Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

League

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

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.

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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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

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.

League

Secret weapons: the men who could shape the NRL finals

Kieran Foran

Michael Chammas Greg Inglis, Ben Barba, Johnathan Thurston and Billy Slater dominate the headlines, but there are some unsung heroes just as capable of turning this premiership on its head.

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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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.

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.

Rabbitohs' finals berth chase begins now, not at back end of season, says Burgess

South Sydney Rabbitos

Michael Chammas SOUTH SYDNEY have fallen one win short of playing finals football in each of the past three years.

League

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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League

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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League

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.

League

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.

League

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.

League

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.