Widdop Favourite To Play In Finals Opener

By STEVE MASCORD MELBOURNE received a finals-eve boost when injured five-eighth Brett Finch trained with his team-mates but Gareth Widdop remains favourite to fill the five-eighth role against South Sydney. Finch suffered an AC shoulder joint injury last Saturday against Gold Coast and was rated at long odds to play in the qualifying final at […]

Storm Keep Rabbitohs Guessing Over Widdop

By STEVE MASCORD MELBOURNE Storm are set to keep South Sydney guessing over whether England five-eighth Gareth Widdop will make a near-miraculous return from a dislocated hip in Friday’s qualifying final at ANZ Stadium. Widdop, who was expected to be out until 2014 when he suffered the horrific injury on June 24, was named on […]

Half A Crisis For Storm

By STEVE MASCORD PREMIERS Melbourne enter the finals with a mini-crisis in the halves after Brett Finch suffered a career-threatening shoulder injury in the golden point win over Gold Coast. Five-eighth Gareth Widdop’s return from a dislocated hip on Sunday for feeder team Brisbane Easts in Mackay takes on added significance with Finch forced off […]

Widdop ‘Will Play’ This Weekend

By STEVE MASCORD ENGLAND five-eighth Gareth Widdop is “going to be playing this weekend”, according to Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy. Initially ruled out for the the rest of the NRL season and the World Cup after suffering an horrific dislocated hip against Gold Coast on June 24, Widdop is pencilled in to play for feeder […]

Taking Out The Burgess Brothers

By STEVE MASCORD WHEN Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson saw Steve McNamara at Allianz Stadium on July 1, he had a proposal for the visiting England coach. “Trent here was hoping I could go to as many Souths games and do him a favour by taking out a few Burgess boys,” McNamara told Forty20 in […]

Widdop Tells McNamara He’ll Be Right For World Cup

By STEVE MASCORD STRICKEN five-eighth Gareth Widdop has told England coach Steve McNamara he is a genuine hope of playing in the World Cup – and finishing the NRL season with Melbourne Storm. Brett Finch has again been named as Widdop’s replacement in the side to play traditional rivals Brisbane this Friday at AAMI Park, […]

THE WRAP: NRL Round 15

By STEVE MASCORD ENGLAND coach Steve McNamara will today visit stricken Gareth Widdop in Robina Hospital and says its a huge blow to the host nation’s World Cup chances that the Melbourne five-eighth is out of the tournament. Widdop was carried off in agony 51 minutes into Gold Coast’s 18-12 win over Melbourne at Skilled […]

Gareth Widdop’s 2013 Is Over

By STEVE MASCORD MELBOURNE and England five-eighth Gareth Widdop is out for the rest of the NRL season and the World Cup. “And that’s a best case scenario,” Storm coach Craig Bellamy said late Monday after the 24 year old suffered an horrific dislocated hip the 18-12 loss to Gold Coast at Skilled Park, the […]

NRL round 15: GOLD COAST 18 MELBOURNE 12 at Skilled Park

By STEVE MASCORD MELBOURNE Storm five-eighth Gareth Widdop had the perfect opportunity to impress England coach Steve McNamara – in stands to run an eye over his World Cup credentials – with Origin players sideline from the Monday Night Football game against Gold Coast. But instead, the-24-year old found himself being ferried from Skilled Park […]