Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

Players make up for circus of hangers-on

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

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Rabbitohs show their premiership hand with Knights demolition

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Phil Gould South Sydney Rabbitohs 50 Newcastle Knights 10. I was not expecting that kind of a scoreline.

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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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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.

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Eels play their hearts out but Knights turn season around

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

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Knights ride tide of emotion on a day when football came second to community

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Phil Gould It was always going to be a tough afternoon for all concerned at Newcastle on Sunday. I will leave it for others to describe the events and the emotions of the day.

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

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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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Late gift from courageous Knights gives reason for Roosters to soar

Phil Gould The Knights weren't that far away from beating the Roosters on Sunday.

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Knights must run the gauntlet to play finals

Phil Gould A loss to the Broncos would leave the Knights needing to win three or maybe even four of their last five games.

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Storm show Knights how to win against run of play

Phil Gould Before big games, I would often challenge my players with the question: ''Can we win without the ball?''

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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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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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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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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.

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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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