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Stuart slams 'boring' NRL officiating

Canberra coach Ricky Stuart says over-officiating is making the NRL "sterile" after a whopping 26 penalties during the Raiders' loss to Manly on Sunday. Stuart urged the NRL to encourage their referees to let games flow before they become too "boring" and the fans walk away. "It's just a little bit inconsistent...

Manly NRL premiership contenders: Cronk

Sydney Roosters halfback Cooper Cronk admits Manly are a threat to their NRL premiership defence after the Sea Eagles upset Canberra on Sunday. Manly finished 15th last season before prodigal son Des Hasler returned seven years after his ugly split with the club he guided to two premierships. Hasler has the Sea...

We let Brown down: Knights skipper Pearce

A blunt Newcastle skipper Mitchell Pearce has castigated himself and his teammates for letting down coach Nathan Brown, saying they needed to be held accountable for their horror showing on the weekend. The Knights' 46-4 capitulation against Wests Tigers has caused ructions with Brown understood to have offered his immediate resignation...

Manly's Thompson out with broken arm

Manly back-rower Joel Thompson (centre) has confirmed he is out with broken arm (AAP Image/David Rowland) Confirmation Manly back-rower Joel Thompson has a broken arm has been offset somewhat with centre Moses Suli cleared of major ankle damage. Thompson will undergo surgery on Tuesday after suffering his injury in the Sea Eagles' 18-14...

Broncos' Oates gives view on Roberts elbow

Brisbane winger Corey Oates says his former NRL teammate James Roberts may have elbowed him in the head because the South Sydney centre wasn't happy with the way he left the Broncos. Roberts faces a two-week ban with an early plea after being charged with grade two dangerous contact for his...

Farewells begin for retiree NRL class

Cronulla jerseys emblazoned with Paul Gallen's image will feature as the farewells begin this weekend for one of the most durable NRL retiring classes of recent times. The NRL will lose more than 2500 games of experience to retirements at the end of the season, including 300-gamers Cooper Cronk, Robbie Farah,...

Knights desperate to end dark old NRL days

Newcastle's last remaining players from the dark days are desperate to turn their focus from Nathan Brown to ending one of the longest finals droughts in the NRL. Saturday's clash with the Wests Tigers is arguably the Knights' biggest in five years, with the loser set to be ruled out of...

Kearney wants Warriors boss off footy talk

Coach Stephen Kearney has told Warriors boss Cameron George to leave comments on football to him after the NRL club's CEO threatened to sack players who didn't put in. Only a faint mathematical chance to make the finals, the Warriors stayed in Sydney this week in a bid to prepare for...
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