Storm 14 Bulldogs 4
It won't go down as the greatest grand final, and certainly won't be considered the greatest night for rugby league, given the fallout ahead of us. But Melbourne's second official premiership is something worthy of greatness.
Both teams have rebuilt remarkably but the Storm's effort to fight back from their catastrophe of 2010 is something to celebrate. And they no doubt will, knowing no one will take this one away from them.
2012 NRL Grand Final
All the action from the 2012 NRL Grand Final between the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs and the Melbourne Storm at ANZ Stadium, Homebush. Photos by Brendan Esposito, Quentin Jones, Dave Tease and Chris Lane. Selected Images available from www.fairfaxsyndication.com. Follow us at http://twitter.com/photosSMH. Photo: Brendan Esposito