Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas is rugby league reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

League

NRL's new rules close gap between top and bottom sides

Michael Chammas Generally speaking, leading coaches say a faster game is a better game.

League

Elijah Taylor's move to Penrith Panthers was a year in the making

Inspirational: Elijah Taylor has already made his mark at the foot of the mountains.

Michael Chammas When Ivan Cleary signed with the Panthers, he had an agreement with his former club, the Warriors, that he would not sign any of their players for a year.

League

History on Manly's side in grand final rematch

Roosters players celebrate during last year's grand final win over Manly.

Michael Chammas Since the introduction of the NRL in 1998, most of the reigning premiers have lost against the runners-up in the grand final rematch the following year.

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League

Unheralded big men fire up to help Wests Tigers' pack gain respect

Force to be reckoned with: Braith Anasta wants the West Tigers to be a serious threat.

Michael Chammas It's the no-frills forward pack making a mockery of the competition's fiercest big men.

League

I was tearing up in the sheds: Willie Tonga

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    TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: Willie Tonga of the 
      Eels is tackled by Brent Tate of the Cowboys during the round three NRL 
      match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Parramatta Eels at 
      Dairy Farmers Stadium on March 17, 2012 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo 
      by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

Michael Chammas He's lost a grand final, Test matches and even Origin games, but Parramatta centre Willie Tonga insists last Sunday's loss to Manly was the most gut-wrenching of his career.

League

NRL late mail: Martin Kennedy ready to step up for Brisbane Broncos against Sydney Roosters

Michael Chammas Former Roosters prop Martin Kennedy is expected to start against his former club on Friday night with Ben Hannant likely to miss the clash against the reigning premiers due to a hamstring injury.

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League

Barba better be ready for the Sheck attack

Roosters speedster Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.

Adrian Proszenko and Michael Chammas They're two of the most exciting fullbacks in the game, even if one of them is winging it.

League

Close losses not good enough for Panthers any more, says Kevin Kingston

Billy Slater of the Storm is tackled by Elijah Taylor of the Panthers during Penrith's controversial loss to Melbourne.

Michael Chammas It wasn't long ago Penrith would have considered a one-point loss to Melbourne in the Storm's own backyard as a moral victory, but not not any more.

League

Roosters look to Melbourne and Manly for inspiration

Building a legacy: Roosters coach Trent Robinson

Michael Chammas Roosters coach Trent Robinson has told his troops to look to Manly and Melbourne for inspiration as the reigning champions try to back up last year's grand final triumph.

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League

Big hit may await Darcy Lussick at judiciary

High shot

Michael Chammas, Adrian Proszenko and Brad Walter Parramatta forward Darcy Lussick faces a potential seven-week ban for his high tackle on Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, his sixth charge in two and a half years.

Peter Wallace blames referees after Panthers' narrow loss to Storm

Michael Chammas The Panthers went down 18-17 to Melbourne at AAMI Park on Saturday night, with several contentious refereeing decisions going against them.

League

Hooker Michael Lichaa's first NRL match will be against his next team

Michael Lichaa

Michael Chammas Cronulla hooker Michael Lichaa will on Monday night make his NRL debut against the club he looks set to join next season.

League

Michael Maguire says Rabbitohs halves will get better

Disappointed: Adam Reynolds leaves the field at the final whistle.

Michael Chammas When the game was on the line, Adam Reynolds and Dylan Walker failed to deliver the big play, but Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire is adamant his new halves combination will get better.

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League

James Roberts released by Penrith Panthers over off-field incidents

Released: Penrith have freed youngster James Roberts over a string of alcohol-related incidents.

Michael Chammas The Penrith Panthers have released promising speedster James Roberts after a string of alcohol-related off-field misdemeanours. The NRL's Integrity Unit is investigating.

Rugby league

Manly overcome loss of Stewart brothers to beat South Sydney

On the charge: Jamie Lyon.

Michael Chammas Manly were not supposed to win that game of football. Against the most convincing team of the opening round and without the Stewart brothers, Manly had no right to win their first game of the season...

League

NRL: Utility panel

Michael Chammas Kurt Gidley (Newcastle)

Bulldogs v Sharks

Michael Chammas The Sharks will be without Andrew Fifita (suspended) and skipper Paul Gallen (ankle injury), but should welcome back Todd Carney.

Knights v Raiders

Michael Chammas The Knights are missing two of their best players, Darius Boyd and Jarrod Mullen, but are at home for the first time this year.

Titans v Tigers

Michael Chammas t's hard to see the Tigers winning many games this year.

Roosters v Eels

Michael Chammas The Roosters received a wake-up call against South Sydney last week and even without Sonny Bill Williams will be better prepared this time around.