Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

League

Eels play their hearts out but Knights turn season around

Phil Gould This was a good, solid, gritty, tough game of football. It wasn’t a match big on brilliant strategy or surprising tactics.

League

Parramatta Eels put horror season behind them

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Phil Gould Congratulations to the Parramatta Eels and coach Brad Arthur. Their victory on Monday night was their fifth this season.

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League

Eels can't afford yet another quick fix

Phil Gould The plight of the Parramatta Eels and the acrimonious departure during the week of their coach, Ricky Stuart, are the talk of the rugby league world.

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NRL player draft deserves another look

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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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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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I warned you, and now a ball boy has copped it for no good reason

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Phil Gould In my column earlier this season, I wrote: ‘‘Two rules that were introduced to the NRL this season need to be altered as soon as possible.

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League

Knights to remember: How Newcastle recorded a win for the ages

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Phil Gould Well, one thing we learned on Friday night is that there is definitely no “give-up” in the Newcastle Knights.

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League

Anthony Griffin's response to his sacking by Brisbane has class stamped all over it

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Phil Gould The way Anthony Griffin has dealt with his sacking by the Broncos stamped this man as all class.

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League

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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League

Manly shine through, just as Parramatta expected

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Phil Gould It wasn't the greatest spectacle of rugby league. But it was certainly an exciting afternoon's entertainment.

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Set of Six

Phil Gould's Set of Six: Lifting tackles are not all equal

Phil Gould Taking out a game-wide edict on any tackle that even remotely looks like a lift shows little understanding of what can actually happen in a tackle.

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League

Leaders show their form as NRL season picks up pace

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Phil Gould We are now halfway through round of the NRL premiership race and the State of Origin period looms large.

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League

Stand-alone Origins the way ahead

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Phil Gould The players involved in last Wednesday's State Of Origin, who have been vocal in their support for stand-alone Origin weekends, deserve deep consideration of their opinions.

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League

Roosters on the cusp of greatness

Phil Gould It could well be the first time since 1993 that the defending champions go back-to-back and win consecutive premierships.

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Set of Six

Grades of grey: puzzle of the shoulder charge

Phil Gould If the NRL's match review committee believes Sonny Bill Williams' shoulder made illegal contact with George Burgess' head in the final minute of last Thursday's match between South Sydney and Sydney...

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Set of Six

Phil Gould: Grand finalists back on track

Phil Gould After disappointing displays last week, last year's grand finalists bounced back in impressive fashion. Manly had a gutsy win against Souths, while the Roosters were all class against the Eels.

League

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

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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

Blueprints are the same, but Storm still do it better

Phil Gould I thoroughly enjoyed the first games of rugby league for the new season.

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