Roosters

Sydney Roosters star James Maloney hoping to take South Sydney Rabbitohs to ''dark places'' in preliminary final

Michael Carayannis Roosters five-eighth James Maloney has instigated the mind games against South Sydney by urging his side to take the Rabbitohs to "dark places" in the hope that their old foes can start to doubt...

Jared Waerea-Hargreaves tells of Roosters' great escape

Michael Carayannis Near dead silence gripped the Roosters behind their try line when the Cowboys charged back to draw level, according to Roosters prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.

Roosters defeat North Queensland Cowboys without the ball

Phil Gould What an extraordinary game we witnessed on Friday night between the Roosters and the Cowboys – so many talking points.

Sydney Roosters advance as controversial calls halt stunning North Queensland Cowboys comeback

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 19:  Jared Waerea-Hargreaves of the Roosters celebrates victory during the 1st NRL Semi Final match between the Sydney Roosters and the North Queensland Cowboys at Allianz Stadium on September 19, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Michael Chammas For the third consecutive year, the North Queensland Cowboys have been bundled out of the finals in scenes of disbelief after a controversial refereeing decision denied them of the match-winning try.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs and Sydney Roosters set to clash a week early

Focused on the task ahead: Sonny Bill Williams in action on Friday night.

Michael Chammas It's the preliminary final of grand final proportions that will once again divide two of rugby league's oldest enemies.

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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 semi-final: Sydney Roosters v North Queensland Cowboys

Flying Rooster: Sonny Bill Williams attacks the line.

Andrew Sonter Live coverage of Friday night's do-or-die showdown from Allianz Stadium.

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Five things we learnt: Roosters v Cowboys

Too pumped?: Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.

Michael Carayannis In four of the opening finals games, teams have rushed to big leads only for the opposition to claw their way back.

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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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Mal Meninga warns North Queensland Cowboys to keep emotions in check against Roosters

Mal Meninga.

Phil Lutton Brent Tate says the Cowboys will take an 'us versus them' mentality into their elimination final against the Roosters but Maroons coach Mal Meninga has warned North Queensland not to let a week of...

Sonny Bill Williams is frustrated at his Sydney Roosters teammates, so watch out Cowboys

Sonny

Andrew Webster It’s time for Sonny Bill Williams to fire up. So to speak.

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Sydney Roosters hooker Jake Friend champing at bit to play NRL semi-final

Tough cookie: Jake Friend.

Chris Barrett If it were up to Jake Friend he would not be making his comeback from a life-threatening lung condition against the Cowboys on Fright night. He would have played last week.

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Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson blasts 'disrespectful' north Queenslanders

We're ready for them: Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson.

Michael Chammas Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has launched a withering attack on North Queensland's attempts to create a siege mentality before Friday's NRL semi-final clash with the premiers at Allianz...

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Sydney Roosters desperate to avoid NRL ignominy

Knock out: Sonny Bill Williams and the Roosters are hoping they won't repeat the Dragons' 2009 feat.

James MacSmith Only once in the NRL era has a minor premier been dumped out of the finals in successive losses – an ignominy the Sydney Roosters are desperate to avoid.

Sydney Roosters fans' hate just makes Panthers' Jamie Soward stronger

Jamie Soward remonstrates with trainer Alan Mair.

Michael Chammas Penrith trainer Alan Mair was fulfilling a pact he had made with Jamie Soward when he ran out on to Allianz Stadium to high five the Panthers playmaker after his match-winning field goal on Saturday...

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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...

Which is the greatest rugby league premiership-winning team of the past 35 years?

Daniel Lane Yes, we know how hard it is to compare teams and players from different eras, but that doesn’t stop lots of fans from doing so.

NRL backs video refs in crucial Cowboys call

No excuses: Johnathan Thurston.

Adrian Proszenko The NRL has backed the decision to deny North Queensland the match-winning try in Friday night’s thriller at Allianz Stadium.

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Horse Racing

Ups and downs of NRL final extended to the betting exchanges

Matt Jones While most fans gave the Cowboys no hope of a comeback when down 30-0 to the Roosters on Friday night, the Betfair punters put a number on their chances of winning – 0.5 per cent.

Matt Moylan helping guide Penrith Panthers on their wild NRL season ride

Daniel Lane Matt Moylan, the Penrith hot shot who seems to play with ice water in his veins, pinpointed a match he played in the bush earlier this season as the moment when it dawned on him that he truly...