Roy Masters

Roy Masters

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

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Backward thinking would have put Dragons onward to victory

Roy Masters There was another option for Dragons’ five-eighth Gareth Widdop when he kicked the ball with one minute and one second left on the clock on Monday night, giving the Storm possession from which they...

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Gold Coast Titans' compassion towards Alex McKinnon and Jordan McLean shows game still has a soul

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Roy Masters “Compassion in life is an absolute necessity, and without displaying it, the sport of rugby league may well appear to have lost its own moral compass,” former Titans chairman Paul Broughton wrote in...

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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

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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Changing perceptions should be last thing on NRL's mind

Roy Masters Dolly Parton's most famous quote is: "I'm not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I'm not dumb . . . and I also know that I'm not blonde."

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Side effects: plans thrown into chaos by Manly defeat

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Roy Masters Never underestimate the importance of two factors at this time of year: firstly, the value of an extra 24 hours preparation for a match and secondly, the left-right mindset of players.

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Refs don't know R's from their elbows

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Roy Masters Referees in the NRL have a problem with reading and arithmetic. Not only can't they count, they don't know the rules.

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Cronulla Sharks anger at latest ASADA blood tests on players

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Roy Masters The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority extracted blood from Cronulla players at the club's final training session, sending a message its pursuit of drug cheats in the NRL is long term and it has...

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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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Why succeeding often means failure

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Roy Masters IT'S preferable to be the coach who follows the coach who follows the legend. Just ask anyone who followed Jack Gibson, particularly after his appointments at Eastern Suburbs (two premierships) and...

Grant defends crackdown on shoulder charge on finals eve

Roy Masters ARL Commission chairman John Grant has defended the decision to take tougher action on the eve of the finals against tacklers whose shoulder makes contact with the head of an opponent as Cronulla's...

Storm must pick big pack to counter Manly brawn

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Roy Masters Two months ago, none of the other semi-final-bound teams wanted to meet the Bulldogs in the grand final.

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Conspiracy theorists still looking for strings

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Roy Masters Despite a new commission running the game, conspiracy theories about Sydney's rule of the game persist, particularly outside the New South Wales capital.

Coaches, not subterfuge, are the finals X-factor

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Roy Masters 'They obviously want an all-Sydney club grand final,'' one NRL club official texted immediately after the Sea Eagles' controversial victory against the Cowboys a week ago.

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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.

Not one or two? Your chances are limited

Roy Masters Finishing first or second on the premiership ladder is a colossal advantage under the new finals system.

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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.

Tried and proven tactics put a strangle hold on the chain-passing revolution

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Roy Masters GIVEN the time-honoured tendency for NRL teams to follow the tactical lead of the premiers, a Canterbury victory in last Sunday's grand final could have led to a sea change in the way the game is...

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Short-term goals win out for Bellamy, Storm

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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The good and bad bits of ref chief's new rules

Roy Masters The Roosters were at the second coaches meeting with referees' boss Daniel Anderson, held last week before Thursday night's much-anticipated season-opener between the foundation clubs, while the...

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