Perth Spirit have tackled their way to a 20-16 win in the National Rugby Championship grand final over NSW Country in Tamworth on Saturday night.The Spirit led from start to finish and took home the title on the back of a superb performance from Richard Hardwick, who was awarded the inaugural Phil Waugh Medal for man of the match.We dont mind making it a bit hard for ourselves, Spirit captain Heath Tessmann said.But I couldnt be happier with how we closed that game out and Im so proud of all the boys.Its an old cliche but its true, defence wins championships. All 23 players stepped up, we were hard, we were physical, which is what we really went out there to do tonight.But it was a piece of individual brilliance which opened the scoring in the 30th minute, when Spirit fullback Luke Morahan shed multiple tackles in a run from inside his own half to streak away, then kick and regather to score.With tries worth six points in the NRC, it didnt take long before another one came when Spirit scrum-half Ryan Louwrens finished out wide after a neat offload from Onehunga Havili to make it 12-0 to the visitors.Desperately needing to get on the board, NSW Countrys break came through giant back-rower Sam Figg who barged over just before halftime to close the gap to four points after Andrew Deegans conversion.Louwrens snuck onto the blind side from a Spirit scrum win deep in the Eagles half to go over untouched only four minutes into the second half.Both sides then slugged it out until the final ten minutes, when NSW Country substitute Tom Hill barged over and Deegan converted, closing the gap to just four points and setting up an exciting finish.But the Spirit managed to hold on take out their first NRC title, after Brisbane City won the championship in the competitions first two seasons. 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The four All-Star teams will play for $100,000 in prize money during TSNs annual skins game, airing live this weekend on TSN from The Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre. ATLANTA -- Russell Westbrook extended his streak of triple-doubles to six games, leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 102-99 victory over the skidding Atlanta Hawks on Monday night.Westbrook scored 32 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and doled out 12 assists, giving him the NBAs longest streak of triple-doubles since Michael Jordan had seven in a row in 1989.Westbrooks run has sparked a six-game winning streak by the Thunder. Hes now reached double figures in all three categories in half of the Thunders 22 games.By contrast, Jordan had 15 triple-doubles for the entire 1988-89 season.Westbrook kept his streak alive with plenty of time to spare. Despite a poor start shooting, he already had 15 points and 11 rebounds when he picked up his 10th assist with 6:20 left in the third quarter.Scooping up a loose ball after a turnover by the Hawks, Westbrook led a 2-on-1 that ended with a pass to Victor Oladipo for a layup that gave the Thunder a 69-59 lead.Westbrook, who missed eight of his first nine shots, suddenly found his touch in the third quarter. He made five of his next seven shots, three of them beyond the arc, and finished with 16 points in the period as the Thunder stretched a one-point halftime lead to 83-69 heading to the fourth.Atlanta rallied down the stretch, but Westbrook closed it out for the Thunder. He finished with 27 second-half points to send the Hawks to their seventh straight loss and 10th defeat in the last 11 games.Its the longest losing streak for the Hawks since they dropped eight in a row in February 2014.Coach Mike Budenholzer decided to shake things up, sending Kyle Korver to the bench and putting Thabo Sefolosha in the starting lineup. The Hawks also were bolstered by the return of Paul Millsap, who haad missed three straight games with a sore hip.dddddddddddd He led five players in double figures with 24 points.It didnt matter. Westbrook made sure of that.Atlanta had a shot to send the game to overtime after Korver forced a jump ball.The Thunder clamped down defensively off the inbounds play, and Tim Hardaway Jr.s desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer failed to hit the rim.MONSTER JAMOladipo wasnt afraid to take on Dwight Howard in the lane.During the second quarter, the 6-foot-4 Thunder guard drove the baseline and slammed one over Atlantas 6-11 center, rocking the rim and drawing gasps from the crowd.Oladipo savored the moment, pumping his fists, stomping his feet and posing briefly in the lane even as the Hawks took off the other way.RECRUITING DWIGHTBilly Donovan made a recruiting pitch to Howard while coaching at Florida.During his pregame chat with the media, the Oklahoma City coach recounted a visit to Howard and his father at Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy.Donovan quickly gave up any hope of getting Howard to attend college.All I had to do was watch one AAU game and then I stopped recruiting him immediately, he quipped.Howard, of course, went straight from high school to the NBA in the days before the rules required at least one year of college. He was the first overall pick of the Orlando Magic in 2004.UP NEXTThunder: Off until Friday, when they host the Houston Rockets.Hawks: Back in action Wednesday when the Miami Heat visit Philips Arena.---Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 . His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/paul-newberry . ' ' '