Roy Masters

Roy Masters

Roy Masters is a Rugby League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

League

Melbourne right to weather the storm over Jordan McLean penalty

Roy Masters The Storm’s principal motive in not challenging the seven-week suspension of Jordan McLean was to spare its player, the injured Alex McKinnon and the code further trauma - but the Melbourne club also...

Storm must pick big pack to counter Manly brawn

x

Roy Masters Two months ago, none of the other semi-final-bound teams wanted to meet the Bulldogs in the grand final.

Comments 4

Roy Masters

Short-term goals win out for Bellamy, Storm

Roy Masters dinkus

Roy Masters Craig Bellamy has opted for immediate short-term team success in Melbourne over guaranteed long-term personal security and stability with St George Illawarra.

League

Backward thinking would have put Dragons onward to victory

Fairfax Media writer

Roy Masters There was another option for Dragons’ five-eighth Gareth Widdop when he kicked the ball with one minute and one second left on the clock on Monday night, giving the Storm possession from which they...

League

Luke Douglas proves front-rowers are smarter than they look

Roy Masters Tom Raudonikis and Les Boyd got the answers wrong to career questions all modern players would pass.

Comments 5

League

Gold Coast Titans' compassion towards Alex McKinnon and Jordan McLean shows game still has a soul

Roy Masters “Compassion in life is an absolute necessity, and without displaying it, the sport of rugby league may well appear to have lost its own moral compass,” former Titans chairman Paul Broughton wrote in...

Comments 5

League

Alex McKinnon incident unfortunate consequence of cannonball tackle rule

Roy Masters The serious injury to Newcastle forward, Alex McKinnon, is an unfortunate consequence of the new rule prohibiting the third man in a tackle attacking the knees of a ball carrier.

League

How the rich clubs are sidestepping the salary cap

Sharks prop Andrew Fifita. His signing has raised objections about the fairness of the salary cap.

Roy Masters Coaches fear the much touted "level" NRL playing field is tilting towards a handful of rich clubs, via a proliferation in Third Party Agreements (TPAs) which allow uncapped payments to players...

Comments 18

League

The golden rule for extra time... don't miss

Fairfax Media writer

Roy Masters While the golden point field goal won't disappear this season, the number of attempts at them will most certainly decline.

Comments 8

League

NRL HQ not panicking despite doomsayers

Roy Masters The sun continues to shine, the journalists cut and paste their doomsday crowd and TV ratings stories, the Storm win their season opener for the tenth successive year but there is something different...

League

NRL is a numbers game, and stats the way they like it

Roy Masters Inform a first grade coach, such as the Storm's Craig Bellamy, that at the ninth minute of the second half of Saturday's match against the Sea Eagles his captain Cameron Smith will have played...

Comments 3

League

Rugby league a sport where history repeats ... over and over

Roy Masters It's all happened before - 80 years ago. There is little new under the sun in rugby league.

Comments 2

League

Changing perceptions should be last thing on NRL's mind

Roy Masters Dolly Parton's most famous quote is: "I'm not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I'm not dumb . . . and I also know that I'm not blonde."

Comments 20

Rugby League

Room for mercy in NRL's supplements sanctions for Cronulla

Roy Masters Old-fashioned rugby league mercy may ultimately lead to some reduction in the penalties.

Comments 1

League

Benji an unintended casualty of new deal for injured players

Roy Masters dinkus

Roy Masters Wests Tigers' apparent reluctance to re-sign Benji Marshall long term is partly related to the new collective bargaining agreement where clubs must now pay out the full value of the contract in the...

Comments 3

League

Refs don't know R's from their elbows

Sam Tagataese and Beau Ryan

Roy Masters Referees in the NRL have a problem with reading and arithmetic. Not only can't they count, they don't know the rules.

Comments 71

League

Decrease in crowds due to poor form of popular sides

Fairfax Media writer

Roy Masters Rugby league's take on a projected 2.9 per cent fall in crowds this year is akin to the response of those pathetic Ruddite federal parliamentarians who claim the election result would have been worse...

Comments 45

League

Spectre of ASADA sanctions threat to World Cup squads

Roy Masters Fears that NRL players participating in next month's World Cup in Britain could be served with Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority infraction notices and be sent home have thrown the tournament...

Comments 4

League

There's still a sting in the Silvertails

Roy Masters dinkus

Roy Masters The Silvertails are conning us. They are not the tired, forlorn, war-weary troops they pretend to be.

League

Bum year for some, but not the high-flyers

Fairfax Media writer

Roy Masters IF you are a supporter of the Sea Eagles or the Roosters, 2013 has not been an ''anus horribilus'' - ''a shit of a year'', as comedian Dave Hughes described the season of Essendon, the AFL club...

Comments 21