NRL Round Eight: NORTH QUEENSLAND 22 MANLY 20 at Dairy Farmers Stadium

By STEVE MASCORD NEW Zealand half Kieran Foran last night remained hopeful he would overcome a painful leg injury to take his place in Friday’s Anzac Test against Australia. On an injury-strewn evening at Dairy Farmers Stadium, Foran was forced off after half of Manly’s eventful 22-20 loss to North Queensland – a match in […]

Roy Asotasi Out For Four Months With Broken Wrist

By STEVE MASCORD SOUTH Sydney captain Roy Asotasi has been ruled out for four months with a broken left wrist. Asotasi received the shattering news on Saturday night following scans in the aftermath of the Round Eight 31-12 win over Cronulla at ANZ Stadium. The Bunnies already have Sam Burgess, Ben Lowe and Scott Geddes […]

Moore: Referees “Careless” And “Reckless”

By STEVE MASCORD CANTERBURY coach Kevin Moore last night accused referees Gavin Badger and Adam Devcich of a “careless, reckless” decision to award Gerard Beale a crucial try in the loss to Brisbane. Broncos halfback Peter Wallace appeared to knock on as he attempted to offload in the 49th minute, the ball picked up by […]

Eastwood 80 Minutes From Test Return

By STEVE MASCORD GREG Eastwood is just 80 minutes away from winning back his New Zealand jersey despite an injury-interrupted start to his second stint with Canterbury. Eastwood returned from two broken wrists in Saturday night’s 36-24 win over South Sydney and faces his former club Brisbane on Friday night. “He obviously comes into contention […]

NRL Round Eight: BRISBANE 20 CANTERBURY 12 at Suncorp Stadium

By STEVE MASCORD BEN Barba’s selection in a preliminary Queensland squad gave him the confidence to dazzle Brisbane last night – but Maroons captain Darren Lockyer cautioned the Canterbury fullback about getting his Origin hopes up for 2011. In a beaten team, Barba was outstanding when he set up a long-range try for Canterbury winger […]

DISCORD 2011: Edition 17

By STEVE MASCORD JAMES Graham’s signing with Canterbury makes this an opportune time to revisit an old hobbyhorse of mine: the desirability of an English team in the NRL. Read the whole column at !

ZZ Top – “La Grange/Tush (live)”

From Enmore Theatre, Sydney, April 28 2011

Desperate Sharks Want Roberts, Clinton

By STEVE MASCORD BATTERED Cronulla have sent an SOS to internationals Ben Roberts and Joel Clinton – and they want them now. Having fought their way to the edge of the top eight, the Sharks sunk to their lowest ebb this season when they lost fullback Nathan Gardner to an ankle injury and five-eighth Albert […]


Wednesday, April 27. 12.01am MAL’S SECRET DEAL, SHARKS GO SHOPPING, IDRIS ‘I’LL BE BACK’, PARRA ‘DISTRACTIONS’ QUEENSLAND coach Mal Meninga is set to sign a new three year deal which will end speculation of a return to club coaching, today’s Rugby League Week reveals. Meninga is one of many coaches being linked to the newly-vacant […]