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

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Robbie Farah says he doesn't believe Cameron Smith is a better player

Brad Walter Robbie Farah refuses to admit his Queensland counterpart Cameron Smith is a better player, but the NSW vice-captain believes he will be unable to stake a genuine claim to be the first-choice...

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Luke Brooks says Wests Tigers can cover for injury to Robbie Farah

Strength in depth: the Tigers believe they have the roster to compete at the top this year.

Brad Walter Boom Wests Tigers halfback Luke Brooks believes the club has the depth to cover for the loss of skipper Robbie Farah after he was taken to Campbelltown Hospital with a dislocated elbow.

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Robbie Farah injured as Wests Tigers defeat Cowboys

Captain's knock: Robbie Farah crosses for a try in the Tigers win over the Cowboys.

Brad Walter Skipper Robbie Farah dislocated his elbow as Wests Tigers continued their impressive start to the season with a 16-4 win over North Queensland in what may have been one of the joint-venture club's...

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Robbie Farah facing three-match ban

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Brad Walter Wests Tigers woes have deepened with captain Robbie Farah facing a three-match ban after being charged with a dangerous throw on St George Illawarra's Ben Hornby last Friday night.

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Braith Anasta's future hangs in the balance

Tough times: Braith Anasta is attended to by a Tigers trainer on Sunday

Brad Walter Former Test five-eighth Braith Anasta will visit a surgeon on Wednesday to discuss whether he can play on with a torn biceps or undergo what would effectively be career-ending surgery.

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NSW forward Ryan Hoffman stayed true Blue even though Dad was a Queenslander

Feeling the strain: Ryan Hoffman feels the relief of a series win after game two in Sydney.

Brad Walter NSW back-rower Ryan Hoffman has revealed that he was once approached to play for Queensland but did not feel comfortable about pulling on the Maroons jersey worn by his father Jay.

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Trent Hodkinson's terrific try up there with John Aloisi's goal at the field of dreams

Trent Hodkinson celebrates the only try of the second State of Origin match.

Brad Walter It’s over. NSW’s 6-4 victory in Origin II was far from pretty but Trent Hodkinson’s winning try is set to be remembered alongside John Aloisi’s goal against Uruguay as the greatest post-Olympic...

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Trent Merrin clinches State of Origin spot after heroics against Sharks

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Brad Walter A remarkable 47-minute stint in which Trent Merrin ran the ball 264 metres against Cronulla on Saturday night has earned the St George Illawarra forward the chance to be a part of history by...

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NRL representative break should be during the State of Origin series

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Brad Walter The absence of 35 World Cup players from the Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Samoa teams named to play this weekend should convince officials to consider whether the representative break would be...

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Winning Starts Monday

James Maloney could suffer if Mitchell Pearce is banned from State of Origin

Brad Walter If the allegations against Mitchell Pearce are proved and he is rubbed out of the opening State of Origin match, NSW is likely to have a new five-eighth as well as halfback when the team is announced...

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Boyd Cordner's form may save Mitchell Pearce from State of Origin axe

Rare Boyd: Back-rower Cordner has been in top form for the Roosters.

Brad Walter Boyd Cordner's sensational form for the Sydney Roosters this season and the loss of Test forwards Greg Bird and Andrew Fifita may save besieged NSW halfback Mitchell Pearce from the sack for Origin I.

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The Daley-Hadley feud shows in-form Blues won't be bullied

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Brad Walter Blues coach Laurie Daley is set to adopt a backs-against-the-wall approach to Origin I but even without injured or suspended stars Boyd Cordner, Greg Bird and Andrew Fifita, NSW will go into next...

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Sonny Bill Williams nearing his best, says Trent Robinson

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Brad Walter Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson declared Sonny Bill Williams was getting close to his dominant best after spearheading the premiers to a 30-6 defeat of Wests Tigers at Allianz Stadium on Friday...

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The Canberra Raiders question: What's wrong with the Green Machine?

Troubled times: Ricky Stuart.

Brad Walter When Wests Tigers were initially negotiating to keep James Tedesco, the Raiders weren't the only club they were competing with but once he agreed to terms with the Raiders it effectively became a...

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State of Origin II: Skipper Paul Gallen to move up front for NSW Blues

On the move: Gallen breaks the line in Origin I.

Brad Walter NSW captain Paul Gallen is set to move up front in Origin II after Blues coach Laurie Daley decided to opt for Josh Dugan at right-centre rather than shift back-rower Beau Scott wider in defence.

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Sam Burgess and James Graham are the best of mates and the fiercest of rivals

Hard man: Sam Burgess is the centre of the Dragons attention at the SCG.

Brad Walter With Sam Burgess having been granted a release from South Sydney at the end of the season to play rugby union, last year's World Cup semi-final at Wembley was almost certainly the last time he and...

Cronulla Sharks sweat on Todd Carney injury for first round of NRL

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Brad Walter, Michael Chammas Cronulla playmaker Todd Carney is in doubt for the opening match of the season after the Sharks' all-out bid to win the $380,000 prizemoney on offer to the victors of the NRL Nines in Auckland...

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Gareth Widdop stars as Dragons outlast Tigers

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Brad Walter England five-eighth Gareth Widdop demonstrated why St George Illawarra had paid big money to sign him by spearheading the Dragons to a 44-24 defeat of Wests Tigers in his first appearance for the...

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Wests Tigers upset Souths in Bunnies boilover

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Brad Walter Tim Simona scored two tries in his NRL return for Wests Tigers but it was a tackle he made on Greg Inglis that had the biggest impact on Friday night's match at ANZ Stadium after the South Sydney...

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Wests Tigers players accuse South Sydney of getting 'nasty'

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Brad Walter Wests Tigers players believe they have earned respect from rival teams after refusing to be bullied by an aggressive South Sydney team they accused of resorting to "nasty" tactics because they were...

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