Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

Scrappy Sea Eagles down on form but remain in pole position

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

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Ambush of Manly Sea Eagles means Wests Tigers won't be taken lightly again

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Phil Gould As the Wests Tigers were running roughshod over the Manly Sea Eagles and leading 26-0 just before the half time break, many were describing what they were witnessing as a good old fashioned "Ambush".

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Few ruffled feathers: self-confidence the wind beneath Sea Eagles' wings

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Phil Gould Well, it was entertaining. If you like plenty of ball movement and watching lots of tries being scored, then Sunday footy at Brookvale Oval was the match for you.

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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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Sea Eagles opt for rest over feast of easy points

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Phil Gould Manly gave us a taste of the good, the bad and the ugly in their win over Parramatta yesterday.

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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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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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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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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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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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NRL's copycat coaches losing sight of the big picture

Phil Gould One of the more common inquiries I receive each week from fans is to explain why all teams play their attacking football the same way.

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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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Phil Gould's Set of Six: Best wishes to young Newcastle forward Alex McKinnnon

Phil Gould The terrible injury to Knights forward Alex McKinnon represents one of those heart-stopping moments in sport every person fears.

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Roosters and Manly clash packed with controversial incidents

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

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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Set of Six

Topsy-turvy NRL gives fans of all teams reason for optimism

Phil Gould Much has been written about the upsets we’ve seen through the first five rounds of this NRL season.

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League

Manly bounce back from ambush to maul Cronulla

Phil Gould The Sea Eagles versus Cronulla clash at Brookvale Oval can be summed up pretty briefly. The Manly boys were great in the first half and led 20-0 at the break.

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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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