The defence of the Canterbury Bulldogs has secured an Intrust Super Premiership NSW finals position that looked incredibly unlikely at the start of the season.

It was a determined and gutsy effort by both sides, with the low score-line a true representation of the defensive prowess shown.

The game went down to the wire, and a controversial offside call in the dying minutes turned out to be the last North Sydney Bears play of 2016.

Canterbury 10 (J McInally, A Elliott tries; C Garvey goal) def North Sydney 6 (A Miski try; S Moceidreke goal)