Guerra Ready For Biggest Month Of His Life

By STEVE MASCORD GIAN Antonio Guerra’s took the slow boat from Italy when he was just 13, in the first half of the last century. Now, grandson Aiden has him to thank for the biggest month of his life. Three weeks after lining up for Sydney Roosters in the NRL grand final before 82,000 spectators, […]

2013 NRL grand final: SYDNEY ROOSTERS 26 MANLY 18 at ANZ Stadium

By STEVE MASCORD AFTER winning a National Rugby League premiership at his first attempt, Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson was none the wiser about the plans of his cross-code rugby superstar, Sonny Bill Williams. The former All Black played a key role in the tricolours 13th premiership, his team twice coming from behind to secure […]

THE JOY OF SIX: Finals Week Three

RUFFLED FEATHERS SYDNEY Roosters coach Trent Robinson accepts blood test results which are not under investigation will still be remembered by some fans long after Sunday’s grand final. “How do you take that back?” he said on ABC yesterday. “The way the media works now, the way all those things are kept on the internet, […]

Morris: My Incident Wasn’t The Difference

By STEVE MASCORD CRONULLA hero John Morris says he hopes the Sharks’ campaign is not remembered by the misdemeanour which led to captain Paul Gallen’s late try against Manly being disallowed. Hooker Morris – the man who chased Kane Linnett to save the day in the controversial elimination final win over North Queensland – found […]

George Rose: I Was Getting Ready For Mad Monday

By STEVE MASCORD MANLY favourite George Rose says he was already mixing drinks for Mad Monday in his head when Manly were trailing the preliminary final 14-0. Sitting on the bench as the bunnies got off to a flier, Rose was mentally preparing for his new life as a Melbourne Storm player. “I was actually […]

Cordner Sorry For The Unkindest Cut

By STEVE MASCORD INJURED Sydney Rooster Boyd Cordner says taking a team-mate’s place is going to be his toughest part of grand final week. The former NSW Under 20s captain has been sidelined for seven weeks with a broken ankle but tells RLW he was close to being fit for Saturday night’s preliminary final against […]


By STEVE MASCORD “A person is intelligent and sensible,” someone remarked to me at the start of the week, ‘but people are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals.” The comment, about the fascinating and scary herd mentality we call “mob rules”, came in the wake of the outcry over Cronulla’s seventh-tackle try on Saturday night. Let’s look […]

Knights Tyro Draws Strength From Veteran Smith

By STEVE MASCORD NEWCASTLE tyro Tyrone Roberts says Jeremy Smith is the man who’s given him the confidence to guide Wayne Bennett’s side around the park under intense pressure at finals time. Only 22 years old with just over 50 first grade games to his name, Roberts helped the Knights end the premiership defence of […]

THE JOY OF SIX: Finals Week Two

By STEVE MASCORD WAYNES WORLD VIII? ASKED on Saturday night why his Newcastle side was coming good in the finals, coach Wayne Bennett replied: “It’s spring”. Then quizzed if that was the reason just for him, he replied: “For all of us, that’s the time you want it to happen”. On the eve of the […]