From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
So what are Mick Potter’s chances of coaching Wests Tigers next season now the club has deferred a decision on whether to offer him a new contract until the end of the season?
South Sydney hardman George Burgess says he and his brothers are determined to take advantage of their last chance to win an NRL premiership together.
After back-to-back wooden spoons and two years of disappointment, it’s no wonder Tim Mannah found the past fortnight difficult.
Wests Tigers skipper Robbie Farah is adamant Mick Potter has the full support of the playing group after the club decided to postpone a decision on the embattled coach’s future until the end of the season.
A stricken Gareth Widdop climbed out of his sick bed to inspire St George-Illawarra to one of their best wins of the season on Sunday, a 28-12 triumph over Wests Tigers, to keep them in the hunt for the NRL finals.
St George Illawarra will zero in on Wests Tigers young guns Mitchell Moses and Luke Brooks in Sunday’s round 20 clash at ANZ as the joint venture bid to keep their flagging NRL finals hopes afloat.
The Sydney Roosters’ premiership defence received a hammer blow on Saturday with confirmation Sonny Bill Williams will miss up to a month of NRL action with a fractured thumb.
Parramatta superstar Jarryd Hayne believes the decision to rest him following his State of Origin exploits will prove a masterstroke by season’s end.
North Queensland’s trademark charge for the NRL finals is well and truly underway after they defeated Canterbury 20-12 at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.
Jamie Soward says Penrith have been guilty of turning their minds to the NRL finals two months too early.
James Tamou’s immediate playing future is in doubt after he suffered a neck injury early in North Queensland’s 20-12 win over Canterbury on Saturday.
With the Panthers and the Sharkies goin’ bush on Saturday arvo, it’s time to face the west and doff the cap to one of the great fertile beds of footballery – the beautiful Bathurst area and its surrounding counties.
Skipper Jamie Lyon admits some of his Manly teammates “are a little bit angry” with club management but remain galvanised for a tilt at the NRL title.
Returning playmaker Peter Wallace has warned Penrith need to urgently rediscover their defensive steel or risk coming unstuck in the run-in to the NRL finals.
If Gold Coast’s NRL home is meant to be a fortress, then it’s one that’s been breached and razed to the ground this year.
Cameron Smith became the highest point-scoring forward in the NRL but it was Cooper Cronk who shone brightest as Melbourne continued their stranglehold over Brisbane on Friday night.
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Every year Wayne Bennett has left a club, Manly have gone on to win the NRL premiership: 1987 (Bennett leaves the Raiders), 2008 (Broncos) and 2011 (Dragons). It’s a statistical fact: Bennett leaves a club, Manly win the premiership.
“We don’t like Manly either Watmough” read a Warriors fan’s sign at Mt Smart. Unfortunately for the fan, love ‘em or hate ‘em the Manly juggernaut keeps on rolling.
With the finals just a few weeks away, who of the NRL’s 2014 premiership contenders will be lifting the trophy on grand final day?
Mick Potter was a man with 24 hours to live according to the rumour mill. Major news outlets reported that Potter was to be be sacked after Sunday’s match against the Dragons, win or lose, following Brian Smith’s internal review of Wests Tigers.
If somebody said two months ago that the St George-Illawarra Dragons would be finals contenders, I would have thought you were joking.
Unfortunately yesterday was a case of another day, another adverse headline for the greatest game of all.
The Wests Tigers host the St George-Illawarra Dragons at ANZ Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Join The Roar for live scores from 3:00pm (AEST).
MATCH RESULT: Warriors tried hard minus their stars Shaun Johnson and Feleti Mateo but Manly were too strong, too classy and too clinical when it mattered.
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Following Wayne Bennett’s decision to return to the Brisbane Broncos, the Newcastle Knights find themselves without a coach for next season and lacking direction.
Major news sources are suggesting that current Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter may be removed from his position, possibly as soon as the completion of his side’s match with the Dragons.
South Sydney Rabbitohs players are hopeful that halfback Adam Reynolds will stay at the NRL club, despite rumours about a possible move.
The North Queensland Cowboys will fancy their chances of securing a second-straight away win when they face a Canterbury Bulldogs side coming off a heavy defeat to the Tigers. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:30pm AEST.
The Gold Coast Titans play host to a Parramatta Eels side desperate to keep touch with the top eight. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 5:30pm AEST.
Match result and score FULL TIME Sharks 18 Panthers 16
MATCH RESULT: The Melbourne Storm secured a commanding victory at Suncorp Stadium against the Brisbane Broncos on Friday night.
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MATCH RESULT: The Knights have secured arguably their best win of the season as the Roosters once again fail to get the job done against opposition they are expected to defeat.
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