Posted: 22 September, 2014

Finals Footy Review Week Two

Matty and MG review the big round of footy just gone and tell us who they think will be in the Grand Final

We can't remember a weekend where the footy has been better. Two unbelievable games of footy on Friday night.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN LIVE: Hear all the NRL Finals action on Triple M.

The Roosters beat the Cowboys 31-30, after leading 30-nil. So the Roosters proceed and they will take on the Rabbitohs next Friday night.

And, of course, the Bulldogs pipped the Sea Eagles 18-17 in another unbelievable game. Canterbury will take on the Panthers next Saturday for a spot in the Grand Final on October 5.

Matty Johns and Mark Geyer, from Triple M Sydney's Grill Team, review the big round of footy just gone and tell us who they think will be in the Grand Final next week. Watch the full video below.

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Rock, Shock

Matty Johns and Mark Geyer, from Triple M Sydney's Grill Team, review the big round of footy just gone and tell us who they think will be in the Grand Final next week.

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Tags: Triple M NRL Preview, The Grill Team, NRL Finals 2014

Posted: 22 September, 2014

Bennett Dumps Co-Captains

Broncos favourite head coach talks about his return to Brisbane

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First official photo of Wayne Bennett at Brisbane HQ Photo: Brisbane Broncos

Newly appointed Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett has stamped his authority already with the removal of the Broncos co-captain system, which saw Maroons stars Corey Parker and Justin Hodges share the captaincy this season

“No. There won’t be co-captains,” Bennett said.

The 64-year-old supercoach said this will be the last club he coaches and his intention is to not to leave the Broncos.

He laso revealed his interest in luring Knights fullback Darius Boyd and powerful prop Russell Packer, who is currently doing time in a Sydney jail. Listen to the full audio below.

Wayne Bennett Press Conference


Earlier On Triple M

Wayne Bennett and Darren Lockyer celebrate a premiership win Photo: Getty Images

Wayne Bennett is finally back home. This morning, Bennett held his first press conference back at the Broncos and made some pretty big announcements.

"I never thought I'd get the opportunity to come here again"

Bennett has said that from his time away, he now believes that coaching the Broncos is the "most pressured gig in rugby league."

He also said that it is "my intention not to leave this club now" so it looks like he will be staying at the Broncos until his retirement.

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Tags: Brisbane Broncos, Wayne Bennett, Darius Boyd, Russell Packer

Posted: 22 September, 2014

Josh Jackson Free To Play

Bulldogs forward escapes penalty for alleged chicken wing tackle

There have been no charges at the NRL Judiciary after both semi-finals over the weekend.

Josh Jackson is free to play in Canterbury's grand-final qualifer against Penrith on Saturday after the NRL decided not to charge the back-rower over an alleged chicken wing tackle.

Jackson was put on report for a nasty-looking wrench on Manly prop Josh Starling in Saturday night's 18-17 golden-point semi-final win at Allianz Stadium.

Taking into account carry-over points from a tripping charge earlier this season, it had been widely expected Jackson would face suspension for the tackle.

But the Bulldogs announced via Twitter on Monday he had been cleared of any wrongdoing by the NRL match review committee and is available for Saturday's preliminary final at ANZ Stadium.

The NRL has taken a dim attitude towards chicken wing tackles of late, with Aidan Guerra and Justin Horo both recently suspended for the outlawed wrestling manoeuvre.

Starling, who was sin-binned for reacting to Jackson's tackle with a light jab to the chin, said he was left feeling "awkward" and "vulnerable" by the action but didn't want to see him rubbed out of the finals series.

"He's a good player and a crucial player in their team so hopefully he's alright," he told AAP.

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Posted: 22 September, 2014

NRL Lunchtime Wrap

Favourite for Wests Tigers job, Bennett back at Brisbane and more

Here's our Lunchtime wrap: Who's in the box seat for the Wests Tigers job, first official photo of Wayne Bennett back at the Broncos and the NSW and QLD Cup grand finalists decided.

Favourite For Wests Tigers Job

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Roosters assistant coach Jason Taylor (right) with skipper Anthony Minichiello Photo: Getty Images

The Australian's Brent Read reckons Roosters assistant coach Jason Taylor is in the box seat to take over the Wests Tigers next season, after the struggling club dumped Mick Potter.

"[Current Super League coach] Nathan Brown is in the thick of it, but I wouldn't be surprised if Jason Taylor gets the job to be honest," said Read, on Sunday Triple M NRL.

He reckons the club are looking for a fresh start. Listen to the full audio below.

Brent Read On Triple M NRL


Bennett Back At Broncos HQ

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Supercoach Wayne Bennett back at Broncos HQ Photo: Brisbane Broncos

Here's the first official shot of Wayne Bennett back at Broncos HQ.

Brisbane held a press conference at the Broncos Leagues Club today, which introduced Wayne Bennett and the coaching staff including new assistant Kevin Walters.

NSW, QLD Cup Grand Finalists Decided

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Easts Tigers confirmed their place in next Sunday’s Intrust Super Cup grand final with a 30-12 preliminary final victory over Wynnum Manly Seagulls at a packed Langlands Park today Photo: Intrust Super Cup

Easts Tigers will play minor premiers Northern Pride in the QLD Grand Final (Sunday, Sept 28 at Suncorp Stadium), while Penrith and the Knights will fight it out for the NSW Cup on Sun, Sept 28 at Allianz Stadium.

Penrith defeated Wentworthville 31-12, while the Knights thrashed the Illawarra Cutters 34-10. Meanwhle, Easts Tigers 30 def Wynnum Manly Seagulls 12.

Winners from both matches will play each other in a 'State of Origin' style match next Sunday on Grand Final Day October 5!

Mini For NRL Nines?

Retiring skipper Anthony Minichiello has been invited to follow in the footsteps of Brad Fittler to go around in the NRL Nines pre-season tournament next year in Auckland.

“One of the highlights of the 2014 Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines everyone would agree was Brad Fittler and seeing one of the greats comeback,’’ NRL Auckland Nines organiser David Higgins said in The Daily Telegraph.

“I think everyone would love to see Anthony Minichiello, as he adapts to life after the NRL, you need some things to pour some energy into and so if Anthony wants to play a part we would love him to come forward and show off his wonderful talent.’’

The Nines is on January 31 and February 1 in Auckland.

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Tags: NRL Lunchtime Wrap, Wests Tigers, Jason Taylor, NSW Cup, QLD Cup, Intrust Super Cup, Brisbane Broncos, Wayne Bennett

Posted: 22 September, 2014

Kangaroos Train-On Squad

Players named in the Kangaroos train-on squad for Four Nations

Australia has added nine players to the train on squad for the upcoming Four Nations Tournament and Prime Minister’s XIII match against Papua New Guinea.

Five players from the Cowboys and four from the Sea Eagles have been added to the squad following their elimination from the Finals series at the weekend.

The five Cowboys players are Gavin Cooper, James Tamou, Johnathan Thurston, Matt Scott and Michael Morgan.

The Sea Eagles players added to the squad are Anthony Watmough, Brenton Lawrence, Brett Stewart and Daly Cherry Evans.

A number of players have been forced to withdraw from the squad due to injury.

They are: Dale Copley (Broncos), Justin Hodges (Broncos), Matt Gillett (Broncos), Brett Morris (Dragons), Josh Dugan (Dragons), Trent Merrin (Dragons), Will Hopoate (Eels), Andrew Fifita (Sharks), Michael Gordon (Sharks), Billy Slater (Storm), Aidan Sezer (Titans) and Dave Taylor (Titans). See the full list below.

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Parramatta Eels Jarryd Hayne caps off a great year with representative honours Photo: Getty Images

Parramatta Eels Jarryd Hayne, Wests Tigers skipper Robbie Farah and former Newcastle veteran Willie Mason are just a few of the players that have been named in the Kangaroos train-on squad ahead of this year's Four Nations tournament and the Prime Minister's XIII match against Papua New Guinea.

The final Kangaroos squad will for the Prime Minister's XIII will be announced on September 29, with the final squad for the Four Nations being locked in after the PM's XIII clash in Kokopo on Sunday October 12.

Additional names will be added to the train on squad as the Finals series progresses.

Kangaroos train-on squad 2014:

Ben Hunt    (Broncos)
Corey Parker    (Broncos)
Josh McGuire    (Broncos)
Sam Thaiday    (Broncos)
Gavin Cooper    (Cowboys)
James Tamou    (Cowboys)
Johnathan Thurston    (Cowboys)
Matt Scott    (Cowboys)
Michael Morgan    (Cowboys)
Jarryd Hayne    (Eels)
Beau Scott    (Knights)
Kurt Gidley    (Knights)
Willie Mason    (Knights)
Anthony Milford    (Raiders)
Jack Wighton    (Raiders)
Jarrod Croker    (Raiders)
Josh Papalii    (Raiders)
Anthony Watmough    (Sea Eagles)
Brenton Lawrence    (Sea Eagles)
Brett Stewart    (Sea Eagles)
Daly Cherry Evans    (Sea Eagles)
Luke Lewis    (Sharks)
Cameron Smith    (Storm)
Cooper Cronk    (Storm)
Ryan Hoffman    (Storm)
William Chambers    (Storm)
Aaron Woods   (Wests Tigers)
Robbie Farah    (Wests Tigers)
Greg Bird    (Titans)
Jacob Lillyman    (Warriors)

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Posted: 22 September, 2014

Hoffman On Outer At Broncos?

There are a lot of teams chasing the Broncos Josh Hoffman and Brisbane has cap restrictions

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Brisbane Broncos Josh Hoffman on the move Photo: Getty Images

Triple M's Ben Dobbin has some mail ahead of the Brisbane press conference being held at the Broncos Leagues Club today at 10.45am, which will introduce coach Wayne Bennett and the coaching staff including new assistant Kevin Walters.

Dobbo has revealed all the Broncos players received a text message last week from coach Wayne Bennett, who wanted to meet and discuss his pre-season plans with the players. Except for one player, who despite being contracted next year, did not get a text.

Dobbo joked he wouldn't give up names but he did tell Triple M Brisbane's Grill Team: "There's a lot of teams chasing Josh Hoffman's signature this year and they've got cap restrictions.

"They say Darius Boyd will be signed, sealed and delivered in a couple of weeks. And somebody has to go and it won't be Ben Barba because no club wants him." Listen to the full audio below.

Dobbo on Triple M

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Posted: 21 September, 2014

Grand Finalists Dominate NSW CUP Team Of The Year

The NSWRL has put out their Team Of The Year for 2014 and there are some familiar faces

  Knights NSW Cup Veteran Josh Mantellato Photo: Getty Images

NSW Cup grand finalists the Newcastle Knights and Penrith Panthers have been rewarded by contributing a combined seven players to the competition's Team Of The Year.

Four Knights players (Nathan Ross, Josh Mantellato, Michael Dobson and Tyler Randall) were selected which was the most of any club.

Penrith was the next best alongside the Wyong Roos who each provided three players.

The NSW Cup five-eighth selected in the Team Of The Year is Panthers playmaker Will Smith. The pivot will not play in the grand final but instead partner Jamie Soward in the first grade preliminary final against the Bulldogs next week.

Smith was eligible for the side under the selection criteria which stated:

- Players must be involved in at least ten VB NSW Cup Games

- A player is selected in a position they have played in for most of the season

- If a player is suspended more than three times they become ineligible

2014 NSW Cup Team Of The Year

1. Nathan Ross - (Newcastle Knights)

2. Bureta Faraimo - (Wentworthville Magpies)

3. Sami Sauiluma - (Mounties)

4. Asipeli Fine - (Wests Tigers)

5. Josh Mantellato - (Newcastle Knights)

6. Will Smith - (Penrith Panthers)

7. Michael Dobson - (Newcastle Knights)

8. Magnus Stromquist - (Wyong Roos)

9. Mitch Williams - (Wyong Roos)

10. Tim Robinson - (Cronulla Sharks)

11. Jake Foster - (c) (Mounties)

12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner - (NZ Warriors)

13. Ryan Simpkins - (Penrith Panthers)


14.Tyler Randell - (Newcastle Knights)

15. Shannon Wakeman - (Illawarra Cutters)

16. Sam Anderson - (Penrith Panthers)

17. Lachlan Burr - (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)

18. Clinton Gutherson - (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles)

COACH: Rip Taylor (Wyong Roos)

Triple M would like to congratulate the players named and wish the remaining team the best of luck in the VB NSW Cup Grand Final.

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Tags: Newcastle Knights, nsw cup, Penrith Panthers

Posted: 21 September, 2014

Greatest Ever Finals Series

Matty, Gordie and Kenty chose their favourite playoff games of all-time

We are in the midst of perhaps the most thrilling finals series in history and to honour the excitement, Matty, Gordie and Kenty have picked out their favourites from the archives.

Listen to the boys take a trip down memory lane

Matty Johns - 1994


This was one of the big redemption series' of NRL Finals history. The Canterbury Bulldogs defeated the minor premiers Canberra 19-18 in extra time which lost the 'Green Machine' top billing. The Raiders went back to play the North Sydney Bears for a spot in the decider. Canberra went up 12-0 before prop John Lomax sent off which many believed would turn the game. But the Raiders dug deep to pip the Bears and defeat the Bulldogs 36-12 in the ARL Grand Final.

Paul Kent - 2005

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This year ushered in a new era. Child prodigy Benji Marshall and Bulldog discard Johnathan Thurston were entrusted with taking their teams to the big dance. Ironically, North Queensland got rolled by 50 in their first playoff but won the next two games to reach the decider. The series was capped off by that Benji Marshall flick-pass which ensured the Wests Tigers would win their first title as a joint venture.

Gorden Tallis - 2014

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Gordie raised the early 2000s as some of his favourites for obvious reasons but says he has struggled to find any year which compares in terms of finishes and drama. The 'Raging Bull' pointed out there has been three finals at Allianz Stadium and all three have been decided by one point.

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Tags: Wests Tigers, NRL Finals, Canberra Raiders, North Queensland Cowboys

Posted: 21 September, 2014

Potter's First Interview Since Losing Job

Wests coach Mick Potter was told earlier in the week he was no longer wanted and took to Channel Nine's Sunday Footy Show to tell his side

mick potter, profile, wests tigers, coach  Ex-Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter Photo: Getty Images

Former Tigers coach Mick Potter has cleared up the gossip surrounding his relationship with the board, Robbie Farah and CEO Grant Mayer during his time at the club.

Listen to the interview

Potter was let go from his post earlier this week and was confronted with questions on Channel Nine's Sunday Footy Show which led to the club's turmoil.

"He does let his emotions get the better of him sometimes and he just wants the best for the team," Mick Potter said on Channel Nine's Footy Show.

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Captain Robbie Farah was a key talking point given the divide which escalated when Triple M's Gorden Tallis revealed the dummy-half questioned Potter's coaching ability.

"We certainly had our issues through the year and I've addressed them as best I could but it wasn't about pleasing Robbie, it was about trying to get the best out of the team all the time."

The former mentor admitted both he and Farah wanted the best for the club but saw its future in two different directions.

mick potter, grant mayer, ceo, wests tigers  Wests Tigers CEO Grant Mayer alongside then coach Mick Potter Photo: Getty Images

CEO Grant Mayer and the club's board were other factors which influenced Potter's tenure and the vision he was trying to create.

"I thought I had their [the board's] support but didn't feel like I had enough authority to do what I needed to do at that particular stage."

Potter cited disappointment rather than anger as the dominant feeling of the final moments following his departure.

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Wests Tigers Let Go Mick Potter

Wests Tigers have decided not to renew Mick Potter's contract.

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Tags: Wests Tigers, Robbie Farah, Grant Mayer, Mick Potter

Posted: 21 September, 2014

Hodkinson Believes He Has 'Tweaked A Medial' Ligament

Bulldog halfback Trent Hodkinson says he will be racing the clock to be fit for Cantebury's preliminary final

  Trent Hodkinson of the Canterbury Bulldogs Photo: Getty Images

Canterbury playmaker Trent Hodkinson says he will be working overtime to be right for Saturday's preliminary final against the Penrith Panthers.

The 26-year-old left the field with a knee injury in yesterday's semi-final against Manly. Hodkinson returned just before half-time and was able to kick the match-winning field-goal.

"I guess the positive thing is: I got through the game but I had scans this morning and we'll see the results but I'll be doing everything I can to make sure it is okay for Saturday," Hodkinson said on Sunday Triple M NRL with Matty Johns.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN LIVE: Hear all the NRL Finals action on Triple M.

Hodkinson has had a history with knee injuries, undergoing multiple reconstructions which hampered the start of his career.

"I feared for the worst when it happened, I just sort of heard a 'pop' and I thought here we go again."

The halfback says his five-eighth teammate Josh Reynolds did not intend to hit the referee which caused the Bulldogs to regain position and Hodkinson to kick the first of his two field goals.

The Panthers have had the week off and will take on the Belmore boys for a place in the decider. The Roosters will play the Rabbitohs in the other preliminary final.

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Starling Sin-Binned For Punch

Manly prop Josh Starling has been sat down for striking Canterbury's Josh Jackson.

Tooves Believes Refs Legs Got In The Way Of Prelim

Manly coach Geoff Toovey isn't pleased a technicality almost sealed his fate.

7 Golden Points: Sea Eagles V Bulldogs

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Tags: Canterbury Bulldogs, NRL Finals

Posted: 21 September, 2014

Beau Ryan And Eric Grothe Kiss

Rugby league's larrikin wingers did puckered up when they were spotted on Kiss Cam in Melbourne

Rugby larrikins Beau Ryan and Eric Grothe Jnr are good mates but we didn't think they were this close.

The pair was spotted on 'Kiss Cam' at the AAMI Park last week as the Bulldogs defeated the Storm in an elimination final.

Check out what happened when things got awkward

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This footage was released on The Footy Show which appears in a late-night timeslot.

The ex-winger tried something similar with show host Paul Vautin when the panel congratulated 'Fatty' on the show's 21-year history.

Ryan's media career has built on his outlandishness which has shadowed his NRL career with both the Wests Tigers and Cronulla Sharks.

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Tags: NRL Footy Show, Eric Grothe Jnr

Posted: 20 September, 2014

Tooves Believes Refs Legs Got In The Way Of Prelim

Manly coach Geoff Toovey isn't pleased a technicality almost sealed his fate

Sea Eagles coach Geoff Toovey believes a technicality was the main reason his side didn't progress to the preliminary final.

Toovey stopped short of blaming the decision on his sides' fate but described the chain of events which led to a Bulldogs field goal which sunk the Sea Eagles.

"I thought we could've won it there at the end of the game but a few things and a couple of legs from the ref got in the way," Manly coach Geoff Toovey said.

Listen To Geoff Toovey On Triple M

Manly came back from 16-0 down to level the scores before the teams traded field goals to get into extra-time.

Meanwhile, Canterbury Bulldogs coach Des Hasler believes his backrower Josh Jackson will have no case to answer after his side's semi-final win over the Manly Sea Eagles.

The Bulldogs was placed on report for a suspected chicken-wing tackle in the 23rd minute which lead to Josh Starling throwing a punch and being sent to the sin-bin.

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Tags: Manly Sea Eagles, Geoff Toovey