From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
A concussion to Kyle Turner has soured South Sydney’s thrilling 20-16 win over a brave Penrith side at ANZ Stadium on Sunday evening.
St George Illawarra have revived their NRL season, jumping back into the top eight with a comeback 46-24 win over Newcastle at Jubilee Oval.
Manly have put a week of turmoil behind them, producing a magnificent performance to destroy NRL competition leaders Brisbane 44-14 and giving unwanted coach Geoff Toovey plenty to smile about in his 100th game in charge.
North Queensland have pulled off an amazing comeback to escape with the two competition points after coming from behind to beat Canberra 32-24 in Townsville.
Ricky Leutele gave Cronulla a thrilling 18-14 NRL victory over the Warriors at Mount Smart Stadium.
A Wayne Bennett-led Broncos side is relentlessly hole-punching it’s way to yet another grand final appearance. Seriously, have I overslept backwards to the Howard administration? Is this why I’m hankering for a Powers and some Melrose Place?
Rumours of a new Super League War are almost annual these days – and this week we’ve heard them again.
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Andrew Fifita is hoping “positive statements” from enemy quarters will help his cause as the NRL continues its investigation into claims the Test star abused and threatened rugby league officials.
Johnathan Thurston’s planned show of support for embattled AFL star Adam Goodes says a lot about the man, his North Queensland co-captain Matt Scott believes.
The writing is on the wall for Matt Ballin but he says he’s going to dig his heels in after being told he’s unwanted at Manly next year.
They’ve had 75 points put on in them in the last fortnight and are sitting dead last, but Jason Taylor says there’s not much between his Wests Tigers and the NRL’s heavyweights.
To understand Newcastle Knights you need to live in Newcastle.
As I’ve mentioned previously, I worked with a commentator who would loudly and frequently lambast me with the statement, “Stats don’t play the game for ya.”
In another huge week of rugby league, Rick Stone got the flick, Geoff Toovey got the sack and the Wests Tigers announced they might be heading home to the southwest of Sydney.
NSW captain Paul Gallen is officially available for State of Origin selection next year after finally reaching an agreement with Cronulla.
Jesse Bromwich was found not guilty at the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night of biting Josh Dugan.
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Match result: Rabbitohs 20 Panthers 16
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The 10th placed St George Illawarra Dragons host the 14th placed Newcastle Knights at Jubilee Oval in Round 20 of the NRL. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 1:50pm (AEST)
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With 12 tries and 66 points scored, Friday night’s Roosters versus Bulldogs clash was a cracker. Intense footy, great ball movement, brutal defence, see-sawing momentum and all completed at near-perfect execution rates by both teams.
With that last performance I think it’s fair to say they are well and truly ready for an inspirational finals push.
Match Result: The Manly Sea Eagles have kept their final chances alive, and sent a statement to the competition, with a 44-14 win over the table topping Brisbane Broncos on Saturday night. Manly 44 Brisbane 14
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The second placed North Queensland Cowboys host the ninth placed Canberra Raiders at 1300 Smiles Stadium in an important game for both sides. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 5:25pm (AEST)
The eighth placed New Zealand Warriors host the sixth placed Cronulla Sharks at Mt Smart Stadium in a game vital to the formation of the top eight. Join The Roar for all the action from 2:50pm (AEST)
This weekend sees the semi-finals of the 2015 Challenge Cup fought out, with two teams set to leap the last hurdle to the final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, August 29.
Before the Super League begins the Super Eights, we have two juicy semi-finals to look forward to this weekend with Leeds Rhinos to meet St Helens, and Warrington to play Hull KR for a spot in the Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium.
Match Result: The West Tigers have caused one of the biggest upsets of the 2015 NRL season with a 34-16 win over the Melbourne Storm at Leichhardt Oval. WEST TIGERS 34 MELBOURNE 16
Match result: Roosters 38 Bulldogs 28
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The Brisbane Broncos and North Queensland Cowboys are on track to not only finish one-two on the ladder, but also face off in the NRL’s first ever all-Queensland grand final.
As promised in the Round 20 review earlier this week, we now commence a series of season reviews as teams are eliminated from finals contention.
I feel sorry for Geoff Toovey. There’s a sentence I never thought I’d say.
In my time as a rugby league referee in the Penrith Junior Rugby League it was common for top-level players to head out to a local ground and support the game.
As we head into Round 21 of the NRL competition who could have possible predicted that the ladder would look like it currently does.
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