The Intrust Super Cup grand final was a tough, physical encounter that saw minor premiers Norths Devils finish on top of Wynnum Manly Seagulls in front of a packed crowd at Moreton Daily Stadium.
Devils prop Michael Molo was on fire, scoring the match-winning try late in the game to be named Hastings Deering player of the match and get skipper honours for the final Team of the Week of the year.
Each round, Queensland Rugby League recognises the 17 best performers and name the Intrust Super Cup Team of the Week. These team selections are based not only on statistical data, but also take on board live and broadcast viewings of the games, with the standout performer of the week named captain.
Grand final Team of the Week
1. Selwyn Cobbo - Wynnum Manly Seagulls
The exciting Brisbane Broncos-contracted young gun was electric in attack for Wynnum Manly in the grand final. Cobbo scored one try, clocked the most run metres for his side with a massive 274, including 91 post-contact, made two line breaks and a huge 18 tackle breaks.
Top five: Intrust Super Cup grand final
2. Nene Macdonald - Norths Devils
The Devils winger was a top performer during their hard-fought grand final win. Macdonald clocked the most run metres for the Devils with 213, including 98 post-contact, and made seven tackle breaks. "I am just so proud of the whole squad, club, everyone who has contributed," Devils coach Rohan Smith said.
3. Jesse Arthars - Wynnum Manly Seagulls
The athletic running centre was strong in attack and defence for Wynnum Manly. Arthars, contracted to the Broncos until 2023, clocked 174 run metres, including 75 post-contact, made one tackle break and nine tackles, missing none.
4. Bernard Gregorius - Norths Devils
The talented Devils centre has been consistently dangerous for the minor premiers during he finals series. During the grand final, Gregorius clocked 148 run metres, including 61 post-contact, made four tackle breaks and 14 tackles.
5. David Mead - Wynnum Manly Seagulls
The Broncos-contracted winger provided plenty of excitement for the always-rowdy Chook Pen. Mead scored one try, clocked 170 run metres, including 66 post-contact, made one line break and two tackles breaks, and made seven tackles.
6. Connor Broadhurst - Norths Devils
The 2019 XXXX Queensland Residents centre was a handy five-eighth for the Devils in the grand final - in attack and defence. Broadhurst kicked one conversion, assisted in one try, clocked 57 run metres, including 27 post-contact, made one tackle break and 24 tackles.
7. Tyrone Roberts - Norths Devils
The Devils half was a standout for his side in the grand final. Roberts scored one try, kicked one from two conversion attempts, clocked 88 run metres, made one line break and two tackle breaks, and made 13 tackles.
8. Michael Molo - Norths Devils
Molo was on fire for the Devils. Named Hastings Deering player of the match, the talented prop, during his 62 minutes on the field, scored one try, clocked 147 run metres, including 60 post-contact, made one tackle break and had a 91.2 per cent tackle efficiency, making 31 tackles.
Michael Molo a standout for the Devils
9. Jayden Berrell - Wynnum Manly Seagulls
The Petero Civoniceva Medal winner showed why he took out the top gong for the year. The consistently dangerous hooker clocked 105 run metres, recorded two line break assists, one try assist, made one tackle break and a huge 45 tackles.
'It was a tough, physical game' - Jayden Berrell
10. Ben Nakubuwai - Norths Devils
Nakubuwai was excellent for the Devils off the bench. During his 26 minutes on the field, he clocked 74 run metres, and had a tackle efficiency of 100 per cent, making 17 tackles.
11. Zeb Taia - Wynnum Manly Seagulls
The Wynnum Manly second rower clocked 169 run metres, including 75 post-contact, made one tackle break and 33 tackles. "Super proud of the effort, it was game that could have gone either way," Wynnum Manly coach Adam Brideson said.
12. Leivaha Pulu - Norths Devils
The talented Devils second rower showed he was a player his team could rely on during the grand final. Pulu scored one try, clocked 74 run metres, made one line break and five tackle breaks, and made 24 tackles.
Leivaha Pulu try - 8th minute
13. Luke Bateman - Wynnum Manly Seagulls
Bateman was a force for Wynnum Manly. The hard-running former Canberra Raiders enforcer, during his 65 minutes on the field, clocked 145 run metres, including 48 post-contact, made one line break, one tackle break and a massive 44 tackles.
14. Danny Levi - Norths Devils
The Devils hooker was superb, as always, in attack and defence. Levi, who is contracted to the Broncos, clocked 137 run metres and had a tackle efficiency of 95.5 per cent, making a whopping 42 tackles - the most for the Devils in the grand final.
15. TC Robati - Wynnum Manly Seagulls
The Broncos-contracted second rower is definitely one to watch. Robati clocked 151 run metres, including 73 post-contact, and made 33 tackles during the grand final.
16. Tristan Hope - Wynnum Manly Seagulls
Hope hit his stride at the back end of the season and continued to show what he can do in the grand final. During his 30 minutes on the field, the handy hooker clocked 73 run metres, and had a 95.7 per cent tackle efficiency, making 22 tackles.
17. Liam Horne - Norths Devils
Horne was excellent off the bench for the Devils. During his 33 minutes on the field, Horne clocked 67 run metres, made two tackle breaks and had a tackle efficiency of 93.8 per cent, making 15 tackles. Horne is the first player to play for the wooden-spooners and in a winning grand final team in the same year, after starting the year at the Central Queensland Capras.