Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

League

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

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

League

Storm show Knights how to win against run of play

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Phil Gould Before big games, I would often challenge my players with the question: ''Can we win without the ball?''

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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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Clinical Storm blow brave Bulldogs away

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Phil Gould 'Premierships are won on defence. That's what's we build our game on. Defence, mate. Defence!"

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League

Blueprints are the same, but Storm still do it better

Phil Gould I thoroughly enjoyed the first games of rugby league for the new season.

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League

Emphatic Dogs put Storm in their place

Phil Gould Canterbury's 39-0 thrashing of Melbourne at ANZ Stadium on Sunday raised a number of interesting discussion points. I'll come to those shortly.

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League

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

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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.

League

State of Origin: Why the Blues need to win game three

Phil Gould 1. Never get tired of winning, Blues

League

NRL desperately needs a summit to sort out junior development

Phil Gould Player development is a hot topic in rugby league at the moment. The recent situations involving young players like James Tedesco and Anthony Milford, where one club spends time and money developing...

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League

Parramatta Eels put horror season behind them

Phil Gould Congratulations to the Parramatta Eels and coach Brad Arthur. Their victory on Monday night was their fifth this season.

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League

Leaders show their form as NRL season picks up pace

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Phil Gould We are now halfway through round of the NRL premiership race and the State of Origin period looms large.

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League

NSW Blues need a long-term plan to stop Queensland's State of Origin dominance

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Phil Gould I don't think I can ever remember a period of such intense speculation and comment leading into the selection of a NSW Origin team.

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League

Stand-alone Origins the way ahead

Phil Gould The players involved in last Wednesday's State Of Origin, who have been vocal in their support for stand-alone Origin weekends, deserve deep consideration of their opinions.

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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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Set of Six: Play to the whistle, boys!

Phil Gould Two weeks in a row now we have witnessed controversial moments in two separate matches with issues relating to half-time and full-time sirens.

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League

Fans give Raiders power to please

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

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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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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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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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'The professional game of rugby league is to blame. The evolution of the tackle process is to blame.'

Phil Gould Like the vast majority of you reading this column, I have never met Alex McKinnon or Jordan McLean.

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