World Cup second quarter-final: AUSTRALIA 62 UNITED STATES 0 at Racecourse Ground, Wrexham

By STEVE MASCORD IF injury realistically presented a bigger hurdle at this World Cup than many of Australia’s opponents, then it is becoming an increasingly vengeful foe. Two weeks after back rower Luke Lewis’ tournament ended in a collision with an advertising hoarding, fullback Billy Slater’s recent off-field misfortune following him onto the Racecourse Ground […]

THE JOY OF SIX: International Season week six

By STEVE MASCORD 1. SIMPLY THE BEST? FORMER NSW Origin forward and founding Brisbane Bronco Terry Matterson says the current Australian team could be the best in his quarter-century involvement in the game at the top level. Matterson, who made his first grade debut for he Roosters in 1986, was in awe of the green-and-golds’ […]

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 […]

DISCORD 2013: Edition 27

By STEVE MASCORD THE return of Saturday afternoon football will be confirmed on Wednesday with five games kicking off at 3pm (NSW) time to finish the regular season. Discord has been told Melbourne will get their wish of a blockbuster game against South Sydney on Friday, August 9, at AAMI Park. The five Saturday afternoon […]

Five Things We Learned From … ORIGIN I

1. Origin is still a primal anachronism RUGBY league fans completely understood how NSW coach Laurie Daley could call flurry of punches aimed at an opponent’s head as “a great Origin moment”. The army of casual viewers attracted by the game could not. As big as rugby league is in New South Wales and Queensland, Origin […]

Rugby League Should Care More About Crowds, Says Souths Boss

By STEVE MASCORD SOUTH Sydney chief executive Shane Richardson has claimed rugby league doesn’t care enough about crowds and should follow the AFL’s lead by making attendance figures top priority. Speaking as his side prepares to take on the Melbourne Storm at ANZ Stadium tonight, Richardson told The Age his club had received little help […]

NRL round four: MELBOURNE 32 BRISBANE 26 at Suncorp Stadium

By STEVE MASCORD BRISBANE captain Sam Thaiday said he was demonstrating what rival Bryan Norrie had done to him when he grabbed referee Adam Devcich by the shirt in the high-scoring loss to Melbourne on Friday night. In an ultimately crucial incident, Thaiday claimed to have been held in a scrum by Norrie while the […]

Storm Had To Overcome More Than Leeds To Lift World Title

By STEVE MASCORD FROM a bus driver who slept in to a drug tester who wouldn’t let the Storm do likewise, Melbourne’s campaign to reclaim the final piece of silverware stripped from them has gone anything but smoothly. When the NRL premiers flew out of Tullamarine on February 11, everything was rosy. Coach Craig Bellamy […]

Raiders’ Complaints ‘Irrelevant’, Says Slater

By STEVE MASCORD MELBOURNE fullback Billy Slater has dismissed Canberra’s complaints about his involvement in a trial match as “irrelevant” while coach Craig Bellamy says he “can’t understand” his former club’s complaint to the NRL over the issue. A joust between the Raiders and Storm has erupted over Slater playing in a trial between the […]