Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

League

Sharks-Knights rollercoaster speaks volumes about players' soft mindsets

Phil Gould I am at a loss to know what makes rugby league players tick. What motivates them? What de-motivates them? Why they can be terrible one day and then brilliant the next.

League

Knights' armour shines, but it was against Parra

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Phil Gould Sunday's victory by Newcastle over Parramatta showed yet again the value of great leadership and experience in a football club.

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League

Newcastle united: Knights simply too good by coming together and staying committed

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Phil Gould Newcastle were simply too good for Canterbury in Sunday afternoon's elimination semi-final at ANZ Stadium. There is no other way to describe it.

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SET OF SEVEN

You'd be brave to tip against Storm, but I am

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Phil Gould You would have to be crazy tipping against Melbourne this weekend.

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SET OF SIX

Brawn beats brains as Manly’s hopes go south

Phil Gould There is so much to write about when looking to analyse how this preliminary final might play out on Friday night.

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League

A sad day for all but two sets of fans

Phil Gould It's the last weekend of the 2013 season. Just two teams remain: the Roosters and the Sea Eagles. That leaves 14 other NRL teams and their fans.

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Manly show their best is frighteningly good

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Phil Gould A sunny, August Sunday afternoon at their Brookvale home base, hosting the in-form Knights, provided the perfect platform for Manly to make a statement about their 2012 intentions.

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Solid foundation: Rabbitohs and Roosters to party like it's 1908

Phil Gould Does your team have a realistic shot at the title in 2013? I like the Rabbits and Roosters.

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League

Dugan owes his fans respect, and Mr Bennett's been busy

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Phil Gould The six salient points Phil Gould noticed from the first week of the 2013 NRL competition.

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League

Game's evolution about to take another leap forward

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Phil Gould I get the feeling we could be on the verge of another shift in the style of rugby league being played by a number of teams in the NRL competition.

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League

Bennett touch still obvious in clash of past and present

Phil Gould I remember a few seasons ago watching a match between the Wayne Bennett-coached Dragons and the team formerly coached by Bennett, the Brisbane Broncos.

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League

No reinventing the wheel; Knights just rolled with what they do best

Phil Gould In their previous two matches, Newcastle were awful in their second-half performances. They virtually took no part in proceedings following the half-time break in either game, succumbing meekly to...

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Last man standing

Rabbits and Roosters justify the hype

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 23: The Rabbitohs celebrate a try by John Sutton during the round 15 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium on June 23, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Phil Gould The State of Origin period will be over in 10 days time. The run to the finals for the 16 NRL clubs will then begin.