Craig Bellamy’s Melbourne Storm continue stranglehold over Wayne Bennett and South Sydney Rabbitohs with win at AAMI Park

And the wrestle? Don’t mention the wrestle. In truth, this was a wrestle without the usual arms and legs getting tangled up in places exactly where they were planned to go. It was tight, South Sydney an improvement on last week but Melbourne a little more. It still had a familiar ring to it though, Bellamy’s Storm beating Bennett’s Rabbitohs 22-8. Yet you wouldn’t bet against them meeting again sometime in October. Melbourne winger Josh Addo-Carr celebrates after scoring a try on Friday night.Credit:AAP If the coaches weren’t intriguingly entwined,…

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Penrith Panthers rookie Matt Burton puts field-goal nightmare behind to slay Warriors

So impressive was the 20-year-old in his preferred five-eighth position he has suddenly left coach Ivan Cleary with a selection headache and whether to play him or Jarome Luai alongside the returning Nathan Cleary. Penrith pin-up Cleary will return from a two-match suspension against Parramatta next Friday. Luai came through the grades with Cleary and started the year with him. Cleary had no idea which way he would go, but was delighted with Burton’s bounce-back in just his third top-flight game. Penrith rookie Matt Burton slips a pass away against…

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Only thing worse than Paul McGregor’s deal at St George Illawarra Dragons would be bringing back Shane Flanagan

Firstly, management of the St George Illawarra business circa 2019 was a calamity. Secondly, this year the Dragons face a Buridan’s ass of a dilemma (Google it). Thirdly, McGregor has missed his calling. He should be negotiating world peace for the UN. Coach Paul McGregor faces an uncertain future at the Dragons.Credit:AAP The Dragons could win their next seven matches and the management who signed the deal would be hailed as geniuses. But if that doesn’t happen – and it’s hardly likely – there’s one solution which is no solution…

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Penrith Panthers v New Zealand Warriors, Melbourne Storm v South Sydney Rabbitohs

Hello and welcome to the second straight Friday night footy feast. It’s almost normal to think about who is playing who come Friday afternoon again and that is how it should be. First up, we have the Warriors searching for their second straight win on Australian soil against the Panthers. After that clash we will turn our attention to the main event – a mouthwatering clash between the Rabbitohs and Storm. Keep it tuned to this live blog for instant updates, reaction and analysis throughout the night. Rugby

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Government gives NRL permission to host crowds from next week

Fans will return to the football from next Thursday after the government gave the NRL permission for stadiums to cater for customers in the same way as pubs and clubs across NSW. Manly’s clash with Brisbane at Central Coast Stadium will mark the first time that limited numbers from the public will be able to attend live games. The NSW government has allowed pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants to have up to 50 customers, subject to a one person per-four-square metre rule, with strict social-distancing measures. Crowds will begin returning…

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Six again? What are the NRL rule changes?

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size With the NRL suspended after two rounds in March due to COVID-19, the executives at Rugby League Central had a significant amount of time on their hands to reflect on how to improve the game. With Peter V’landys appointed the new chairman of the Australian Rugby League Commission in October, change was imminent for 2020 – both on and off the field. So on May 13, the ARLC announced a number of rules changes that would take effect once the NRL returned,…

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Sydney Roosters star James Tedesco ruled out of Brisbane Broncos clash due to fever

Roosters star James Tedesco will sit out of Thursday night’s game against the Brisbane Broncos due to a fever amid strict COVID-19 restrictions within the NRL. The club confirmed on Thursday afternoon the fullback has been ruled out of the match after waking up with a mystery illness. He is the first NRL player to miss a game due to failing a temperature test under the code’s scrict new biosecurity rules. James Tedesco, centre, has been ruled out of the clash against the Broncos.Credit:Getty The NRL’s procedures state that any…

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Bellamy signals Storm are ready to prove doubters wrong in Souths clash

“We’ve all had our say this week and practiced what is most important,” Bellamy said on Thursday. “Hopefully we will get a response on Friday night.” A loss to the Rabbitohs would only make those calls louder and Souths coach Wayne Bennett added his voice to concerns about the Storm, describing his old rivals as a team in transition as young talents such as Ryan Papenhuyzen and Cameron Munster step up to replace superstars Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk. “Of course they are. They have lost players and are evolving,”…

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North Queensland Cowboys star Valentine Holmes opens up on departure from Cronulla Sharks to pursue NFL dream

“I think that’s why they found out via the media rather than myself. I was very disappointed in that, I wanted to tell them but wasn’t able to at the time. “I couldn’t let too many people know things that might not be happening, I got told to keep it between direct family, management and myself. Which I hated, because I’d been through a lot with the Sharks boys, they were all my mates. Valentine Holmes wishes his exit from Cronulla had played out differently.Credit:Getty “I told them eventually, I’m…

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