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Brad Walter is Chief Rugby League Writer for The Sydney Morning Herald

League

Rookie Robinson just one more win away from record books

Brad Walter After cheering their team to a sixth grand final appearance since 2000, jubilant Sydney Roosters fans turned to the back of the Allianz Stadium and applauded rookie coach Trent Robinson.

Devastated Rabbitohs vow to learn from crushing loss

John Sutton

Brad Walter South Sydney players have vowed to use their feeling of devastation to motivate them to finally make a grand final next year after falling one win short of an historic premiership decider for the...

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Stewart could pay high price for high shot

NRL. Preliminary Final.
Manly Sea Eagles vs South Sydney Rabbitohs. ANZ Stadium.
Glenn Stewart in action
Friday 27th September, 2013
Photos: Anthony Johnson

Brad Walter Glenn Stewart faces a nervous wait to learn if he is free to play in next Sunday's grand final after being placed on report as Manly ensured Russell Crowe's promised 21st South Sydney premiership...

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League

Coco pop learns to lead and control aggression

Brad Walter This year has been one of maturing for Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, writes Brad Walter.

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High-flying Roosters haven’t had time to circle the wagons

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Brad Walter Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson addressed his players on Wednesday night about reports of a drugs cloud over the minor premiers in Thursday's Herald but officials have no idea whether the...

League

Poor governance of sports clubs leads to huge, but avoidable, human cost

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Brad Walter Trent Robinson is the latest rookie coach let down by poor governance at an NRL club.

League

Former Dragons breathing fire into Newcastle's premiership ambitions

Darius Boyd

Brad Walter With nine former St George Illawarra players and four coaching staff, headed by Wayne Bennett, some have started to refer to the Knights as the Newcastle Dragons.

League

Suspensions loom large if players step out of line

Sonny Bill Williams

Brad Walter Sonny Bill Williams and Sam Burgess are among 10 players heading into this weekend's preliminary finals matches knowing they could be one careless high tackle away from suspension due to carryover...

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Rugby League

Mason the go-between

Willie Mason

Brad Walter Newcastle insiders reveal veteran forward's role in turning around Knights' fortunes.

League

How Mason helped Bennett cast his spell

Willie Mason

Brad Walter While Wayne Bennett has been credited for reviving Willie Mason's career, Newcastle insiders have revealed the veteran forward's role in turning around the Knights' fortunes when they were struggling...

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Winning Starts Monday

The graduate: Mr Robinson is the new Wayne Bennett

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Brad Walter For Wayne Bennett, a record eighth premiership with a third NRL club could be worth $1 million in bonuses from Newcastle owner Nathan Tinkler.

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League

NRL won't change video ref process

Jorge Taufua

Brad Walter Calls for the NRL to revert to video referees making decisions on tries without input from the on-field officials are set to fall on deaf ears after a review of all procedures at the end of the...

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League

Watmough right for final but World Cup may be stretching it

Anthony Watmough

Brad Walter Fears of incurring permanent damage to his injured right knee may force Manly forward Anthony Watmough to withdraw from the Australian team for the end-of-season World Cup.

Manly pack fired up for a big challenge

Brent Kite makes a run during the semi-final against the Cronulla Sharks.

Brad Walter and Adrian Proszenko Sea Eagles believe they have not received credit after clashes with more fancied packs.

League

Underrated Eagles keen to cut Rabbitohs' monsters down to size

Brenton Lawrence

Brad Walter, Adrian Proszenko ''Frustrated'' Manly forwards are set to use claims they are too small and what they perceive as a lack of recognition for their efforts this season as added motivation to overcome South Sydney's...

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League

Bulldogs did right thing with Barba claims, inquiry finds

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Brad Walter NRL head of football Todd Greenberg and Canterbury officials he previously worked with have been cleared over their handling of domestic violence allegations involving star fullback Ben Barba.

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League

We'll be fit for Souths, say Lyon, Choc

Jamie Lyon

Brad Walter Injured Manly stars Jamie Lyon and Anthony Watmough insist they will be fit to face South Sydney in next Friday night's grand final qualifier after surviving another war of attrition to beat Cronulla...

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League

Experienced recruits introduce culture of winning to Knights' department of youth

Willie Mason.

Brad Walter The way Knights officials tell it, Wayne Bennett's decision to recruit one of the oldest teams in premiership history is actually about the club's youth.

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Five things we learnt

Five things we learnt: Manly v Cronulla

Manly Sea Eagles vs Cronulla Sharks.

Brad Walter While the Sea Eagles deserve enormous praise for the courage they showed, they will find it tough against the rested Rabbitohs.

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League

Earl braced for ASADA penalty

Sandor Earl

Brad Walter Former Canberra winger Sandor Earl may learn his fate next week after completing a final interview with the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.