MELBOURNE won another nailbiter against Power House at the weekend to move into the grand final of rugby union's Dewar Shield.
Coming off an unbeaten regular season and a week's rest, Melbourne held off a late charge from Power House to finish 26-23 winners at Romanis Reserve.
Melbourne made the perfect start with a try inside five minutes after a botched Power lineout but the visitors hit back immediately with a penalty from in front of the posts.
Power House went ahead after 20 minutes, forcing over a try with good work from their bigger bodies, and had several other chances as Melbourne made uncharacteristic errors.
But a converted try right on half time put Melbourne back in front and they led 12-8 at the break.
A similarly tight second half followed, with neither team able to set up a game-winning lead.
A Power House try after 70 minutes put them within three points and revived memories of the epic home-and-away match earlier in the season, which Power almost pinched.
But Melbourne held on to keep alive its dream of four consecutive premierships.
Melbourne coach Mitch Canning said he was expecting a tight game. "They're a quality outfit and they've always been there, or thereabouts," he said. "I was confident we were going to beat them but I knew there was a bit of a mountain to climb."
Melbourne will play Moorabbin in Saturday's grand final and Canning said he was confident.
"They're quality opposition but I wouldn't say I'm nervous about them," he said. –