Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

Melbourne Storm's tough run home the perfect finals preparation: Cameron Smith

Relishing the challenge: Smith.

Michael Chammas Melbourne Storm skipper Cameron Smith believes the Sydney Roosters taught his side a lesson on how to play finals football when they met earlier in the season.

Melbourne Storm show premiership credentials with impressive victory over Penrith Panthers

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Michael Chammas On a weekend when the premiership heavyweights faltered, the Melbourne Storm have announced themselves as genuine contenders with a 24-10 win against the in-form Panthers on Monday night.

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Panthers v Storm

Michael Chammas PENRITH PANTHERS v MELBOURNE STORM at Sportingbet Stadium, Monday 7.00pm

Eight years in the NRL: How your team fared in the 16-team competition

The Titans have struggled to make a big impact since joining the comp in 2007.

Michael Chammas Since the Gold Coast Titans joined the competition in 2007, most teams have been on a rollercoaster ride in search of success.

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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.

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Jordan McLean to make low-key league return in NSW Cup

Easing back: Jordan McLean.

Michael Chammas Melbourne Storm forward Jordan McLean will make his return this weekend after serving a seven-game NRL ban for his tackle on Alex McKinnon in round three.

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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.

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Furious Dragons demand please explain from NRL over Storm's after the siren try

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Michael Chammas St George Illawarra have asked the NRL for an explanation after Melbourne were allowed to score a match winning try on Monday night after the siren.

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League

Melbourne Storm v New Zealand Warriors

Michael Chammas NRL previews for round eight.

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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.

Cameron Smith says referees are 'paranoid' about safety

Cooper Cronk, Cameron Smith, Ryan Hoffman and Billy Slater of the Storm celebrate a combined total of 1000 games on Friday night.

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

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Melbourne Storm going for win No.10 in season openers

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Michael Chammas Melbourne's quest for a 10th straight round one victory will face its biggest test when they line up against traditional rivals Manly at Brookvale Oval on Saturday night.

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Bluffer's guide to the finals: Rabbitohs v Storm

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Michael Chammas Bluffer’s guide to the finals: Rabbitohs v Storm

League

Widdop's recovery has Storm thinking

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Brad Walter, Michael Chammas Injured playmakers Brett Finch and Gareth Widdop are locked in a battle to extend their careers with Melbourne until the end of the season, with Storm coach Craig Bellamy unlikely to use both if they...

League

David Shillington urges Ricky Stuart to fix culture

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Michael Chammas Canberra prop David Shillington has implored new coach Ricky Stuart to take a stand against ill discipline at the Raiders, criticising Blake Ferguson and Josh Dugan for believing they were bigger...

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Rugby League

Roosters dump Smith

NCH  SPORT - Newcastle Knights v Sydney Roosters at Sydney Football stadium - PICTURED- roosters Coach Brian Smith - 22nd May 2011 PICTURE RYAN OSLAND

Michael Chammas and Greg Prichard The Roosters have sacked coach Brian Smith.

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Secret weapons: the men who could shape the NRL finals

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Michael Chammas Greg Inglis, Ben Barba, Johnathan Thurston and Billy Slater dominate the headlines, but there are some unsung heroes just as capable of turning this premiership on its head.

By Jorge: Manly winger is truly the metre eater

Michael Chammas The Finals Countdown: We take a look at the key facts and figures in the lead up to this weekend's NRL preliminary finals matches.

Rivalry is born out of mutual respect

Storm and Manly

Michael Chammas MANLY don't like Melbourne and Melbourne don't like Manly - not that any of the players would admit that on the eve of their preliminary final at AAMI Park.

Petero calls for Dogs to mess up Storm's style

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Michael Chammas The Finals Countdown: Taking a look at the key facts and figures in the lead-up to this weekend's grand final showdown.