Michael Chammas Penrith's fairytale finals charge has shattered hopes of a dream finale between South Sydney and the Sydney Roosters, forcing the reigning premiers down a long and arduous road to the grand final.
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.
Michael Chammas Michael Chammas takes an alphabetical look at rugby league's biggest game of the year.
Michael Chammas The NRL will consider having a two-week build-up to future grand finals in a bid to turn the NRL All Stars match into an event similar to the NFL's Pro Bowl.
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Michael Chammas Representative stars Michael Jennings and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves are adamant the Sydney Roosters cannot defend their title playing the same football they did last year.
Michael Chammas IF YOU believe in omens, Krisnan Inu and Sam Perrett are Canterbury's unlucky lucky charms.
Michael Chammas It is still too early to start singing Glory, Glory to South Sydney, but that hasn't stopped Rabbitohs fans from snapping up close to 7000 tickets for this year's premiership decider.
Michael Chammas Manly are expected to roll the dice and risk losing Anthony Watmough for two weeks in a bid to have the star backrower available against the Bulldogs on Saturday night.
Michael Chammas Dallin Watene-Zelezniak knew he had to produce something special if he was to make up for the mistake he made that led to what seemed like a match-winning try to Mitchell Pearce on Saturday night.
Michael Chammas Penrith trainer Alan Mair was fulfilling a pact he had made with Jamie Soward when he ran out on to Allianz Stadium to high five the Panthers playmaker after his match-winning field goal on Saturday...
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.
Michael Chammas To think it is one thing, but for Ivan Cleary to admit that he wondered if he had made the right decision joining the Panthers in 2012, things must have been seriously tough.
Michael Chammas The newly crowned prince of Penrith, Matt Moylan, has done it again.
Michael Chammas Trent Robinson started out as one of the least paid coaches in the NRL, but a premiership in his first season and another one up for grabs is set to see him be catapulted into the top echelon of...
Brad Walter and Michael Chammas The NRL may fund all junior development across the game under a major revamp of pathways that could see the under 20s National Youth Competition scrapped and the introduction of a rookie draft.
Michael Chammas Since the Gold Coast Titans joined the competition in 2007, most teams have been on a rollercoaster ride in search of success.
Michael Chammas You would be hard-pressed to find a player in the NRL who goes through more than Nigel Plum to prepare for a game of football.
Michael Chammas Parramatta v Canberra at TIO Stadium, Saturday 8.30pm
Michael Chammas North Queensland v Wests Tigers at 1300SMILES Stadium, Saturday 7.30pm