Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

Canterbury Bulldogs show how to win in finals football

Phil Gould Why the Bulldogs and Roosters are the favourites for this week's final matches.

Gold Coast Titans take out Canterbury Bulldogs in heart-warming display of courage

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Phil Gould Where no game existed, suddenly a golden-point thriller emerged. The match between the Gold Coast and Canterbury yesterday afternoon started out as one of those round-26 matches where little hinged...

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Wests Tigers underline beauty of the underdog to beat Canterbury Bulldogs at their own game

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Phil Gould It's the beauty of sport. The big man up against the little man. The favorite versus the underdog. We've seen these scenarios so many times before.

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Forward domination key to Bulldogs' special brand of success

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Phil Gould It might not be the perfect formula. It certainly isn't the prettiest method of play. However the Canterbury Bulldogs have a style they can certainly call their own at the moment - and it's working a...

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Clinical Storm blow brave Bulldogs away

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Phil Gould 'Premierships are won on defence. That's what's we build our game on. Defence, mate. Defence!"

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The better team lost, but Bulldogs will take points and thank their lucky stars

Phil Gould An extraordinary result at Gosford on Sunday afternoon. The final score shows success to the Bulldogs 24-8 over the Sharks.

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NRL player draft deserves another look

Phil Gould There has been much talk in recent times regarding the possibility of a player draft being introduced to the NRL competition.

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The NRL finals: let's see who really is the best of the best

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Phil Gould There is no doubt the Roosters are the form team in the competition as we head into week one of the finals.

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Johnathan Thurston proving he belongs in the company of the game's truly great

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Phil Gould How good was Johnathan Thurston on Saturday night? League fans have been privileged over the past quarter of a century to be able to marvel at the skills of six of the greatest ever Australian rugby...

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From where I sit, South Sydney look ready to end their 43-year premiership drought

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Phil Gould The last time South Sydney won a premiership most people still had black-and-white television sets. That's if they actually owned a TV – 1971 was such a long time ago.

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Anthony Minichiello will be remembered as one of Roosters' great servants

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Phil Gould The announcement on Monday that 2014 will be Anthony Minichiello’s final season in the NRL should give the Roosters further incentive to win back-to-back titles and send out their popular...

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Penrith Panthers captain Peter Wallace takes up where Chris Mortimer left off

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Phil Gould Panthers captain Peter Wallace gave his club one of those ‘‘Chris Mortimer’’ moments with his courageous performance in Bathurst last weekend.

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Players make up for circus of hangers-on

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Phil Gould Thank God for the players! If not for them, rugby league would be an absolute circus.

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Forwards in backs a step in wrong direction

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Phil Gould I don’t think I’ve ever seen as many matches as I have seen this year in which coaches have selected players out of position to fill holes caused by injuries and suspensions.

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State of Origin: Why the Blues need to win game three

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Phil Gould 1. Never get tired of winning, Blues

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Predicting the NRL top eight is tough, so buckle up for the run to the finals

Phil Gould With the rounds of matches affected so significantly by Origin now finally behind us, we can at last settle back and enjoy the final third of the season.

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NRL's copycat coaches losing sight of the big picture

Phil Gould One of the more common inquiries I receive each week from fans is to explain why all teams play their attacking football the same way.

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Origin One exposes dearth of quality Australian props

Phil Gould The bottom line is that many of our best NRL props are Englishmen or Kiwis.

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James Tedesco affair highlights many youth development issues facing NRL

Phil Gould The James Tedesco affair has highlighted a number of problems in our game.

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First-up success can last but there’s a long way to go

Phil Gould First impressions can be misleading. They can also lead to lasting impressions that in time prove to be surprisingly accurate.

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