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

A five-minute sin bin would stop NRL teams cheating

Brad Walter "Cheat, cheat, cheat". Those instructions from an NRL coach as his players practised defending on their own line should dispel any doubt that teams deliberately concede penalties when the opposition...

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NRL teams told it's all right to push in scrums

Beneficiary: Sam Tomkins picked up the ball and had a free run to the line after the Warriors' scrum took the Eels by surprise.

Brad Walter NRL teams have been given the green light to push in scrums after the Warriors successfully revived the tactic to score a try in last Saturday night's 48-0 romp against Parramatta at Mt Smart Stadium.

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From left field, the secrets that give top teams the edge over rivals

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Brad Walter At half-time in the match against Wests Tigers at Bluetongue Stadium, Manly five-eighth Kieran Foran was shown on the Channel Nine coverage looking closely at a laptop in the Sea Eagles dressing room.

South Sydney Rabbitohs keep quiet about quest to break drought

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 08: Alex Johnston and Greg Inglis of the Rabbitohs celebrate a try by Johnston during the round 22 AFL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Manly Sea Eagles at Sydney Cricket Ground on August 8, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Brad Walter South Sydney players have made a pact not to publicly discuss the team's elimination in the past two preliminary finals, the club's 43-year premiership drought or the possibility of a historic NRL...

Sydney Roosters prop Dylan Napa and Canterbury Bulldogs' David Klemmer loom as Four Nations bolters

Rep bolter?: Sydney Roosters forward Dylan Napa may play himself into a Four Nations spot in the coming weeks.

Brad Walter Rookie Sydney Roosters prop Dylan Napa will have the opportunity to push for a shock Australian call-up when he returns from suspension in Friday night's preliminary final against South Sydney at ANZ...

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.

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Fears grow about new 'kick at referee' tactic deciding NRL grand final

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Brad Walter "It's our ball. The rule is that it's our ball".

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NRL won't back down on mandatory sin bin rule for punching

This tackle by Josh Jackson on Starling was put on report.

Brad Walter NRL officials will not consider any changes to the sinbinning rules after Manly were forced to play a man down for 10 minites following the dismissal of prop Josh Starling for a punch thrown in...

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Trent Hodkinson kicks Bulldogs home despite wounded knee

That's settled it: Trent Hodkinson celebrates kicking the winning field goal for the Bulldogs against the Sea Eagles.

Brad Walter Trent Hodkinson feared the worst after hearing a "pop" in his left knee during Saturday night's finals defeat of Manly.

Johnathan Thurston 'filthy' but not bitter over referee's call

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Brad Walter North Queensland captain Johnathan Thurston admitted he was "filthy", but refused to blame a controversial refereeing call that cost him a try in the final minute for Friday night's 31-30 semi-final...

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Sydney Roosters’ escape sets up a huge clash with arch-rivals

Brad Walter More than 60,000 fans are expected to pack ANZ Stadium next Friday night for the biggest game between arch-rivals Sydney Roosters and South Sydney in 76 years.

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How Sydney Roosters' Mitchell Pearce became the NRL's No.1 halfback

On a roll: Roosters playmaker Mitchell Pearce.

Brad Walter Mitchell Pearce readily admits the nightclub incident that cost the Sydney Roosters star his place in this year NSW Origin team was a catalyst for him becoming the No.

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Johnathan Thurston named RLPA player of the year

Brad Walter North Queensland captain Johnathan Thurston will head into Friday night's elimination final against Sydney Roosters with renewed confidence after being voted by his peers as the best player at club...

North Queensland Cowboys coach Paul Green's inside knowledge a concern for Sydney Roosters

Prior knowledge: Cowboys coach Paul Green was at the Roosters last year when they took out the NRL premiership. The two sides lock horns on Friday.

Brad Walter Sydney Roosters players admit North Queensland coach Paul Green knows exactly how they play from his time with the premiers last season and predict that Friday night's semi-final at Allianz Stadium...

Staging players could cost clubs $10,000 as NRL cracks down

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Brad Walter Players feigning injury in the hope of drawing a penalty after the video referee has studied replays of a tackle are being forced to explain their actions and could cost their clubs a $10,000 fine if...

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Manly Sea Eagles hooker Matt Ballin considering early return to help injury crisis

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Brad Walter Manly hooker Matt Ballin may return two weeks ahead of schedule from a fractured tibia to help the Sea Eagles battle an injury crisis in next Saturday night's sudden death final against the winner of...

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Anthony Watmough and Jayden Hodges in doubt for next final as Manly Sea Eagles count cost of defeat

Trouble and strife: Shane Hayne puts Manly’s Anthony Watmough and Jamie Lyon on report.

Brad Walter Stand-in Manly hooker Jayden Hodges may have played the entire first half of Friday night’s 40-24 finals loss to South Sydney with a serious neck injury.

NRL says please explain after Manly's Jayden Hodges kept playing after injury

All smiles: Jayden Hodges during training on Tuesday.

Brad Walter Manly officials have no concerns about responding to an NRL enquiry about why Jayden Hodges was allowed to play on for 35 minutes after his head contacted Greg Inglis' hip in last Friday night's loss...

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How hard work has turned Canterbury Bulldogs forward Josh Jackson into an integral part of NSW's Origin future

Making up for lost time: Josh Jackson has made a rapid rise through the ranks since joining the Bulldogs.

Brad Walter Before joining Canterbury in 2010, Josh Jackson had never been selected in any representative team of note, but the 23-year-old second-rower is now considered an integral part of NSW coach Laurie...

Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter unsure of future

Wests Tigers training. Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter. Training at Concord Oval, Sydney.  Photo: Peter Rae Friday 8 August 2014.

Brad Walter Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter could be back training the team on Monday without knowing whether he has a job for next season.

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