Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

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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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

Emphatic Dogs put Storm in their place

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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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Clinical Storm blow brave Bulldogs away

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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Set of Six

Set of Six: Play to the whistle, boys!

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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

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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'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

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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League

Dragons let a few through but have cause to be confident

Phil Gould Were St George Illawarra too good? Or were the understrength Wests Tigers very poor? Let's lean towards the positive here. I think the Dragons have definitely improved from last season.

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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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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

Fool’s gold: It’s time we settled for draws

Phil Gould I've now changed my view on the issue of golden point. I was a supporter in the beginning. I believed it added excitement to the game-day entertainment.

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SET OF SIX

Touch of skill shown to form partnership

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Phil Gould The NRL and Touch Football Australia launched a historic sporting partnership last week representing the biggest boost to participation and game development in the history of either sport.

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Set of Six

Cap success steeped in subterfuge

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Phil Gould I'm sorry, but I cringe every time I see an NRL press release that churns out the tired old line about the salary cap being a major contributor to the success of the game and how the salary cap gives...

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Set of Six

Easy, Tigers: Brooks needs time to learn

Phil Gould Some of the hysteria in the media as a result of Luke Brooks' debut performance is just ridiculous.

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League

Clash of old rivals deserves full house

Phil Gould Next Friday night's match between the Roosters and Rabbitohs represents the most anticipated clash of the season.

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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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