THE JOY OF SIX: NRL Round 17 2015

THE BEAST IS COMING FOR YOU SO David Klemmer accidentally knocked out a NSW staffer who was holding a tackling bag? If he is on the field for a kick-off on Wednesday, Maroons players are best advised to stay out of his sight. The Beast Of Belmore has revealed he spots an opposition player from […]

THE JOY OF SIX: International Season Week Seven

By STEVE MASCORD McNAMARA STAYS ENGLAND coach Steve McNamara has been retained. When asked by Set of Six what process would determine who has the job next year, Rugby Football League chief executive Nigel Wood told us: “There is no process because there is no vacancy. Steve is 12 months into a two year contract.” […]

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

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 […]

DISCORD 2013: Edition 47

By STEVE MASCORD YOUR correspondent has a tough decision to make before Christmas – how to vote in the Golden Boot poll. The nominees for that gong that goes to the best player in the world have been released today: Johnathan Thurston, Sonny Bill Williams, Danny Brough, Cooper Cronk, Cameron Smith and Sam Burgess. It seems […]

2013 Season Review: MELBOURNE STORM

By STEVE MASCORD CAMERON Smith is standing in the middle of AAMI Park, trying to explain a premiership defence that fell a fortnight short. “It wasn’t enough right from the start,” the Australia captain says with a shake of the head. “It’s pretty much been the story of the second half of our season, really. […]

Storm Laments Poor Start Not Disallowed Tries

By STEVE MASCORD THERE were two disallowed tries about which he could have complained loudly, but Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith instead applied the blowtorch to himself and his charges. The Storm’s premiership defence is hanging by a thread after their 20-10 qualifying final loss to South Sydney at ANZ Stadium on Friday. The world […]

THE JOY OF SIX: Round 26

By STEVE MASCORD CHANGES COULD END IN TIERS THREE games on the final day of the regular season exposed an unintended benefit of the second tier salary cap and an unforseen danger of changing it without careful consideration. With the finals spots assured, Cronulla and Manly fielded somewhat under strength sides but still put up […]

Farah Says Marshall Going Nowhere; Manager Not So Sure

By STEVE MASCORD AS Melbourne Storm prepares to take on Wests Tigers without captain Cameron Smith, his opposite number has sought to quell conjecture over the future of star player Benji Marshall. Hooker Smith will miss the clash at picturesque Leichhardt Oval after a laceration below his right eye suffered in Origin II required plastic […]

Players In NSW And Queensland Don’t Understand Damage To Game’s Image

By STEVE MASCORD MELBOURNE and Australia captain Cameron Smith has lashed out at misbehaving players who live in cocoon in rugby league’s heartlands and don’t understand how much they are hurting the game in its frontiers. In an eight-day period which has seen NSW prop James Tamou, would-be team-mate Blake Ferguson and South Sydney prop […]