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Brad Walter is Chief Rugby League Writer for The Sydney Morning Herald

NRL says please explain after Manly's Jayden Hodges kept playing after injury

All smiles: Jayden Hodges during training on Tuesday.

Brad Walter Manly officials have no concerns about responding to an NRL enquiry about why Jayden Hodges was allowed to play on for 35 minutes after his head contacted Greg Inglis' hip in last Friday night's loss...

Penrith secure fourth: Brisbane make finals, Warriors bow out

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Brad Walter Brisbane players and officials cheered Penrith to victory over the Warriors on Sunday night but the result is bad news for Manly fullback Brett Stewart in his race to be fit for the Sea Eagles...

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Sydney Roosters ready to play South Sydney Rabbitohs again in opening week of finals

Going nowhere: Lote Tuqiri is closed down on Thursday night.

Brad Walter Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has admitted he planned for Thursday night's match against South Sydney with the thought that the two teams were likely to meet again in next weekend’s...

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

Anthony Watmough

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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Parramatta Eels target finals after turnaround on and off the field

Record margin: Ken Sio (left),  Will Hopoate  (middle) and Pauli Pauli celebrate beating the Dragons.

Brad Walter With a sell-out crowd turning up at Pirtek Stadium to watch Parramatta surpass their five victories last season and move to the top of the club championship after winning all three grades against St...

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League

Penrith stumble with the finals in sight

Ivan Cleary

Brad Walter Penrith coach Ivan Cleary has conceded his team's finals chances have taken a significant hit after crashing 38-10 to Cronulla on Sunday at Remondis Stadium.

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Sharks say drug probe won't dull finals focus

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Brad Walter Cronulla players and officials believe the club is better placed to cope with the upcoming round of Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority interviews than earlier in the season and are determined...

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League

NRL rejects call to ban Sharks from finals as Bombers face September axe

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Brad Walter NRL officials have rejected calls to banish Cronulla from the upcoming finals series and will deal with any fallout from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority investigation after the season is...

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Finals rivals fear Sharks will muddy waters if permitted to contest play-offs

Sharks

Brad Walter Rival clubs believe the integrity of the NRL finals will be tarnished if Cronulla are allowed to take part with doping allegations hanging over their head.

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League and AFL to clash in finals logjam at ANZ Stadium

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Brad Walter NRL and AFL officials have begun discussions to avoid potential venue clashes on two weekends of the play-offs, with Canterbury, South Sydney and the Sydney Swans all in line to host home finals at...

Winning Starts Monday

Why your team missed the finals - and how they can make them in 2013

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Brad Walter After farewelling Nathan Hindmarsh and Luke Burt on Sunday night, Parramatta players will have this week off and then return to training for the rest of the month under new coach Ricky Stuart.

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Commission praised for scrapping McIntyre finals

John Grants Launches New ARL Commission (Thumbnail)

Brad Walter IT MIGHT have taken more than three years for the ARL Commission to come to fruition, but yesterday the newly-formed body showed that the long fight for the game's independence was worth it.

Staging players could cost clubs $10,000 as NRL cracks down

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Brad Walter Players feigning injury in the hope of drawing a penalty after the video referee has studied replays of a tackle are being forced to explain their actions and could cost their clubs a $10,000 fine if...

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North Queensland Cowboys coach Paul Green's inside knowledge a concern for Sydney Roosters

Prior knowledge: Cowboys coach Paul Green was at the Roosters last year when they took out the NRL premiership. The two sides lock horns on Friday.

Brad Walter Sydney Roosters players admit North Queensland coach Paul Green knows exactly how they play from his time with the premiers last season and predict that Friday night's semi-final at Allianz Stadium...

How hard work has turned Canterbury Bulldogs forward Josh Jackson into an integral part of NSW's Origin future

Making up for lost time: Josh Jackson has made a rapid rise through the ranks since joining the Bulldogs.

Brad Walter Before joining Canterbury in 2010, Josh Jackson had never been selected in any representative team of note, but the 23-year-old second-rower is now considered an integral part of NSW coach Laurie...

Anthony Watmough and Jayden Hodges in doubt for next final as Manly Sea Eagles count cost of defeat

Trouble and strife: Shane Hayne puts Manly’s Anthony Watmough and Jamie Lyon on report.

Brad Walter Stand-in Manly hooker Jayden Hodges may have played the entire first half of Friday night’s 40-24 finals loss to South Sydney with a serious neck injury.

South Sydney's investment in their young players paying off in spades

Bunny brigade: Alex Johnston trains with his South Sydney teammates on Tuesday.

Brad Walter Coach Michael Maguire and Souths are reaping the rewards of junior development.

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Manly Sea Eagles hooker Matt Ballin considering early return to help injury crisis

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Brad Walter Manly hooker Matt Ballin may return two weeks ahead of schedule from a fractured tibia to help the Sea Eagles battle an injury crisis in next Saturday night's sudden death final against the winner of...

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Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter unsure of future

Wests Tigers training. Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter. Training at Concord Oval, Sydney.  Photo: Peter Rae Friday 8 August 2014.

Brad Walter Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter could be back training the team on Monday without knowing whether he has a job for next season.

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Sydney Roosters to pay price for overstepping the mark, says Trent Robinson

Aidan Guerra

Brad Walter Sydney Roosters will be without suspended forwards Aidan Guerra and Dylan Napa for the opening weekend of finals matches after coach Trent Robinson admitted the pair had gone too far in their bid to...