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 […]

DISCORD 2013: Edition 38

By STEVE MASCORD YOU know how some rugby league columnists seem to have a go at the game’s administration every chance they get? You know how you read their columns and wish they’d talk about something else? I was one of you. Really, I was. Here at Discord, we’ve staunchly defended new NRL CEO David […]

THE JOY OF SEVEN: Finals Week One

By STEVE MASCORD BEARING BAD NEWS SHOULD referees be told at halftime if they have committed a major error in a big ticket match that has the potential to affect the outcome? The argument in favour of informing them is that they are likely to find out anyway, with video officials, reserve referees, strappers and […]

NRL round 23: NORTH QUEENSLAND 22 GOLD COAST 10 at 1300smiles Stadium

By STEVE MASCORD NORTH Queensland prop James Tamou has agreed that the sacking of coach Neil Henry will be deemed premature if the Cowboys qualify for the finals. NQ last night disposed of eighth-placed Gold Coast to continue an unbeaten run that began three weeks ago when Henry’s contract extension was rescinded. The coach said […]


By STEVE MASCORD IN most areas, the NRL follows the trends of other professional sporting competitions that are more advanced in terms of commercial success. But we should pause for deep thought before we follow their leads when it comes to sacking coaches. “We don’t want to get to the point where the EPL is, […]

Brent Tate: We All Bought Into Cowboys Hype

By STEVE MASCORD NORTH Queensland star Brent Tate says Cowboys players were guilty of believing their own hype this season and has called on management to consult team-mates Johnathan Thurston and Matt Scott before appointing a replacement for Neil Henry. Five days after Henry was told his services would not be required next season, the […]

Prince, Henry In Dark Over Futures

By STEVE MASCORD WINNING coach Anthony Griffin stopped well short of denying reports that Peter Wallace and Scott Prince were on the way out of Brisbane while rival Neil Henry continues to wait for the Noerth Queensland executioner’s axe to fall. Brisbane’s 18-16 derby win over North Queensland at 1300smiles Stadium was played amid anticipation […]

THE JOY OF SIX: Round 12

By STEVE MASCORD 1. STATE OF CHAOS THE ARLC probably doesn’t appreciate what a challenge it faces as it prepares to take control of its first State Of Origin series. We use the term “take control” advisedly – because for 33 years, Origin has been uncontrollable. It’s been run by the teams in it. We’ve […]

NRL round 12: GOLD COAST 31 NORTH QUEENSLAND 12 at Skilled Park

By STEVE MASCORD NORTH Queensland chief executive Peter Jourdain has eased some of the pressure on coach Neil Henry by insisting his job is not immediately in any jeopardy. Talking to Fairfax Media as he left Skilled Park after the Cowboys’ 31-12 loss to Gold Coast, Jourdain said the was no reason to suspect Henry […]