Tohu Harris, Cam McInnes, Jason Taumalolo, an injured Ryan Matterson – these are the premium second row forwards that Luciano Leilua of all people doubled the scores of this week. Bradman Best and Kalyn Ponga were the highest scoring fullbacks of the round. Will Kennedy and Billy Walters got rare starts in first grade and knocked up some very handy scores to keep their pricetags ticking up. It really was a reward for jaded owners who have held onto those players while others were jumping right off the ship. Or maybe you just had too many other fires to put out. Either way, some very nice bounceback games this round!
This week was a massive one for some very popular players and some that have fallen a little down the pecking order in terms of SuperCoach relevance. Damien Cook and Cam Smith reminded us that they still exist and need to be taken seriously with huge scores, while Cam Munster, SJ and Nathan Cleary went very large – well done if you have managed to get that trio into your halves!
And after a relatively quiet round where a couple of POD scores didn’t quite go his way, site founder Nick Kirkup has still managed to hold onto a spot in the Top 20. Just a blip on the radar in the long road to SuperCoach glory.
This year’s weekly roundup will be the streamlined version we closed the year out with in 2019, focusing on the Top 5:
- Rockers– the ‘SuperCoach-relevant’ players who killed it
- Floppers – the ‘SuperCoach-relevant’ players who killed your week
- Shockers – the left-field players who will no doubt be high on the list of trade-ins the next round and prime candidates for SC players chasing last week’s points!
As a bonus addition this year, I’ll also include my Trade Fail of the Week. It’s a great feature to use with your SuperCoach Gold subscription – you can see who SuperCoach players are trading in and out and who they’re trading for. There’s always some absolute headscratchers and this week is no exception.
JT’S TRADE FAIL OF THE WEEK
Some very unlucky traders this week, with plenty flicking on Luciano Leilua right before his mammoth 135-point effort, but the unluckiest were those that traded him to Ryan Matterson before his scratching this week. Oof. Not sure I’d also have been making the move to Charlie Staines this week given his recent suspension but 1.8k did…hopefully he gets back at some point to build on that one game and potential price rise but I guess he could turn into a handy enough nuff so might not be the worst trade..
1. Damien Cook – 138. The Rabbitohs looked gone before Damien Cook clicked into gear and almost single-handedly got them across the line. Before this week he had been slowly building with scores of 108, 61, 78 and 97 over the last month but for those last 20 minutes in this game, this looked like Cook of 2018 and 2019. Two tries, an assist, 4 busts and 53 tackles. All that from just the 5 runs, but it’s the runs that open up space for his side and don’t ultimately get counted for SC points (because he’s passed the ball) that show how dangerous he can be. A yard ahead in pace than the rest and as the season wears on and teams start to fatigue, you’d imagine he’ll be the one to capitalise as we’ve thought all along. At $700k it’s a big price to pay but at just 13% ownership it could be a huge POD play that could make or break your year.
2. Cameron Smith – 136. This week was the start of a pretty handy run coming up for CS9. Helped demolish the Titans here and moves onto his favourite stomping ground in Milton to take on the hapless Broncos followed by the Knights and Bulldogs. If this game and his efforts so far this season are anything to go by, he would be a very handy pickup for that run and beyond. Goalkicking in a team that looks like kicking plenty of them. Not rested so far (repeat: so far) this season and playing behind some elite forwards. Ticking all the boxes.
3. Shaun Johnson – 119. SJ was across everything on Sunday afternoon. Setting up tries, getting out of his own ingoal (on his way to setting up tries), nailing goalkicks and scoring freakish tries of his own. An absolute day out against the former club and for a player who has a history of inconsistency in this game, it’s his sixth score in seven games above 60 (the other was a 56-point effort the week before against Penrith) and it’s now the first time he’s been above $600k since the end of last year.
4. Nathan Cleary – 112. Junk time and Cleary go together like cellulitis and his face. Would love to see a stat of points scored in the last 20 minutes across all players in the competition. Cleary would have to be up there over the last couple of years. Strolled through the tired Cowboys defence with seconds on the clock and nailed the goal to go from a (probably underwhelming given expectations heading into this game) 70-odd to this huge score. Before that, got points from just about every stat with a heap of tackles (22), 5 busts, a forced dropout, two offloads and two linebreaks from his 9 runs. It really was a day out for him and shows just how good he’s become since Maloney left and gave him the reins.
5. Kalyn Ponga – 92. What a bounceback from a player under pressure. No longer chained to one side of the park, Ponga was all over it on his way to some trademark runs and a try. His biggest score since that 159 that got everyone trading him in and a reminder of what he’s capable of when given the opportunities. A deft grubber for Bradman Best’s try was gold for owners of both who have stuck solid. Didn’t stop the cash drop ($40k) but with a BE of 58 and an afternoon game against the Bulldogs coming up, he’ll be a great discount buy for this week. Just get your goalkicking boot working again – 2/5 this week.
1. Maika Sivo – 25. Game on the line, wide ball to a rampaging Sivo with only the other winger to beat 10m out. Surely this was the play to bank the Eels the win and save his owners’ blushes? No. A wild Brad Parker appeared instead, out of nowhere, dropping Sivo with a solid hit that ultimately led to the big man leaving the field for treatment with a few seconds to go. That was 101-1 kind of stuff. Well done Brad. Sivo should be right to go next week. He’s had a couple of quiet ones in a row now with a 39 before this but with Moses returning and the Eels fired up after a bad loss, you’d imagine he’ll be in the thick of it. Definite hold.
2. Anthony Milford – 11. I see in the latest ‘moving the coasters slightly on the tables next to the deckchairs on the Titanic’ move coming out of Red Hill this week, Milford might be going back to fullback where he was good about 17 years ago. Lel.
3. Tohu Harris – 52. A quiet day out despite 80 minutes on the park and it ended up being Jazz Tevaga that stole the show with his usual massive workrate. That was what owners like myself had been waiting for with Tevaga’s eventual return and based on Sunday’s effort, it looks like those fears were reasonably accurate. Still spent some time in the middle but not playing most of the game there will hurt Tofu going forward, particularly as he doesn’t look likely to add too many attacking stats to his scoresheet with this Warriors’ attack. Threw a pass to no one that the Sharks pounced on for their final try in a dismal day out. Thanks for the work so far Tohu!
4. Luke Keary – 22. Apart from a couple of 80s and a 106 from their demolition of the Broncos earlier this year, Keary hasn’t been scoring massively despite the Roosters’ incredible run since the COVID resumption. Even when he got a 69 (lel) against the Cowboys in the Townsville carveup last week, he needed two tries of his own to get there. Kyle Flanagan looks to be the Roosters half you wanted.
5. James Roberts – 17. Silly me for talking him up as a potential savvy bargain purchase now that his price had freefell since the start of the season. One good game does not undo the rollercoaster history that is Jimmy the Jet in this game. He was on -4 for a good part of this game after missing a stack of tackles and one unfortunate miss has also resulted in a ruptured pec and significant time now required on the sidelines. Very bad luck for Roberts and anyone that might have jumped on.
1. Luciano Leilua – 135. Two tries, a heap of tackles, busts, linebreaks. This game had it all from a guy who many have looked to move on over the last few underwhelming weeks. Now with a breakeven of -19 he becomes an easy hold and one to look out for as a handy matchup play down the line. Keeper status is yet to be determined but after a run before this game where he knocked 4 scores below 50 in his past 5 games, this has ‘flash in the pan’ written all over it.
2. Nelson Asofa-Solomona – 116. Has been slowly easing into this year after a few niggles that have seen him start just the one game so far this season but the NAS against the Titans was a scary prospect. Two tries to inflate the score and the year’s PPM to around 1.5 but with the likes of Christian Welch and Brandon Smith being used in the prop rotation, there’s plenty of minutes opening up for him even if they keep him in this bench role. -10 breakeven now…
3. Luke Garner 104. More than doubled his yearly average in this game. Second row forwards against the Broncos look a go this year. KBrom this week, anyone?
4. Billy Walters – 92. A night to remember for Walters, Jr. A miracle try volleying a kick through and setting up Leilua for a classy try (albeit against non-existent defence). Might just have this halves spot locked down for a while now which is fantastic news for the 25% of SuperCoaches that still own him (less the zombie teams in that stat…)
5. Nick Meaney – 85. Some very not ideal scores so far this year being parked out on the Bulldogs wing where it can be a graveyard for attacking opportunities and points but got a go at the fullback role this week and shook off a couple of pretty poor weeks with the goalkicking boot to grab 5/5 in that department as well. He was by no means fantastic in that fullback role last year with a high score of just 56 from 11 games so wouldn’t go getting too excited yet.
INJURIES & SUSPENSIONS
The injury list just keeps piling up but it’s the 1-2 week injuries that are frustrating SuperCoaches (and the players themselves) the most!
HIAs and Did Not Return:
Patrick Herbert (Warriors), Reuben Garrick (Manly)
- Keiran Foran – Toe – 2-4 weeks.
- Dylan Edwards – Hamstring – 1-2 weeks
- Maika Sivo – Knee – 0-1 week
- Nathan Brown – Corked Hip – 1-2 weeks
- Dean Whare – Groin – TBA
- Corey Oates – Leg – 3 weeks
- Moses Suli – Sternum – 0-1 week
- Angus Crichton – Knee – 4-6 weeks
- Michael Oldfield – Hamstring – 2-3 weeks
- James Roberts – Pec – 10-12 weeks
- Ethan Lowe – Neck – Season
Possible Round 11 Returns:
Alex Twal, Mitchell Moses, Robert Jennings, Nat Butcher, Jordan McLean, Campbell Graham.
- Tariq Sims – high tackle – 1 week
- Isaac Luke – dangerous throw – 1 week
- Briton Nikora – shoulder charge – 1 week