Racing NSW boss Peter V’landys’ ascent would test ARLC independence

Which choice does he make? Does he screw the corporate bookmakers for the benefit of racing or league? Loading V’landys, who is holidaying in Greece, is not authorised to speak without the permission of incumbent chair, Peter Beattie. However, he would no doubt argue he has already benefitted rugby league with tens of millions of dollars via a legal action which went all the way to the High Court. Racing NSW won the right to extract a charge from the corporate bookmakers for use of their product, a monetary benefit…

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Eight-point try against Canberra keeps Manly’s top-four hopes alive

What happened after Garrick scored is certain to divide opinion. After chasing Garrick to the line, Joey Leilua dropped his knees into the Manly winger’s back. Garrick reeled away in pain and the bunker deemed Leilua’s actions worthy of an eight-point try and all of a sudden Manly led 12-10. Manly celebrate their narrow win against the Raiders in Canberra on Sunday.Credit:Jamila Toderas Ricky Stuart wasn’t complaining post match about the decision. “I think it was justified,” Stuart said. “I’ve spoken to BJ [Leilua]. I do think it was justified.”…

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RLPA raise red flags as NRL push for player punishment matrix

The policy also takes all punishment decisions away from clubs – who are often accused of being lenient in their sanctions – altogether. The power of punishment will be moved directly into the hands of the NRL Integrity Unit, making it more powerful than ever despite some clubs privately expressing their concerns about inconsistency in the Integrity Unit’s decision making earlier this year. Peter Beattie and the ARLC are driving the policy.Credit:James Brickwood While the RLPA was aware of the policy and had been involved in some high-level talks, the…

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Melbourne Storm scramble home against Gold Coast Titans

Frustrated five-eighth Cameron Munster was the main offender, penalised twice for dissent as well as making three costly errors. Munster was frank in his assessment of his game when interviewed as he walked off for half-time: “I don’t want to swear on national television but that’s absolute shit from me,” he said. Justin Olam fends off Tyrone Peachey.Credit:AAP No doubt Bellamy agreed. Whatever the coach had to say at half-time, it worked. Melbourne second-rower Kenny Bromwich offloaded to full-back Ryan Papenhuyzen for a try three minutes into the second term.…

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Benji Marshall and Josh Reynolds to reprise hooking combo for Wests Tigers

Jacob Liddle (knee) is out for the year and Robbie Farah (leg) is unlikely to return, while Moses Mbye (quad) is another option but remains “touch and go” for next week. Reinvention: Benji Marshall proved adaptable for the Tigers against the Knights.Credit:AAP It comes at a crucial time, with the Tigers needing to beat St George Illawarra next Sunday and back it up against Cronulla in the last round to have a shot at playing in the finals. “Benj has definitely given me some options there,” coach Michael Maguire said.…

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Brett Morris not considering retirement, even if Sydney Roosters win grand final

Having arrived at Bondi Junction after a four-year stint with the Bulldogs, Morris said that being the ‘new guy’ in a premiership-winning team had been a welcome challenge. “It’s pretty cool, to be honest. You’ve got to prove yourself to these guys and earn their trust and their respect,” said Morris, a 2010 grand final winner with St George Illawarra. Brett Morris helps the Roosters to a 34-12 win against the Dragons at Jubilee Oval on Saturday night.Credit:AAP “Everyone within the club, from administrators down to players and back-room staff,…

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Sydney Roosters deny getting soft NRL draw

Newcastle, Canterbury, Gold Coast, Warriors and Dragons have all proven cannon fodder for the Roosters and sit in the bottom six spots. Loading Robinson’s men do have a couple of tougher tests on the horizon; they face Penrith – who are just one point outside the eight – and top four contenders South Sydney in the final fortnight. The coach dismissed the suggestion his side wasn’t being tested in the run to the finals. “When we came out of Origin [some of those sides] were finals-bound, a few of them,”…

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Furious Johns savages Knights management for sabotaging season

“It’s no coincidence this hammering is on the back of what happened during the week with the coach Nathan Brown standing down,” the club legend told Channel Nine. “The way it has been handled is for me really confusing and disappointing. “The politics which has gone on behind the scenes, you hear whispers of what is going on and you’ve got to shake your head. “Someone has to come out publicly and be accountable for what has happened. “They were on the verge of making the semi-finals and that has…

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South Sydney accept James Roberts’ two-match ban for elbow on Brisbane winger Corey Oates

Souths gave the Storm both barrels for their wrestling techniques after their clash a fortnight ago and Bellamy was never going to pass on the chance to return serve. “It’s interesting that team’s CEO [Shane Richardson] came out and gave us a bagging a couple of weeks ago about playing in the spirit of the game,” Bellamy said. South Sydney’s James Roberts was sin-binned after a late elbow to the head of the Broncos’ Corey Oates.Credit:NRL Photos “I’m not quite sure that’s in the spirit of the game, but I’m…

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Departing Newcastle Knights centre Jesse Ramien knocks back Canterbury Bulldogs

The teams remaining in the mix for Ramien’s services will need to offload contracted players to free up the funds needed to accommodate him. Cronulla, the club he made his NRL debut at, are hopeful there could be a homecoming next season. The Sharks will part company with Bondi-bound Kyle Flanagan and Newcastle signing Jayden Brailey at the end of the season. However, they are still looking to shed more players given a handful of them – including Shaun Johnson, Andrew Fifita, Josh Dugan, Matt Moylan, Aaron Woods and Wade…

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