While the season didn't end the way the Launceston Gorillas had hoped, the side was pleased with their late-season progress.
A low-scoring affair in Hobart saw the home team Knights claim their fourth Tiger Bowl, beating the Gorillas 12-0.
While the visitors were able to limit the usual explosive run game of the Knights, the latter was able to storm through twice for touchdowns in the first and fourth quarters.
Gorillas head coach Brett Wheldon said considering the high-scoring season storyline of the Knights, limiting them to 12 points was a solid effort.
"Both sides played awesome defence, both teams had to fight for every inch," Wheldon said.
"At the end of the day, their offence played well enough to win.
"One thing that was a positive is that they only came away with two scores.
"[It was] a full defensive effort, they came together and did an excellent job."
The 2020-21 season was rife with injuries for the Gorillas; Wheldon admitted he didn't think a Tiger Bowl berth was possible two months ago.
He said that prior to the match, he told his team no matter the outcome of the final, he was proud of their efforts late in the season in getting to the final.
"We came a long way from the beginning of the season, the win last week [vs UTAS Devils] was amazing," Wheldon said.
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