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Apr 24

Souths cry injustice but introduction of ‘captain’s call’ is no solution | Matt Cleary

The game’s commentariat was outraged by a call on Friday but officials got it right and alternative avenues for review would only further confuse matters

It is said of South Sydney fans that even after a win they’ll race home to watch the replay and still be nervous about the result. From dear sweet Russell Crowe down, Souths supporters bleed the green blood of Ming the Merciless.

After Brisbane Broncos five-eighth Anthony Milford landed a drop-goal to beat the Bunnies by a point on Friday night, Souths fans, and with them the greater fanbase and punditry of this great game, dug out the pitchforks and demanded retribution. Demanded justice. Demanded that someone make the pain go away.

Related: Manly stun Raiders in golden-point NRL win as Broncos pip Souths

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/24/souths-cry-injustice-but-introduction-of-captains-call-is-no-solution

Apr 23

Big names step up as Tigers catch a break against Bulldogs in NRL

Wests Tigers beat Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 18-12 at ANZ StadiumAaron Woods jeered by his own fans despite man-of-the-match performanceLuke Brooks stood up when it counted following a month of turmoil for the Wests Tigers, setting up the match-winn…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/23/big-names-step-up-as-tigers-catch-a-break-against-bulldogs-in-nrl

Apr 17

Parramatta stage thrilling NRL comeback to topple Wests Tigers

  • Parramatta Eels 26-22 Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium
  • Eels trailed 22-10 before remarkable comeback with 25 minutes to play

Parramatta have come from behind to end their four-game NRL losing streak with a 26-22 victory over the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium. After trailing 22-10 with 25 minutes to play, the Eels scored three tries to take control as the club’s future five-eighth, Mitchell Moses, endured a mixed day.

Two weeks after signing with the Eels for next season but requesting an immediate release, Moses opened the scoring against his future club. However he failed to close out the match for the Tigers, instead providing the crucial match-turning misdirected pass that allowed the Eels to streak away and score after tries to Josh Hoffman and Kirisome Auva’a had drawn them close.

Related: NRL: Sharks shut out Penrith in fourth straight win

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/17/parramatta-stage-thrilling-nrl-comeback-to-topple-wests-tigers

Apr 14

NRL: Reynolds gets Bulldogs home as Roosters account for Knights

  • Canterbury Bulldogs 24-9 South Sydney at ANZ Stadium
  • Sydney Roosters 24-6 Newcastle Knights ar McDonald Jones Stadium

Under-pressure Canterbury half Josh Reynolds has put in a compelling case for a new contract, firing his side to a 24-9 win over South Sydney at ANZ Stadium on Friday. 

Reynolds is off contract at season’s end, however, he proved his reputation as the heartbeat of the club was well deserved as he guided the Bulldogs to their third straight victory.

Related: Professional women’s rugby league competition on its way ‘quite soon’

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/14/nrl-reynolds-gets-bulldogs-home-as-roosters-account-for-knights

Apr 09

An NRL transfer window is pie in the sky as long as player power exists | Matt Cleary

Regulating when players can move may appease fans unsure of their heroes’ commitment but players are small businessmen and the current system suits

Mitchell Moses has signed for Parramatta Eels but Wests Tigers won’t let him go, at least not this year. Canterbury Bulldogs want Cooper Cronk and Kieran Foran despite Cronk being 33, Foran playing for New Zealand Warriors and the Dogs having two halves already. And the mind of Anthony Milford is so clouded, at least according to Wayne Bennett, that he’s forgotten how to play rugby league.

Related: Cronulla scrap past Melbourne Storm in soggy NRL grand final rematch

Related: NRL stands by concussion fines imposed on clubs but suspend majority

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/10/an-nrl-transfer-window-is-pie-in-the-sky-as-long-as-player-power-exists

Apr 09

Cronulla scrap past Melbourne Storm in soggy NRL grand final rematch

Cronulla Sharks beat Melbourne Storm 11-2 at AAMI ParkWarriors beat Parramatta Eels 22-10 at Mount Smart StadiumCronulla climbed to third on the NRL ladder after a tense 11-2 victory over the Melbourne Storm at a wet AAMI Park. The defending premiers r…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/09/nrl-round-six-sunday-match-reports

Apr 08

St George-Illawara dominate Manly for four wins on the trot

  • St George-Illawara beat Manly 35-10 at Lottoland
  • Canberra Raiders beat Gold Coast Titans 42-16 at Cbus Super Stadium

Josh McCrone set up four tries and Gareth Widdop scored 19 points as St George-Illawarra flogged Manly 35-10 on Saturday. Tipped to finish near the bottom of the ladder at the start of the season, the Dragons now sit atop the table before undefeated Melbourne’s grand final rematch with Cronulla on Sunday.

However the victory may have come at a cost, with NSW State of Origin star Tyson Frizell taken from the field with a rib injury.

Related: NRL: Reynolds seals Souths’ thriller as Bulldogs defeat Knights

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/08/nrl-round-six-saturday-match-reports

Apr 06

NRL stands by concussion fines imposed on clubs but suspend majority

Knights, Dragons and Titans fined $50,000 eachRemainder of $350,000 suspended for 12 monthsThe NRL have eased the bill on the three clubs charged with concussion protocol breaches last month, suspending more than half of the $350,000 worth of fines.Bu…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/06/nrl-stands-by-concussion-fines-imposed-on-clubs-but-suspend-majority

Apr 03

Wests Tigers confirm Ivan Cleary as club’s fifth coach in five years

  • Former Warriors and Penrith coach signs three-and-a-half year deal
  • Takes over a club languishing at the bottom of the NRL ladder

Ivan Cleary says he is confident he can lead Wests out of their current malaise after being named the Tigers’ new coach on Monday.

Cleary, the former Warriors and Penrith coach, becomes the fifth head coach to take over the reins at Leichhardt in five years and will be immediately tasked with stopping the rot that has set in at the club.

Related: Jason Taylor tossed on scrapheap as Tigers’ recycling plan fails | Nick Tedeschi

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/03/wests-tigers-set-to-announce-ivan-cleary-as-clubs-fifth-coach-in-five-years

Apr 02

Kieran Foran scores on NRL return as Warriors down Titans

  • New Zealand Warriors beat Gold Coast Titans 28-22 at Mount Smart Stadium
  • St George-Illawarra Dragons beat Wests Tigers 28-6 at ANZ Stadium

Kieran Foran’s long-awaited return to the NRL helped the New Zealand Warriors reverse their recent form and record a come-from-behind 28-22 win over the Gold Coast Titans in Auckland.

Foran was making his first appearance in 10 months on Sunday, after his late withdrawal last week with a hamstring strain. He worked his way in to the game, becoming more influential as it progressed with his organisation and his running at the line.

Related: Unbeaten Storm race ahead after victory over Panthers

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/02/nrl-round-five-sunday-match-reports

Apr 01

Field goal helps Sharks sneak home against Knights

  • Cronulla Sharks 19-18 Newcastle Knights

A James Maloney field goal spared Cronulla’s blushes as they scored a scratchy 19-18 win over NRL strugglers Newcastle on Saturday. The game looked to be headed for golden point before a Maloney kick three minutes from time ensured the home side celebrated Chris Heighington’s 300th game and their 50th anniversary in the competition.

Related: Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett won’t talk to Kahu about brain fade

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/01/nrl-sharks-knights-raiders-eels-panthers

Mar 31

Roosters’ NRL run ends as Dylan Walker bags late double for Manly

  • Manly Sea Eagles 18-12 Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium
  • North Queensland Cowboys 20-6 South Sydney Rabbitohs in Townsville

The Sydney Roosters’ unbeaten start to the NRL season is over after Dylan Walker bagged a late double to gift Manly an 18-12 victory at Allianz Stadium. Three weeks ago a club in turmoil, the Sea Eagles claimed their third successive scalp on Friday night to announce themselves as a side to watch early in the competition.

Walker was also back to his best. He broke a 49-minute 6-6 deadlock in the 67th minute when Blake Green grubbered for him to score his first. Then after Mitchell Pearce hit back when he carried four Manly forwards over the line to level the scores with 10 minutes to play, Walker landed the knockout punch. Running on to a Brian Kelly pass, he dashed away 40 metres to score the match-winning try.

Related: Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett won’t talk to Kahu about brain fade

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/31/roosters-nrl-run-ends-as-dylan-walker-bags-late-double-for-manly

Mar 30

Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett won’t talk to Kahu about brain fade

  • Broncos coach says Jordan Kahu’s drop-out error sealed his side’s fate
  • Canterbury Bulldogs won 10-7 in Thursday night NRL clash

Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett won’t talk to Jordan Kahu about the line drop-out brain fade but he says was the difference in the Broncos’ 10-7 loss to Canterbury. Kahu inexplicably picked up a Bulldogs drop-out before it had crossed the 10m line, dashing across the try-line in an attempt to score at ANZ Stadium on Thursday. The play is a well known no-no in the NRL, and automatically attracts a penalty.

“I haven’t spoken to him about it,” Bennett said. “It’s done. What’s the point of talking about it now? If you look at his game overall, he had a really good game. He’s played enough football to know what the rules are.”

Related: NRL pay talks going well, says RLPA president Cameron Smith

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/31/brisbane-broncos-coach-wayne-bennett-wont-talk-to-kahu-about-brain-fade

Mar 26

NRL players’ star value pushing demands over revenue sharing

Players feel they are not paid commensurate with other branches of the entertainment industry for what they bring to the table

As the recent travails of Jason Taylor and Des Hasler show, players can make or break coaches. How players perform each weekend is attributed to their coaching and, right or wrong, if players perform poorly for long enough, the coach gets it.

It’s like this because players are the stars of the show. Each week the NRL puts on a show – eight games of footy. Rugby league is entertainment and players are entertainers. And if a dud movie is made, it’s the director who won’t work again, not the top actor.

Related: NRL: Tigers begin post-Taylor era with capitulation loss to Storm

Related: NRL referees should be able to order concussion tests, says Peponis

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/27/nrl-players-star-value-pushing-demands-over-revenue-sharing

Mar 26

NRL: Tigers begin post-Taylor era with capitulation loss to Storm

Melbourne Storm 22-14 Wests Tigers at Leichhardt OvalTigers streak to 14-0 lead before crumbling to undefeated NRL leadersThe post-Jason Taylor era has gotten off to a losing start for the Wests Tigers after they blew a 14-0 lead in a eight-point defea…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/26/nrl-tigers-begin-post-taylor-era-with-capitulation-loss-to-storm

Mar 24

NRL: Unlikely hero Jordan Kahu seals narrow Broncos win over Raiders

  • 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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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/24/nrl-unlikely-hero-jordan-kahu-seals-narrow-broncos-win-over-raiders

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