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Broncos set ‘benchmark for effort’ despite defeat in NRL opener

Melbourne Storm 22-12 Brisbane BroncosAnthony Seibold happy with debut outing in chargeWhile they fell short on the NRL scoreboard Brisbane coach Anthony Seibold said his team’s performance in their opening round loss to Melbourne was a “benchmark for …

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Roosters run riot to deny NRL grand final repeat for the Storm

Roosters 21-6 StormNear flawless first half from Sydney sinks StormCooper Cronk made a miraculous return from a shoulder injury but couldn’t steer his new side Sydney Roosters to victory over his old club Melbourne Storm in the NRL grand final, instead…

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NRL grand final 2018: Sydney Roosters v Melbourne Storm – live!

Updates from Roosters v Storm 2018 grand final from HomebushAny thoughts? Get in touch via email or tweet @PFConnolly 10.50am BST 14 min: The Storm threaten to the left before kicking deep right and it’s only some deft passing by Tedesco and Tupou that…

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NRL grand final reunites modern greats in deserved decider

Few could rival the legendary St George sides of the 50s and 60s but the 2018 NRL grand final boasts four men who mightThey said about the great St George teams of the 1950s and 1960s that their astonishing feats that peaked with 11 consecutive premier…

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NRL grand final: injured Cooper Cronk faces emotional week

Hoping to recover from a serious shoulder injury to play, Roosters star Cronk also faces meeting former club MelbourneHis shoulder might be busted but his sidestep won’t be as useful this week either.Already relying on a miracle to recover from a rotat…

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Billy Slater guides Storm to NRL final but could face suspension

Melbourne 22-6 CronullaAs it happened: minute-by-minute liveblogBilly Slater has powered Melbourne into a fairytale third straight NRL grand final with a 22-6 flogging of Cronulla, but the retiring superstar has an anxious wait to see if he’ll be suspe…

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Billy Slater guides Storm to NRL final but could face suspension

Melbourne 22-6 CronullaAs it happened: minute-by-minute liveblogBilly Slater has powered Melbourne into a fairytale third straight NRL grand final with a 22-6 flogging of Cronulla, but the retiring superstar has an anxious wait to see if he’ll be suspe…

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Leeds taught harsh lesson by Melbourne in 38-4 World Club Challenge defeat

• Reigning Super League champions well beaten at AAMI Park• Cameron Smith and Billy Slater imperious for NRL championsAhead of Leeds’ World Club Challenge title match with Melbourne, the club’s chief executive, Gary Hetherington, underlined the scale o…

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Roosters favourites to land Cooper Cronk with another season on cards

Halfback will consider ‘suitable opportunities’ to continue NRL careerCronk’s manager to look into feasibility of signing for a Sydney clubCooper Cronk has opened the door for the Sydney Roosters to make a significant play for him after he told his man…

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Melbourne overwhelming NRL grand final favourites but sport often surprises

Unlike the Storm, the Cowboys go into the decider unburdened by favouritism and with the backing of the majority of the crowd

At the recent launch of his new book at Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre former Sydney Swans coach Paul Roos questioned the popular notion that a sporting team has only a brief “premiership window” in which to challenge before it regresses into the dreaded rebuilding phase, that long winter of discontent that so troubled Shakespeare, who must have been a North Sydney Bears fan.

Instead, Roos said, a team could go a long way to being a perennial force if it recruited well (which, he said, means more than simply signing the best players money can buy), had a strong team culture and was well served by a few key leaders, both in the coaching team and playing ranks.

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Macklemore sound check bumps Cowboys from NRL grand final training

  • Rapper’s rehearsal clashes with North Queensland’s captain’s run
  • Cowboys to train at Kogarah instead of ANZ Stadium on eve of match

Recording artist Macklemore has done what other NRL teams couldn’t in the last three weeks – upset North Queensland in Sydney. The Cowboys were reportedly furious that they had been denied access to ANZ Stadium ahead of Sunday’s NRL grand final against the Melbourne Storm due to a clash with the American rapper’s sound check.

Runaway favourites Melbourne will get to train at the grand final venue on Saturday after booking a 10.30am session. However, the Cowboys won’t get a chance to hold their captain’s run at ANZ Stadium because Macklemore will be have his rehearsal straight after the Storm on match eve.

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Melbourne Storm’s Cooper Cronk rules out rugby union switch with Waratahs

  • Wallabies coach Michael Cheika had said Cronk would be a success in union
  • ‘I love rugby league. It has given me everything,’ says Storm star

Plenty of soul searching might lay ahead but Cooper Cronk has made one big decision – he is not interested in rugby union. There has been no end of speculation about Cronk’s future after the Kangaroos’ halfback had declared he would leave NRL club Melbourne at season’s end and join his fiancee in Sydney.

But even Cronk seemed taken aback by reports he had been pursued by Super Rugby outfit the NSW Waratahs and had even received a tick of approval from Wallabies coach Michael Cheika. The Melbourne No7 laughed on Friday when asked about a possible code switch.

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Melbourne outlast fast-finishing Manly in try-fest

Melbourne Storm beats Manly Sea Eagles 30-26 at LottolandA try was scored at an average of one every seven minutesMelbourne survived a late Manly comeback in a 30-26 try-fest in their NRL clash at Lottoland. Defence went out the window on Saturday afte…

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Cronulla scrap past Melbourne Storm in soggy NRL grand final rematch

Cronulla Sharks beat Melbourne Storm 11-2 at AAMI ParkWarriors beat Parramatta Eels 22-10 at Mount Smart StadiumCronulla climbed to third on the NRL ladder after a tense 11-2 victory over the Melbourne Storm at a wet AAMI Park. The defending premiers r…

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Australia’s Cooper Cronk crowned world’s best rugby league player

  • Melbourne Storm halfback wins Golden Boot award
  • Award caps a memorable year for Queensland star

Halfback Cooper Cronk has capped a stellar year by winning his first Golden Boot award as the world’s best player.

The Melbourne No7 took out the top prize ahead of fellow nominees, Storm team-mate Cameron Smith, North Queensland’s Jason Taumalolo and Brisbane No1 Darius Boyd.

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Melbourne Storm among NRL teams to turn down 2017 World Club Series

• Reports say further 10 NRL clubs have turned down invitations
• Likely to be single match between champions Wigan and Cronulla

Melbourne Storm are to snub the 2017 World Club Series, along with most of their NRL counterparts. The annual World Club Challenge was expanded two years ago to a six-team tournament featuring the top three Super League clubs against their Australasian rivals.

However Melbourne’s chief executive, Dave Donaghy, confirmed on Monday that the NRL Grand Final runners-up have declined their place in order to give their players the best possible preparation for next season and, according to reports in Australia, another 10 clubs have also turned down invitations from the Rugby Football League.

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Cronulla’s NRL premiership pays back the loyal fans of The Shire | Paul Connolly

It may not cancel out all the heartbreak, ribbing and jokes they’ve endured over the past 50 years, but Cronulla’s NRL premiership is one hell of a down payment

It’s not exactly an original saying but the locals call it “God’s country” and right about now Sydney’s Sutherland Shire – The Shire, if you don’t mind – must be feeling every inch of it. 

Though always content with their lot, which is part of the problem, residents of this wedge of land – one caught between the glittering fingers of the Georges River to the north, the beaches of Cronulla to the east, the heaving lungs of the Royal National Park to the south, and, more or less, Lucas Heights Reactor to the west – have had to endure outsiders looking down at them for what some see as their tacky, nouveau riche, white-bread ways.

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NRL premiers Cronulla laughing long and hard for all the right reasons | Matt Cleary

For so long a punchline in the NRL world, the Cronulla Sharks’ 2016 NRL premiership triumph over Melbourne ensures they now get the last laugh

Some years ago, in the guise of Rugby League Week’s “Man On The Hill”, I headed down to Remondis Stadium, the home ground of Cronulla Sharks. There on the hill I laughed along with the Sharks fans as their centre-three-quarter Ben Pomeroy dropped the ball, time and again. We laughed like fiends.

Such was the lot of your average Sharks fan – you just laughed. What else could you do? It was like you owned the players and their errors. They were the fans’ errors. And it was all a big gag, a bit like the Barmy Army celebrating their terrible team by singing songs of their badness. It was the height of good humour.

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NRL grand final 2016: Cronulla Sharks vs Melbourne Storm – live! | Paul Connolly

9.23am BST

Sharks coach Shane Flanagan (who we’re told has shared family holidays with Craig Bellamy) talks to Fittler:

“The Shire has been unbelievable today and I’m sure it’s going off there now,” he says. “[We feel good but] you can’t take anything for granted. We’ve just got to get a good start, and do all the things that got us here.”

9.18am BST

Of course, they must have. Good call, Tony:

Do you think the NRL forgot about daylight saving?

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NRL grand final 2016: Cronulla Sharks vs Melbourne Storm – live! | Paul Connolly

9.23am BST

Sharks coach Shane Flanagan (who we’re told has shared family holidays with Craig Bellamy) talks to Fittler:

“The Shire has been unbelievable today and I’m sure it’s going off there now,” he says. “[We feel good but] you can’t take anything for granted. We’ve just got to get a good start, and do all the things that got us here.”

9.18am BST

Of course, they must have. Good call, Tony:

Do you think the NRL forgot about daylight saving?

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