Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

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Wests Tigers underline beauty of the underdog to beat Canterbury Bulldogs at their own game

Phil Gould It's the beauty of sport. The big man up against the little man. The favorite versus the underdog. We've seen these scenarios so many times before.

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Ambush of Manly Sea Eagles means Wests Tigers won't be taken lightly again

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Phil Gould As the Wests Tigers were running roughshod over the Manly Sea Eagles and leading 26-0 just before the half time break, many were describing what they were witnessing as a good old fashioned "Ambush".

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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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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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Anthony Griffin's response to his sacking by Brisbane has class stamped all over it

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Phil Gould The way Anthony Griffin has dealt with his sacking by the Broncos stamped this man as all class.

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Who would be a coach in this dog eat dog era of NRL?

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Phil Gould What do you make of the whole Mick Potter/ Wests Tigers saga? Actually, it’s more than just the Tigers and Potter. This stuff is happening everywhere. The world has gone crazy.

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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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Anthony Minichiello will be remembered as one of Roosters' great servants

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Phil Gould The announcement on Monday that 2014 will be Anthony Minichiello’s final season in the NRL should give the Roosters further incentive to win back-to-back titles and send out their popular...

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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League

Referees should be seen and not heard

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Phil Gould Please get the microphones and the television cameras off the referees. I haven’t raised this subject for a number of years, but in light of recent events, I would like to reaffirm my objection...

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Topsy-turvy NRL gives fans of all teams reason for optimism

Phil Gould Much has been written about the upsets we’ve seen through the first five rounds of this NRL season.

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Manly bounce back from ambush to maul Cronulla

Phil Gould The Sea Eagles versus Cronulla clash at Brookvale Oval can be summed up pretty briefly. The Manly boys were great in the first half and led 20-0 at the break.

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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

Benji Marshall's frank assessment raises more questions than answers

Phil Gould Having made the bold decision to leave his rugby experiment behind and hopefully make a return to the NRL, Benji Marshall has made the very frank admission this week that just before leaving the...

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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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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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James Tedesco affair highlights many youth development issues facing NRL

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Phil Gould The James Tedesco affair has highlighted a number of problems in our game.

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Laurie Daley has done the right thing by trusting his gut instinct on Josh Dugan and Will Hopoate

Phil Gould I know we have said it before, but I really like the look of this New South Wales team for Origin II in Sydney next Wednesday night. The return of Greg Bird is a huge bonus.

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A sad day for all but two sets of fans

Phil Gould It's the last weekend of the 2013 season. Just two teams remain: the Roosters and the Sea Eagles. That leaves 14 other NRL teams and their fans.

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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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