Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

League

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

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".

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

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.

Set of Six

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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Set of Six

Phil Gould's Set of Six: North Queensland Cowboys off to another slow start

Phil Gould After a fast finish to their 2013 season and an unlucky exit from the finals, the Cowboys were handed a very favourable draw for the start of the 2014 competition.

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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

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

What were the Booze Bros. thinking?

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Phil Gould It defies belief doesn't it? It's a real struggle for me to understand how, after everything they have experienced, these two boys decided it was a good idea to go out drinking together in public on...

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SET OF SIX

The time has come for Pearce to create Origin legacy

Phil Gould After having read my Origin previews before games one and two of this year's series, I guess a few people may have formed the opinion I am putting a little too much pressure on NSW halfback Mitchell...

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League

Benji can take next giant step with pride

Phil Gould I remember the first time I saw Benji Marshall play. I was calling a Schoolboy Cup game for Channel 9 in Brisbane.

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Set of Six

Knights must run the gauntlet to play finals

Phil Gould A loss to the Broncos would leave the Knights needing to win three or maybe even four of their last five games.

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League

While Titans linger in finals race, Tigers look like minds are elsewhere

Phil Gould For Gold Coast, this match represented the win they just had to have. Four losses in a row over the past month had them heading in the wrong direction on the ladder.

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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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League

Too easy to make coach a scapegoat

Phil Gould What do we want from a coach? What do we expect from a coach? How can people tell a good coach from a not-so-good coach if they have never themselves been coached by this person?

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SET OF SIX

Band together and Wests will be won

Phil Gould I don't think the Wests Ashfield club is being at all unreasonable regarding the conditions it requires to continue funding the club.

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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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League

A sad day for all but two sets of fans

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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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League

Welcome to the new era for rugby league

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Phil Gould NRL restructure long overdue

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