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Brad Walter is sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Trent Robinson's call to cut interchanges to reduce wrestling scourge has merit

Brad Walter Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has again showed why he is fast emerging as one of the best thinkers in the NRL by suggesting a reduction in the number of interchanges to eight as a solution to...

Penrith secure fourth: Brisbane make finals, Warriors bow out

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Brad Walter Brisbane players and officials cheered Penrith to victory over the Warriors on Sunday night but the result is bad news for Manly fullback Brett Stewart in his race to be fit for the Sea Eagles...

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Sydney Roosters to pay price for overstepping the mark, says Trent Robinson

Aidan Guerra

Brad Walter Sydney Roosters will be without suspended forwards Aidan Guerra and Dylan Napa for the opening weekend of finals matches after coach Trent Robinson admitted the pair had gone too far in their bid to...

Brett Stewart under injury cloud for Manly's play-offs opener against Souths

Race against the clock: Manly's Brett Stewart.

Brad Walter Brett Stewart is in doubt for Manly's opening finals clash against South Sydney at Allianz Stadium.

Sydney Roosters timing their premiership defence perfectly

Brad Walter Winning an NRL premiership is more like a marathon than a sprint, and if the Sydney Roosters appear to have timed their run at back-to-back titles to perfection that is because they planned it that...

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Roosters forward Dylan Napa set to contest charge to save his season

Grade two charge: Dylan Napa.

Brad Walter and Michael Carayannis Sydney Roosters prop Dylan Napa is likely to contest a grade two shoulder charge on South Sydney captain John Sutton that threatens to end his season.

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Sydney Roosters ready to play South Sydney Rabbitohs again in opening week of finals

Going nowhere: Lote Tuqiri is closed down on Thursday night.

Brad Walter Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has admitted he planned for Thursday night's match against South Sydney with the thought that the two teams were likely to meet again in next weekend’s...

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Roosters stretched as Aidan Guerra and Dylan Napa go on report

In hot water: Dylan Napa.

Brad Walter Sydney Roosters’ forward depth is set to be further tested in the finals after lock Aidan Guerra and prop Dylan Napa were placed on report in Thursday night's 22-18 win over South Sydney at...

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South Sydney Rabbitohs and Brisbane Broncos to be included in expanded World Club Challenge

Souths owner Russell Crowe has been pushing for an expanded World Club Challenge.

Brad Walter and Adrian Proszenko Russell Crowe's vision of an expanded World Club Challenge will move a step closer to reality when South Sydney, Brisbane and a third NRL team play the top three Super League clubs in England next...

A five-minute sin bin would stop NRL teams cheating

Mortal sin: Matt Gillett (left) is given 10 minutes in the sin bin on Friday night by Ben Cummins (right) as Jack Reed (centre) remonstrates. The Dragons scored twice while Gillett was off the field.

Brad Walter "Cheat, cheat, cheat". Those instructions from an NRL coach as his players practised defending on their own line should dispel any doubt that teams deliberately concede penalties when the opposition...

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We have to learn from loss to Sydney Roosters, says Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy

Let down: Storm captain Billy Slater feels the pain of another Roosters try.

Brad Walter Melbourne captain Cameron Smith admitted the Storm may be playing for their season against Brisbane on Friday night after crashing 24-12 to Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium.

Sydney Roosters halfback Mitchell Pearce hits high note on finals eve

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Brad Walter After leading Sydney Roosters to premiership glory last year, star halfback Mitchell Pearce appears to again be hitting top form at the right time of the season following Saturday night's 24-12...

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Sydney Roosters keep minor premiership hopes alive with victory over Melbourne Storm

Flying Rooster: Sonny Bill Williams attacks the line.

Brad Walter A remarkable defensive effort against Melbourne has kept Sydney Roosters' hopes of back-to-back minor premiership titles alive and set up a virtual play-off with arch rivals South Sydney next...

Refs told to stop time-wasting and abuse from captains

Ennis the menace: Canterbury captain Michael Ennis.

Brad Walter Michael Ennis's abuse of referee Gerard Sutton and the time-wasting tactics by the Canterbury captain in Thursday's night's 19-12 loss to South Sydney has been deemed "unacceptable" and resulted in a...

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Mick Potter's future at Wests Tigers in limbo due to boardroom uncertainty

Limbo: Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter.

Brad Walter Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter has been assured that he won't be judged solely on the performance of the team over the last month but his future remains in limbo as officials wait for the NRL to take...

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South Sydney Rabbitohs join with NRL's Dave Smith to lobby Canberra for high-performance facility

Dave Smith

Brad Walter South Sydney officials will continue their push for federal government funding to develop a high-performance community centre at Maroubra when they travel to Canberra on Wednesday with NRL boss Dave...

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Benji Marshall on course to face Brisbane Broncos despite ankle knock

Benji Marshall.

Brad Walter Benji Marshall is confident of being fit to play in St George Illawarra's must win match against Brisbane on Friday night but the Kiwi star will rule himself out if he has any concerns about letting...

John Sattler says Sam Burgess could be the man to lead South Sydney to premiership glory

Sam's the man ... John Sattler rates Sam Burgess as one of the best to play for the Rabbitohs.

Brad Walter South Sydney's last grand final winning captain John Sattler believes Sam Burgess would have fitted into the great Rabbitohs forward packs of his era and is the player who could finally lead the club...

Cronulla Sharks on the lookout yet again for a major sponsor

Chris Barrett and Brad Walter Cronulla officials will try to convince the top end of town that the club isn't tainted by the stain of the ASADA doping investigation as they again begin the unenviable hunt for a new major sponsor.

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Aiden Guerra set for Kangaroos berth as absences force Tim Sheens' hand

Italian job: Aiden Guerra has carried on his good form at the end of last season into 2014, earning an Origin call-up for Queensland.

Brad Walter Sydney Roosters second-rower Aiden Guerra is set to be rewarded for a standout season with selection in the Australian squad for the end-of-season Four Nations tournament.

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