Wests Tigers’ finals hopes in tatters as Manly Sea Eagles continue top-four push

While Hasler can dare to dream about the top-four finish – and the all-important second life during the finals – Wests Tigers opposite Michael Maguire will be sweating on his team just making the eight. And to make matters worse, Maguire was forced to watch Farah’s long-term dummy-half replacement Jacob Liddle suffer what appeared to be a serious knee injury in only the sixth minute. Wests Tigers hooker Jacob Liddle suffered a suspected ACL tear on Thursday night.Credit:NRL Photos With first-choice No.9 Farah on crutches watching from the stands –…

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Panthers given green light to host final at Penrith

Loading It comes just a year after only 17,000 people attended their last home final at ANZ Stadium against the Warriors, widely considered a smaller crowd than would have watched a potential final at the foot of the mountains. The NRL earlier this year confirmed it will allow Sydney clubs to host week one finals at suburban grounds provided they meet strict criteria, including a suitable playing surface and media facilities. The likes of the Sharks, Sea Eagles and Panthers have all played “home finals” at Allianz Stadium or ANZ…

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Cronulla Sharks utility Kurt Capewell admits Jayden Brailey’s move to Newcastle Knights could sway own decision

Capewell has fielded interest from the Knights, who are seeking to add the utility to a roster which will already be bolstered by Brailey. Asked whether his teammate’s shift would impact his own decision, Capewell said: “It does. I respect him not just as a good mate, but as a great footballer. I love his work ethic and the way he trains. Someone like that going to the club does increase interest. It does weigh in at decision time. Decision: Cronulla’s Kurt Capewell faces being squeezed out of the Sharks.Credit:AAP…

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Tedesco could negotiate his own contract after falling out with Moses

Tedesco said he had surrounded himself with family and good friends like Wehbe, people he can “trust”, to help him stay focused on football. He was unsure when the matter with Moses would be resolved. “I haven’t put a time on it,” Tedesco said. “Managers are all part of the game, and they play a bigger role than most people think. James Tedesco has so far managed to not let the dispute with manager Isaac Moses affect his form.Credit:AAP “I think every player would have a manager. It’s hard for fans…

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Furious Melbourne Storm hit back at South Sydney’s Shane Richardson

“Who invented the crusher tackle, who invented the chicken wing, who invented the rolling pin?” Richardson told Fox Sports. “We were furious afterwards. It’s not in the spirit of the game.” Souths boss Shane Richardson is furious Nelson Asofa-Solomona wasn’t charged for an alleged chicken-wing tackle.Credit:AAP Melbourne powerbrokers concede they were fortunate that Nelson Asofa-Solomona wasn’t charged for what appeared to be a crusher tackle against the Rabbitohs, but are adamant the incident was an anomaly. They also feel Richardson’s comments are “hypocritical” given Sam Burgess avoided suspension for a…

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Furious Melbourne Storm hit back at South Sydney’s Shane Richardson

“Who invented the crusher tackle, who invented the chicken wing, who invented the rolling pin?” Richardson told Fox Sports. “We were furious afterwards. It’s not in the spirit of the game.” Souths boss Shane Richardson is furious Nelson Asofa-Solomona wasn’t charged for an alleged chicken-wing tackle.Credit:AAP Melbourne powerbrokers concede they were fortunate that Nelson Asofa-Solomona wasn’t charged for what appeared to be a crusher tackle against the Rabbitohs, but are adamant the incident was an anomaly. They also feel Richardson’s comments are “hypocritical” given Sam Burgess avoided suspension for a…

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Brisbane Broncos coach Anthony Seibold backs Darius Boyd to run the show against Penrith Panthers

Before a ball was kicked in anger in 2019, the seasons of Penrith and Brisbane held so much promise. Both appeared to be clubs on the rise and capable of striking a significant blow, while Andrew Johns had boldly selected the Broncos as his premiers. Fast forward to round 22 and both still have a pulse, although that could change for one of them after they meet at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night in a contest that could well decide their finals fortunes. Darius Boyd has come under fire for…

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Ray Warren long ago mastered his art and is a valuable Hall of Fame inductee

It was a brave and correct call of penalty try for the Storm and a decade of Maroon domination at Origin. There was Sam Burgess playing an entire grand final with a broken cheekbone, JT nailing it in extra time, the porch light finally being turned off in the Shire and Cooper Cronk’s heroics with one arm in last year’s decider. The legendary Ray Warren has been calling sport for half a century.Credit:AAP Our game’s greatest moments readily come to mind, but it was the way they were voiced that…

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Melbourne Storm hit back at Rabbitohs boss Shane Richardson

Loading Donaghy responded by describing Richardson’s comments as “stupid” and that he was a puppet for Rabbitohs coach Wayne Bennett. Donaghy said while Richardson delivered the message, he believed Bennett was the mastermind behind the attack which comes after successive losses for the Bunnies. “I don’t think Shane believes anything he’s said. There’s the master puppeteer in the background, and when you’re team’s a bit down you’re looking to deflect attention,” Donaghy told AAP. “Shane’s been around the game for a long time and I’ve got enormous respect for him…

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Parramatta Eels back Shaun Lane to overcome photo saga

“But, in my time in dealing with Shaun, he’s of good character and he’s a good person. “I’m 100 per cent behind him.” Loading The developments have come with Parramatta on the cusp of clinching a finals berth less than a year after finishing with the wooden spoon. But Arthur backed the 24-year-old Lane to battle through the drama when the Eels tackle last-placed Gold Coast on Friday night. “Like I said, I’d only known him since he’s been at our club but all the indications to me were that,…

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