Sydney Roosters produced an extraordinary defensive display to beat rivals South Sydney Rabbitohs 12-4 to ensure they will face Melbourne Storm in the NRL Grand Final.
The Roosters survived a shoulder injury to Cooper Cronk, who played on but was unable to take his usual role as orchestrator of the attack or attempt kicks for goal, and claimed a hugely impressive victory.
Souths had the best attack in the league in 2018 but an engrossing contest went the way of the Roosters and the NRL's top defence as the Rabbitohs misfired with ball in hand.
Daniel Tupou, Blake Ferguson and Paul Momirovski touched down for the decisive points for the Roosters in the final game at Allianz Stadium before it is torn down and rebuilt, setting up a potential reunion between Cronk, who left the Storm for the Roosters at the end of last season, and the retiring Billy Slater.
However, the injury to Cronk and Slater's disciplinary issues - the full-back was charged with a grade-one shoulder charge on Sosaia Feki during the Storm's Preliminary Final with Cronulla Sharks and faces a hearing to decide his fate - could yet see the Grand Final be without its two biggest names.
Reynolds booted Souths into a 13th-minute lead but the Roosters responded in fine style two minutes late, James Tedesco's superb pass finding Tupou to cross in the left-hand corner.
A second Reynolds two-pointer ensured the scores were level at the break but Ferguson's outstanding finish gave the Roosters breathing room eight minutes after the restart.
Ferguson was not anticipating Joseph Manu's offload out wide on the right but brilliantly evaded three tackles to stretch over and make it 8-4.
A series of Roosters mistakes gave Souths numerous opportunities, but a usually incisive attack could find no way through.
Despite the ailing Cronk being rendered largely ineffective, the Roosters continued to find alternative sources of inspiration and, though Siosiua Taukeiaho missed a simple penalty after a late hit on the veteran half-back, former Rabbitoh Luke Keary's kick was knocked back by Tupou and Momirovski, playing in just his third first-grade game, dotted down.
Souths had no response, the lack of composure growing the more time ticked down and when Reynolds, the hero of their dramatic win over the St. George Illawarra Dragons in the previous round, missed a penalty to bring them within a converted try, the Bunnies' race was run.
The Roosters and Storm will now meet in the Grand Final for the first time, but it remains to be seen whether Cronk and former team-mate Slater will face off on the biggest stage.
|Giants too good for 49ers in crunch time|
|Southgate named honorary Yorkshireman|
|Nicky Butt: Manchester United low on confidence|
|Sissoko: Dembele criticism overblown|
|Thibodeau discusses Butler trade: We thought this was the best deal for us|
|Acuna, Ohtani win rookie of the year awards|
|LeBron James on Lakers’ early season struggles: ‘I almost cracked’|
|Welbeck has successful second operation on broken ankle|
|UEFA warns FFP cases can be reopened based on ´new information´|
|Foakes to keep England place for second Test|
|WATCH: Rooney looking sharp in England training return|
|Mbappe: Money in football is truly indecent|
|Djokovic back to brilliant best as Isner is beaten|
|Celta Vigo replace Mohamed with Cardoso after Real Madrid defeat|
|Joshua intrigued by Usyk, says Hearn|
|Ibrahimovic beats Rooney to MLS Newcomer award|
|Rams WR Kupp out for season with torn ACL|
|Sturridge denies ever gambling on football following FA charge|
|Koeman understands De Ligt´s Eredivisie frustrations|
|Jimmy Butler trade: 76ers acquire Timberwolves star in blockbuster deal|
|´Improve your attitude´ - Deschamps issues Dembele warning|
|Sturridge charged with misconduct over alleged breach of betting rules|
|Saints sign Marshall following Bryant injury|
|Mendy suffers knee injury, leaves France squad with Lacazette|
|Zverev beats Cilic in error-strewn London battle|
|Rafinha replaces injured Casemiro in Brazil squad|
|´One-dimensional´ Australia batsmen need work before World Cup - Finch|
|Mancini keen to work with ´incredibly gifted´ Tonali|
|Italian manager of the year Allegri targets long Juve stay|
|Injured Lee departs as Wales prepare squad for Tonga|
|Conte content to wait until June for coaching return|
|Etzebeth set to return, Whiteley a doubt for Scotland Test|
|In-form Verstappen does not need distractions from 2019 challenge|
|FA asks Guardiola to explain Manchester derby referee comments|
|LaLiga MVP Messi hopes the division stays wide open|
|Murray and Henshaw out of All Blacks Test|
|Injured Man Utd duo Pogba and Martial drop out of France squad|
|Modric cannot always be the best - Dalic|
|Very troubling times - LeBron James alarmed by gun violence|
|Bayern confirm Ribery ´altercation´ with reporter|
|Madrid hit by injuries to Nacho and Casemiro|
|Record-breaking Mushfiqur torments Zimbabwe|
|Spartak Moscow appoint Oleg Kononov|
|Rooney predicts ´exciting time´ after being named in MLS Best XI|
|Former England call-up Graham replaces Thomson in Scotland squad|
|Slater and Thurston among Queensland greats to join Maroons staff|
|Rapana set for six months out after shoulder surgery|
|Alves determined to play in the Premier League|
|Rockets GM denies Anthony will be waived|
|Monaco´s plight not Henry´s fault - Silva|
|It´s like the FBI came - River assistant unable to talk to Gallardo during final|
|Norman says Washington home crowds ´just don´t really care´|
|Bucks beat Nuggets to finish gruelling schedule stretch|
|Madrid ´very happy´ with Solari, says Butragueno|
|Titans stun Patriots, Browns upset Falcons|
|Browns´ Chubb relishes record-breaking performance: It definitely is very special|
|MLS Review: Red Bulls, Atlanta to meet in conference finals|
|Neymar wants more from perfect PSG|
|Higuain is feeling a lot of pressure – Gattuso|
|I didn´t insult anyone, says apologetic Higuain|
|Allegri delighted with Juventus response|
|Kyle Busch wins at Phoenix as Harvick, Truex qualify for Championship 4|
|WATCH: Highlights of thrilling Boca-River Copa Libertadores final|
|PSG coach Tuchel demands more despite Monaco thrashing|
|Boca missed too many chances, rues Schelotto|
|Solari remains tight-lipped on Real Madrid future|
|Hamilton not surprised by Verstappen-Ocon collision|
|Ronaldo fires Juventus to Serie A record|
|Higuain did nothing serious - Ronaldo hopes Milan striker avoids ban|
|Solari completes perfect Real Madrid audition with fourth straight win|