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Penrith Panthers must stop Michael Jennings: Ivan Cleary

Danger man: Michael Jennings.

Angela Habashy Penrith coach Ivan Clearly admits he feared Michael Jennings would come back to haunt him after releasing him from the club and says he'll be out to stop the Sydney Roosters star centre in Saturday's...

Penrith Panthers centre Jamal Idris still being wrong-footed by deadpan coach Ivan Cleary

Back on track: Jamal Idris.

Michael Chammas It took Jamal Idris half a season to begin to understand his coach and double that time to get him to laugh at one of his jokes.

Coach Ivan Cleary sees the light after hanging tough at Penrith Panthers

‘If you want to build a house you have to tear down the old one to start again.’

Michael Chammas To think it is one thing, but for Ivan Cleary to admit that he wondered if he had made the right decision joining the Panthers in 2012, things must have been seriously tough.

Panthers coach Ivan Cleary wants 40-20 rule changed now

Opportunity lost: Eels halfback Chris Sandow finds a gap against the Bulldogs.

Michael Chammas Panthers coach Ivan Cleary has urged the NRL to scrap the rules relating to the 40-20 before the start of the next round.

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Ivan Cleary says Cowboys have more weapons than just Thurston

Class to burn: North Queensland’s talisman Johnathan Thurston.

Michael Chammas Panthers coach Ivan Cleary insists there's more to North Queensland than the man they tried so hard to lure to Penrith.

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Ivan Cleary unfazed by Penrith Panthers' wobble

Slip-up: The Panthers reflect on a hard lesson on Monday night.

Michael Chammas Penrith have built their success on building pressure this season but they failed to deliver against the masters of building pressure on Monday night.

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Penrith Panthers coach Ivan Cleary rues missed opportunity in loss to Cronulla Sharks

Fend-off: Cronulla's Andrew Fifita palms away Panthers forward Lewis Brown.

Michael Chammas Penrith's quest for their first minor premiership since 2003 has been dealt a big blow after a shock loss against bottom-placed Cronulla in Bathurst on Saturday afternoon.

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Ivan Cleary refuses to get carried away with rising Panthers

Three wins on the trot have the Panthers climbing up the ladder.

Michael Chammas The Panthers have moved into equal second position on the ladder after racking up their third straight win, however coach Ivan Cleary insists the competition table means very little at this stage of...

Ivan Cleary a great fit for Kearney's Kiwis squad

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David Long One day Ivan Cleary was trekking along the brutal Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea, the next he was on a training field in St Helens, freezing his backside off.

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Penrith Panthers coach Ivan Cleary says international matches are making the season too long for players

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Michael Chammas Penrith coach Ivan Cleary has called for the NRL to reduce the number of end-of-season internationals, adamant the game's top players are being overworked.

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Penrith Panthers' Ivan Cleary was destined to become a top-class coach

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Michael Carayannis Ivan Cleary hated being called "The Axe". Mainly because it didn't match his unassuming personality.

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Ivan Cleary backs Panthers to make NRL top eight

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Michael Chammas James Segeyaro started the week as the team villain but after Friday night's three-try heroics he quickly turned hero.

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Coaches share same goal, but difference in pressure is vast

Brad Walter The NRL's coaches' call left little doubt as to which of this weekend's preliminary final matches carries the most pressure for those involved.

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Canterbury Bulldogs forward Josh Jackson cleared of chicken-wing tackle

Cleared by match review committee: Canterbury back-rower Josh Jackson.

Michael Carayannis Josh Jackson breathed a sigh of relief with the Canterbury back-rower keeping his 63-consecutive game record intact after being cleared by the NRL match review committee of a chicken-wing tackle.

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Jamal Idris finally on road to happiness with fiancee Amy Rowe

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Danny Weidler Jamal Idris says he is ready to play the biggest club game of his career – now that he has managed to adjust the way he looks at life.

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Newcastle Knights still interested in jailed forward Russell Packer

Uncertain future: jailed forward Russell Packer.

Robert Dillon Incoming Knights coach Rick Stone has revealed the club is interested in offering Russell Packer a chance at NRL redemption once the controversial forward has been released from jail.

NRL semi-final: Manly Sea Eagles v Canterbury Bulldogs

Standing up for the fans: Manly's Kieran Foran.

Ash Gray Live coverage of Saturday night's do-or-die showdown from Allianz Stadium.

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Wests Tigers new board failed its first test, but restructure a smart move

Roy Masters If governance is the special skill set of Wests Tigers’ recently appointed trio of independent directors, they have already failed with the process to appoint their coach.

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Roosters v Panthers

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Ash Gray It's East versus West as the Roosters battle the Panthers in an all-Sydney qualifying final at Allianz Stadium.

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Panthers' Dallin Watene-Zelezniak redeems himself with try-creating flick pass

Upset: The Panthers celebrate during their dramatic win over the Roosters on Saturday.

Michael Chammas Dallin Watene-Zelezniak knew he had to produce something special if he was to make up for the mistake he made that led to what seemed like a match-winning try to Mitchell Pearce on Saturday night.