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Opinion

  • Robinson was key to Roosters grand final win

    Michael Hagan

    I don't think Sydney Roosters would have won the NRL grand final without Sonny Bill Williams - but let's not downplay the contribution of coach Trent Robinson.There is no doubt the Roosters were nervous and anxious during the open half.They fumbled,...

    October 8, 11:08 am

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  • Strap yourselves in for a real cracker

    Michael Hagan

    This has the potential to be among the greatest grand finals of all time.What a game, what an occasion, what a night.Manly v Sydney Roosters for rugby league's ultimate prize.I have been asked a number of times who is going to win. I hate to pick be...

    October 2, 12:49 pm

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  • Pressure is all on the Sydney Roosters

    Michael Hagan

    I cannot help but think the pressure and expectation is firmly on the Sydney Roosters this Saturday night.Let's see how they handle it.The Roosters will start the grand final qualifier heavy favourites against the Newcastle Knights.The Knights thoug...

    September 23, 1:55 pm

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  • Bulldogs are the big underachievers

    Michael Hagan

    If Canterbury overachieved last year then they certainly underachieved this season.It has been a fall from grace for last year's runners-up.The Bulldogs, against all the odds, roared through to last year's grand final and some thought they could go ...

    September 16, 1:12 pm

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  • Roosters, Rabbits are the benchmark

    Michael Hagan

    South Sydney and the Sydney Roosters set the semi-final benchmark on Friday night - can the other teams match it?The game between the Roosters and Rabbitohs in front of 60,000 was the best match of the year.It actually had a State of Origin feel abo...

    September 9, 5:20 pm

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  • Don't write Manly off yet

    Michael Hagan

    When I look at the top-shelf performances of Manly halves Daly Cherry-Evans and Kieran Foran I think of one name. Andrew Johns.Cherry-Evans has certainly taken his game to another level this year under the watchful eye of Johns, a rugby league Immor...

    September 2, 12:45 pm

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  • It's time for the refs to stay strong

    Michael Hagan

    Wayne Bennett said he didn't have a problem with Knights prop Kade Snowden being sent-off over the weekend. Well, to be truthful, I did.I thought it was harsh and an over-reaction.For those that didn't see it, Snowden was marched for a shoulder char...

    August 26, 2:13 pm

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  • NSW clubs overshadowing Origin misery

    Sport

    The Maroons may have continued the Blues’ State of Origin misery for another year, but the success of a number of NSW club teams has gone a long way to making up for it.With the exception of the Melbourne Storm (third), the top seven contains six te...

    August 23, 4:46 pm

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  • Time for referees to stand strong

    Michael Hagan

    I hope NRL referees don't freeze under the pressure of rugby league's looming finals series.I saw some alarming signs over the weekend that our refs aren't making the decisions that they should.Are they gun-shy with the finals approaching?The game n...

    August 19, 12:25 pm

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  • Benji deserves first-grade farewell

    Michael Hagan

    Benji Marshall deserves to finish his wonderful career at Wests Tigers in first grade.Marshall has dominated headlines over the past week, some suggesting he should be dropped due to poor form and his well-publicised defection to rugby union.After w...

    August 12, 9:54 am

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  • Only four teams can win it

    Michael Hagan

    I am sure fans of multiple clubs will argue with me but I don't think any team outside the current top four can win this year's NRL title.For me, it is already down to South Sydney, Sydney Roosters, Manly or Melbourne.They will finish in the top fou...

    August 5, 12:51 pm

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  • Rest in peace, Muz

    Michael Hagan

    The rugby league world lost a great man this week - but he will never be forgotten.I am still numb at the loss of my friend and great coach Graham 'Muzza' Murray.It was Graham who actually gave me my first start in coaching. I will forever owe him a...

    July 29, 11:24 am

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  • Blues can make Gallen loss a positive

    Shane Webcke

    On paper it would appear that Queensland should annihilate the Blues in the Origin decider.There can be no doubt that they have had the best of the preparation; being able to pick an unchanged side, no injury concerns to those players and in general...

    July 17, 9:31 am

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  • 'Blues fans, we need you now more than ever'

    Laurie Daley

    Obviously we've taken a hit this week with our skipper Paul Gallen ruled out of the State of Origin decider with injury.Losing Gal just means our forwards need to share the workload.We don't want anyone to replicate what Gal does. We just want to ma...

    July 17, 7:04 am

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  • Lewis will fill Gallen void

    Michael Hagan

    There is no doubt the loss of skipper Paul Gallen will hurt NSW but I reckon Luke Lewis will be the player who steps up and fills the breach.As Queensland assistant coach, we are expecting the Blues to build their game around Lewis.I recall an NRL g...

    July 15, 11:04 am

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  • Why the Blues will win without Gallen

    Sam Goodwin

    The news that Paul Gallen will miss the State of Origin decider is undoubtedly a huge blow for New South Wales as they strive to end Queensland’s seven-year winning streak.With the series locked at 1-1 after the Maroons completely dominated Game II,...

    July 13, 1:57 pm

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  • The time has come for the biff to go

    Melanie Dinjaski

    Photo: Getty ImagesThere was a time when the biff was a welcome part of rugby league, but the times they are a’changing, and the players, fans and administration are now all divided on the issue.The game is at a crossroads, caught between the old an...

    July 10, 6:00 am

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  • Life at the top can be brutal

    Michael Hagan

    I cannot believe the ruthless edge clubs and franchises have in English soccer or American NFL.Coaches are sacked virtually weekly. No success, no job. And with rugby league growing as a business annually I have no doubt, unfortunately, we are headi...

    July 8, 1:08 pm

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  • Don't blame the refs, NSW. The better side won

    Michael Hagan

    Queensland copped a fair bit of flak from south of the border when we changed our team for State of Origin II.As Maroons assistant coach, I supported the decision to elevate Daly Cherry-Evans and Josh Papalii into our side for the Brisbane game.We w...

    July 1, 12:11 pm

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  • Queensland rediscover their Origin mojo

    Melanie Dinjaski

    Photo: Getty ImagesThey came, they saw, they crushed those pesky cockroaches.With their eight-straight Origin series streak on the line, Queensland delivered a much-improved performance to take the series to another decider.Unperturbed by the countr...

    June 27, 3:43 am

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