Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

Canterbury Bulldogs show how to win in finals football

Phil Gould Why the Bulldogs and Roosters are the favourites for this week's final matches.

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The NRL finals: let's see who really is the best of the best

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Phil Gould There is no doubt the Roosters are the form team in the competition as we head into week one of the finals.

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Predicting the NRL top eight is tough, so buckle up for the run to the finals

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Phil Gould With the rounds of matches affected so significantly by Origin now finally behind us, we can at last settle back and enjoy the final third of the season.

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Knights must run the gauntlet to play finals

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Phil Gould A loss to the Broncos would leave the Knights needing to win three or maybe even four of their last five games.

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While Titans linger in finals race, Tigers look like minds are elsewhere

Phil Gould For Gold Coast, this match represented the win they just had to have. Four losses in a row over the past month had them heading in the wrong direction on the ladder.

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Four sight - Phil Gould's finals predictions

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Phil Gould Phil Gould runs his eye over the season that was and the finals that will be, offering his expert opinion on who will come out on top in week one of the NRL finals.

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Gold Coast Titans take out Canterbury Bulldogs in heart-warming display of courage

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Phil Gould Where no game existed, suddenly a golden-point thriller emerged. The match between the Gold Coast and Canterbury yesterday afternoon started out as one of those round-26 matches where little hinged...

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How Penrith Panthers put grey days behind them

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Phil Gould I’ve been asked many times in recent weeks to speak about the huge turnaround in the Panthers over the past few years.

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Johnathan Thurston proving he belongs in the company of the game's truly great

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Phil Gould How good was Johnathan Thurston on Saturday night? League fans have been privileged over the past quarter of a century to be able to marvel at the skills of six of the greatest ever Australian rugby...

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From where I sit, South Sydney look ready to end their 43-year premiership drought

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Phil Gould The last time South Sydney won a premiership most people still had black-and-white television sets. That's if they actually owned a TV – 1971 was such a long time ago.

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Scrappy Sea Eagles down on form but remain in pole position

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Phil Gould Maybe the Sea Eagles are just timing their run and don’t want to peak too early.

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Geoff Toovey is right: minor premiership should carry a major reward

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Phil Gould Manly coach Geoff Toovey is 100 per cent correct in his criticism concerning the lack of reward given to teams who win the minor premiership.

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Anthony Minichiello will be remembered as one of Roosters' great servants

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Phil Gould The announcement on Monday that 2014 will be Anthony Minichiello’s final season in the NRL should give the Roosters further incentive to win back-to-back titles and send out their popular...

Players make up for circus of hangers-on

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Phil Gould Thank God for the players! If not for them, rugby league would be an absolute circus.

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NRL clash between St George Illawarra Dragons and Gold Coast Titans one to forget

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Phil Gould I love my Sunday football. I look forward to it every weekend. But I have to be honest in saying the match played between the St George Illawarra and Gold Coast was extremely hard to watch.

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Anthony Griffin's response to his sacking by Brisbane has class stamped all over it

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Phil Gould The way Anthony Griffin has dealt with his sacking by the Broncos stamped this man as all class.

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Forwards in backs a step in wrong direction

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Phil Gould I don’t think I’ve ever seen as many matches as I have seen this year in which coaches have selected players out of position to fill holes caused by injuries and suspensions.

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NRL's ludicrous and unfair second-tier salary cap holding back young players

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Phil Gould The Canberra Raiders travel to Queensland today to play the Gold Coast Titans, having lost seven of their past eight matches.

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Referees should be seen and not heard

Phil Gould Please get the microphones and the television cameras off the referees. I haven’t raised this subject for a number of years, but in light of recent events, I would like to reaffirm my objection...

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Why I cheered when Peter Sharp chose to walk away from the Shire

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Phil Gould Peter Sharp is a good man. Humble, always polite, always helpful.

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