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Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas is a sports reporter with The Sydney Morning Herald

Grand final bound: Cronulla coach Coach Shane Flanagan.

Cheat tag brought Bellamy and Flanagan closer

Craig Bellamy knows the suffering that comes from being labelled a cheat. Which is why when Shane Flanagan went through a similar ordeal during the ASADA investigation, the Melbourne coach was in his corner offering advice and support on a regular basis.

Not happy Cam: Cronulla's Valentine Holmes.

Holmes takes aim at Munster

Tension between Valentine Holmes and Cameron Munster has intensified after the Cronulla winger questioned why his counterpart reopened old wounds ahead of the biggest game of their young lives.

Hard to bring down: Cameron Smith hangs onto Andrew Fifita.

Smith admits it's hard to plan against Fifita

Melbourne skipper Cameron Smith says Andrew Fifita's unpredictability makes him near impossible to plan against, but the Storm are more focused on nullifying his impact than shutting him down altogether.

Tough win: Cameron Munster is challenged by Jordan Rapana on Saturday night.

The grand final feud between two young stars

A pre-season night out in Brisbane that cost eight Queenslanders a chance to play Origin in 2016 has divided two of the NRL's young superstars, who will square off in Sunday's decider.

Party time: Chad Townsend, James Maloney and Valentine Holmes celebrate.

Townsend holds no grudges over demotion

Cronulla halfback Chad Townsend wasn't impressed by Shane Flanagan's decision to hook him from the field against the Raiders a fortnight ago, but insists he always respected the coach's decision.