Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

Cameron Smith says referees are 'paranoid' about safety

Michael Chammas Melbourne skipper Cameron Smith believes referees are "paranoid" about player safety and are making incorrect decisions as a result.

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.

League

Queensland Maroons beat NSW Blues to score consolation win

Maroons

Michael Chammas Queensland have saved face after losing the first two matches of the State of Origin series by beating NSW in the finale at Suncorp Stadium.

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State of Origin success helps give James Tamou that dinky-di feeling

New outlook: NSW front-rower James Tamou believes the Blues now have the formula for bringing down Queensland.

Michael Chammas When it comes to controversial eligibility selections, James Tamou is right up there with Greg Inglis and Israel Folau.

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League

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.

Melbourne Storm v Manly Sea Eagles

Michael Chammas MELBOURNE STORM v MANLY SEA EAGLES at AAMI Park, 7.30pm.

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Melbourne Storm big three too good for South Sydney Rabbitohs

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Michael Chammas It was meant to serve as an Origin audition for those on the fringe of the Blues team, instead it proved to be a reminder of just how far the gap is between Melbourne's big three and NSW's hopefuls.

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Queensland Maroons on cloud nine as Mal Meninga's men push for all-time greatness

Down and out: A ninth consecutive Origin series loss for NSW would put Queensland among the longest winning streaks in two-team competitions.

Michael Chammas Eight series in a row has Queensland on par with Australia's greatest Ashes domination over the old enemy, but just how far will the Maroons' dominance over NSW extend?

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North Queensland Cowboys v Melbourne Storm

Michael Chammas NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS v MELBOURNE STORM at 1300SMILES Stadium, Saturday 7.30pm.

League

Injury-hit Maroons toss up switching Greg Inglis to five-eighth for State of Origin II

Change mooted: Greg Inglis on the charge in Origin I.

Michael Chammas Queensland are contemplating taking one of the biggest gambles of their record eight-year run, weighing up the notion of moving Greg Inglis to five-eighth for game two in Sydney.

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League

Melbourne Storm v New Zealand Warriors

Michael Chammas NRL previews for round eight.

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League

NRL 2014: Sweet Sixteen

Josh Reynolds

Michael Chammas In two weeks' time it will be on for young and not-so young again when the competition proper kicks off.

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League

St George Illawarra's Charity Shield failure a wake-up call, says prized recruit Gareth Widdop

Widdop

Michael Chammas St George Illawarra recruit Gareth Widdop has described the convincing Charity Shield loss to South Sydney as "a good kick up the arse" before the season-opener against the Wests Tigers.

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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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Storm v Panthers

Michael Chammas The Panthers are going to be a much improved team this year, but getting the job done in Melbourne in Cooper Cronk's first game of the season is too big of an ask so early in the year.

Peter Wallace blames referees after Panthers' narrow loss to Storm

Michael Chammas The Panthers went down 18-17 to Melbourne at AAMI Park on Saturday night, with several contentious refereeing decisions going against them.

League

Hooker Michael Lichaa's first NRL match will be against his next team

Michael Lichaa

Michael Chammas Cronulla hooker Michael Lichaa will on Monday night make his NRL debut against the club he looks set to join next season.

Storm v Titans

Michael Chammas Michael Chammas writes: The return of Cameron Smith (back spasms) after last week's loss to the Bulldogs in Perth is a huge boost for the Storm.

League

Point to prove: Cronk’s field goal nets Dally M

Cooper Cronk

Michael Chammas A match-winning field goal in golden point extra time in the final round of the season was enough for Cooper Cronk to narrowly edge out Johnathan Thurston, Daly Cherry-Evans and Todd Carney for this...

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Talkin' Teams, Tuesday, August 6

Blake Ferguson.

Michael Chammas Michael Chammas brings you the NRL teams for round 22 as they are announced.

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