4 Points: Backwards and forwards in the race for the flag

On Friday night Richmond were kicking to the player Collingwood missed out on. The player they missed out on kicked five goals and won the Tigers the preliminary final. On Saturday, Collingwood were kicking to a former VFL defender and an injury-plagued 30-year-old premiership backman who hadn’t played in more than a month. Spearheads: Richmond’s Tom Lynch and GWS’ Jeremy […]

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Tiger greats back Dusty to run riot on grand final day

Richmond premiership greats say there is no reason why Dustin Martin cannot invoke the spirit of Kevin Bartlett and make Saturday's grand final against Greater Western Sydney his own playground. While there will be no retro reprisal of the 1980 Richmond-Collingwood grand final, following the Giants' upset of the Magpies in Saturday's preliminary final, Bartlett's seven goals in the 1980 […]

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Smith fined for Mahoney slap – compounding rare sin-binning

Melbourne captain Cameron Smith has been fined for slapping Eels hooker Reed Mahoney as the NRL's match review committee doubled down on the future Immortal's rare sin-binning. Marching orders: Cameron Smith is sent to the sin bin. Credit:Getty Images Smith will be $1350 lighter in the pocket if he accepts an early guilty plea after being hit with a grade-one […]

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Super League play-offs: Salford Red Devils confident against Castleford Tigers, says Ian Watson

Ian Watson believes Salford Red Devils will draw confidence from their first defeat in nine games when they face Castleford Tigers in Thursday’s Super League eliminator. The Red Devils were beaten 18-12 away to Wigan Warriors in the qualifying play-off, but have another chance to progress at home to Castleford by virtue of finishing third. Despite their eight-game winning run […]

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Cameron Smith sin-binned for slap before helping KO Parramatta

AAMI Park: Cameron Smith was sin-binned for a slap but made sure he KO'd Parramatta's premiership hopes in the most spectacular fashion. The grand final most people in rugby league anticipated will arrive next Saturday at the Sydney Cricket Ground when the Storm take on the Sydney Roosters, eight days before the official decider. Ryan Papenhuyzen of the Melbourne Storm dives […]

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Wallabies woe? Hodge in hot water over hit

Australia’s World Cup is off and running but already winger Reece Hodge could be in hot water after Fiji were left fuming when Peceli Yato was concussed by a controversial tackle. Yato was forced to leave the field and did not return after being assessed by medical staff with the Fijians believing Hodge flattened him with a tackle using no […]

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‘Embarrassing’: Knives out for Cheika

The Wallabies have claimed a 39-21 win over a determined Fiji in their World Cup opener but the scoreline has flattered Australia. Fiji pulled out a massive performance to hold the lead for the first 61 minutes before running out of steam at the Sapporo Dome with the Wallabies running away with the win. Here are the talking points from […]

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DCE’s issue with Manly sin bin for stopping a ‘try-scoring opportunity’

Manly captain Daly Cherry-Evans maintains the NRL is wrong about South Sydney being in a try-scoring situation when Jake Trbojevic was sin-binned on Friday night. Cherry-Evans became highly animated when the star-forward was marched late in the Sea Eagles’ 34-26 semi-final loss to the Rabbitohs and remonstrated at length with referee Gerard Sutton over the decision. The 66th-minute incident also […]

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