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Melbourne Storm are a dynastic NRL club but Cronulla have no fear | Matt Cleary

The weekend’s game between these two heavyweights may well be a grand final previewThe 1992-93 Brisbane Broncos were the last first grade side to win back-to-back premierships. Allan Langer, Glenn Lazarus and Steve Renouf were among the best of their k…

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Sportwatch: Wins for Eels, Manly, Penrith, Hawthorn, West Coast and Richmond – live!

Updates from around Australia on a busy day of sportAny thoughts? Feel free to email Pádraig 12.54pm BST There have been three goals in the first 18 minutes of the 2018-19 Premier League season. The live blog for Newcastle v Spurs is up now. Related: N…

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Panthers have ‘preferred’ candidate lined up to replace Anthony Griffin

Coach sacked just four weeks from NRL finalsA dozen applicants interested in roleHead coaches of rival NRL clubs are among a dozen applicants to put their hand up for the vacant Penrith job after the Panthers’ shock sacking of Anthony Griffin.Penrith b…

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Future of NRL refereeing at stake as Matt Cecchin set to depart

With his revelation of death threats, fans may finally change the way they relate to officialsAt the peak of David Beckham mania in the 2002 Fifa World Cup, when sales of “Becks’ haircuts” were at an all-time high, ten-year-old Tom Sylvester decided to…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/aug/06/future-of-nrl-refereeing-at-stake-as-matt-cecchin-set-to-depart

Penrith in stunning NRL comeback as Manly steal golden-point win

Penrith Panthers 40-31 Canberra RaidersManly Sea Eagles 33-32 Cronulla SharksPenrith have produced their second remarkable NRL comeback in as many weeks to outscore Canberra 40-31 in a Panthers Stadium try-fest. The Panthers were 14 points down at half…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/aug/05/manlys-golden-point-nrl-victory-harms-cronullas-top-four-hopes

Rabbitohs play down Gould’s talk of premiership after leapfrogging Storm

South Sydney secure 30-20 win over Melbourne to take top spot on ladderEven before South Sydney stormed away with a statement win over defending premiers Melbourne, they were declared NRL title contenders.And it was by none other than premiership-winni…

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Rugby league can stand tall after fitting homage to genuine greats | Nick Tedeschi

The addition of five Immortals serves as a protection against the sands of time eviscerating the collective memoryThe Immortals became whole on Wednesday night when five greats of the game were bestowed with rugby league’s highest individual accolade. …

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NRL’s proposed New York rugby league Test match is likely to fail | Matt Cleary

International exposure won’t guarantee uptake on US soil – nor will the NRL pay for itNews that the proposed rugby league Test match in New York between Australia and Tonga has run into a hurdle (the up-front costs were explained to the promoter) begs …

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NRL: Sydney Roosters v St George Illawarra Dragons – live!

All the round 20 action from Allianz StadiumComment below or via Twitter @Kate_ohalloran 7.50am BST H1 04:19 Roosters 16-0 DragonsNothing going the way of the Dragons – this time Cooper Cronk’s excellent kick is taken by Dufty but he’s forced over the …

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TV refereeing is ruining rugby league – all in the pursuit of perfection | Matt Cleary

After last week’s Cronulla/Canberra Raiders debacle it is clear that TV angles may mean less ‘errors’, but they hurt the game by slowing it downUnlike Australian rules football which is an aerial, 360-degree affair with more in common with Quidditch, r…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jul/23/pursuit-of-nrl-adjudicating-perfection-damages-rugby-league

Roosters thump Manly as Storm on track for NRL minor premiership

Sydney Roosters 56-24 Manly Sea EaglesMelbourne Storm 12-6 New Zealand WarriorsThe Sydney Roosters have fired a warning shot at their premiership rivals, thrashing Manly 56-24 to rack up the equal-highest ever score against the Sea Eagles at Brookvale….

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jul/22/storm-on-track-for-nrl-minor-premiership-after-warriors-win

Sydney pub sparks anger over ‘keep calm and slap a bitch’ NRL promotion

Coopers hotel in Newtown fires manager after being accused of making light of domestic violence in promoting rugby league coverageThe manager of a Sydney pub has been fired for a social media post that told its customers to “keep calm and slap a bitch”…

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Warriors keep top four hopes alive with upset NRL victory over Broncos

New Zealand Warriors 26-6 Brisbane BroncosWarriors had not won at Suncorp since 2013For the first time in five years the New Zealand Warriors have defeated Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium, keeping their top four hopes alive with a 26-6 NRL victory on Sunda…

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NRL hands Jack Wighton 10-week ban after assault charge

Canberra player pleads guilty to five assault chargesNRL adds four games to Raiders’ suggested sixCanberra have blasted the NRL’s decision to overrule the Raiders’ penalty for fullback Jack Wighton, who has pleaded guilty to five assault charges from a…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jul/13/nrl-hands-jack-wighton-10-week-ban-after-assault-charge

Daly Cherry-Evans emerges as the man to take Queensland forward | Nick Tedeschi

It was an astonishing turnaround for the recalled Queenslander who has spent years hearing he had been blackballedThe finale to this year’s State of Origin series was a game of opportunity. Daly Cherry-Evans took his. The Blues butchered so many of the…

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Cartoon hate of State of Origin demands commitment and confrontation | Matt Cleary

The series may have been decided already but there is no such thing as a dead rubber in Origin footballFor a variety of reasons the concept of friendlies to the majority of Australian sports folk is a foreign one. Be it the dearth of international foot…

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