Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas is rugby league reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Wests Tigers will try to keep their NRL season alive against the Sydney Roosters on Saturday

Michael Chammas It's been the fortnight from hell for the Wests Tigers, but there doesn't look to be a reprieve in sight with a game against the premiers set to be the final nail in the coffin for their season this...

Bulldogs player Josh Reynolds kicked Sam Thaiday in the face but he understands

Sam Thaiday.

Michael Chammas Bulldogs five-eighth Josh Reynolds has found an unlikely ally in Sam Thaiday, who has defended Reynolds over the kick to his face on Friday night.

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Nigel Plum is head, shoulders, knees and ankles above the odds in playing with injury

True warrior: Nigel Plum shows how he is strapped up to reduce pain and injury during games.

Michael Chammas You would be hard-pressed to find a player in the NRL who goes through more than Nigel Plum to prepare for a game of football.

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Michael Maguire delighted with Adam Reynolds-Luke Keary combination

Good times: the Rabbitohs celebrate a Sam Burgess try.

Michael Chammas Having declared John Sutton as his long term five-eighth a few weeks ago, Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire insists he's open to retaining the Adam Reynolds-Luke Keary combination when his skipper...

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Geoff Toovey criticises refs as Manly feel the pain

Steve Matai doubles over following a tackle in the fifth minute.

Michael Chammas Manly coach Geoff Toovey has criticised the referees for allowing South Sydney to "wrestle the crap" out of his team on Friday night.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs new premiership favourites after big win over Manly Sea Eagles

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Michael Chammas In round 23 last year the Rabbitohs left Gosford with a 22-10 win, only to bow out to Manly 30-20 in the preliminary final six weeks later.

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Titans v Roosters

Michael Chammas Sydney Roosters v Gold Coast at Allianz Stadium, Monday 7pm

Dragons v Panthers

Michael Chammas St George Illawarra v Penrith at WIN Stadium, Sunday 3pm

Warriors v Sharks

Michael Chammas Warriors v Cronulla at Mt Smart Stadium, Sunday 2pm

Eels v Raiders

Michael Chammas Parramatta v Canberra at TIO Stadium, Saturday 8.30pm

Cowboys v Tigers

Michael Chammas North Queensland v Wests Tigers at 1300SMILES Stadium, Saturday 7.30pm

Broncos v Bulldogs

Michael Chammas Brisbane v Canterbury at Suncorp Stadium, Saturday 7.45pm

Knights v Storm

Michael Chammas Newcastle v Melbourne at Hunter Stadium, Saturday 5.30pm

Rabbitohs v Sea Eagles

Michael Chammas South Sydney v Manly, SCG, Friday 7.45pm

Sea Eagles must display the right stuff against Rabbitohs' monstrous pack

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Michael Chammas Does this game count for anything come finals time?

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Tigers roar to defence of captain Robbie Farah over recent criticisms

United front: Martin Taupau says the Wests Tigers are fully behind their captain and coach.

Michael Chammas Another day and yet another drama at the Wests Tigers, but prop Marty Taupau believes the team can ride the wave of adversity all the way to the finals.

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Cameron Smith wants Jordan McLean to play against Knights despite potential fan backlash

Centre of the storm: Melbourne's Jordan McLean could be targeted by Newcastle Knights fans this weekend.

Michael Chammas Melbourne Storm skipper Cameron Smith has urged the club not to rest Jordan McLean against Newcastle on Saturday amid fears for the young prop's welfare.

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Sam Perrett is No.1 in Bulldogs' books – they aren't missing Broncos recruit Ben Barba at all

He's the one: Sam Perrett has outpointed predecessor Ben Barba across the board since the latter left the club.

Michael Chammas Canterbury five-eighth Josh Reynolds believes this year's Bulldogs outfit is a more complete football team than the Ben Barba-inspired team that reached the 2012 grand final.

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Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter considered quitting the NRL club

Michael Chammas Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter has revealed he contemplated walking out of the top job this week as a result of the drama that has engulfed the club over his future.

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Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter insists Robbie Farah is on his side

Eyes on the prize: Robbie Farah in action for the Wests Tigers.

Michael Chammas Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter insists skipper Robbie Farah isn't behind a push to see him punted from the club.