- Brisbane Broncos 13-12 Canberra Raiders at Suncorp Stadium
- Jordan Kahu slots last-gasp field goal in the 74th minute
Unlikely hero Jordan Kahu has stepped up to slot a last-gasp field goal and help Brisbane defeat Canberra 13-12 in their NRL clash at Suncorp Stadium.
The stage was set for usual suspect Anthony Milford to put a horror week behind him and pot the potential matchwinner for the Broncos in the dying minutes of Friday night’s NRL clash.
Related: NRL referees should be able to order concussion tests, says Peponis
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- NSW rugby league chairman George Peponis calls for increased powers
- Three clubs were fined a total of $350,000 last week over concussions
NSW Rugby League chairman and practising doctor George Peponis has called for NRL referees to have the power to order concussion tests for players.
Three clubs were handed fines totalling $350,000 following last weekend’s matches, after the league claimed they failed to remove potentially-dazed players for head checks.
Related: NRL star Jason Taumalolo strikes it rich with 10-year Cowboys deal
Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/24/nrl-referees-should-be-able-to-order-concussion-tests-says-peponis
- Reigning Dally M medallist commits future to North Queensland
- Forward turns back on NFL option to sign deal reportedly worth $10m
Jason Taumalolo has signed one of the longest contract deals in NRL history, keeping him at North Queensland until the end of the 2027 season. The reigning Dally M medallist’s 10-year contract is believed to be worth $10m, putting the 23-year-old lock forward among the game’s highest-paid players.
Related: Jason Taylor tossed on scrapheap as Tigers’ recycling plan fails | Nick Tedeschi
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Regardless of his qualities or style, the writing was on the wall early for Taylor with few recycled coaches enjoying the instant success demanded by NRL clubs
You could say Jason Taylor’s time at the Wests Tigers was doomed from the very beginning. Not because of the qualities he brings to a team or his personal style or the brand of football he eschews. Not because the Tigers are an organisation undermined by institutional instability or overrun by player power or anchored by a star-crossed fate.
The Jason Taylor era at Leichhardt may have been condemned from the off given recycled coaches rarely work out. Few careers offer less stability than that of an NRL coach. The reasons are plentiful but almost always centre around an immediate demand for success from both fans and clubs and a coach’s increasingly solidified way of approaching the game.
Related: Jason Taylor sacked by Wests Tigers after latest NRL thumping
Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/21/jason-taylor-tossed-on-scrapheap-as-wests-tigers-recycling-plan-fails
The NRL is under fire after another weekend blighted by on-field concussion but the players themselves can help drive a change in attitudes towards head injury
There is plenty of fine footy on the highlights reel after round three of the 2017 NRL season and yet the vexed issue of concussion management dominates many post-round re-caps, as it should.
Channel Nine talking head Peter FitzSimons – who would know as much as any lay man about the medical effects of concussive injury causing bleeding on the brain – led the way with an impassioned and compelling plea after Knights fullback Brendan Elliot was collected hard across the chops by a swinging South Sydney arm.
Related: NRL: Burgess elbow incident sours Rabbitohs win over Newcastle
Related: Rugby League Week’s demise a sad sign of the times in NRL media
Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/20/rugby-league-needs-to-be-saved-from-itself-over-concussion-management
- St George Illawarra beat Cronulla Sharks 16-10 at Southern Cross Stadium
- Canberra Raiders beat Wests Tigers 46-6 at GIO Stadium
A Euan Aitken double fired St George Illawarra to a surprise 16-10 NRL win over local rivals Cronulla at Southern Cross Group Stadium on Sunday. Widely tipped to be cellar dwellers this year, it was Paul McGregor’s side’s second win of the year as they held off wave after wave of Sharks attack to claim a confidence-boosting victory.
The Sharks had 37 tackles inside the opposition 20m zone, compared with the Dragons’ 21, and enjoyed 59% of possession. Five times they crossed the line but ultimately only had two four-pointers to show for it and, after the Sharks lost just one match at Shark Park last year, they are now 0-2 at their home ground after three rounds.
Related: NRL: Burgess elbow incident sours Rabbitohs win over Newcastle
Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/19/nrl-round-three-sunday-match-reports
South Sydney 24-18 Newcastle at McDonald Jones StadiumGeorge Burgess facing suspension for elbowing Mitchell BarnettAn errant elbow from South Sydney forward George Burgess has soured a dramatic 24-18 NRL win over Newcastle on Saturday. Souths became j…
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After 47 years chronicling the game in Australia, Rugby League Week magazine is set for a sad and unavoidable demise at the hands of digital media
After 47 years, much-loved magazine Rugby League Week will soon shut its doors. An institution nearly half as old as the Australian game itself will be no more. While there remains great affection for the long-running publication, time has gotten the best of it.
The end has been sorrowful but the current landscape – where digital drives dominates, the news cycle relentlessly churns and social media is king – meant the end was nearly inevitable.
Related: NRL: Billy Slater makes winning return as Storm overcome Brisbane
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- North Queeland stalwart sustained torn ACL against Brisbane
- Cowboys co-captain is off-contract at end of current season
North Queensland co-captain Matt Scott may have played his last NRL game for the club after being ruled out for the rest of the year with a serious knee injury. Scans on Monday revealed Scott had suffered a torn ACL in his knee in Friday’s golden-point win over Brisbane and will undergo surgery.
“It’s obviously a huge blow for Matt and he’s understandably devastated,” Cowboys coach Paul Green said. “He’ll have surgery then start his rehab, and knowing the type of player and person he is, he’ll approach his recovery in the same dedicated way he trains and plays – with 100% commitment.”
Related: Thurston strikes in extra time to seal win for Cowboys over Broncos
Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/13/matt-scotts-nrl-season-and-potentially-his-cowboys-career-ended-by-injury
- Parramatta Eels beat St George Illawarra Dragons 34-16 in Wollongong
- Penrith Panthers beat Wests Tigers 36-2 in Campbelltown
Semi Radradra scored four tries as Parramatta made their best start to a NRL season since 1999, trouncing St George Illawarra 34-16 in Wollongong. Radradra crossed for two tries in each half, as the Eels dominated the Dragons from the opening minute.
Michael Jennings also put forward an early contender for try-assist of the year when he flicked a ball one-handed between his legs to put the winger over for his second. Radradra’s haul was the first time he had scored four in his 70-game career, but also brought up his fifth hat-trick.
Related: Hayne set to miss out on return to Parramatta due to ankle injury
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- Hayne an early casualty in Titans’ loss to Knights
- Former Eel could be out for extended period with ankle problem
Jarryd Hayne has been all but ruled out of his first clash with former club Parramatta after an ankle injury prevented him finishing in Gold Coast’s NRL loss to Newcastle. The Titans’ premiership stocks copped a blow on Saturday with probable long-term injuries to three players in the 34-26 defeat, including star fullback Hayne.
Related: Knights end 19-game losing streak against injury-hit Titans
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Newcastle Knights 34-26 Gold Coast TitansHayne injured as Titans play with 14 men for 43 minutesNewcastle have finally broken their 19-game NRL losing streak, toppling an injury-hit Gold Coast with a last-gasp 34-26 win at McDonald Jones Stadium. …
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- New Zealand Warriors 10-26 Melbourne Storm
- Brisbane Broncos 20-21 North Queensland Cowboys
Who else but Johnathan Thurston? Another thrilling chapter has been added to the blockbuster NRL Queensland rivalry, with the Cowboys co-captain’s field goal sealing a 21-20 extra-time win on Friday night over Brisbane.
Related: Wests Tigers’ Tim Simona deregistered by NRL over betting
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- allegedly bet against Tigers winning
- NRL career likely to be over, Todd Greenberg says
Tim Simona has been deregistered by the NRL for a range of rule breaches, including allegedly betting against his team winning and on opposition players scoring against his team, an NRL statement reports.
The statement also alleges the Wests Tigers centre: lied when interviewed by the NRL’s integrity unit; bet on rugby league matches; and did not pass on jersey auction proceeds to charities.
“Based on the evidence we have identified it is very hard to imagine that Tim Simona will be registered with the NRL at any time in the future,” NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg said in a statement on Friday.
Related: Wests Tigers back Tim Simona stood down over NRL betting allegations
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- Sydney Roosters 28-24 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
- Keary stars for hosts with three try assists
Luke Keary put his hand up as an early contender for buy of the NRL season after firing the Sydney Roosters to a thrilling 28-24 win over Canterbury at Allianz Stadium.
Both sides incurred heavy tolls from Thursday night’s torrid encounter, with Blake Ferguson (chest) leaving the field midway through the second half, while Zane Tetevano and Will Hopoate departed soon after following a head clash.
Related: NRL: Jarrod Mullen’s career all but over as second positive sample confirmed
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Souths and the Sydney Roosters experienced contrasting fortunes in round one but both showed in the off-season they are ready to rise to prominence again
The year 2016 was, to put it mildly, a weird one in world of sport, no more notably than in the NRL, where Cronulla claimed their first title, 50 years after entering the premiership.
The fairytale of Cronulla’s flipside last year though was the unexpected demise of some modern-day giants of the game: few anticipated the disastrous seasons that befell both the Sydney Roosters and South Sydney Rabbitohs in 2016.
Related: Warriors inflict 19th straight NRL defeat on sorry Newcastle Knights
Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/06/old-rivals-set-for-return-to-relevance-despite-horror-start-for-rabbitohs