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Knights’ trio fade in NRL finals glare

Their return played a key role in Newcastle reaching the 2021 NRL finals, it's just a shame Kalyn Ponga, Mitchell Pearce and Bradman Best failed to fire once they got there.A bullet-pass from Ponga to set up winger Enari Tuala's third try in the 28-20 elimination final loss to Parramatta on Sunday was as good as it got for the Knights' big…
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Panthers face tough road to NRL decider

Ivan Cleary insists Penrith's title charge has not become any harder despite facing the toughest possible path to reach a second consecutive NRL grand final.The Panthers' 16-10 loss to South Sydney in Saturday night's qualifying final has turned the finals series upside down, placing the top two seeds on the same side of the draw.Penrith will miss…
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Cleary and Bennett take shots after final

Wayne Bennett has hit out at Ivan Cleary after the Penrith coach called for the NRL to clamp down on pre-match manipulation of referees, claiming it impacted Saturday night's qualifying final.In a fiery aftermath to South Sydney's shock 16-10 victory, Bennett and Cleary's war of words continued into the press conference with both coaches clearly…
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Roosters soldier on with thrilling NRL win

The undermanned Sydney Roosters live to fight another day in 2021 with a heartstopping 25-24 win over Gold Coast booking them an unlikely spot in the NRL semi-finals.For the second time this season Sam Walker nailed the field goal that sank the Titans in a bizarre repeat of their 35-34 win in round 14.Except this time it ended the Titans' finals…
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Elliott NRL career in limbo after sacking

Adam Elliott has been sacked by Canterbury with two years left to run on his NRL deal after his latest indiscretion proved one scandal too many for the club to forgive.Leaving the forward without an NRL club for next season, the Bulldogs have severed ties with the 26-year-old after his third off-field incident in recent years.Elliott was stood down…
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Coach friendships go on hold for NRL final

Justin Holbrook knows he wouldn't be the NRL coach he is now without Trent Robinson's guidance but when Gold Coast face the Sydney Roosters on Saturday that friendship is going on hold.Holbrook was Robinson's right-hand man at the Roosters before leaving to take over as head coach of St Helens in the English Super League in 2017.Since returning to…
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NRL set to announce Qld will host 2021 grand final at Suncorp Stadium after NSW relinquishes rights

Brisbane will host this year’s NRL grand final with Suncorp Stadium, on Wednesday afternoon, expected to be confirmed as the venue.Some 33 years after the Brisbane Broncos entered the competition, Queensland’s capital is poised to be land rugby league’s showpiece game.The state has only ever hosted one competition decider, with Brisbane beating…
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Knights back attack to win ugly in finals

Newcastle insist there can be a silver lining to their "clunky" attack in 2021, despite history indicating they can't advance past week one of the NRL finals.The Knights have averaged just 17.83 points per game this season - the second worst attacking record of any finals team in the NRL era.Their output ranked them 15th in attack, only better than…
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Tom Trbojevic influence key to NRL finals

Tom Trbojevic has produced one of the great seasons for Manly as statistics confirm his influence outweighs any other marquee player in the modern NRL era.Trbojevic insisted on Monday the Sea Eagles could continue their free-wheeling style into the finals, adamant they did not need to tighten up on Friday against Melbourne.The 24-year-old's 2021…
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