Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

League

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

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".

League

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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League

Manly bounce back from ambush to maul Cronulla

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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.

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

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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League

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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League

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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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

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

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.

League

Tough to split four giants in final race

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Phil Gould Five rounds to go. Which team do you like to win the NRL competition? Why? Is your heart ruling your head? Or have you drilled down into the science of it all and produced an educated opinion?

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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

Fine game but not quite in top league

Phil Gould What a great event on Friday night. There are so many things to talk about as a result of what we witnessed.

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SET OF SIX

Four sight - Phil Gould's finals predictions

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Phil Gould Phil Gould runs his eye over the season that was and the finals that will be, offering his expert opinion on who will come out on top in week one of the NRL finals.

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SET OF SEVEN

You'd be brave to tip against Storm, but I am

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Phil Gould You would have to be crazy tipping against Melbourne this weekend.

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League

Thirteen for '13: My team of the year

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Phil Gould It's awards time. Here is Gus' Team of the Year for the 2013 NRL season. Talent galore right across the park.

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