Posts Tagged "NRL"

Forgive me footy fans, for I have sinned. I only attended two NRL games this year, and I didn’t enjoy either of them.

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If a scrapbook of Jared Waerea-Hargreaves’ rugby league career is being kept, I suspect his children and grandchildren will be amazed by his abilities, but disappointed when they get the chance to read his rap sheet.

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On Sunday, the Melbourne Storm, attempting to mount an unlikely comeback, crossed for what looked to be an incredible try.

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With some extra time on my hands last weekend I decided to do an academic study for submission to the The Roar. I was determined to prove my hypothesis on one aspect of rugby league.

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The most jam-packed NRL pre-season of all time kicks off on January 31 when the second $2.4m Auckland Nines event gets underway at Eden Park.

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Manly say they won’t be falling for any of former mentor Des Hasler’s famous mind games in the lead up to Saturday’s NRL semi-final showdown with Canterbury.

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Dallin Watene-Zelezniak admits he feared he may have missed the chance to play a part in Penrith’s push to the NRL grand final when he was suspended after an allegation of eye-gouging earlier this year.

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One has been accused of disrespecting the Australian Test captain. The other has raised eyebrows with some bizarre post-Origin behaviour.

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The already strained relationship between the NRL and North Queensland has been tested again with the Cowboys copping a $10,000 fine for coach Paul Green claiming they have lost faith in the match review and judiciary process.

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Bronco halfback Ben Hunt has been added to the Kangaroo squad to play in the Four Nations rugby league tournament in November, and for the Prime Minister’s squad against Papua New Guinea on September 29.

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It’s that time of year again, September. The distinct scent of finals Footy in the spring air, stagnant for all footy fans to embrace. But along with September also comes Awards season.

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September specialists Manly say they haven’t lost their finals mojo, as they prepare for the end of an era of sustained NRL success.

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The Rabbitohs and Panthers have been afforded the luxury of a week off, as the Roosters, Cowboys, Sea Eagles and Bulldogs fight for the right to play them for a berth in the big one on October 5.

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We love to hate rule changes, but in the competitive cauldron of world sport attracting viewership requires a certain willingness to adapt.

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Four matches down, five to go. Six teams are left in the race for this year’s NRL premiership and this week will see the Sydney Roosters and Manly Sea Eagles fight for their survival in the semi-finals.

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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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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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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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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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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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