Posts Tagged "Rugby League"

I can’t believe Penrith are rank outsiders to win the premiership from here. After next weekend I reckon they’ll be one of the only two teams left that are still alive in the competition.

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Last week I wrote about how amazing Round 1 of the NRL finals series was, considering all the tension, drama, excitement and great play on show across the four games.

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Easts Tigers won through to the Queensland Cup final on Sunday afternoon with a 30-12 win over rivals Wynnum Manly Seagulls in front of a packed Langlands Park.

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When the Roosters held out the Cowboys on Friday night history was re-written.

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If Saturday night’s elimination semi-final between Manly and Canterbury had been a Shakespearean play, literary scholars would argue for weeks about what the Bard was trying to say.

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Axed Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter has revealed he felt like a dead man walking during the final three months of his tenure with the NRL joint venture.

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Two-time recipient John Lang says Ivan Cleary must be rewarded for transforming Penrith from also-rans to premiership contenders with the NRL’s coach of the year award.

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Canterbury firebrand James Graham felt the need to apologise to teammate Mitch Brown for giving him a vicious on-field spray in Saturday night’s NRL semi-final win over Manly.

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South Sydney coach Michael Maguire says his side have come to understand the huge weight of expectation that bears down upon the club this time of year as they seek to break their five-decade long premiership drought.

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Sydney Roosters representative back-rower Aidan Guerra is likely to be given the onerous task of shutting down in-form South Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds when the bitter arch-rivals clash in Friday’s NRL preliminary final.

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It can’t be easy being a conspirator. I imagine the hours are long, the stakes are high and, given that one must work in secret and with the future of the world in one’s hands, the pressure must build frighteningly over time.

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Saturday night’s semi-final between the Bulldogs and Sea Eagles had it all. Great tries, biffs, dramatic field goals and a loud and enthusiastic crowd.

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This weekend’s NRL games have been outstanding contests, both decided by just one point and producing attacking and tense footy.

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Sydney Roosters five-eighth James Maloney believes South Sydney may find the burden of expectation too much to handle in next Friday’s mouth-watering preliminary final clash at ANZ Stadium.

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Canterbury skipper Michael Ennis hailed the composure of halfback Trent Hodkinson after the NSW playmaker delivered the Bulldogs a thrilling 18-17 golden-point semi-final win over Manly at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.

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Sydney Roosters hooker Jake Friend is confident he isn’t vulnerable to further health problems by playing out the NRL season.

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Incoming Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett has continued to put his stamp on the NRL club, signing Broncos great Kevin Walters as an assistant.

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Canterbury captain Michael Ennis got a taste of his own medicine on Saturday night, but he still had the last laugh.

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Two years ago in a grand final, Canterbury hard man James Graham showed us his bite.

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If Canterbury are to become the first side in almost two decades to win a grand final from outside the top four, they might have to do it without influential back rower Josh Jackson.

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