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Brad Walter is Chief Rugby League Writer for The Sydney Morning Herald

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.

St George Illawarra Dragons run out of puff as pressure gets too much

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Brad Walter Pressure makes people act differently and on Sunday the Dragons went away from the the way they had been playing under Paul McGregor's coaching reign as they all but slipped out of top eight...

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Josh Reynolds' meltdown a case for NRL to consider yellow- and red-card system

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Brad Walter The brain explosion that led to Canterbury five-eighth Josh Reynolds facing a third judiciary appearance in six matches was the worst since the one that ended Travis Burns' NRL career two years ago...

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League

Sam Burgess feared his NRL career with South Sydney was over

No serious damage: Sam Burgess falls awkwardly on his right shoulder during Souths’ win over the Raiders on Monday.

Brad Walter Rugby union-bound South Sydney superstar Sam Burgess admits he thought his NRL career may have been over when he was forced from GIO Stadium on Monday night due to a shoulder injury.

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Where will supercoach Wayne Bennett end up next?

Swamped: Wayne Bennett faces the media on Thursday.

Brad Walter Potential destinations for Wayne Bennett.

Winning Starts Monday

Cutting players down to size pays dividends for Blues and clubs

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Brad Walter Todd Carney's sacking from Cronulla is the latest indication that player power is on the wane, with NSW, Penrith and the Sharks all benefiting from a tough stance on ill discipline by big-name stars.

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Eels' coaches caught in a vicious cycle of the board's creation

Brad Walter Jason Taylor may have dodged a bullet when he missed out on the Eels coaching job. The creation of a general manager of football role being as much an acknowledgement that coaches aren't guaranteed...

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Ambitious Barrett eager for top job at NRL club, says manager

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Brad Walter, David Long NSW assistant coach Trent Barrett is keen to take charge of an NRL team when an opportunity arises.

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State of Origin

Time is right for Maloney to make mark: Florimo

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Brad Walter More than five years after recommending James Maloney to then Warriors coach Ivan Cleary, former NSW five-eighth Greg Florimo believes the Bears junior is ready to help the Blues to victory in the...

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Cap system to come under scrutiny after rookie's benching

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Brad Walter The second-tier salary cap system that has interrupted the NRL career of promising Penrith rookie Matt Moylan will be officially reviewed this week and the changes may lead to him being able to line...

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Penrith stumble with the finals in sight

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Brad Walter Penrith coach Ivan Cleary has conceded his team's finals chances have taken a significant hit after crashing 38-10 to Cronulla on Sunday at Remondis Stadium.

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Burns spray could back case for intent

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Brad Walter PENRITH'S Travis Burns was involved in a long and heated verbal exchange with Martin Kennedy just moments before the tackle on the Sydney Roosters prop that has him facing the longest suspension in...

Parra could get pick of Origin bunch

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Brad Walter NSWRL directors still consider Ricky Stuart the best candidate to coach the Blues next season and by allowing him to do the job Parramatta will improve their chances of recruiting the Origin halves...

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NSW may change policy on Blues coach

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Brad Walter NSW is set to appoint a non-NRL coach next season, with Canterbury's Des Hasler yesterday ruling himself out and Parramatta officials not expecting Ricky Stuart to change his mind.

Challenge system before rules panel

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Brad Walter AN NFL-style ''challenge system'' enabling coaches or captains to contest refereeing decisions is set to be trialled after a meeting of the game's Rules Advisory Committee today.

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On-field challenges to trial in under-20s

Brad Walter Captains will be allowed unlimited challenges to refereeing decisions under an NFL-style system to be trialled before the end of the season - as long as those challenges are proved correct.

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Toyota Cup trial spell for captain's challenge

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Brad Walter CAPTAINS will be allowed unlimited challenges to refereeing decisions under an NFL-style system to be trialled before the end of the season – as long as those challenges are proved correct.

Next year can't come too soon for also-rans

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Brad Walter After farewelling Nathan Hindmarsh and Luke Burt on Sunday night, Parramatta players will have this week off and then return to training for the rest of the month under new coach Ricky Stuart.

Winning Starts Monday

Why your team missed the finals - and how they can make them in 2013

Brad Walter After farewelling Nathan Hindmarsh and Luke Burt on Sunday night, Parramatta players will have this week off and then return to training for the rest of the month under new coach Ricky Stuart.

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Player power shouldn't make coaching a popularity contest

Brad Walter As the Raiders prepare for Saturday night's clash with South Sydney, Canberra officials should be grateful fate intervened to prevent them from listening to disgruntled players and sacking coach...