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Queensland Go Back-to-Back in Intense Women’s State of Origin

A last-minute penalty goal was all that separated Queensland and New South Wales as the Maroons clinched their second straight Women’s State of Origin title over the Sky Blues. The successful defence of their 2020 title, which came after a grueling 70 minutes in front of 7,183 spectators at Sunshine Coast Stadium, means both states …

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NRL 2021: Beanies For Brain Cancer With Origin II Looming

NRL players, coaches and fans donned navy blue beanies in Round 15 of the season for the annual Beanie for Brain Cancer round. This year, the NRL proudly announced a record $4.1 million had been raised for the event’s organiser, the Mark Hughes Foundation. Around the grounds, the Titans and Roosters gave up promising leads, …

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NRL 2021: Warriors’ Coast Party and Karmichael Hunt’s Return Spoiled

All 16 of the NRL clubs returned in Round 14 following the first game of State of Origin. But with some players from the game being rested for the week, the clubs affected most by Origin’s disruption still had challenges to overcome without key players. Some clubs handled the effects well as the Sea Eagles …

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NSW Centres Tear Queensland Apart in State of Origin Opener

New South Wales’ Tom Trbojevic and Latrell Mitchell proved lethal in the centres as the Blues smashed the Queensland Maroons 50-6 in State of Origin Game I. The Blues weren’t fazed by a mostly Maroon crowd of 27,533 at Townsville’s Queensland Country Bank Stadium – where the match had been moved from the MCG after …

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NRL 2021: Golden Point Derby, Roosters And Eels Stunned

The controversy generated last weekend by the NRL’s crackdown on high contact has carried over into Round 11, with a record 17 sin bins handed out across the eight games. The NRL again came under fire for alleged inconsistencies, and some critics have suggested the measures could be encouraging milking for penalties and contributing to …

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NRL 2021: Sin Bins Galore In Controversial Magic Round

The NRL’s Magic Round was shrouded in controversy as a record-equalling 14 players were sin-binned through the course of the round and a further three sent off. The wave of on-field punishments came after the NRL announced it would take tougher action against above-the-shoulder contact, but has divided fans and commentators with several pointing to a …

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NRL 2021: Grand Finalists Run Riot, Eels’ Win Overshadowed

The Penrith Panthers continued their perfect start to the season and the Melbourne Storm also had a field day in Round 9 of the NRL, both 2020 Grand Finalists holding their respective opponents scoreless while piling on 98 points between them. Other pre-season favourites for the premiership appear to have started slipping away from contention …

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