8:35pm Sportingbet Stadium, Penrith, 7pm (AEST)
MICHAEL CARAYANNIS Brent Kite has called on Manly’s management to make an early decision on Glenn Stewart’s future amid fears the ongoing contract saga could distract the Sea Eagles' senior players.
MICHAEL CARAYANNIS Greg Bird claimed a handful of Jamal Idris’ precious locks the last time the pair crossed paths.
Furious South Sydney officials have lodged a complaint to Penrith after Sam Burgess was struck in the face by a spectator as he left the field at the completion of the Rabbitohs' 18-2 win over the Panthers on Friday.
MICHAEL CHAMMAS Michael Maguire described it as the best defensive effort he's seen in his three seasons at the club, but it could do little to take away from Nathan Merritt's attacking feats, finally becoming the club's most prolific tryscorer.
MICHAEL CHAMMAS As it did last week, the rain tumbled on to Sportingbet Stadium before kick-off, turning an already heavy track into a slippery slide in front of a crowd of 11,674.
MICHAEL CHAMMAS South Sydney might have the Burgess brothers but Penrith’s bash brothers Nigel Plum and Adam Docker will be out to stop them in their tracks on Friday night.
MICHAEL CHAMMAS Sportingbet Stadium, Penrith, Friday 7.40pm (AEST)
MICHAEL CHAMMAS If you were picking the NSW Origin team today based on the start to the season, Penrith's Josh Mansour would be on the wing for the Blues.
MICHAEL CHAMMAS The heavens opened up above Sportingbet Stadium on Saturday night, with the torrential rain delivering a superstar in the making.
LEE GASKIN Terry Campese may have a case to answer after he was placed on report for a forearm to the face of Lewis Brown.
LEE GASKIN Canberra Raiders forward Joel Edwards' future will go under the microscope after another concussion.
JON TUXWORTH Canberra and NSW Origin assistant coach Matt Parish believes Shaun Fensom is capable of breaking into the Blues side this year, labelling the Raiders lock ''the sort of player NSW could use''.
ADRIAN PROSZENKO When Chris Sandow walked off Brookvale Oval after his side was humiliated 50-10 in round 17 last year, it appeared he did so for the final time as a first grader.
Ian McCullough Penrith star Jamie Soward says Parramatta's woes in front of goal show the importance of NRL clubs having a group of quality goal-kicking options.
DOMINIC BOSSI Through one of the most unlikely of heroes, Penrith clinched victory from the jaws of defeat as deputy goalkicker Matt Moylan landed a stunning sideline conversion on the stroke of full-time to seal a hard-fought win against Canterbury.
ADRIAN PROSZENKO Troubled star James Roberts has been given a final opportunity to resurrect his career on the Gold Coast.
Roy Ward Storm's third musketeer who took them to victory over Penrith Panthers at AAMI Park on Saturday night.
MICHAEL CARAYANNIS A star-struck Matt Moylan grew up idolising Melbourne fullback Billy Slater. So you sense that the Panthers No.1 was on edge when he opposed Slater in just his third first grade game last year.
MICHAEL CARAYANNIS Trent Merrin hopes St George Illawarra’s blistering start to the season has shut the critics up as the Dragons prepare to play the Warriors amid a cyclone threat for the region.
Roy Ward Melbourne Storm second-rower Ryan Hoffman has urged his teammates to get in early and get in hard against Penrith Panthers at AAMI Park on Saturday night.
MICHAEL CARAYANNIS Penrith can thank the St George junior system for springing to life their new-look left edge.
MICHAEL CARAYANNIS An injury-ravaged Newcastle were forced to use three fullbacks in the opening 40 minutes as they blew a first-half lead to lose 30-8 to Penrith on Saturday.
MICHAEL CARAYANNIS Ivan Cleary hated being called "The Axe". Mainly because it didn't match his unassuming personality.
MICHAEL CHAMMAS After Ifiso Segeyaro was held up at gunpoint during a bank robbery in Papua New Guinea in the 1990s, he realised his country could not provide his family with the life he wanted for them.
James MacSmith Star centre Jamal Idris has been ruled out of Penrith's round one NRL match on Saturday with a hamstring injury.
MICHAEL CARAYANNIS New Penrith captain will lead by example, following the lead of former Bronco skipper Lockyer.
Penrith Panthers coach Ivan Cleary says international matches are making the season too long for players
MICHAEL CHAMMAS Penrith coach Ivan Cleary has called for the NRL to reduce the number of end-of-season internationals, adamant the game's top players are being overworked.