Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

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.

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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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Roosters and Manly clash packed with controversial incidents

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Phil Gould There has been plenty of fallout from the Sea Eagles’ 8-0 defeat of the Roosters on Friday night.

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Roosters Mitchell Pearce and James Maloney miss chance to shine with Storm on back foot

Flattering: The scoreboard didn't tell the whole story on Sunday.

Phil Gould The discarded Origin duo did little to enhance their prospects of a recall.

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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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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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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.

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Late gift from courageous Knights gives reason for Roosters to soar

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

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Distracted Roosters forgot about game at hand

Phil Gould Attitude is everything. In sport, we use terms such as ''focus on the process'', ''stay in the moment'', '' don't dwell on the past'', ''don't get your head too far into the future''.

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Canterbury Bulldogs show how to win in finals football

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Phil Gould Why the Bulldogs and Roosters are the favourites for this week's final matches.

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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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The NRL finals: let's see who really is the best of the best

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Phil Gould There is no doubt the Roosters are the form team in the competition as we head into week one of the finals.

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Johnathan Thurston proving he belongs in the company of the game's truly great

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Phil Gould How good was Johnathan Thurston on Saturday night? League fans have been privileged over the past quarter of a century to be able to marvel at the skills of six of the greatest ever Australian rugby...

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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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Scrappy Sea Eagles down on form but remain in pole position

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Phil Gould Maybe the Sea Eagles are just timing their run and don’t want to peak too early.

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Geoff Toovey is right: minor premiership should carry a major reward

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Phil Gould Manly coach Geoff Toovey is 100 per cent correct in his criticism concerning the lack of reward given to teams who win the minor premiership.

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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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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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Predicting the NRL top eight is tough, so buckle up for the run to the finals

Phil Gould With the rounds of matches affected so significantly by Origin now finally behind us, we can at last settle back and enjoy the final third of the season.