If You Could Change One Rule In Rugby League, What Would It Be?

By STEVE MASCORD “THAT’s a REALLY good question,” says James Graham, late one Friday night after Canterbury match at Homebush. “It’s a tough one. What have people been saying? Um, yeah, I don’t want to waste this. What about ‘no rules’? Huh! Just go out and play. Do whatever. No rules at all. “Nah, I’ll […]

Five Things We Learned: 2015 NRL Nines

By STEVE MASCORD SOUTH SYDNEY CAN SURVIVE THE DEPARTURE OF SAM BURGESS IT’S hazardous to make judgments on premiership candidacy in February and bordering on delusional to do so after a nines tournament. But it wasn’t so much South Sydney’s 18-14 win over Cronulla in a wonderfully offbeat final as little pieces of body language […]

Four Nations: NEW ZEALAND 14 SAMOA 12 at Toll Stadium, Whangarei

By STEVE MASCORD FURIOUS coach Matt Parish claimed Samoa had been treated “like second class citizens” after another agonising late defeat at the Four Nations. A 75th minute try by centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall saved the Kiwis from suffering the first loss by a top-three country in the history of the tournament – but Parish was […]

THE JOY OF SIX: Finals week four

By STEVE MASCORD WELL, WE DO – BUT SHOULD WE GO AROUND SAYING SO? COACH Trent Robinson has admitted he thought it ‘a bit strange’’ that Sydney Roosters chose to promote this season with the slogan “We Play For Premierships”. As part of an extremely bolshy campaign which attracted little media scrutiny, the tricolours even […]

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 […]

Players Deliberately Obscuring Would-be Tries, Says Waqa

By STEVE MASCORD NRL players are exploiting a loophole in the current video refereeing procedure by deliberately obscuring would-be tries from television cameras, according to Melbourne winger Sisa Waqa. The Fijian international had a crucial no-try call go against him in last Friday’s qualifying final, before a sickening fall after an aerial collision ended his […]

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 WRAP: NRL Finals Week One

By STEVE MASCORD MY furry colleague at Rugby League Week, the Mole, last week wrote that Greg Inglis was unlikely to play in the World Cup due to his ongoing knee problem. So when the finals series kicked off on Friday night, a couple of hours before kick-off between South Sydney and Melbourne at ANZ […]

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 […]