Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

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Josh Reynolds motivated by talk of Johnathan Thurston return

Michael Chammas Long before they locked horns in a fiery State of Origin confrontation, Johnathan Thurston threw down the gauntlet to Josh Reynolds.

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For Penrith it's premiership or bust

Jamie Soward

Michael Chammas Regardless of how well they've performed during the first 20 weeks of the season, Penrith five-eighth Jamie Soward insists anything short of a premiership will be a disappointment this year.

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Penrith Panthers coach Ivan Cleary rues missed opportunity in loss to Cronulla Sharks

Fend-off: Cronulla's Andrew Fifita palms away Panthers forward Lewis Brown.

Michael Chammas Penrith's quest for their first minor premiership since 2003 has been dealt a big blow after a shock loss against bottom-placed Cronulla in Bathurst on Saturday afternoon.

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NRL stars who factor with 'X' appeal heading into the year's finals

Prolific scorer: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has scored some spectacular tries for the Roosters.

Michael Chammas The league season is into the home stretch. Michael Chammas looks at the players who could be the X-factors for the teams still in contention to win this year's NRL title.

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Mate against mates as Benji Marshall comes up against Wests Tigers

Milestone: Benji Marshall is given a guard of honour by his Wests Tigers teammates after his 200th game for the club last August.

Michael Chammas It is the day no one saw coming: Benji Marshall versus the Wests Tigers.

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Garth Brennan a favourite for Newcastle Knights job when Wayne Bennett leaves

Garth Brennan

Michael Chammas As the Knights prepare to begin interviews for the coaching position next week, Garth Brennan, the man Wayne Bennett punted from the club three years ago, firms as a favourite to become his successor.

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Queensland Maroons beat NSW Blues to score consolation win

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Michael Chammas Queensland have saved face after losing the first two matches of the State of Origin series by beating NSW in the finale at Suncorp Stadium.

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Change of attitude pays off for Penrith Panther Matt Moylan

Winners are grinners: Matt Moylan celebrates his match-winning field goal on Monday night.

Michael Chammas Matt Moylan fell away at this time last year in his debut season and was eventually dropped to the NSW Cup, but a month ago he set out to avoid a repeat of 2013.

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Andrew Fifita says Cowboys had enough time to quash seven-tackle effect

Seventh heaven: Andrew Fifita and Paul Gallen celebrate after winning last year's controversial elimination final.

Michael Chammas North Queensland called it a Sydney conspiracy, but Cronulla prop Andrew Fifita believes the Cowboys would not have cried foul if they had won the semi-final against the Sharks last year.

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No player in Origin – but now minor premiership is in Penrith Panthers' reach

On the prowl: the Panthers are well placed to end their 23-year wait for the minor premiership.

Michael Chammas The Panthers will take another step towards ending an 11-year drought in Sydney's west if they put Brisbane away at Penrith on Monday night.

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Matt Moylan ensures Penrith Panthers finish on a high in see-saw battle

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Michael Chammas It was only fitting that Matt Moylan would have the final say in what was a see-sawing contest at Sportingbet Stadium on Monday night.

South Sydney's quiet achiever Issac Luke lets his footy do the talking

Man of many talents: South Sydney hooker, pianist, guitarist and Rubik's cube master Issac Luke.

Michael Chammas "We're going to change you": They were some of the first few words South Sydney coach Michael Maguire exchanged with Issac Luke in a heated phone call.

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Injuries to key players sour Sharks' season

Big fish: Sharks skipper Paul Gallen (left) and Luke Lewis have missed large chunks of the season because of injury.

Michael Chammas Between Cronulla's six most influential players they've missed a combined total of 43 games this season.

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Anthony Minichiello and Brett Stewart: a grand and final appearance, perhaps

Still doing the business: Anthony Minichiello.

Michael Chammas At Brookvale Oval on Friday night, two of the best fullbacks of the modern era may cross paths for the last time.

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Brett Stewart guides Manly Sea Eagles home against Sydney Roosters

Still got it: Brett Stewart proved the match-winner in a thrilling night of footy.

Michael Chammas Manly fullback Brett Stewart overcame a horror first half to lead the Sea Eagles to a 24-16 victory against the Roosters in what might have just been a dress rehearsal for what's in store come...

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Trent Robinson rues missed opportunities, refuses to blame James Maloney

Sonny Bill Williams on the burst at Brookvale Oval.

Michael Chammas Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson conceded Manly were the better football team on Friday night but believes his side missed an opportunity to snatch a late victory at Brookvale Oval.

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State of Origin: NSW Blues beat Queensland Maroons to end eight-year drought

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 18:  Trent Hodkinson of the Blues celebrates winning the series after game two of the State of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium on June 18, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Michael Chammas NSW halfback Trent Hodkinson etched his name into State of Origin folklore by scoring the winning try to beat Queensland at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday night for the Blues to win their first series...

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Manly Sea Eagles obliterate gummy Cronulla Sharks

SteveMatai

Michael Chammas Cronulla's season from hell got worse last night, becoming the first team in NRL history to be held scoreless for three games in the same season.

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Cast of characters in Origin plan for a blue dynasty

Lauire Daley

Michael Chammas Now that NSW have ended Queensland's eight-year stranglehold on the State of Origin series, where to from here? Laurie Daley selected a side that was capable of stopping the rot, but now that they've...

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Andrew Johns defends Todd Carney in lewd photo scandal

Todd Carney

Michael Chammas, Rose Powell Rugby league immortal Andrew Johns has leapt to the defence of Cronulla's Todd Carney after a disturbing photo allegedly of the troubled NRL star was posted online on Saturday night.