Mateo: Don’t Blame SSS

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By STEVE MASCORD WARRIORS star Feleti Mateo says the club’s Slow Start Syndrome is not to blame for a dismal opening fortnight to 2014. “To me it feels completely different,” Mateo tells RLW. “We’re working a lot harder. Our systems in place shouldn’t be allowing this sort of play and we’re letting ourselves down. “I’m […]

Rabbitohs, Dragons Steal The March On Rivals

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By STEVE MASCORD OLD favourites South Sydney and St George Illawarra have been identified by rivals and their own players as the teams who have cunningly exploited the NRL’s new rules the best. According to Sydney Roosters prop Sam Moa, Souths coach Michael Maguire has capitalised on the crackdown on gang-tackling, while Dragons winger Jason […]

NRL round one: GOLD COAST 18 CRONULLA 12 at Remondis Stadium

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By STEVE MASCORD AFTER another dismal day at strife-torn Cronulla, injured captain Paul Gallen insisted he would be back from an ankle injury in “three or four weeks” and dismissed the significance of Australia prop Andrew Fifita’s impending departure. Going into the opening Monday Night Football match of 2014, it seemed things could only improve […]

THE JOY OF SIX: NRL Round One 2014

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1. REMEMBER THIS A CONCUSSION expert from Melbourne spoke to NRL chief executives in Auckland last month and spelt out the cold, hard facts of legal action from former players over concussion. The cost to the game, he warned, would be $3 billion. This would close the doors of Rugby League Central indefinitely. Sunday’s comments […]

NRL round one: MELBOURNE 23 MANLY 22 in golden point time at Brookvale Oval

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By STEVE MASCORD MELBOURNE coach Craig Bellamy revealed he would have given the job of kicking the winning field goal in an amazing comeback win over Manly to someone else if he’d known captain Cameron Smith had not booted one in his NRL career. The Storm trailed 20-0 eight minutes before halftime, levelled the scores […]

BONDI BEAT: March 2014

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By STEVE MASCORD THE issue of Sam Burgess’s departure from South Sydney has prompted much analysis and hand-wringing about his place in South Sydney, England, the NRL and rugby league in general. Why is he leaving, as appeared likely at the time of writing? How much will he be missed by these four institutions? What […]

Round One: Champs & Chumps

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By STEVE MASCORD MELBOURNE Storm are the most successful round one team in the history of the NRL – and the reason is simple. Since the club was founded in 1998 – the same year the competition was rebranded – getting bashed for 80 minutes has been a relief compared to what the players endured […]

Live Blog: SOUTH SYDNEY v SYDNEY ROOSTERS at ANZ Stadium

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Fulltime: SOUTH SYDNEY 28 SYDNEY ROOSTERS 8 SOUTH Sydney overpowered their mortal enemies in a sizzling, incident-packed opening to the 2014 NRL season. Broadcaster Channel Nine reported the NRL launched an investigation while the match was still in progress into a tackle by Sydney Roosters’ Sonny Bill Williams and Aiden Guerra on Rabbitoh Ben Lowe, […]

DISCORD 2014: Edition Nine

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By STEVE MASCORD THE aspect of today’s NRL media conference about Cronulla which really stunned Discord was CEO David Smith’s admission that the League wouldn’t have the power to ban Shane Flanagan from Remondis Stadium, even if it wanted to. Now, on balance we’re not sure Flanagan deserves to be locked out of the stadium. […]