Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

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

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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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.

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.

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.

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

'I'll walk nude through Pitt Street if that was a try:' North Queensland Cowboys coach Paul Green fuming after defeat

Johnathan Thurston

Michael Chammas North Queensland captain Johnathan Thurston has again raised concerns over a Cowboys conspiracy as his coach pledged to ‘‘walk nude through Pitt Street’’ if Kieran...

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History repeats as Manly Sea Eagles beat North Queensland Cowboys with help of controversial refereeing decision

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Michael Chammas For the second time in less than two years, a controversial video refereeing decision involving Kieran Foran has gone against North Queensland to hand Manly a 26-21 victory on Friday night.

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Panthers v Raiders

Michael Chammas Michael Chammas writes: These two teams will be in the hunt come finals time. The Raiders showed their potential in the win against South Sydney, while the Panthers are one of the competition's big...

League

Wests Tigers' turn into schoolyard bullies against Manly

Michael Chammas Those doubting whether the Wests Tigers were the new schoolyard bullies of the NRL after their round-three demolition of South Sydney were left red-faced after a boilover at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday.

League

Wests Tigers win spiteful NRL clash against Manly Sea Eagles

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Michael Chammas Those doubting whether the Wests Tigers were the new schoolyard bullies of the NRL after their round-three demolition of South Sydney were left red-faced after a boilover at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday.

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Newcastle Knights rise for Alex McKinnon in thumping win over Cronulla Sharks

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Michael Chammas Wayne Bennett admitted he was teary in the pre-game huddle on the field in support of injured Knights forward Alex McKinnon.

League

History on Manly's side in grand final rematch

Roosters players celebrate during last year's grand final win over Manly.

Michael Chammas Since the introduction of the NRL in 1998, most of the reigning premiers have lost against the runners-up in the grand final rematch the following year.

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Bulldogs v Sharks

Michael Chammas The Sharks will be without Andrew Fifita (suspended) and skipper Paul Gallen (ankle injury), but should welcome back Todd Carney.