Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

Set of Six

Knights must run the gauntlet to play finals

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

League

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

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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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SET OF SIX

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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Set of Six

Topsy-turvy NRL gives fans of all teams reason for optimism

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Phil Gould Much has been written about the upsets we’ve seen through the first five rounds of this NRL season.

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Set of Six

Phil Gould's Set of Six: North Queensland Cowboys off to another slow start

Phil Gould After a fast finish to their 2013 season and an unlucky exit from the finals, the Cowboys were handed a very favourable draw for the start of the 2014 competition.

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League

Phil Gould's Set of Six: Best wishes to young Newcastle forward Alex McKinnnon

Phil Gould The terrible injury to Knights forward Alex McKinnon represents one of those heart-stopping moments in sport every person fears.

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Set of Six

Phil Gould: Grand finalists back on track

Phil Gould After disappointing displays last week, last year's grand finalists bounced back in impressive fashion. Manly had a gutsy win against Souths, while the Roosters were all class against the Eels.

League

Roosters on the cusp of greatness

Phil Gould It could well be the first time since 1993 that the defending champions go back-to-back and win consecutive premierships.

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Last man standing

Rabbits and Roosters justify the hype

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 23: The Rabbitohs celebrate a try by John Sutton during the round 15 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium on June 23, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Phil Gould The State of Origin period will be over in 10 days time. The run to the finals for the 16 NRL clubs will then begin.

League

Emphatic Dogs put Storm in their place

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Phil Gould Canterbury's 39-0 thrashing of Melbourne at ANZ Stadium on Sunday raised a number of interesting discussion points. I'll come to those shortly.

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League

Few ruffled feathers: self-confidence the wind beneath Sea Eagles' wings

Phil Gould Well, it was entertaining. If you like plenty of ball movement and watching lots of tries being scored, then Sunday footy at Brookvale Oval was the match for you.

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SET OF SIX

Let's not ruin hopes of signing Folau again

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Phil Gould If Israel Folau wishes to return to the NRL and we have clubs willing to sign him then as a game we should act promptly.

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League

Late gift from courageous Knights gives reason for Roosters to soar

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Phil Gould The Knights weren't that far away from beating the Roosters on Sunday.

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Set of Six

Cap success steeped in subterfuge

Phil Gould I'm sorry, but I cringe every time I see an NRL press release that churns out the tired old line about the salary cap being a major contributor to the success of the game and how the salary cap gives...

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League

Tough to split four giants in final race

Phil Gould Five rounds to go. Which team do you like to win the NRL competition? Why? Is your heart ruling your head? Or have you drilled down into the science of it all and produced an educated opinion?

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Set of Six

What were the Booze Bros. thinking?

Phil Gould It defies belief doesn't it? It's a real struggle for me to understand how, after everything they have experienced, these two boys decided it was a good idea to go out drinking together in public on...

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SET OF SIX

Fool’s gold: It’s time we settled for draws

Phil Gould I've now changed my view on the issue of golden point. I was a supporter in the beginning. I believed it added excitement to the game-day entertainment.

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SET OF SIX

Touch of skill shown to form partnership

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Phil Gould The NRL and Touch Football Australia launched a historic sporting partnership last week representing the biggest boost to participation and game development in the history of either sport.

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League

Noise and aggro are spoiling the game

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Phil Gould I need to raise the matter of arguing, abuse and even violence occurring on the sidelines at junior sporting contests. I have very strong views on this subject.

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Set of Six

Easy, Tigers: Brooks needs time to learn

Phil Gould Some of the hysteria in the media as a result of Luke Brooks' debut performance is just ridiculous.

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