Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

South Sydney Rabbitohs hooker Apisau Koroisau a ready-made replacement for Issac Luke

Michael Chammas South Sydney's game plan won't change too much with a ready-made replacement for Issac Luke in Apisai Koroisau but Canterbury halfback Trent Hodkinson knows his game will change without Michael Ennis.

League

South Sydney Rabbitohs humiliate Manly Sea Eagles in NRL finals series opener

Rabbit on the run: George Burgess charges up the middle.

Michael Chammas He was a rabbit caught in the headlights in last year's finals series, but South Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds took centre stage on Friday night to inflict a finals humiliation on Manly.

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St George Illawarra Dragons keep themselves in finals contention by beating Gold Coast Titans

Dragons celebrate

Michael Chammas St George Illawarra have set up a do-or-die showdown against Brisbane in five days’ time after keeping their season alive with a convincing win over Gold Coast on Sunday.

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Melbourne Storm's tough run home the perfect finals preparation: Cameron Smith

Relishing the challenge: Smith.

Michael Chammas Melbourne Storm skipper Cameron Smith believes the Sydney Roosters taught his side a lesson on how to play finals football when they met earlier in the season.

League finals: Topping the ladder or dropping to 10th ... what are the odds?

Greg Inglis

Michael Chammas There's plenty to play for as teams with final aspirations go into the last round.

NRL faces finals double-header dilemma

Peta Hiku puts on a fend during the second half of the double header at Allianz Stadium last September.

Michael Chammas For the second time in as many years the NRL could be forced into staging a semi-finals double header if the Sydney Swans lose their qualifying final to Fremantle this weekend.

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Roosters halves most dangerous in NRL finals, says Penrith's Jamie Soward

Roosters

Michael Chammas Penrith skipper Jamie Soward has labelled Roosters duo Mitchell Pearce and James Maloney the form halves pairing of the competition ahead of Saturday night's showdown against the reigning champions.

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

Slippery Eel: Tim Mannah pumps the legs.

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.

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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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League

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.

League

Broncos' star signing could return to crush finals hope

Barba

Michael Chammas The irony in Ben Barba moving to Brisbane to resurrect the club's fortunes next season is that he could return from injury next week in time to end their final hopes for this year.

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League

NRL teams for week one of finals

Jared Waerea-Hargreaves

Michael Chammas Teams for the first week of the NRL finals.

Bluffer's guide to the finals: Rabbitohs v Storm

Inglis

Michael Chammas Bluffer’s guide to the finals: Rabbitohs v Storm

League

Who's up for the finals?

John Sutton

Michael Chammas Michael Chammas takes a look at each NRL team's strengths and weaknesses and the player pivotal in their side's run to the play-offs.

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Finals crush has codes put squeeze on stadium

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Michael Chammas The NRL and AFL are on a collision course for September, with the potential of five games in Sydney across three days leaving the codes to fight for priority at ANZ Stadium.

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New finals system puts top four in driving seat

Sonny Bill

Michael Chammas If history is anything to go by, the Bulldogs, Sharks, Knights, Raiders and Warriors can all start planning their holidays for the October long weekend.

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Eight mail: Knights show they're not out of finals race

Uate

Michael Chammas Just as it looked like Wayne Bennett's 21-year finals streak would come to an abrupt end in his first year in Newcastle, his Knights have given him reason to believe in No.22.

Toothless Tigers' finals hopes fade after Roosters run riot

Wests Tigers v Roosters

Michael Chammas What happened to the football team that pushed the competition frontrunners deep into golden-point extra-time 10 days ago?

Finals flourish at ANZ Stadium

Michael Chammas

MICHAEL CHAMMAS Depending on this weekend's NRL and AFL results, ANZ Stadium could host three matches in three days in the opening week of the footy finals.

NRL play-offs

Double header not an option for finals weekend

Daly Cherry-Evans

Michael Chammas THE NRL has ruled out the possibility of a qualifying finals double header at ANZ Stadium, despite Sydney being a chance of hosting all four matches in the opening week of the finals.