And then there were 4.
Despite finishing in 3rd place and higher on the ladder, there weren't too many non-Shoremen faithful who saw Saturday's result coming.
Turning around the Round 12, 34 -15 loss, Norths relished the 'underdog' tag and the 'home ground' advantage to book a place in the Semi-Final.
Having become accustomed to the away changerooms, Norths will feel right at home running out on Pittwater Rugby Park for the sixth game in season 2020, having already met Eastwood at the venue in the regular season.
Norths claiming the Round 8 victory with an 83rd-minute Penalty Goal to break the 38 all deadlock (Norths 41 defeated Eastwood 38).
Head Coach Earl Va'a mentioned on 'The Shoremen on the Sideline' following the win that at halftime they agreed "to beat Eastwood, we will need to outscore them".
It proved correct and looms as a similar scenario come this Sunday's Semi-Final. Eastwood having earned their second week after they dispatched Eastern Suburbs 29 - 20 in a howling wind.
Both Norths and Eastwood are unchanged from last week's teams, with key matchups right across the park.
Eastwood's Lachie Anderson was a late inclusion for their semi-final at outside centre, marked by Nathan Russell who has been in strong try-scoring form this season.
Norths and Eastwood are no strangers to finals rugby, having met one another in the 2017 Semi-Final and the 2018 Qualifying Final.