Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas is rugby league reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

John Sutton tells victorious South Sydney Rabbitohs: 'We haven't achieved anything yet'

Michael Chammas The party started long before the full time siren on Friday night, but South Sydney refuse to get swept up in the hysteria that will no doubt follow them until they return to ANZ Stadium on Sunday.

NRL Preliminary Final: Unrelenting South Sydney Rabbitohs simply too good for Sydney Roosters

That winning feeling: Issac Luke hitches a ride from Greg Inglis.

Michael Chammas They've won wooden spoons and celebrated in courtrooms, marched up streets and fallen down ladders, but after 43 years of waiting for glory, South Sydney finally have their chance.

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Penrith Panthers coach Ivan Cleary aspires to build a club like Canterbury Bulldogs

Michael Chammas Panthers coach Ivan Cleary has handed the Bulldogs the ultimate compliment on the eve of their preliminary final, admitting he aspired to building a club like Canterbury.

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South Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds likely to have contract extended

Turnaround: Adam Reynolds has been in impressive form.

Michael Chammas Two months ago, it was feared Adam Reynolds was on the outer at South Sydney after he was benched, but now the club is making plans to extend his contract.

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Canterbury Bulldogs' No.1 fan Tayta goes from cancer survivor to social media phenomenon

Josh Reynolds of the Canterbury Bulldogs meets with massive Bulldogs fan Tayta Nahia El-Hage.

Michael Chammas She loves number six but Nahia El-Hage, or Tayta to her 25,000 followers on Facebook, could be Canterbury's No.1 fan.She's the Michael Ennis of grandmothers.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs desperate to do it for Michael Maguire after pain of last year

Job to do: Adam Reynolds and the Rabbitohs are keen to make amends for last year.

Michael Chammas Adam Reynolds says the Rabbitohs were left with a sick feeling in their stomachs after the preliminary final loss last year, knowing they had not been able to secure the win for their coach, who lost...

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Jamal Idris spills on why Jamie Soward is the Milkman ... and why Bulldogs fans will never forget

Memory like a Bulldog: Jamie Soward knows Canterbury fans will not have forgotten his drama-packed past.

Michael Chammas Jamal Idris knows Canterbury fans have long memories. Which is why he also knows Jamie Soward will be public enemy No.1 when the Panthers take on the Bulldogs on Saturday night.

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Penrith Panthers rising star Adam Docker's season long battle with concussion

Michael Chammas There's an eight week period in the middle of the season that is a blur to Adam Docker, who was one concussion away from potentially being forced to sit out the rest of the season.

Penrith Panthers centre Jamal Idris: Why I really left Canterbury Bulldogs

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Michael Chammas There's a perception that Jamal Idris left Canterbury for the money, but the Panthers centre has revealed how the club's hesitation in offering him a new deal was a major factor behind his exit from...

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Penrith Panthers v Canterbury Bulldogs

Firing on all cylinders: Jamie Soward.

Michael Chammas Panthers v Bulldogs: Saturday , ANZ Stadium, 7.55pm.

Sydney Roosters v South Sydney Rabbitohs

Potential match-winner: James Maloney.

Michael Chammas Roosters v Rabbitohs, Friday, ANZ Stadium, 7.55pm.

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Penrith Panthers forward Ben Murdoch-Masila coming to terms with loss of friend Mosese Fotuaika

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Michael Chammas Ben Murdoch-Masila blamed himself for a long time after Mosese Fotuaika took his own life, but the memory of his best friend now lives on through his daughter.

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Bulldogs five-eighth Josh Reynolds had discussed ball striking the ref rule with Michael Ennis

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Michael Chammas In the lead up to Saturday's final, Bulldogs five-eighth Josh Reynolds approached skipper Michael Ennis about exploiting the rule that rewards the attacking team if the ball hits the referee.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs and Sydney Roosters set to clash a week early

Focused on the task ahead: Sonny Bill Williams in action on Friday night.

Michael Chammas It's the preliminary final of grand final proportions that will once again divide two of rugby league's oldest enemies.

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Sydney Roosters advance as controversial calls halt stunning North Queensland Cowboys comeback

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 19:  Jared Waerea-Hargreaves of the Roosters celebrates victory during the 1st NRL Semi Final match between the Sydney Roosters and the North Queensland Cowboys at Allianz Stadium on September 19, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Michael Chammas For the third consecutive year, the North Queensland Cowboys have been bundled out of the finals in scenes of disbelief after a controversial refereeing decision denied them of the match-winning try.

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Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson blasts 'disrespectful' north Queenslanders

We're ready for them: Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson.

Michael Chammas Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has launched a withering attack on North Queensland's attempts to create a siege mentality before Friday's NRL semi-final clash with the premiers at Allianz...

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Penrith Panthers centre Jamal Idris still being wrong-footed by deadpan coach Ivan Cleary

Back on track: Jamal Idris.

Michael Chammas It took Jamal Idris half a season to begin to understand his coach and double that time to get him to laugh at one of his jokes.

Wests Tigers will not renew Mick Potter's contract

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Michael Chammas The Wests Tigers have informed coach Mick Potter his contract won't be renewed for next season.

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Manly Sea Eagles set to fight Anthony Watmough's dangerous throw charge

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Michael Chammas Manly are expected to roll the dice and risk losing Anthony Watmough for two weeks in a bid to have the star backrower available against the Bulldogs on Saturday night.

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Penrith Panthers captain Jamie Soward reveals he nearly left NRL to play rugby union in Japan

Jumping for joy: Jamie Soward celebrates victory over the Roosters on Saturday night.

Michael Chammas Man of the moment Jamie Soward has revealed he almost gave the game away at the end of 2012 to play rugby union in Japan.