Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

League

Fans give Raiders power to please

Phil Gould Never underestimate the value of a home-town crowd.

Set of Six

Phil Gould's Set of Six: North Queensland Cowboys off to another slow start

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Phil Gould After a fast finish to their 2013 season and an unlucky exit from the finals, the Cowboys were handed a very favourable draw for the start of the 2014 competition.

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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

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

What were the Booze Bros. thinking?

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Phil Gould It defies belief doesn't it? It's a real struggle for me to understand how, after everything they have experienced, these two boys decided it was a good idea to go out drinking together in public on...

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Last man standing

Rabbits and Roosters justify the hype

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 23: The Rabbitohs celebrate a try by John Sutton during the round 15 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium on June 23, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Phil Gould The State of Origin period will be over in 10 days time. The run to the finals for the 16 NRL clubs will then begin.

SET OF SIX

Fool’s gold: It’s time we settled for draws

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Phil Gould I've now changed my view on the issue of golden point. I was a supporter in the beginning. I believed it added excitement to the game-day entertainment.

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SET OF SIX

One-stop shop is a sign of the times

Phil Gould If there is one positive to come out of the whole ASADA debacle, then it is the establishment of the NRL integrity unit.

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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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SET OF SIX

Brawn beats brains as Manly’s hopes go south

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Phil Gould There is so much to write about when looking to analyse how this preliminary final might play out on Friday night.

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League

Earl kept his dark secret from club

Phil Gould Hands up all those who feel sorry for Sandor Earl? My, there are a lot of you. OK, hands down and take a seat. I have a story to tell.

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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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Set of Six

How to turn a free kick into an own goal

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Phil Gould The outstanding form of NSW Waratah Israel Folau should be an embarrassment to NRL decision makers.

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League

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

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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League

Stuart ... to Daley - Blues in safe hands again

Phil Gould Ricky Stuart, NSW Origin coach for the past two years, has now passed the responsibility of leading the Blues onto his former teammate Laurie Daley. Actually, they were more than just teammates.

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League

Right on Ricky: decks needed clearing

Phil Gould There are two ways to run a professional football club.

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No defence for Cronulla display, but Cowboys will be spurred on

Phil Gould The quality of yesterday's clash between Cronulla and the North Queensland Cowboys never rose to any great heights.

Matter of degree: Sea Eagles compensate for lapses but Bunnies' Jekyll-Hyde routine could end in heartache

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Phil Gould The two better teams won the elimination semi-finals. However, the devil is usually in the detail, so let's dig a little deeper.

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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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