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TURNER: Roosters stumble but still on track for back-to-back titles

Losing to a late Penrith field goal was a setback, but in my mind the Sydney Roosters are still the team to beat for the 2014 NRL title.

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Seven questions from Round 1 of the NRL finals

The first weekend of the NRL finals didn’t disappoint rugby league fans, with plenty of tension, excitement, upsets, controversy and scintillating play.

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Key finals stars Anthony Watmough and Tariq Sims have both taken early guilty pleas at the NRL judiciary.

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North Queensland coach Paul Green has sensationally claimed they did not bother to fight back-rower Tariq Sims’ shoulder charge ban because they have no faith in the NRL match review and judiciary process.

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Parramatta District Rugby Leagues Club (PDRL) chairman Roy Spagnolo has been asked to stand down following allegations of bullying, harassment and membership/election tampering in his time at the Eels.

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North Queensland are set to take Tariq Sims’ shoulder charge ban to the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night in a bid to keep the hard-hitting forward’s season alive.

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English Super League side Catalan Dragons are facing competition from rugby union for the signature of disgraced NRL star Todd Carney, according to head coach Laurent Frayssinous.

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North Queensland coach Paul Green’s inside knowledge of his former club the Sydney Roosters could be a crucial factor in Friday’s NRL semi-final, his ex-premiership winning players say.

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Roy and H.G. back for 2014 grand finals

Roy Slaven and H.G. Nelson will return to the commentary box for the 2014 NRL and AFL grand finals, bringing their unique brand of coverage to ABC Radio for the ‘Festival of the Boot’.

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Delayed Sunday NRL telecast on Dave Smith’s hitlist

The delayed NRL game screened at 4pm to 6pm on Sundays, complete with ad breaks every 10 minutes, has long been one of NRL fans’ least favourite things about the game.

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If you don’t like Jamie Soward there’s something wrong with you

Manly is the only team still alive in the competition that can’t win it. Every other team has got a genuine shot at the title after an extraordinary weekend of football.

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A mathematical pickle to spice up the NRL finals

Well, that was a weekend and a half of football, wasn’t it? Despite being just four games compared to the regular eight, and only played over three days, rather than the five of rounds previous, it felt like a big weekend of NRL.

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Sydney Roosters enforcer Jared Waerea-Hargreaves can ill-afford a charge by the match review committee for a swinging arm on Penrith’s Brent Kite, given his dire record at the NRL judiciary.

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It was a 300th game to forget for Anthony Minichello and the Sydney Roosters skipper knows he owes his teammates a big performance as the premiers fight to keep their title defence alive.

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It was always going to take something special to keep try-scoring veteran David Simmons out of Penrith’s NRL finals campaign.

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Those in the know at South Sydney believe Adam Reynolds has learnt from his undeniable role in the Rabbitohs’ preliminary finals choke last season against Manly.

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Gavin Cooper skips clear of Martin Kennedy  (Photo by Colin Whelan copyright © nrlphotos.com)

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Jamal Idris hugs Jamie Soward

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Luke Keary scores for South Sydney against Manly

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Johnathan Thurston. AAP Image/Action Photographics, Colin Whelan

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Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith

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The Roar of the crowd

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2015 NRL Auckland Nines: Draw, start times, and preview

The Auckland Nines will reappear in 2015, following the huge success of the 2014 series held earlier this year, with AUD$2.4 million on offer this time around.

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Who will win the 2014 Golden Boot?

By Matthew Pitman, Today
Who will win the 2014 Golden Boot?

I know there’s a lot left in the season yet with finals and internationals still to be played, but who do you think are the front runners for the prestigious Golden Boot Award?

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Are we too quick to blame the refs?

It seems that every Monday, the water-cooler chat is dominated by one thing – referees. We Aussies love a good whinge, one of many traits left over from our English forefathers I imagine.

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Are we witnessing NRL finals history?

By Daniel Nichols, Today
Are we witnessing NRL finals history?

For the first time since the introduction of the current AFL finals system, two sides who finished in the top four at the end of the regular season went out in straight sets.

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On the weekend, the pre-game ABC Radio League panel hosted by Debbie Spillane was running a poll on why the NRL’s TV ratings were down. Interestingly it came to pass that a major contributing factor, in the opinion of the ABC listeners, was the poor level of commentary.

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The Sydney Solution: Fixing the NRL

By Geheimagent, Today
The Sydney Solution: Fixing the NRL

Modern day rugby league is a landscape of dwindling crowds, financially struggling clubs and a never ending debate about just how fair the salary cap really is. Over the course of the season many have asked how to fix the greatest game of all.

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Is this the end of the delayed Sunday NRL game?

Isn’t September grand for rugby league fans? I spent the weekend with a massive smile on myself enjoying just about every moment of the four games that were played over the weekend. My favourite game had to be between the Sydney Roosters and Penrith Panthers.

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Golden era beckoning for England rugby league

When last year’s Rugby League World Cup concluded I thought England would be a force for years to come. Sure, the loss of Sam Burgess is a huge blow but I believe he will be back in a couple years.

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What we learnt from week one of the 2014 NRL finals series

If the weekend’s matches are anything to go by, we could have a surprise pair of grand finalists to decide this year’s premiership.

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NRL finals crowds so far have been a massive let down

Well I love the NRL finals, its just a shame Sydney and Melbourne do not. After a year of disappointing crowd figures in the regular season, the same fans have decided not to turn up come finals time.

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[VIDEO] Melbourne Storm vs Canterbury Bulldogs: NRL Finals highlights, scores, blog

Match recap: FULL TIME SCORE: Canterbury 28-4 Melbourne

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Why can’t I believe in fairytales?

By Tom Clarke, 14 Sep 2014 Video
Why can’t I believe in fairytales?

At the start of the season I placed a bet on the Penrith Panthers to be minor premiers. The squad looked good and fresh, and I thought that, for the generous odds on offer, they might be worth a punt. But I never really thought it was much of a chance.

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Decision time at Brookvale

By John Davidson, 14 Sep 2014 Video
Decision time at Brookvale

Souths’ semi-final whipping of Manly should provide a wake-up call to the Brookvale boys.

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Mastermind season review: Canberra Raiders

By mastermind5991, 14 Sep 2014
Mastermind season review: Canberra Raiders

After a disastrous 2013 season which saw Josh Dugan, Blake Ferguson and Sandor Earl all depart the club in controversial circumstances, this year didn’t prove to be any better for the Canberra Raiders.

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[VIDEO] North Queensland Cowboys vs Brisbane Broncos: NRL finals highlights, scores, blog

The North Queensland Cowboys and Brisbane Broncos put their season and history on the line in tonight’s elimination final. Join The Roar from 7:55pm (AEST) for live coverage.

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[VIDEO] Sydney Roosters vs Penrith Panthers: NRL finals highlights, scores, blog

MATCH RESULT: The Panthers are one win away from a grand final following one of their greatest ever wins over the Roosters.

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Australia's Billy Slater dives on the grass to score a try

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Bulldogs NRL coach Des Hasler. AAP Image/Dean Lewins

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Matt Moylan in action during the NRL Round 8, Sydney Roosters v Penrith Panthers game at Allianz Stadium, Sunday, May 5, 2013. (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Renee McKay)

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Todd Carney bleeding

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Steve Matai fends off the defence of Adam Reynolds during the Round 23 NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Manly Sea Eagles at Bluetongue Stadium. (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Renee McKay)

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Two Manly forwards tackle Boyd Cordner of the Sydney Roosters

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Johnathan Thurston. AAP Image/Action Photographics, Colin Whelan

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Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith

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