Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

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.

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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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 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...

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

Ivan Cleary

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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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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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.

Wayne Bennett says Jamie Soward's form no surprise

Still breathing fire: Jamie Soward celebrates with Josh Mansour during Saturday's qualifying final win over the Roosters.

Michael Chammas After winning a grand final together, veteran coach Wayne Bennett knows what his former charge Jamie Soward can do.

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Panthers v Warriors

Michael Chammas Penrith Panthers v NZ Warriors at Sportingbet Stadium, Sunday 6.30pm

Roosters halves most dangerous in NRL finals, says Penrith's Jamie Soward

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Michael Chammas Penrith skipper Jamie Soward has labelled Roosters duo Mitchell Pearce and James Maloney the form halves pairing of the competition ahead of Saturday night's showdown against the reigning champions.

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James Segeyaro is raking in the credits as Penrith's first-choice hooker

James Segeyaro

Michael Chammas The Panthers had just won their third game on the trot with James Segeyaro as their starting hooker when the club announced the signing of South Sydney's Apisai Koroisau for next season.

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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 hooker James Segeyaro may miss only one match with ankle injury

James Segeyaro of the Panthers.

Michael Chammas The Panthers are hopeful hooker James Segeyaro will only miss one week after suffering an ankle injury in Monday night's one-point win over his former club North Queensland.

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Penrith Panthers score thrilling win over North Queensland Cowboys with Jamie Soward starring

Starring role: Jamie Soward was the most valuable player for Penrith in their win over North Queensland.

Michael Chammas The Panthers might have went after Johnathan Thurston as their priority recruit, but on Monday night Jamie Soward proved that he was more than just a second prize, leading the Panthers to a...

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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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NRL team of the year: Some favourites, some surprises

Shoe in: Parramatta fullback Jarryd Hayne.

Michael Chammas With the NRL’s home and away season coming to a conclusion, the time for awards is looming. Michael Chammas spoke with some former greats of the game and members of Fairfax Media’s league...

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Penrith Panthers rookies echo club’s trio of greats

Young guns: Matt Moylan, Isaah Yeo and Bryce Cartwright are bringing back memories of 2003.

Michael Chammas Is history repeating itself at the foot of the mountains?