Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

League

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.

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.

League

NRL stars who factor with 'X' appeal heading into the year's finals

Prolific scorer: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has scored some spectacular tries for the Roosters.

Michael Chammas The league season is into the home stretch. Michael Chammas looks at the players who could be the X-factors for the teams still in contention to win this year's NRL title.

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No player in Origin – but now minor premiership is in Penrith Panthers' reach

On the prowl: the Panthers are well placed to end their 23-year wait for the minor premiership.

Michael Chammas The Panthers will take another step towards ending an 11-year drought in Sydney's west if they put Brisbane away at Penrith on Monday night.

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Sydney Roosters, North Queensland Cowboys and Warriors seek cure for World Cup hangover

Heavy workload: Johnathan Thurston is one of 12 Cowboys stars backing up from the World Cup.

Michael Chammas It's no surprise those teams suffering from the strongest dose of a World Cup hangover were those heavily represented in last year's end-of-season tournament in the United Kingdom.

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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.

Raiders v Cowboys

Michael Chammas CANBERRA RAIDERS v NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS at GIO Stadium, Sunday 3pm

South Sydney Rabbitohs topple hapless Cronulla Sharks

Powerhouse: Tom Burgess carries the ball into traffic.

Michael Chammas With 10 of the biggest names unavailable for Croulla and South Sydney, it was the stars of tomorrow and a soon to be star of yesterday that did the damage for the Rabbitohs in their 18-0 win over...

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Josh Dugan move will be watched closely by Laurie Daley

On show: Laurie Daley will be given the chance to examin how Dugan handles defending in the front line.

Michael Chammas St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor could provide Laurie Daley with some food for thought, mulling over moving Josh Dugan to right centre for Monday night's clash against South Sydney.

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Penrith Panthers edge Gold Coast Titans in gripping contest

Jamal

Michael Chammas Penrith's gutsy 14-12 victory over the table-topping Titans could be overshadowed by accusations that Titans co-captain Greg Bird performed a "squirrel grip" on Penrith's Sika Manu on Monday night.

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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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League

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

Waerea-Hargreaves

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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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...

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Koroibete's stunning effort wakes Tigers from their winter slumber

Marika Koroibete

Michael Chammas WESTS TIGERS defended like a Toyota Cup team but their attack ensured they are again a top-eight team after a 51-26 win against a spirited Parramatta.

Bolt from the blue: Fijian flash's four a club record

Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas He could have been in London alongside Usain Bolt at the Olympics, but on the other side of the world in Campbelltown, Marika Koroibete was still creating headlines.

Reynolds ready for game of two halfbacks

Adam Reynolds

Michael Chammas HAVEN'T we seen this before?

Benji still the benchmark, but brilliant Barba is razor sharp

Benji Marshall

Michael Chammas Welcome to the freak show. Benji Marshall versus Ben Barba in a battle between the competition's premier entertainers.