Category: Feature Story

Fans can blame wingers all they want but there’s serious danger signs for Rabbitohs pack

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis Three weeks ago, the South Sydney Rabbitohs put on the performance of the season when they blew passed the Melbourne Storm. It had many, including yours truly, believing they were untouchable – that no team could come near them. That victory against the Storm was the perfect mix of speed, power […]

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Saints to hang on: Predicting the top 8 and blockbusters to finish the season

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis Will the Sydney Roosters claim another minor premiership? Can Wests Tigers fight their way into the finals? Are the Dragons gone? Let’s get out the crystal ball and have a look! Round 23 Big Games Rabbitohs 22 – Broncos 18 Wests Tigers 34 – Dragons 16 This will not please anyone […]

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Could this magical Cleary reunion at the Panthers simply be about dollars and cents?

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis There are some rugby league sayings that never leave you. “Nobody is bigger than the club” and “never assume” come to mind. Oh how they ring true right now as we watch the bitter dispute unfold between Wests Tigers and the Penrith Panthers for the ”services” of coach Ivan Cleary. On […]

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Penrith’s all-time power play to keep Nathan Cleary at the Panthers is desperate and ingenious

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis In what looks like one of the most remarkable power plays for a current star in rugby league history – the Penrith Panthers have reportedly offered former coach Ivan Cleary a four-year contract to return to the club that sacked him in 2015. Panthers current halfback is Nathan Cleary and is […]

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How Immortality reminded us just how much we love the Greatest Game of All

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis Sitting down last night to watch the Immortals inductions on Fox Sports, I couldn’t help but keep playing The Rolling Stones’ ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ over and over in my head. I was prepared for whomever the NRL decided to announce. All along I believed Dally Messenger, Frank […]

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The Quick Tap: Is Brad Arthur a protected species? Anthony Griffin, Immortals and the problem with modern referees

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis IS BRAD ARTHUR A PROTECTED SPECIES OUT AT PARRAMATTA? Why is nobody talking about Parramatta coach Brad Arthur and his failure to spark the Eels in 2018? This team went within a whisker of upsetting the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park in week one of last year’s playoffs before being bundled […]

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Reaction to potential Cleary reunion says plenty about Wests Tigers and their fans

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis Wests Tigers went into last Friday night’s game against the battling Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs as hot favourites. They were walking on sunshine after beating top four teams St George Illawarra and South Sydney in respective weeks. What could possibly go wrong? Go wrong? With Wests Tigers? Just the usual. You could see […]

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WATCH: Five classic North Sydney Bears moments from the 1990’s

BY A.J NASH It is Fox Sports’ Retro Round so we thought we’d jump on board. Why not!? It just so happens, one of rugby league’s greatest clubs, feature this Saturday on steelesports.com.au when The81stMinute Call Team heads to Liverpool for Mounties versus the North Sydney Bears. Sorry Mounties – we’re talking about the Bears […]

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Seven-figure rookies: Payne Haas has the improbable task of living up to the cash thrown at him but who can we blame?

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis In the year 2000, Canberra Raiders announced the signing of young prop Ryan O’Hara from rivals Canterbury. Only problem was, the talented bookend was still playing Jersey Flegg. The Raiders paid a small fortune to get him down the Hume Highway. O’Hara hadn’t played NRL or reserve grade for that matter. […]

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