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Home ground advantage means more for, and to, some AFL teams than others

I’m not saying Richmond are no good outside of their home state. But it is clear the Tigers enjoy a home-ground advantage at the MCG that rivals any other team’s.

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Has the Waratahs’ win lifted Australia’s Super Rugby blues?

Memo to Paul Cully: Australia’s problems with the Super Rugby concept are related to poor results by the four franchises, not the tournament itself.

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Nine hot takes from AFL Round 9

Upsets, breakthroughs, bags of goals, and a top-of-the-table clash – Round 9 had it all. Here’s my hot takes from the weekend.

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Three new faces in All Blacks squad, but no room for Ben Lam

There’s a trio of new players potentially set to be called up for national duty in the 33-man All Blacks squad named by Steve Hansen.

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Stop the hysteria, Gerry Sutton was absolutely right to bin Napa

While Dylan Napa has not been charged for his head clash with Korbin Sims by the MRC, that does not mean referee Gerard Sutton was wrong to send the big Rooster to the sin bin.

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Cameron Smith and the subtle art of the one percenter

This week has been a celebration of Cameron Smith’s tremendous representative career.

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Israel Folau will become Super Rugby’s greatest try scorer

When Israel Folau crossed for his second try against the Highlanders at Allianz last night, the champion Waratahs fullback hit the 50 career mark.

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Ricky Stuart issues crackdown on comfortable leads

Ricky Stuart has implemented a bold blueprint to help the Raiders stamp out crucial faults costing them games, such as building leads.

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Pissed-off Ponissi slams sin bin stuff-up, Manly unlikely to lose points

The Manly Sea Eagles look unlikely to lose the two competition points won in their victory over the Melbourne Storm on Saturday night despite a critical error related to the sin bin.

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Mitchell Moses: Origin player. It’s just crazy enough to work

At this time of the NRL season almost every on-field action is viewed through a State of Origin prism.

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There is no doubt Penrith, New Zealand and Brisbane matter, but Parra?

The year of 1988 produced a cracking one-hit wonder in the form of Underworld’s Underneath the Radar. I believe Penrith are playing it post-match in the dressing room after each win.

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It’s time for a rugby revolution in the southern hemisphere

It’s time to have a decent rugby revolution.

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Adelaide vs Western Bulldogs: Friday Night Forecast

OK, this is getting a little bit silly now for Adelaide.

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Steve Corica: A battle he can’t win or absolutely nothing to lose?

Stephen Christopher Corica just landed one of the most highly pressurised gigs in Australian football.

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Ian Prior: World Series Rugby was a gamble, but one I was happy to take

This time last year, Western Force scrumhalf Ian Prior was in the worst possible place for a professional footballer: settled in a city he loved, but off contract and suddenly unsure of exactly where his future laid.

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I’ll support the Socceroos no matter who they select – including Tim Cahill

There’s a trend in Australian football right now to want to be seen as a contrarian, so it’s no surprise that so many fans are bagging Tim Cahill.

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Cameron Smith

Grubs, everywhere

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NRL Finals empty seats

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Ellyse Perry bowling

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Will Miller of the Waratahs is tackled

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Billy Slater attempts to elude defenders.

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Bert van Marwijk

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Newcastle Knights fans

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Broncos player Anthony Milford

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Beauden Barrett

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NRL team list Tuesday live blog: Round 12 – all 16 teams named

The Melbourne Storm are the big winners ahead of Round 12, with three stars set to be back in the fold after their loss last week. There are plenty of players out though, so join The Roar for all the analysis, news and team lists from 3:30pm (AEST).

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Top of the table clash to also double as Origin audition

This Saturday night, the NRL’s top two teams, the St George Illawarra Dragons and Penrith Panthers, will go head-to-head.

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Conspiracy and paranoia at Shark Park

By The Barry, 22 May 2018
Conspiracy and paranoia at Shark Park

This isn’t about referee bias or a ref costing us the game. This is about whether the ‘crackdown’ was really about enforcing the rules of the game.

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A frank assessment of where Carlton are at

By Michael Thompson, 22 May 2018
A frank assessment of where Carlton are at

On the weekend, Carlton suffered their seventh heaviest lost in the club’s history, going down to a rampant Melbourne by 109 points.

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Is 2018 the new 2014 for the Waratahs?

By Michael Essa, 22 May 2018
Is 2018 the new 2014 for the Waratahs?

It was a time to remember.

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Five players to watch at Russia 2018

By Tom Conway, 22 May 2018
Five players to watch at Russia 2018

While he mightn’t have been officially recognised with the Golden Ball for the tournament’s best player, Colombia’s James Rodriguez was undoubtedly the golden boy of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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What happened? AFL Round 9

By Doran Smith, 22 May 2018
What happened? AFL Round 9

Round 9 lacked close games, but there were two surprise victories: the Bombers over the Cats and the Lions over the Hawks.

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Brisbane’s best day of 2018

By Paul Potter, 22 May 2018
Brisbane’s best day of 2018

There are casual fans who do not pay to watch AFL games, thus the only matches they see are the ones on Channel Seven. Sunday was the first time that such a match had featured Brisbane all year (with the exception of AFLX).

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Old and new alike, Swans belt Fremantle off the park

It was an emphatic return to form at the Swans’ home ground that we all knew was coming. Thankfully, no repeats of the dreadful 2017 start, despite writing about the unwanted records looming for Sydney this year.

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Streamlining is the key to Australian rugby’s salvation

When it comes to the state of rugby in Australia, those in charge at the top are failing woefully. We are justified in our criticisms of the ‘system and its monkeys’ but is there a solution?

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Ambitious Babbel a gamble for the Wanderers

By Andre Leslie, 22 May 2018
Ambitious Babbel a gamble for the Wanderers

Former German international Markus Babbel had plenty of success as a player, but as a coach he’s yet to realise his lofty goals.

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Another NRL club in crisis

By Gazbo, 22 May 2018
Another NRL club in crisis

The refusal by the NRL to intervene and to provide assistance to clubs regarding ‘back-ended deals’ is bewildering given that another club – the Canterbury Bulldogs – has now found itself in crisis.

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Here’s how to fix Super Rugby

By Joe King, 22 May 2018
Here’s how to fix Super Rugby

Geoff Parkes has written a well-reasoned article to stick with Super Rugby.

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Melbourne are in the top four – but will they stick around?

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s official – Melbourne are a top-four side in the Australian Football League. Well, for this week at least.

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Chelsea vs Manchester United: FA Cup final player ratings

Was it all one-way traffic in the FA Cup final? Let’s rate each player from the match to find out.

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Indianapolis 500: Pole qualifying talking points

By Andrew Kitchener, 22 May 2018
Indianapolis 500: Pole qualifying talking points

There are few things in motorsport as exciting as the fast nine running their ten miles over four laps for the right to lead the field of 33 to the green flag at the Indianapolis 500.

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Lance Franklin Sydney Swans AFL 2017

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Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al-Hasan

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Jeff Horn

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Melbourne City fans

Promotion and relegation in the A-League

By Midfielder, 22 May 2018

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Jack Darling celebrates a goal

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Jarrad Waite

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Dragons Anzac Day rugby league NRL.

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Andre Heimgartner tests his 2018 Nissan Altima.

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