Roy Masters

Roy Masters

Roy Masters is a Rugby League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

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NRL is a numbers game, and stats the way they like it

Roy Masters Inform a first grade coach, such as the Storm's Craig Bellamy, that at the ninth minute of the second half of Saturday's match against the Sea Eagles his captain Cameron Smith will have played...

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The golden rule for extra time... don't miss

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Roy Masters While the golden point field goal won't disappear this season, the number of attempts at them will most certainly decline.

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Alex McKinnon incident unfortunate consequence of cannonball tackle rule

Roy Masters The serious injury to Newcastle forward, Alex McKinnon, is an unfortunate consequence of the new rule prohibiting the third man in a tackle attacking the knees of a ball carrier.

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NRL rule changes have had unintended consequences

Roy Masters Changes to the NRL rules this year have produced unexpected outcomes, both positive and negative.

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Rugby league a sport where history repeats ... over and over

Roy Masters It's all happened before - 80 years ago. There is little new under the sun in rugby league.

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Bum year for some, but not the high-flyers

Roy Masters IF you are a supporter of the Sea Eagles or the Roosters, 2013 has not been an ''anus horribilus'' - ''a shit of a year'', as comedian Dave Hughes described the season of Essendon, the AFL club...

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Time to blow whistle on refs rotating jobs

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Roy Masters The best result of the semi-finals starting on Friday night is that the number of referees will halve and then halve again the following weekend.

Canterbury's crafty defence has opposition seeing double

Roy Masters THE Bulldogs have one of the best defensive records in the NRL, preventing the opposition scoring tries from within 20 metres of their own line.

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A bittersweet victory for the players' coach

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Roy Masters Twice in the jubilant Storm dressing room, the coach Craig Bellamy confessed to a strange emptiness.

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Short-term goals win out for Bellamy, Storm

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Roy Masters Craig Bellamy has opted for immediate short-term team success in Melbourne over guaranteed long-term personal security and stability with St George Illawarra.

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Team spirit: how Blues can reach Origin nirvana

Roy Masters When NSW coach Laurie Daley finalises his team after this weekend's NRL round, he will try and include as many fit players from the Blues 2012 Origin squad.

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Too many players cashing cheques their abilities can't match

Roy Masters There are too many footballers playing NRL each week not up to standard and too many receiving money their experience or talents don't justify.

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Why halves hold the key to ending Blues' pain

James Maloney and Mitchell Pierce.

Roy Masters Selecting the Roosters' halves to meet Queensland in Wednesday's first State of Origin match is a mission akin to going into the water to fight a shark.

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NSW soar towards a blue-moon treat

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Roy Masters Origin I was akin to co-pilots of a jumbo jet operating the controls antagonistically, one seeking to put the plane on the tarmac, the other striving to soar to the skies.

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Benji an unintended casualty of new deal for injured players

Roy Masters Wests Tigers' apparent reluctance to re-sign Benji Marshall long term is partly related to the new collective bargaining agreement where clubs must now pay out the full value of the contract in the...

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Fullbacks on the rise in the modern-day pecking order

Roy Masters Magpies greats, such as Noel Kelly and Tom Raudonikis, will gather at the SCG today for the foundation club's annual reunion, before shuffling across to Allianz Stadium on arthritic knees to watch...

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It's tough to wrestle with stats: NRL's top teams have balance just right

Roy Masters Super coach Wayne Bennett is in unfamiliar territory with the Knights, the legendary premiership winner having one of his worst starts to a season in his 26 years in the top grade.

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The best Origin players are not always superstars

Roy Masters NSW coach Ricky Stuart has a ''blueprint'' for success, a master plan to reverse six years of State of Origin domination by Queensland. It defines the qualities he seeks in an Origin player.

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Quite a blue: battle of the breweries brought to a head as Origin adverts become a XXXX-nightmare

Roy Masters AUSTRALIA'S two biggest breweries have resolved their dispute over Cameron Smith, skipper of the XXXX-sponsored Queensland team, being used in advertisements to promote the sale of VB, the sponsor of...

Dark forces at work if Blues can break the spell

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Roy Masters You need a witch's cauldron and a clove of garlic to understand state of origin.