Newcastle Knights prop Jacob Saifiti ‘on bender’ when punched by

Loading Saifiti told the court he’d been grabbed by the throat by another man outside the pub but didn’t touch him when security separated them. He claimed he then confronted the same man a short time later to tell him not to grab him again when Cordner pushed him in the chest. Saifiti – a 195 centimetre-tall Fijian international rugby league player – said Cordner told him: “You f—ed up, mate. You’re f—ed”. Saifiti said he was confused and asked: “Cords, mate, what’s up? What’s going on?” The Knights prop…

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Daly Cherry-Evans watched Battle of Brookvale from afar

Cherry-Evans has since joined almost 300,000 YouTube viewers who have watched the infamous brawl back in the eight years since. “I do, it pops up every now and then actually,” Cherry-Evans said. “When we play Melbourne you always see the highlights. It’s obviously really funny to look back on and see how intense that night was. It was my first year of first grade and I didn’t know what the hell was going on.” Glenn Stewart and Adam Blair are separated after brawling during The Battle of Brookvale.Credit:Steve Christo And…

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Manly Sea Eagles forward Jack Gosiewski was offside before penalty try against Canberra Raiders, says Graham Annesley

“It’s reasonably marginal but if it’s wrong, it’s wrong. I’m not trying to say it being reasonably marginal makes it any better … but all of these are happening in a split second. “Yes, I am prepared to concede in my view that he’s offside but certainly not to the extent that has been portrayed.” The eight-point try that turned momentum Manly’s way in Canberra should perhaps have not been awarded.Credit:Jamila Toderas Gosiewski only being “marginally” offside will be of little consolation to the Raiders. They had wrested the ascendency…

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Racing NSW chairman Russell Balding denies conflict of interest for Peter V’landys in expected rise as head of Australian Rugby League Commission

Asked about a conflict of interest, Balding said: “He’s got my support and the board’s support. We don’t see it as any conflict of interest and when we raised [V’landys first joining the ARLC] with the board … it never specifically came out. “I don’t think I can definitively speak on behalf of the board [about the chairmanship], but I’m confident they don’t see it as conflict of interest. I don’t see it from a Racing NSW perspective in any case. I don’t think they’re competing sports and in some…

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Farewells begin for Gal, Cronk, Robbie and the rest of the retiring class

Combined, the NRL’s departures account for 164 Tests for top-tier nations, 131 State of Origins and 13 premierships. Loading Cronk and Gallen’s official farewells will come this week, with the pair to play their last regular season home matches at the SCG and Pointsbet Stadium respectively. Scott will be honoured in Townsville, although it seems unlikely he will play another game for North Queensland after suffering a minor stroke last weekend. Other players will then be in the spotlight before their home games in round 25. But it is 38-year-old…

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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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