Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

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Injuries to key players sour Sharks' season

Michael Chammas Between Cronulla's six most influential players they've missed a combined total of 43 games this season.

Injuries and misdemeanours are cruelling Laurie Daley's Origin goal

Doubtful: Greg Bird is on report for a lifting tackle and could miss the Origin opener.

Michael Chammas Spare a thought for Laurie Daley, who has to endure the players he'd earmarked as potential Origin players miss more than 30 games between them this season - and counting.

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Tigers' injuries curse strikes again

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Michael Chammas The Wests Tigers' season has been thrown into disarray after three of their key players suffered serious injuries in their side's 20-10 loss to Brisbane at Campbelltown Stadium on Saturday night.

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Flanagan backs Gordon as injuries to Morris, Stewart open Origin door

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Adrian Proszenko, Michael Chammas Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan believes Michael Gordon is ready for an Origin recall after Brett Stewart and Brett Morris were all but ruled out of the opener to the interstate series.

Injuries clip Eagles' wings after soaring performance

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Michael Chammas Manly's victory was comfortable on the scoreboard, but the aftermath could leave coach Geoff Toovey with an almighty headache leading into the finals.

Back with a bang as teams hit hard by a flood of early-season injuries

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Michael Chammas THE weather conditions did little to diminish the excitement surrounding the opening round of the NRL, but they certainly took their toll on the players.

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Matt Moylan ensures Penrith Panthers finish on a high in see-saw battle

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Michael Chammas It was only fitting that Matt Moylan would have the final say in what was a see-sawing contest at Sportingbet Stadium on Monday night.

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Anthony Minichiello and Brett Stewart: a grand and final appearance, perhaps

Still doing the business: Anthony Minichiello.

Michael Chammas At Brookvale Oval on Friday night, two of the best fullbacks of the modern era may cross paths for the last time.

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Trent Robinson rues missed opportunities, refuses to blame James Maloney

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Michael Chammas Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson conceded Manly were the better football team on Friday night but believes his side missed an opportunity to snatch a late victory at Brookvale Oval.

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State of Origin: NSW Blues beat Queensland Maroons to end eight-year drought

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 18:  Trent Hodkinson of the Blues celebrates winning the series after game two of the State of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium on June 18, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Michael Chammas NSW halfback Trent Hodkinson etched his name into State of Origin folklore by scoring the winning try to beat Queensland at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday night for the Blues to win their first series...

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Manly Sea Eagles obliterate gummy Cronulla Sharks

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Michael Chammas Cronulla's season from hell got worse last night, becoming the first team in NRL history to be held scoreless for three games in the same season.

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Cronulla Sharks' desire to avoid wooden spoon will be motivation enough: Paul Gallen

Cronulla captain Paul Gallen tries to fend off the Manly defence.

Michael Chammas The Sharks are out of finals contention but Cronulla skipper Paul Gallen isn't short of motivation, desperate to avoid winning the wooden spoon this season.

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Will Hopoate says Mormon mission toughened him for State of Origin push

Back for the Blues ... Will Hopoate.

Michael Chammas As a rugby league player, everything has just fallen into place for Will Hopoate. He won a premiership at Manly as a teenager and also represented his state in the same year back in 2011.

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Referees Shayne Hayne and Ben Cummins will stay in charge for State of Origin game two

Offside with the Blues: Referee Shayne Hayne.

Michael Chammas Under-fire referees Shayne Hayne and Ben Cummins have retained their spots and will control game two despite NSW officials being left furious with their game one performance.

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State of Origin: Trent Hodkinson, Daly Cherry-Evans square off in pivotal clash

Half a chance: Trent Hodkinson at Blues training at Coffs Harbour on Wednesday.

Michael Chammas It's a match made in Manly. The one-time apprentice going up against his predecessor in a battle that began on the northern beaches four years ago.

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Gold Coast Titans give Wests Tigers a taste of their own medicine

Tangled up in blue: Titans players tackle Sitaleki Akauola at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday.

Michael Chammas At the same ground and in almost identical conditions, the Gold Coast Titans did to the Wests Tigers what the Tigers did to Manly just three weeks ago.

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Wests Tigers not the finished article, admits coach Mick Potter

Ambush: Greg Bird celebrates a try in the Titans' shock win against Wests Tigers.

Michael Chammas Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter conceded his side didn't look like a top-of-the-table team in Sunday’s 22-6 loss to the Gold Coast Titans at Leichhardt Oval.

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How the NRL teams rate heading into rep season

Man of the moment: Canterbury five-eighth Josh Reynolds.

Michael Chammas No one expected the Bulldogs to start the year as competition leaders without a genuine fullback, but halves Josh Reynolds and Trent Hodkinson have been integral to their success.

Gold Coast Titans v South Sydney Rabbitohs

Michael Chammas GOLD COAST TITANS v SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS at Cbus Super Stadium, 5.30pm.

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Wests Tigers face test of mettle as Roosters take flight

Stepping in: Blake Austin will partner Luke Brooks in the halves.

Michael Chammas The Wests Tigers are flying high in the top four but coach Mick Potter says Friday night's clash against the premiers will be his side's biggest test of the season.