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Brad Walter is Chief Rugby League Writer for The Sydney Morning Herald

Fears grow about new 'kick at referee' tactic deciding NRL grand final

Brad Walter "It's our ball. The rule is that it's our ball".

Dangerous tackles spark calls for referees to send more players off

Steve Matai

Brad Walter Referees have been encouraged to send players off for any incident which jeopordises the safety of an opponent after NRL officials expressed concern over a number of dangerous tackles in last...

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NRL referees boss Daniel Anderson won't join Parramatta Eels before finishing Rugby League World Cup duties

Daniel Anderson

Brad Walter NRL referees boss Daniel Anderson has given an undertaking he will fulfil his commitments at the coming World Cup before joining Parramatta in the newly created role of general manager of football.

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Referees' boss Harrigan furious at Stuart's try concession claim

Harrigan and Stuart

Brad Walter Referees' boss Bill Harrigan has denied telling NSW coach Ricky Stuart that Greg Inglis's match-winning try for Queensland in last night's State of Origin should not have been awarded.

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Referees just 'not experienced enough' for big game, say Blues

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Brad Walter BLUES officials are privately fuming that Brent Tate or Matt Scott wasn't sent to the sin bin along with Michael Jennings after the first-half brawl on Wednesday night, and believe the incident...

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Robinson too lenient, referees bosses admit

Jason Robinson

Brad Walter REFEREE bosses Bill Harrigan and Stuart Raper last night told ARL Commission chief executive David Gallop they stood by the controversial Greg Inglis try in Origin I, but admitted Jason Robinson...

Meeting about referees still high on Stuart agenda despite sudden exit

Ricky Stuart

Brad Walter NSW coach Ricky Stuart still expects to discuss the refereeing in State of Origin with senior NRL officials after having a meeting scheduled with outgoing chief executive David Gallop on the subject.

NRL won't back down on mandatory sin bin rule for punching

This tackle by Josh Jackson on Starling was put on report.

Brad Walter NRL officials will not consider any changes to the sinbinning rules after Manly were forced to play a man down for 10 minites following the dismissal of prop Josh Starling for a punch thrown in...

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Sydney Roosters’ escape sets up a huge clash with arch-rivals

Brad Walter More than 60,000 fans are expected to pack ANZ Stadium next Friday night for the biggest game between arch-rivals Sydney Roosters and South Sydney in 76 years.

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Johnathan Thurston 'filthy' but not bitter over referee's call

Thurston

Brad Walter North Queensland captain Johnathan Thurston admitted he was "filthy", but refused to blame a controversial refereeing call that cost him a try in the final minute for Friday night's 31-30 semi-final...

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Roosters stretched as Aidan Guerra and Dylan Napa go on report

In hot water: Dylan Napa.

Brad Walter Sydney Roosters’ forward depth is set to be further tested in the finals after lock Aidan Guerra and prop Dylan Napa were placed on report in Thursday night's 22-18 win over South Sydney at...

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Michael Ennis admits Canterbury Bulldogs need more discipline

Michael Ennis.

Brad Walter Canterbury captain Michael Ennis has shrugged off his on-field clashes with referees as a sign of his "competitive side" but admits a lack of discipline has been letting the Bulldogs down in recent...

A five-minute sin bin would stop NRL teams cheating

Mortal sin: Matt Gillett (left) is given 10 minutes in the sin bin on Friday night by Ben Cummins (right) as Jack Reed (centre) remonstrates. The Dragons scored twice while Gillett was off the field.

Brad Walter "Cheat, cheat, cheat". Those instructions from an NRL coach as his players practised defending on their own line should dispel any doubt that teams deliberately concede penalties when the opposition...

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Refs told to stop time-wasting and abuse from captains

Ennis the menace: Canterbury captain Michael Ennis.

Brad Walter Michael Ennis's abuse of referee Gerard Sutton and the time-wasting tactics by the Canterbury captain in Thursday's night's 19-12 loss to South Sydney has been deemed "unacceptable" and resulted in a...

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Josh Reynolds' meltdown a case for NRL to consider yellow- and red-card system

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Brad Walter The brain explosion that led to Canterbury five-eighth Josh Reynolds facing a third judiciary appearance in six matches was the worst since the one that ended Travis Burns' NRL career two years ago...

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League

NRL teams told it's all right to push in scrums

Beneficiary: Sam Tomkins picked up the ball and had a free run to the line after the Warriors' scrum took the Eels by surprise.

Brad Walter NRL teams have been given the green light to push in scrums after the Warriors successfully revived the tactic to score a try in last Saturday night's 48-0 romp against Parramatta at Mt Smart Stadium.

League

Demise and dissent on the field directly linked to lack of accountability off it

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Brad Walter Mark down April 2 as the date when Cronulla's 2014 premiership hopes effectively ended after the Sharks announced that suspended coach Shane Flanagan would rejoin the club next season on a new three...

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League

State of Origin: Paul Gallen embarrassed about Nate Myles fight

NSW skipper Paul Gallen goes for a run during Blues training in Coffs Harbour on Thursday.

Brad Walter NSW captain Paul Gallen admits he is embarrassed about his fight with Nate Myles in last year's Origin series opener and does not want to be known as the player whose actions led to the end of...

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State of Origin: The words that inspired NSW's success

Phil Gould speaks to his troops after the game one victory in 2004.

Brad Walter, Michael Carayannis and Michael Chammas A newspaper column by NSW’s most successful State of Origin coach Phil Gould and some stirring half-time words from star fullback Jarryd Hayne and rookie prop Aaron Woods helped inspire the Blues to...

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League

NRL charges four players from South Sydney-Wests Tigers match

Fight night: The fiery clash between Souths and Wests Tigers on Friday.

Brad Walter The NRL match review committe has charged four players from Friday night's spiteful match between South Sydney and Wests Tigers, but Rabbitohs prop George Burgess is the only one likely to miss a...

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