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North Queensland are set to take Tariq Sims’ shoulder charge ban to the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night in a bid to keep the hard-hitting forward’s season alive.
Jamie Soward kicked a field goal seven seconds from full-time to secure Penrith a famous 19-18 win over defending premiers the Sydney Roosters in the second NRL qualifying final.
Lose this weekend and your NRL season is over. While that’s the reality facing the bottom four finals teams, history has shown that if you’re a top four side defeated in week one of the playoffs it’ll be tough work to go on and win a grand final.
Injury-hit Manly is hopeful rather than confident superstar fullback Brett Stewart will recover from an ankle injury in time to line up for Friday’s NRL qualifying final against South Sydney.
Penrith coach Ivan Cleary bemoaned another short turnaround ahead of next Saturday’s NRL finals clash with the Sydney Roosters, but was full of praise for his players after securing a top-four finish.
He’s won seven premierships across two clubs but Wayne Bennett says his 2014 season with 12th-placed Newcastle may have been the “finest hour” of his coaching career.
Townsville, Queensland, September 7, AAP – The pain of being bounced out of the NRL finals under controversial circumstances will not be a motivating factor for North Queensland during the 2014 playoffs.
A Manly loss to the Cowboys in Townsville on Saturday night will hand the Roosters their second successive NRL minor premiership after they defeated Souths 22-18 at Allianz Stadium last night.
Brisbane forward Sam Thaiday will miss Friday’s crucial final round clash with Melbourne after being found guilty of a grade one dangerous contact charge at the NRL judiciary last night.
In giving evidence against the grade one charge Luke said he felt “helpless” in the tackle of Canterbury hooker Michael Ennis early in the Rabbitohs’ win at ANZ Stadium on Thursday.
The Sydney Roosters have served notice to the rest of the NRL that they are still the team to beat after producing a battling performance to beat Melbourne 24-12 at Allianz Stadium.
Canberra’s NRL season of woe might have finally found its silver lining after young guns Jack Wighton and Mitchell Cornish spearheaded a 27-12 victory over the Wests Tigers in Canberra.
After finding out they would lose one of the biggest names in the game midway through last season, the one positive is that the Tigers had plenty of time to start planning for life without Benji Marshall.
If St George Illawarra don’t make early headway in the 2014 season, calls will come thick and fast for the Dragons to part ways with coach Steve Price.
It’s been no secret that South Sydney is having one of their best periods in recent memory, but there’s a distinct feeling around the league that they just can’t get it done on the field when it matters.
The league world hasn’t seen back-to-back-to-back wooden spoons since the Gold Coast Seagulls won just nine of a possible 66 NSWRL games from 1991-93.
Newcastle sat in the bottom half of the eight for much of last year, and had they not made the preliminary final then it definitely would have been quite the average season.
What will come of suspended coach Shane Flanagan? The Sharks will plead their case to the NRL in a bid to have the 12 month ban overturned and hope for the best.
One of rugby league’s most successful sides of the modern era has been built around the contributions of captain Cameron Smith, fullback Billy Slater and halfback Cooper Cronk.
Okay, so Manly reached the grand final and they didn’t disgrace themselves either. But for so long they were considered too old and too broken to again challenge for the premiership. In parts of last season, this actually looked true.
He might not be in as much immediate danger as Dragons counterpart Steve Price, but after three years in the finals wilderness John Cartwright might pay the price if Gold Coast get off to a poor start in 2014.
Canterbury started last season behind the eight-ball when front-row forward James Graham missed seven games at the start of the season after his suspension for biting Billy Slater’s ear in the 2012 grand final.
It was a season to forget for the Raiders due to off-field drama, with big names Josh Dugan and Blake Ferguson now gone and Sam Williams and Joel Thompson on their way to the Dragons.