Posted: 1 April, 2015

Sandor Earl's Mother Speaks Out Over Player Ban

Jan Earl is unhappy with the NRL and the clubs her son played for after his lengthy ASADA battles.


(Sandor Earl has had little support since his ban with the Canberra Raiders sticking by him: Getty Images)

Sandor Earl has been through a very tough time in the last year or so.

The Roosters, Panthers and the Raiders prop who faced charges dropped of possessing and using prohibited performance enhancing drugs back in August 2013 is still fighting to get back to what he loves.

The matter is now proceeding to the NRL’s Anti-Doping Tribunal and with a potential two-year ban hanging over his head, Sandor, his managers and his mother are hoping for a positive outcome.

With 34 AFL players from the Essendon club recently being cleared of 'doping' at a tribunal has left people, especially those close to Earl, questioning the NRL's recent decisions.

On Triple M Sydney's The Grill Team we had Sandor's mother, Jan Earl to talk to the boys about what's been happening with her son.

"Sandor Earl, who well has just been made face of this whole 'darkest day in Australian sport', unfairly," said Matty Johns.

"It's all well and good for everyone to come out and say 'now Sandor's a scapegoat' but you really don't know what the family and what my Sandor has been through, the support has been not very great," explained Jan.

"He's lost what he loves doing and he just don't have the money to fight anymore, he wasn't a triple figure player he was just a ordinary player, all the money's gone and he just has to get on with his life," Jan told the boys.

She called for ASADA to look at it's process and questioned how long this was going to go on for and if anything was ever going to happen for her son, "everyone else seems to be cleared," she said.

Jan also went onto tell the boys how taxing this whole process has been on Sandor, herself and her family and how many of the clubs that Earl played for have not given him any support since the ban.

Listen back to the full interview with Sandor's mother Jan Earl on The Grill Team.

 

 


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Posted: 31 March, 2015

South Sydney Rabbitohs Kirisome Auva'a Failed Appeal

South Sydney player Kirisome Auva’a has failed in a bid to appeal against his suspension from the NRL.

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Mr Auva’a sought leave to appeal against the suspension imposed by the NRL after he pleaded guilty to recklessly causing injury in a domestic issue.

The suspension imposed was for a minimum of nine months and the NRL ruled that any application to return to the game would not be considered until he demonstrated behavioural change designed to prevent the recurrence of violent behaviour toward women.

Mr Auva’a sought leave to appeal against the decision to suspend him, including the severity of the suspension period.

However, the NRL Appeals Committee found there were no grounds for appeal and his application for leave was dismissed.

Mr Auva’a may apply to have his suspension lifted on July 27 with a view to being re-registered on 13 August.

He will only be re-registered if he has met the conditions imposed as part of his suspension.

Earlier On Triple M

The career of Souths centre Kirisome Auva’a is in jeopardy. He has been banned indefinitely by the NRL after pleading guilty to assaulting his former partner earlier this year.

He's been ordered to undertake a raft of counselling courses and won't be allowed on the field until the last couple of rounds of the 2015 season.

The punishment could also mean the 22-year-old has played his last game for Souths with his contract up at the end of next season.

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Posted: 31 March, 2015

Auva'a Decision

South Sydney player Kirisome Auva’a has failed in a bid to appeal against his suspension from the NRL.

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Souths Kirisome Auva'a runs the ball Photo: Getty Images

South Sydney player Kirisome Auva’a has failed in a bid to appeal against his suspension from the NRL.

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Auva’a sought leave to appeal against the suspension imposed by the NRL after he pleaded guilty to recklessly causing injury in a domestic issue.

The suspension imposed was for a minimum of nine months and the NRL ruled that any application to return to the game would not be considered until he demonstrated behavioural change designed to prevent the recurrence of violent behaviour toward women.

Auva’a sought leave to appeal against the decision to suspend him, including the severity of the suspension period.

However, the NRL Appeals Committee found there were no grounds for appeal and his application for leave was dismissed.

Auva’a may apply to have his suspension lifted on July 27 with a view to being re-registered on 13 August.

He will only be re-registered if he has met the conditions imposed as part of his suspension.

Meanwhile, Souths also failed today to have $20,000 Arizona fine dismissed/reduced.

Earlier On Triple M

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The career of Souths centre Kirisome Auva’a is in jeopardy. He has been banned indefinitely by the NRL after pleading guilty to assaulting his former partner earlier this year.

He's been ordered to undertake a raft of counselling courses and won't be allowed on the field until the last couple of rounds of the 2015 season.

The punishment could also mean the 22-year-old has played his last game for Souths with his contract up at the end of next season.

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Posted: 31 March, 2015

Origin Ticket Rip-Off?

They've raised the prices for Origin tickets in Sydney and Brisbane to compensate for the lower prices in Melbourne

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Origin fans show their true colours Photo: Triple M

Origin tickets to Origin in Sydney are going up… but wait until you hear the reason why!

They've raised the prices for Origin tickets in Sydney and Brisbane to compensate for the lower prices in Melbourne, where they're trying to build the game.

A family of four pass to the Blatchy's Blues section at ANZ Stadium will cost up to $555.63. See the full ticket prices below.

"It's unfair for the rugby league diehard and they deserve better than that," said Matty Johns, on Triple M Sydney's Grill Team.

"There the people that dedicate most of their life to the game."

Matty Johns believes the NRL should be looking at other ways of raising revenue instead of higher ticket prices. Listen to the full audio below.

Matty Johns & MG on Triple M

 

Origin Ticket Prices

A Family Pass - two adults and two kids - ranges from $203.90 to $489.36
Single Adult - $71.36 to $280.36
Gold Seats - $168.22 ($155 last year)
Family Gold Pass - $465 ($489.36)
Blatchy's Blues Ticket - Adult $96.85 and $249.78, Child $81.56 to $163.12
Junior (aged 4-15 years) - facing ticket price between $56.07 to $137.63)

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Posted: 30 March, 2015

Brenton Lawrence To Have Back Surgery

Sea Eagles season goes from bad to worse as their experienced forward is set to miss most of the season

Manly have had a rocky start to the season and it gets worse as they lose Brenton Lawrence for the majority of the season.

Lawrence has had a fantastic couple of years at Brookvale even being tipped for Origin football by some but it won't be this year as he is set to go under the knife.

The former Gold Coast Titans forward has played just one game this year in the opening round defeat to the Eels and now requires surgery on his back which will rule him out for the majority of the season.

The Sea Eagles pack is already depleted with Glenn Stewart, George Rose and Anthony Watmough all leaving and Jason King retiring. Lawrence is just one of three forwards who played in the 2013 Grand Final still at the club.

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Posted: 30 March, 2015

Golden Point Thriller

But Cowboys coach Paul Green reserved special praise for his winger Antonio Winterstein.

Johnathan Thurston reminded everyone just how good he is as he provided a kicking masterclass to break Storm hearts in their 17-16 extra time win on Monday night.

But Cowboys coach Paul Green reserved special praise for his winger Antonio Winterstein, who returned to rugby league last night after taking a break to mourn the loss of his 19-year-old brother Francis, who tragically took his own life earlier this month.

“I was really happy for him,” Green said.

“He’s had a tough couple of weeks for obvious reasons and it was great to have him back among the boys.”

Winterstein bagged a double in the Cowboys miraculous produced a miraculous 18-17 win over the Storm at 1300Smiles Stadium in Townsville. Full highlights and match report below.

Match Report

Johnathan Thurston reminded everyone just how good he is as he provides a kicking masterclass to break Storm hearts in extra time.

Golden point football is always exciting and we have been treated to it twice in week four thanks to two amazing comebacks. With just eight minutes to go the Storm looked home ad hosed with a seven point lead but Thurston had a different idea.

The Origin half back nailed three fantastic kick in just seven minutes to complete a brilliant comeback against the Storm in Townsville. The visitors scored three first half tries through Mann, Kaufasi and a stunner from Koroibete but it wasn't enough as they couldn't hold on.

When Matthew Wright crossed for the Cowboys in the right corner with just two minutes to go he left a very unlikely conversion attempt for Thurston who defied odds to bend it through the posts to make it a one point game. After a soft penalty off the kick off he had the opportunity to level the scores with a field goal, again he didn't pass up on that and even converted one more in extra time to secure a needed victory for this side.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a magician and his name is JT   Photo: Getty Images

5 Key Moments from the game


6th min:
Lachan Coote kicks the ball miles over the sideline giving the Storm a great platform to attack from and they make the Cowboys pay with a try through Kurt Mann.

12th min: Tonumaipea loses the ball in a tackle on his 20 to give Cowboys the ball and then he rushes out of the line to try make amends but is all at sea which allows Winterstein to cross for the Cowboys.

61st min: After a prolonged period of attacking from the Cowboys they finally break the impressive Storm defence with Winterstein crossing again.

77th min: The Cowboys get a penalty on the sixth tackle just in front of the Storm line and they make the boys from Melbourne pay thanks to nice hands down the right which allows Wright to score and crucially Thurston converts from out wide to make it a one point game.

79th min: Storm amazingly give away a penalty and so Thurston boots it upfield and then three plays later is dead in front and 30 out so goes for the field goal and nails it. We are heading to golden point.

Some of the Storm players are distraught after late defeat in Townsville  Photo: Getty Images

 

Post Match Analysis

Star Player: It is very hard to not give this to Thurston but the Triple M call team agreed Taumalolo was unstoppable tonight and he is a worthy winner.

Jason Taumalolo put in an enormous display with multiple huge carries  Photo: Getty Images

Best Play of the Game: Unbelievable effort from Marika Koroibete. The Fijian takes a high ball from Thurston and then sets off, beating multiple players and running nearly the length of the field to score a wonder try.

Talking Point: After being under the pressure Cooper Cronk decided to make it a two score lead and takes an easy field goal in front of the sticks to extend the lead to 17-10. Did he take it too early?

Team Lists

Cowboys: 1 Lachlan Coote 2 Matthew Wright 3 Tautau Moga 4 Kane Linnett 5 Antonio Winterstein 6 Michael Morgan 7 Johnathan Thurston (c) 8 Matthew Scott (c) 14 Jake Granville 10 James Tamou 11 Gavin Cooper 12 Ethan Lowe 13 Jason Taumalolo Interchange 9 Rory Kostjasyn 15 Kelepi Tanginoa 16 Scott Bolton 17 Ben Hannant

Storm: 1 Billy Slater 2 Young Tonumaipea 3 Will Chambers 4 Kurt Mann 5 Marika Koroibete 6 Blake Green 7 Cooper Cronk 8 Jesse Bromwich 9 Cameron Smith (c) 10 Jordan McLean 11 Kevin Proctor 12 Tohu Harris 13 Dale Finucane Interchange 14 Ryan Hinchcliffe 15 Tim Glasby 16 Dayne Weston 17 Felise Kaufusi

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Posted: 30 March, 2015

Kasiano Commits Future To The Dogs

Bulldogs front row forward signs until 2018

The Bulldogs have received a huge boost as Sam Kasiano puts pen to paper on a new three year contract with the Canterbury-Bankstown side.

The last few weeks have mainly been about player departures but that isn't the case at the Bulldogs as they secure the services of Sam Kasiano until 2018.

Kasiano told Bulldogs TV “It’s a great club, great bunch of guys and it’s awesome that I know I will be here for three years." The Kiwi front rower has struggled with injuries in recent years but he is fit now and coach Des Hasler is happy with how he has started the season “he has got through a tough run of injuries and has started the season positively.”

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Posted: 30 March, 2015

7th Tackle Cleared Up

A potential seventh tackle, which the Bulldogs kicked the winning field goal on, has been cleared up

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Bulldogs Moses Mbye kicks the winning field goal Photo: Channel Nine screen grab

A potential seventh tackle, which the Bulldogs kicked the winning field goal on, has been cleared up during their win over the Wests Tigers last Friday night.

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Former refs boss Bill Harrigan said it was the correct decision, saying an 'accidental offside' by the Wests Tigers led to the seven tackles in the set, so the accidental offside created a zero tackle.

"[Referee] Ashley Klein has got it right. A zero tackle is given after a breach, so the accidental offside was deemed to be a breach and therefore he's entitled to go, 'I'm playing the advantage, zero tackle'," said Bill Harrigan, on Triple M NRL.

The NRL spoke to Shayne Hayne who has backed that up, saying an accidental offside restarts the tackle count. So there's no issue. While the Wests Tigers didn't make a big deal of it, so all's fair.

The Bulldogs came back from 24-6 down to win in a golden point thriller, 25-24 over the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium. CLICK HERE for the full match report.

Bill Harrigan on 7th Tackle

Bill Harrigan On Refs Not Calling Tackles

Meanwhile, Bill Harrigan revealed the reefeers are being coached not to call the tackle count, [instead] to say it to themselves after the play. Listen to the audio below.

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Posted: 30 March, 2015

Fergy Hit For Four

Blake Ferguson suffered ligament damage to his right foot in last Sunday’s win against the Canberra Raiders

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Blake Ferguson of the Roosters beats Edrick Lee of the Raiders to score a try during their win over the Raiders at Allianz Stadium on Sunday Photo: Getty Images

Blake Ferguson suffered ligament damage to his right foot in last Sunday’s win against the Canberra Raiders, resulting in the centre leaving the field in the second half without return.

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Ferguson will undergo surgery tomorrow and it is expected that he will be unavailable for selection for four months.

A further update on Ferguson will be provided once he commences rehabilitation.

More to come.

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Posted: 29 March, 2015

Luke & Sandow Blow-Up Explained

Ex-teammates had a go at each other all game and after the whistle on Friday night

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Rabbitohs Glenn Stewart separate ex- teammates Issac Luke and Chris Sandow after the Eels win at Pirtek Stadium Photo: Channel 9 screen grab

UPDATE: It's believed the feud between ex-teammates Issac Luke and Chris Sandow goes back to 2011 when the halfback decided to leave Souths to accept a multi-million dollar deal from Parramatta.

The Rabbitohs were all set to make the semi-finals (a rare thing in those days) but lost their last two games to miss out.

According to Rugby League Week's The Mole, "several Souths players blame the departing Sandow for the late demise."

Issac Luke & Chris Sandow Blow-Up

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A few years ago Chris Sandow and Issac Luke were team mates at the Rabbitohs but there was little love lost between them on Friday night.

Parramatta were the surprise 29-16 victors over the Rabbitohs at Pirtek Stadium on Friday night in a game full of skill and a fair bit of niggle with most of it coming from Issac Luke and Chris Sandow.

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Chris Sandow and Issac Luke come to blows after the Eels win at Pirtek Stadium Photo: Channel 9 screen grab

Chris Sandow had a great game and ran the show, which appeared to wind up Issac Luke as the former team mates clashed during the game and after the final whistle.

Speaking after the game the Rabbitohs hooker joked he was just informing his former teammate where he 'parked his car' if he wanted to continue the argument.

"Haha sorry bout that lil thing at the end of the game peeps. Personal stuff that happened a long time ago. Big ups to the #parraeels bout," tweeted Luke, after the match.

The pair caught up in the Eels change room, where they were seen sitting and chatting with one another.

"We're really good mates, me and Issac," Sandow told Fairfax Media.

"We're very competitive, it's a contact sport. The best man won tonight and I think he was a bit dirty. He ended up saying sorry after the game.

"[There was] a bit of scuffle, a few words were said. We love it, we play NRL and it's a competitive game.

"It's all good, we're still close mates."

After a week when a lot of attention has been put on 'what happens on the field stays on the field' it must be noted that the two player were spotted 'hugging it out' in the tunnel after the game.

Issac Luke & Chris Sandow Blow-Up

Chris Sandow and Issac Luke come to blows after the Eels win at Pirtek Stadium Photo: YouTube

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Posted: 29 March, 2015

What Happens On The Field Should Stay There Says Hoops

James Hooper was a guest on Saturday Triple M NRL and he was part of a heated debate about the golden rule of sport

After Jacques Potgieter copped a $20,000 fine for a homophobic slur against the Brumbies the Saturday Triple M team discussed if Pocock was right to come out and shame the South African.

One of the first things you learn in sport is often 'what happens on the field stays on the field' and rightly or wrongly that has been broken this week by former Wallabies captain David Pocock.

The Saturday Triple M NRL team had a long discussion whether it was right of Pocock to break the rule and there were varying schools of thought.

James Hooper was very vocal in his belief that Pocock shouldn't have made it public knowledge stating 'he has broken one of the golden rules of elite sport.'

The Telegraph journalist 'wasn't condoning homophobia' is any way but believes there are some 'double standards' as insults about mothers and partners weren't reported.

Despite opposition from Maroon, Wendell Sailor believes the same rule should apply and he has experienced racism on the field but decided to leave it there as opposed to put it in the public.

Listen to the full discussion here

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Posted: 29 March, 2015

Sea Eagles 'Chasing Really, Really Hard' For Elgey

Manly looking to get back at Titans by signing their young gun

The Sea Eagles have lost both if their star halves and are wasting no time or expense trying to replace them with Kane Elgey a primary target.

Kane Elgey is one of the most talented young players in the game and a name you may be hearing a lot in the future. The 21 year old was the star of the 2014 Holden Cup, as he was named in the team of the year and the player of the year.

Kane Elgey could be on his way to Brookie as a direct swap for Cherry-Evans   Photo: Getty Images

James Hooper of the Telegraph told Saturday Triple M NRL that the Sea Eagles 'are chasing him really, really hard' and it could lessen the blow of Cherry-Evans' departure as the 'Titans got under the Eagles guard and signed DCE.'

The Titans signed Daly Cherry-Evans a few weeks back meaning Elgey may not get as much game time as he would like and the switch looks very feasible. Elgey is out of contract in 2016 and will be the target of a few clubs.

 

James Hooper on Saturday Triple M NRL

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