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.

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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

Storm show Knights how to win against run of play

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

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League

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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From where I sit, South Sydney look ready to end their 43-year premiership drought

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Phil Gould The last time South Sydney won a premiership most people still had black-and-white television sets. That's if they actually owned a TV – 1971 was such a long time ago.

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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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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

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

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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League

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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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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League

Fans give Raiders power to please

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

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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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League

Rugby league is changing and we are powerless to stop it

Phil Gould This is a column about nothing. I am not trying to make a point.

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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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