Finals

Finals, not Bennett, the focus for Broncos

Ed Jackson Avoiding a second straight season without finals football trumps any personal duel with Wayne Bennett in coach Anthony Griffin's preparations for Saturday's NRL clash with Newcastle.

Parramatta Eels rally against Manly Sea Eagles to keep finals hopes alive

Michael Chammas Parramatta have stunned competition front-runners Manly to keep their finals hopes alive with a remarkable come-from-behind victory on Friday night.

Ultimate League: Top 10 outsiders worthy of a spot in finals line-ups

Chris Boulous Congratulations to those who have made the Ultimate League finals.

Matthew Wright revives career with Cowboys but ban would cruel dreams of finals campaign

Making an impact: Matthew Wright has flourished since his move to the Cowboys.

Michael Carayannis Matthew Wright is set to be robbed of a finals appearance as he becomes the unlucky casualty following ASADA’s investigations into Cronulla’s 2011 supplements program.

Melbourne Storm focuses on wins as finals race tightens

Ryan Hoffman says that the Storm finds itself in a different situation this year, having to work hard to stay in the top four.

Roy Ward Melbourne Storm second-rower Ryan Hoffman says his club has to be in top form entering the final three weeks.

Sydney Roosters halfback Mitchell Pearce sees silver lining in tough year on and off the field

Struggles: Mitchell Pearce.

Lucy Cormack Despite being the year he lost his place on the NSW Origin team, Mitchell Pearce has said 2014 has not been the toughest year of his life.

Paul McGregor appointed coach of St George Illawarra Dragons

Three-year deal: Paul McGregor.

Michael Carayannis St George Illawarra have named Paul McGregor as head coach for the next three seasons.

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Paul Gallen: I can cope with being called a drug cheat

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Chris Barrett Paul Gallen is ready to be branded a drug cheat, saying he will ‘‘let people make up their own mind’’ after accepting a deal with the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority...

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Parramatta Eels v Manly Sea Eagles

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Chris Boulous Parramatta's season is on the line in their blockbuster clash with Manly.

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Newcastle Knights prop Adam Cuthbertson wants last NRL game in Brisbane to be a triumph

Bound for the Super League: Newcastle Knights prop Adam Cuthbertson.

Brett Keeble Departing Knights prop Adam Cuthbertson never played in a State of Origin game at Suncorp Stadium.

Dylan Walker thrilled to be playing alongside childhood hero Lote Tuqiri

Michael Carayannis As a bright-eyed 10-year-old Dylan Walker was too shy to ask Lote Tuqiri, his idol, for a photo. Today, they have struck up an exciting combination on South Sydney's right edge.

League

Queanbeyan Roos replace offensive team song in time for major semi this weekend

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Jon Tuxworth The Queanbeyan Kangaroos has submitted a new "G-rated" victory song to the CRL.

Cronulla Sharks players angry and upset over ASADA offer that was too good to refuse

Brad Walter Some members of Cronulla’s 2011 squad were in tears on Thursday night as they decided to accept backdated suspensions for unknowingly taking prohibited substances.

Blackest day for NRL and AFL keeps taking dark turns

Andrew Webster The blackest day in Australian sport … when was that again?

The finals countdown: where the NRL contenders will finish

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Michael Chammas As one of the closest finals races in recent years reaches the pointy end, Michael Chammas casts an eye over the clubs in contention and assesses their run home.

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Cowboy Moga a surprise package as the road to the finals draws near

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Matt Bungard The regular season is drawing to a close, with just one more round to go until we begin the first Ultimate League finals series.

Penrith Panthers build finals momentum with win over St George Illawarra Dragons

Tongue lashing: James Segeyaro celebrates scoring a try during Penrith's big win over the Dragons.

Adam Pengilly James Segeyaro kept Penrith's minor premiership push alive as St George Illawarra's faint finals hopes all but ended as the injury-riddled Panthers ground to another improbable win at WIN Stadium on...

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League

Glenn Stewart, Anthony Watmough waiting in the wings to help Sea Eagles soar into finals

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Brad Walter Manly hope to have Glenn Stewart back from an ankle injury before the finals and could soon be at full strength for the first time this season as they charge towards a third grand final appearance in...

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Ultimate league: Quality trumps quantity in race to the finals

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Chris Boulous Trades are a necessary evil of Ultimate League and sometimes you don’t always get them right.

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Robbie Farah says Wests Tigers must rebuild finals push at Canterbury Bulldogs' expense

Big day: Captain Robbie Farah says the Wests Tigers must beat the Bulldogs to maintain their finals push.

Michael Carayannis Tigers skipper Robbie Farah has labelled his side's match against high-flying Bulldogs on Sunday as a "must win" if the Tigers are any chance of snatching a top-eight spot.