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

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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 as the Rabbitohs found themselves on the wrong end of one such blowout, the Raiders were handed their fifth straight loss, and the Roosters added …

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NRL 2021: Youngsters On Fire, Broncos’ Miracle Comeback

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2021’s NRL newcomers have showed what they’re capable of, with the likes of Sam Walker, Reece Walsh and debutant Zac Cini shining for their respective sides in Round 8. And as injuries continue to mount, plenty of eyes will be on these young guns through the next few weeks. The weekend saw a mixture of massive blowouts, see-sawing affairs and surprise wins, as the Roosters found themselves in further trouble with injuries, the Raiders and Sharks gave uptight half-time leads, …

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NRL 2021: Anzac Day Commemorated, Bulldogs’ Emotional First Win

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The NRL returned to hosting its traditional Anzac Day matches for Round 7 of the season after the COVID-enforced suspension of last year’s suspension prevented the clashes from being held on April 25. The Sydney Roosters and Melbourne Storm once again were the winners in their annual matches against the St. George Illawarra Dragons and New Zealand Warriors respectively. Elsewhere, Manly Warringah and North Queensland continued their surprise winning runs, South Sydney survived another scare, and Canterbury-Bankstown claimed their first …

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NRL 2021: Bottom Teams Looking Up, Souths Lucky In Nail-Biter

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The blowouts of recent weeks were almost nowhere to be seen in Round 6 of the NRL – instead there were close upsets, near-upsets and a particularly wild finish, alongside just a small handful of one-sided games. Broncos v Panthers Penrith were expected to be fired up against the Broncos after taking the backlash against Stephen Crichton sparking a scuffle against the Raiders last week in their stride. But the Broncos surprisingly held their own and with a penalty goal …

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NRL 2021: Late Legend Honoured, Roosters Come From Behind

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Round 6 of the NRL season was dedicated to remembering late rugby league legend Tommy Raudonikis after he passed away from cancer earlier in the week. Raudonikis, who played for Wests Magpies and the Newtown Jets in the ‘70s and ‘80s and captained NSW in the first-ever State of Origin game, was honoured with a minute’s silence before every game this round while Wests Tigers (which was formed by a merger involving the Magpies) rested the No. 7 halfback jersey …

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NRL 2021: Blowouts Slammed as Bulldogs, Sea Eagles Sink

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Round 4 of the NRL season was a weekend of carnage on the scoreboards and has left many questions hanging over the NRL’s rule changes and expansion ambitions. The first four games had margins of over 30 points each and the average margin of over 26 for the whole round was the highest in over 16 years. The noticeable gap between good and bad teams has been blamed on the off-season rule changes designed to promote attacking play, and weaponised against …

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NRL 2021: GF Rematch Ends in Thriller, Casualties Spark 18th Man Calls

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Round 3 of the NRL season channelled the “Defy Impossible” motto used to promote this year’s season. Stunning try-savers made the difference twice, including in the rematch of the 2020 Grand Final, and some clubs made some unexpected leaps in the ladder. But it was also a round filled with carnage, with a handful of teams losing several players each, including some big names, and the Cronulla Sharks even losing their entire interchange bench due to a variety of injuries. …

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