Roy Masters

Roy Masters

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

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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...

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

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Short-term goals win out for Bellamy, Storm

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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.

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Mystery over Brisbane Broncos' money trail under investigation by NRL

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Roy Masters A $300,000 repayment to the Broncos Leagues Club of funds, thought to have been used for cash payments to players outside the salary cap, has ramifications that could extend to a bid to buy the NRL...

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Luke Douglas proves front-rowers are smarter than they look

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

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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...

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Backward thinking would have put Dragons onward to victory

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...

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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."

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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.

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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...

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

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

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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...

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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...

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Alex McKinnon incident unfortunate consequence of cannonball tackle rule

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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.

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Side effects: plans thrown into chaos by Manly defeat

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Roy Masters Never underestimate the importance of two factors at this time of year: firstly, the value of an extra 24 hours preparation for a match and secondly, the left-right mindset of players.

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Refs don't know R's from their elbows

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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.

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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.

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Decrease in crowds due to poor form of popular sides

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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...

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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...

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There's still a sting in the Silvertails

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