Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

NORTHS CLINCH IT; Chargers Steal Show and Brothers Rue the One That Got Away

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

NORTHS CLINCH IT; Chargers Steal Show and Brothers Rue the One That Got Away

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Byline: Matty Holdsworth Matty.Holdsworth@capnews.com.au

RUGBY LEAGUE: Norths Chargers clearly don't follow a script. It was supposed to be the end to a perfect season for Rockhampton Brothers.

And for 67 minutes it was shaping up that way.

Nobody saw it coming.

Down by 12 with as many minutes remaining, Norths found the will to cross for three late tries to seal the impossible and record a 24-18 victory.

They fought tooth and nail throughout the finals and had never beaten their grand final opponents in any of their outings this season.

But when it counted, they stepped up to the plate and were rewarded with their first title since 2007.

Tireless prop Daniel Tanner nearly shed a tear as he struggled to hide his overwhelming pride. Being the captain in the last two grand final defeats made it all the sweeter.

"It has been a long time coming, three years we have been pushing. We have dealt with injuries throughout the year but we dug deep. It was glorious. To get the money shot at the end like that, I am just so proud," Tanner said.

"It puts a tear in the eye, you appreciate those games.

"They had us on the ropes, we just had to believe in ourselves. All year we have relied on our defence, that has got us through games.

"What an experience for our 18-year-old halves (Jack White and Caleb Tull) it is unheard of. We believed in them as soon as they turned up. We are a big old forward pack and just had to nurture them around until they had that belief. They did so well and I am so proud."

Norths opened the scoring through Tull before Brothers hit back late via a Grant Rogers burrow from dummy half. The teams went into the sheds locked at 6-6.

From there it was all Brothers, who dominated territory and the score board with tries to Justin Daniels and Sam Kitchin. …

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