Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas


The alternative top eight

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


No guarantees in race for top eight

Michael Chammas

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.

Cleary backs NRL to do the right thing

Ivan Cleary

Michael Chammas Panthers coach Ivan Cleary will this week hold talks with salary cap auditor Ian Schubert to ensure fullback Matt Moylan isn't forced back to the NSW Cup because of restrictions on the club's...


Dragons drift down the table as Panthers pounce


Michael Chammas St George Illawarra's finals hopes took another huge hit on Saturday night, with Steve Price's men facing the prospect of becoming the first Dragons team to claim the wooden spoon in 75 years.

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Who's up for the finals?

John Sutton

Michael Chammas Michael Chammas takes a look at each NRL team's strengths and weaknesses and the player pivotal in their side's run to the play-offs.

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Carney pushes through pain barrier to savage Panthers

Todd Carney

Michael Chammas Cronulla five-eighth Todd Carney will play the rest of the season with a cracked sternum, but it did little to hinder the playmaker as he orchestrated a Sharks victory on Sunday without two of their...

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New finals system puts top four in driving seat

Sonny Bill

Michael Chammas If history is anything to go by, the Bulldogs, Sharks, Knights, Raiders and Warriors can all start planning their holidays for the October long weekend.

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Dark horse Cowboys hit their straps

Johnathan Thurston

Michael Chammas It's a contradiction to label one of the preseason premiership favourites as semi final darkhorses, but that's exactly what North Queensland have become.

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James Segeyaro catches the eye as Penrith Panthers down Brisbane Broncos

NRL. Penrith Panthers vs Brisbane Broncos, CenterBet Stadium, Penrith.
James Segeyaro scores for the Panthers
Friday 23rd August, 2013
Photos: Anthony Johnson

Michael Chammas He fooled them once and was touted "the fresh prince of Penrith" by the ground announcer, but when James Segeyaro fooled the Broncos a third time, he became the man who kept the Panthers' finals...

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Minor honours could have major cost as prop faces suspension


Michael Chammas The minor premiership could come at a huge price for the Sydney Roosters, with prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves in doubt for at least the first week of the finals after being placed on report.

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Bulldogs admit they dropped ball in season of disruptions

Josh Reynolds

Michael Carayannis, Michael Chammas The Bulldogs need a slight attitude adjustment if they are to show their premiership worth, five-eighth Josh Reynolds believes.

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Panthers find the perfect mix for new generation

Tim Grant

Michael Chammas The Oak Panthers - as Phil Gould calls them - are suddenly the flavour of the month.

Round 11 line-ups

Talkin' Teams, Tuesday, May 21


Michael Chammas The latest news from the NRL as clubs name their sides for round 11.

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Tigers set to hit new low at Leichhardt as fans stay away


Michael Chammas The worst losing streak in Wests Tigers' history is expected to be compounded by the lowest Leichhardt Oval crowd in nine years on Friday night.

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Flanagan warns Sharks pack has bite without Origin stars

Shane Flanagan

Brad Walter, Michael Chammas Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan has no concerns about losing half of his forward pack to State of Origin and believes the Sharks have the depth to cover the absence of the NSW stars.

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Panthers make winning a habit

Dean Whare

Michael Chammas During the week, Penrith skipper Kevin Kingston dismissed the notion his side were playing well enough to be noticed by opposition teams - but there's no hiding now.

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Benji praises cubs for tough comeback win against odds

Benji Marshall

Michael Chammas It was far from the Wests Tigers' greatest performance but stand-in skipper Benji Marshall didn't hesitate in labelling it one of the gutsiest wins of his career.

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Dog's dinner: Manly fans set to give Des a grilling

Des Hasler

Michael Chammas DES HASLER was once worshipped by the very fans he expects to abuse him when he returns to Brookvale Oval on Friday night - but he wouldn't have it any other way.

Sides full of stars suffer post-Origin hangovers

Billy Slater

Michael Chammas THE Melbourne Storm will tonight be out to overcome their State of Origin hangover and end the worst losing streak in Craig Bellamy's coaching career.

Indispensables must feature in finals tally

Billy Slater

Michael Chammas THESE are the players their teams just can't do without on the road to the play-offs. Billy Slater, Keith Galloway, Paul Gallen, Justin Hodges, Beau Scott, Glenn Stewart and Konrad Hurrell hold the...