Sunday 8th September 1990 at the Sydney Football Stadium
Penrith 16 – Tries: Alexander (1), Mackay (1); Goals: Alexander (4) | North Sydney 14
Minor premiers Penrith, who had earnt the first week of the finals off, opened the scoring with a penalty conversion to Greg Alexander.
This was soon followed up by the first try, which was started and finished by Alexander – he threw a cut out pass to Graham Mackay and then supported him on the inside to plant the ball next to the posts.
Soon after, he threaded in a grubber kick that was then toed ahead again by Steve Carter for Mackay who scored in the corner. Alexander’s conversion saw Penrith lead 12-0 at half time.
The Bears would strike back in the second half with a converted try, before another Alexander penalty conversion pushed it back out to an 8 point lead.
However, two more tries to North Sydney suddenly had the match tied up at 14-all with 15 minutes remaining.
Four minutes later, a rather controversial penalty to the Panthers allowed Alexander to have the minor premiers inch ahead 16-14.
The Bears were granted an opportunity to equalise with only three minutes left on the clock was unsuccessful as the attempt struck the upright.
Penrith hung on to qualify for its second consecutive grand final.