CHARGING: Norths prop Matt Jarvis tries his best to run over the top of the Brothers defensive line during their semi-final showdown at the weekend.
CHARGING: Norths prop Matt Jarvis tries his best to run over the top of the Brothers defensive line during their semi-final showdown at the weekend. Tamara MacKenzie ROK120817tkleag

GF AWAITS: Full steam ahead for fearsome Norths

RUGBY LEAGUE: You know what you're going to get when you face Norths Chargers. Stopping it however, is another thing entirely.

With a brutal forwards-based game, their big men thunder ahead and their defenders all work hard and for each other.

Halfback Dean Allen dictates play, controlling things like a chess master, while speedy outside backs and wide forwards do the damage on the scoreboard.

From Round One to now it has been the same, simple, assured game plan.

And why change?

They've won 16 on the trot and been undefeated since the opening round.

Nothing changed in the weekend's clinical 24-10 win over Rockhampton Brothers, an outing that sealed Norths' place in the grand final.

"We have got there again, another opportunity to win the grand final again, we are all just glad it is over and done with," coach Kane Hardy said.

"Nothing has changed for us and it shouldn't. We are just focused on the task at hand.

"Brothers always lift for us and we knew they would again. It was a ripper game.

"They had a lot more ball and enjoyed the penalty count. But our defence stood up like it has all year.

"We denied them one or two tries that could have swung the game (in their favour)."

No one sums up Norths' resolute defence more than Shaun Ezzy. The somewhat diminutive lock forward is a tireless cog in the wheel for the premiers, one who never shies away from getting stuck in.

 

Hardy believes it is only a matter of time before his young Charger is rewarded with higher honours.

"He is just getting better and better, he does a phenomenal amount of work," Hardy said.

"Mostly it is stuff that is not noticed, but I see it and the team sees it. He never stops working.

"I think he is a Q-Cup player in the making.

"Andrew Dale was great off the bench too. He has this bit of aura about him, the boys look up to him and follow.

"Dale Stephens was also sensational and Josh Johnston was brilliant."

Hardy is in uncharted waters this finals series. In his debut premiership run last year, his side did it the hard way. Brothers were the ones who enjoyed the week's rest twice.

If he was wary knowing that the week off can also be a curse, he didn't let it show.

"At the end of the day we do have a lot of bumps and bruises so it probably is a blessing for us," he said.

"It is something to get my head around. We will just keep preparing right.

"It doesn't really worry me who we end up playing, all the remaining three teams deserve to be where they are.

"And after we showed last year, anything can happen. We will show them respect and march on."

And why would they do it any other way?



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