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

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

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...

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St George Illawarra favourites to sign North Queensland Cowboys forward Tariq Sims

Hankering for home: Cowboys forward Tariq Sims.

Brad Walter St George Illawarra are early favourites to lure North Queensland forward Tariq Sims home after the NSW Origin prospect told Cowboys officials he was considering asking for a release.

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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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North Queensland Cowboys' defence key to Auckland Nines win over Brisbane Broncos

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Brad Walter When Johnathan Thurston was rested from North Queensland's squad for the Auckland Nines, bookmakers posted the Cowboys' odds at 25-1 but they - like just about everyone else - had little...

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Referee error beats Cowboys

Collared: North Queensland's Jason Taumalolo is tackled by Cronulla Sharks players at Allianz Stadium on Saturday.

Brad Walter Refereeing errors again help end Cowboys' season, with Sharks getting seventh-tackle try.

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Cowboys' victim mentality is the real hurdle in premiership chase

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Brad Walter Matt Cecchin and Henry Perenara refereed the second half of Saturday's elimination final aware of the storm that was about to erupt after the seventh tackle try awarded to Cronulla winger Beau Ryan,...

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Cowboys play the percentages with salary cap

Johnathan Thurston

Brad Walter Kangaroos stars Johnathan Thurston, Matt Scott and James Tamou are to be offered a percentage of North Queensland's salary cap in their next contracts due to the uncertainty about how high it will be.

ASADA: Cowboys are not cleared

Bad sport

Brad Walter AUSTRALIAN Sport Anti-Doping Authority officials have rejected claims by Cowboys chief executive Peter Jourdain that the club or any North Queensland player involved in the investigation into...

League

Lui's cousin sent out bet tweet: Cowboys

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Brad Walter and Glenn Jackson Robert Lui’s cousin has been revealed as the man responsible for tweeting about betting on the North Queensland match from the halfback’s Twitter account on Saturday night.

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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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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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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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...

Brett Stewart under injury cloud for Manly's play-offs opener against Souths

Race against the clock: Manly's Brett Stewart.

Brad Walter Brett Stewart is in doubt for Manly's opening finals clash against South Sydney at Allianz Stadium.

Penrith secure fourth: Brisbane make finals, Warriors bow out

Panthers

Brad Walter Brisbane players and officials cheered Penrith to victory over the Warriors on Sunday night but the result is bad news for Manly fullback Brett Stewart in his race to be fit for the Sea Eagles...

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ASADA pain could end soon for Cronulla Sharks

Season to forget: Dejected Sharks players after conceding another try against Melbourne on Saturday.

Brad Walter After 18 months of anguish and uncertainty, the worst could finally be over for Cronulla officials, players and supporters.

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Cronulla Sharks players accept doping bans

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Brad Walter Cronulla captain Paul Gallen is one of 10 current NRL players to accept an ASADA deal which would result in a 12-month ban, back-dated to November 2013 for their involvement in the supplements...

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Who 'duped' Cronulla Sharks players and how did they do it?

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Brad Walter NRL chief executive Dave Smith and his ASADA counterpart, Ben McDevitt, say past and present Cronulla players were "duped" into taking performance-enhancing drugs while at the club in 2011.

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