bulldogs, knocking the Canterbury team out of the 2016 finals series.
Semi-Final 1: North Queensland Cowboys vs Brisbane Broncos
North Queenland Cowboys 26 defeated Brisbane Broncos 20
The North Queensland Cowboys got an extra-time win over the Brisbane Broncos in the first NRL semi-final. It was the first match in the history of the NRL to use the new extra time format rather than golden point, and it didn’t disappoint with Michael Morgan crossing for the winning try in the first period of extra-time after 80 minutes of high-paced, frantic action.
Semi-Final 2: Canberra Raiders vs Penrith Panthers
Canberra Raiders 22 defeated Penrith Panthers 12
The Canberra Raiders recorded a ten-point victory over the Penrith Panthers in the second NRL semi-final, booking a match against the Melbourne Storm in the process. They led the match from the first points until the final siren and, for the most part, dominated the Panthers.
Preliminary Final 2: Cronulla Sharks vs North Queensland Cowboys
Cronulla Sharks 32 defeated North Queensland Cowboys 20
The Cronulla Sharks went through to their first NRL Grand Final in almost two decades after they defeated the North Queensland Cowboys in a dominant display at Allianz Stadium by 12 points. Cronulla came flying out of the gates, and the Cowboys never got into the match being well beaten in the forwards and not able to control the Sharks’ creative weapons.
Preliminary Final 1: Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders
Melbourne Storm 14 defeated Canberra Raiders 12
The Melbourne Storm advanced to another grand final, with Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk guiding them over a gallant Canberra Raiders outfit by two points in what was an excellent game of football. Coming off a week’s break, the Storm were put right to the test from the get go, with the Raiders using their usual attacking vibe to up the pressure, but Melbourne handled it beautifully and came away with the win.
Grand Final: Melbourne Storm vs Cronulla Sharks
Melbourne Storm 12 defeated by Cronulla Sharks 14
The Cronulla Sharks finally broke their premiership drought in the 2016 NRL Grand Final, defeating the Melbourne Storm in an epic match at ANZ Stadium by two points. The Sharks dominated for the most part of the contest, but struggled to run away with the lead thanks in part to some brilliant defence from the Storm. The match ended with the Storm making one frantic last play to win, but the Sharks were able to hold and claim the premiership.
All the wash-up from the 2016 NRL grand final:
» LORD: Gallen leads Sharks into history books
» PRICHARD: 13 extra seconds, but the Sharks did it
» Five talking points
» Ten best tweets from the match
» Sharks player ratings
» Storm player ratings
» Match report: Sharks’ wait over
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