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Rugby League

Gutsy win as Newcastle makes top eight

Mackay Newcastle moves into NRL top eight with a gutsy 18-12 victory over Canterbury

League

Imperfect Storm abate as Warriors threaten top eight

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 28: Shaun Johnson of the Warriors makes a break during the round 20 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Melbourne Storm at Mt Smart Stadium on July 28, 2013 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)

Ben Stanley In years to come, the league almanac will tell the basics: that the Warriors beat Melbourne 30-22 at Mount Smart Stadium.

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League

The alternative top eight

Paul Gallen of the Blues punches Nate Myles

Michael Chammas With the NRL bearing down on the business end of the season, Michael Chammas celebrates a different side of rugby league.

Rugby league

Big guns back for top eight contenders

Brett Stewart could join Billy Slater, Paul Gallen and Greg Bird in returning from injury for round 21 of the NRL as teams battling for a top eight finish recall their big names.

League

No guarantees in race for top eight

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Michael Chammas AT LEAST half of last year's semi-finalists will miss this year's finals, if recent history is anything to go by.

Revamped top eight is great: White

Lee Gaskin Raiders vice-captain Brett White has backed changes to the NRL finals system which make it almost impossible for a team outside the top four to win the competition.

NRL

$100,000 plonked on Broncos to miss the top eight

Wayne Heming Brisbane's first-up win over the Cowboys last weekend obviously failed to impress one big better who today tossed $100,000 on the Broncos to miss the top eight.

Penrith Panthers v South Sydney Rabbitohs

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Phil Mitchell Live coverage as the Penrith Panthers square up against the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

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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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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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League

Gold Coast Titans topple North Queensland Cowboys in slippery conditions

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Ed Jackson Monday’s clash between the Titans and Cowboys at Robina Stadium may have been won by the home team in an arm wrestle but it was a creature with no limbs which stole the show.

Set of Six

Phil Gould: Grand finalists back on track

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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

Canberra Raiders under 20s' late barrage leaves Gold Coast Titans scrambling

Jon Tuxworth The Canberra Raiders under 20s piled on six tries after the break to win 44-22 and finally get off the mark for the season.

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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League

Nathan Fien throws support behind Steve Price

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Mitch Jennings Former Dragons playmaker Nathan Fien has backed under fire coach Steve Price to remove doubts about his future by delivering a successful start to the NRL season.

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League

Parramatta Eels halfback Chris Sandow relegated to reserves again

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Ben Horne Parramatta coach Brad Arthur has confirmed halfback Chris Sandow will have to take the long road back to an NRL return in 2014.

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League

Sam Burgess leaving Rabbitohs for English rugby, report suggests

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Phil Lutton South Sydney look destined to lose superstar backrower Sam Burgess, with the UK's Daily Mail reporting he will switch codes at the end of the season to play rugby union.

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League

Cronulla Sharks put ASADA drama behind them, says Chris Heighington

Alex Nicholson Cronulla Sharks back-rower Chris Heighington is adamant the Sharks have moved on from the ASADA scandal that dogged their 2013 season.

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League

Corey Norman: I was never going to turn my back on Parramatta Eels deal

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 09: Corey Norman of the Broncos attempts to 
break free from the defence during the round two NRL match between the Brisbane 
Broncos and the North Queensland Cowboys at Suncorp Stadium on March 9, 2012 in 
Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)


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Daniel Lane Parramatta recruit Corey Norman insists the thought of reneging on his deal to join the Eels never crossed his mind even as he watched the club lurch from one drama to the next in 2013.

League

Penrith Panthers are stalking the NRL's elite, says Brent Kite

Steve Gee Veteran recruit Brent Kite believes Penrith are primed to step up and stake a claim among the NRL premiership heavyweights this season.

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