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Craig Bellamy confident Melbourne Storm will cause headaches in NRL finals

Steve Mascord Melbourne believe they’re about to finish the regular season with a wet sail - and that they don’t need to finish in the top four to win the premiership.

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Wayne Bennett hails 'gutsy' Knights in 'best win of the season' over Sydney Roosters

Brett Keeble Knights coach Wayne Bennett, who announced on Monday that he would be returning to Brisbane to coach the Broncos at the end of this season, described the gutsy victory as one of the best in his three...

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Plenty of NRL options for Newcastle Knights in search for Wayne Bennett's replacement

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Roy Masters Newcastle’s search for a coach to replace Wayne Bennett will explore both ends of the age spectrum, with veteran Tim Sheens and Penrith assistant Garth Brennan considered.

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Newcastle Knights dig deep to stun Sydney Roosters

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Brett Keeble Blue and red, never dead. The Newcastle Knights emerged from a week of drama to shock defending premiers Sydney Roosters 16-12 at Hunter Stadium on Friday night, registering one of the most...

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Manly Sea Eagles fullback Brett Stewart linked to Canberra Raiders

Capital target ... Manly fullback Brett Stewart

Brad Walter Disgruntled Manly fullback Brett Stewart has been linked with a move to Canberra, but Warriors officials insist they are not pursuing Sea Eagles centre Steve Matai.

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Melbourne Storm blow rudderless Brisbane Broncos off finals course

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Steve Mascord When there’s a change of coach, players either try to impress the new man or lift in solidarity with their vanquished leader.

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Canberra Raiders in danger of worst home record in club history

Josh McCrone is primed for a big game against the Rabbitohs.

Jon Tuxworth The Canberra Raiders are in danger of finishing with the worst home record in club history and erasing the 1982 wooden spooners from the history books. 

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Wests Tigers' Luke Brooks has nothing but respect for mentor Benji Marshall

Blue sky mine: Wests Tigers halfback Luke Brooks at ANZ Stadium.

Andrew Webster In 2005, the apprentice sat on the 10-metre line at ANZ Stadium and watched the master steer and flick pass his side to a breakthrough premiership.

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Michael Maguire mulls Adam Reynolds hooker switch in bid to solve Souths halves dilemma

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Michael Carayannis South Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds has spent time training at hooker as the Rabbitohs try to solve their halves jigsaw puzzle.

Melbourne Storm dominates hapless Brisbane Broncos

Ryan Hoffman of the Storm is tackled by Matt Gillett and Ben Hunt of the Broncos.

Roy Ward The Storm dominated the Broncos in front of 36,319 fans at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

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Broncos captain Corey Parker defends coach Anthony Griffin after Storm surge to victory

Corey Packer defended Neil Griffin after the Broncos convincing loss to the Storm.

Steve Mascord Brisbane co-captain Corey Parker says the sacking of coach Anthony Griffin played no part in Friday night’s heavy loss to Melbourne.

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When it comes to gambling, the people breaking the rules aren't ultimately the problem, the NRL is the problem

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Peter FitzSimons In the words of Billy Birmingham channeling Richie Benaud, “I’m sorry, but I am just going to have go with me on this one.

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Discord: Why can't the NRL ban people from stadiums?

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Steve Mascord The aspect of today's NRL media conference about Cronulla which really stunned Discord was CEO David Smith's admission that the League wouldn't have the power to ban Shane Flanagan from Remondis...

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Newcastle Knights v Sydney Roosters

Sonny Bill Williams tackled by the Knights defence.

Andrew Sonter Can the Knights upset the Roosters at Hunter Stadium?

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Beau remains a man of the people

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Daniel Lane Beau Ryan reckons Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott would give their election chances a significant boost if they follow his weekly ritual for his television slot and walked more among everyday folk.

Isaah Yeo hopes Dubbo relatives descend on Bathurst for Penrith Panthers game against Cronulla Sharks in NRL

Isaah Yeo palms off a defender during the Auckland Nines.

Michael Carayannis Dubbo product Isaah Yeo expects a bus-load of family and friends to make the two-hour journey to watch him play for Penrith against Cronulla in Bathurst on Saturday.

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Feathers fly at Manly as player power is put to the test

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Michael Chammas and Brad Walter For so long the ''us against them'' rationale has bred success on the northern beaches, but how far can the competition frontrunners go with the ''us against us'' mentality that is threatening to...

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Geoff Toovey says there's no drama at Manly

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Tom Decent Coach Geoff Toovey insists there's "no drama" at Manly.

Canberra Raiders hooker Kurt Baptiste relishing challenge against the NRL's best rakes

Lee Gaskin Canberra Raiders hooker Kurt Baptiste is engineering his future in more ways than one when he faces his second international opponent in as many weeks.

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Sione and Chanel Mata’utia first brothers to make their debuts in same game for 70 years

Oh brother: Chanel and Sione Mata’utia prepare for their top-grade debuts.

Brett Keeble Sione and Chanel Mata’utia will become the first brothers in more than 70 years to make their first-grade debuts in the same game when they run on for the Newcastle Knights against defending...