The Wests Tigers are the
National Rugby League Premiers for 2005 and the great thing about the result is
that very few rugby league followers can genuinely complain about
it.

The 30-16 score line against the North Queensland Cowboys might
not accurately reflect the game but the Tigers were clearly the better
side on the night, capitalising on the Cowboys’ mistakes and displaying
some of the skills that took them from expected contenders for the
wooden spoon to premiers this year.

And one suspects few Queenslanders – most of whom
barracked for the Cowboys – will overlook the fact that it was a Queensland-born
and bred player (Scott Prince) and a Queensland-raised player (Benji Marshall) who broke the Cowboys’ spirit with
two of the best displays you would ever see in any game, let alone a
grand final.

A good grand final, not a great one but a
great occasion for the NRL, the Tigers, and, yes, the
Cowboys.

A full report is on the website here.