Sharks celebrate a try during the preliminary final against the Cowboys.

2016 Season Review: Finals Week Three

NRL.com takes a look back at the season that's been, including our most viewed content on a week- to-week basis.

Cronulla ensured their place in the 2016 NRL Telstra Premiership decider with an emphatic win over reigning premiers North Queensland. While three late tries made the score more respectable for the Cowboys, they never looked likely of jagging the win. Chad Townsend responded from being hooked the fortnight prior to combine nicely alongside the brilliant James Maloney. The Sharks' win meant they'd qualify for their first grand final in a unified competition in 38 years. Unlike their grand final opponents, Melbourne weren't given an inch by the Raiders in their narrow victory. Jack Wighton's sin-binning and dodgy handling from winger Edrick Lee proved Canberra's downfall. 

Finals Week Three Results:

Sharks 32 defeated Cowboys 20 
Storm 14 defeated Raiders 12 

Top five stories:

1. PM's XIII beat PNG with record score by NRL

2. Top 50 players in the NRL: The top 10 by Dominic Brock

3. Storm hang on to beat Raiders by Jack Brady 

4. Sharks smash Cowboys to advance to GF by Chris Kennedy

5. Foran signs with Warriors by Warriors Media 

Top three videos:

1. Sharks v Cowboys highlights 

2. Storm v Raiders highlights 

3. Finals Week Three Press Conference: Raiders