Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas is rugby league reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Roosters fans' hate just makes Panthers' Jamie Soward stronger

Michael Chammas Penrith trainer Alan Mair was fulfilling a pact he had made with Jamie Soward when he ran out on to Allianz Stadium to high five the Panthers playmaker after his match-winning field goal on Saturday...

Benji Marshall revels in his connection with St George Illawarra Dragons half Gareth Widdop

New lease of life: Benji Marshall.

Michael Chammas Not since he played with Scott Prince almost a decade ago has Benji Marshall felt as free and relaxed on a football field as he does with Gareth Widdop.

League

Wests Tigers not the finished article, admits coach Mick Potter

Ambush: Greg Bird celebrates a try in the Titans' shock win against Wests Tigers.

Michael Chammas Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter conceded his side didn't look like a top-of-the-table team in Sunday’s 22-6 loss to the Gold Coast Titans at Leichhardt Oval.

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League

Ryan Hoffman edges closer to cap record in City-Country clash for State of Origin

On track for record: Melbourne's veteran City rep Ryan Hoffman.

Michael Chammas Ryan Hoffman will join City coach Brad Fittler and Blues coach Laurie Daley on one game shy of equalling the record for the most number of appearances in the annual City-Country clash on Sunday.

League

Wests Tigers face test of mettle as Roosters take flight

Stepping in: Blake Austin will partner Luke Brooks in the halves.

Michael Chammas The Wests Tigers are flying high in the top four but coach Mick Potter says Friday night's clash against the premiers will be his side's biggest test of the season.

Tigers v Broncos

Michael Chammas WESTS TIGERS v BRISBANE BRONCOS at Campbelltown Stadium, Saturday 7.30pm

League

Costly referee decision baffles Tigers coach Mick Potter

Penalised:

Michael Chammas Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter was dumbfounded by the decision from the referees to award Brisbane a penalty in the final three minutes that ultimately cost his side the two points on Saturday night.

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Previews

Newcastle Knights v Wests Tigers

Michael Chammas Hunter Stadium, Newcastle, Sunday 2pm (AEST)

League

Wests Tigers' turn into schoolyard bullies against Manly

Michael Chammas Those doubting whether the Wests Tigers were the new schoolyard bullies of the NRL after their round-three demolition of South Sydney were left red-faced after a boilover at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday.

League

Wests Tigers win spiteful NRL clash against Manly Sea Eagles

David Nofoaluma.

Michael Chammas Those doubting whether the Wests Tigers were the new schoolyard bullies of the NRL after their round-three demolition of South Sydney were left red-faced after a boilover at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday.

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League

Wests Tigers name debutants Kurtis Rowe and Blake Austin

Kurtis Rowe

Michael Chammas A week after watching Junior Kiwis teammate Dallin Watene-Zelezniak debut for Penrith, Tigers fullback Kurtis Rowe will get his chance in the No.1 jersey.

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League

Robbie Farah hopeful injury won't force him to miss State of Origin opener

Robbie Farah

Michael Chammas Wests Tigers skipper Robbie Farah has indicated to Blues coach Laurie Daley that he will be fit for the State of Origin series opener despite being ruled out for up to six weeks with an elbow injury.

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Dynamic duo George Burgess and Ben Te'o to miss South Sydney clash against Bulldogs

George Burgess

Michael Chammas South Sydney will be without dynamic duo George Burgess and Ben Te’o for the Good Friday clash against Canterbury after the pair took the early plea for separate tripping charges.

League

NRL 2014: The halves and the have-nots

Jamie Soward

Michael Chammas Parramatta Five-eighth: Corey Norman Halfback: Luke Kelly/ Chris Sandow The back-to-back wooden spooners have a stronger roster than they have had for the past two seasons, but their fortunes are...

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League

Unheralded big men fire up to help Wests Tigers' pack gain respect

Force to be reckoned with: Braith Anasta wants the West Tigers to be a serious threat.

Michael Chammas It's the no-frills forward pack making a mockery of the competition's fiercest big men.

Tigers v Sea Eagles

Michael Chammas Michael Chammas writes: Back to Leichhardt Oval for the Tigers. James Tedesco needs to fire. We saw last week just how much the Tigers struggle without him after he left the field with concussion.

League

Talkin' Teams and Ultimate League

Sonny Bill Williams

Michael Chammas and Chris Boulous Join Michael Chammas and Chris Boulos for the NRL team news as it comes as well as plenty of Ultimate League chat.

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St George Illawarra Dragons v Wests Tigers

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Michael Chammas Follow live coverage as the St George Illawarra Dragons take on the Wests Tigers.

Injuries and infection leave Cronulla hamstrung in the halves

Todd Carney

Adrian Proszenko and Michael Chammas Cronulla is facing a halves crisis ahead of its season opener against the Gold Coast after Wade Graham suffered a blood infection.

Titans v Tigers

Michael Chammas t's hard to see the Tigers winning many games this year.