He just had to do it, didn’t he?
A try, try assist, try contribution, 26 hit-ups, 11 tackle busts, 5 offloads, 3 linebreaks, 2 linebreak assists. Thank God he got that one error and one missed tackle as that would have been a monster score.
I’m talking of course about Thomas Trbojevic, who piled on a ridiculous 167 points in his carve-up of the Dragons to make sure his owners (less than 10k!) leapt well clear of the pack in what was another particularly disastrous round of NRL SuperCoach.
HIAs? We got ‘em. Suspensions? Everywhere. Early benchings? You bencha. This round, SuperCoach killers were flying out left, right and centre and helping to ensure that anyone who hit 4-figures could be satisfied with their week. It was only a few rounds ago that anything less than 1300 would generally see you sliding down the rankings! Sometimes it’s a lot of luck though. Two very early HIAs in Cam McInnes and Bronson Xerri certainly didn’t help matters for me, and the less said about some of my recent buys like Matt Moylan, the better.
At least now we get a break to plan ahead for an all-out assault on the back end of the competition, with SuperTrade week all the rage! If you haven’t already traded, reversed and traded again, do you even SuperCoach?
As always, the definitions stay the same:
- Rockers – the ‘SuperCoach-relevant’ players who killed it
- Floppers – the ‘SuperCoach-relevant’ players who killed your week
- Injuries & Suspensions – early prognosis and possible SuperCoach impact.
Raiders 22 def Sharks 20
Jack Wighton (88) – Warmed up for his starting centres game in Origin 2 with a matchwinning performance here, steering the Raiders around brilliantly to finish with two try assists/linebreak assists and a pinpoint kicking game that yielded two forced dropouts. Hasn’t set the world on fire in the SuperCoach world this year but this was the kind of form that helped propel him to his debut Origin earlier.
Jarrod Croker (71) – Poor Croker rage traders. Strolled through for the easiest of tries on his way to a handy score that would have been a hell of a lot more useful in Round 12. To go with an 87 last week. Nobody said this game was fair! Without that try, it’s an ordinary score (his 9 hitup points were negated entirely by his 4 errors and penalty conceded) but this is what Croker does.
Josh Dugan (76) – Those were Xerri’s tries. Give them back.
John Bateman (49) – Normally you wouldn’t call a near-50 from a CTW a flop score, but in Bateman’s case, it’s by far his lowest non-injury affected score of the season. His running battle with Fifita and Gallen was great viewing, but SuperCoaches would prefer he sticks to busting tackles, tackling like a madman and throwing offloads for fun. If this is his floor, the 15k owners who brought him in this week have nothing to worry about.
Shaun Johnson (39) – Took him a long time to get out of the negatives but warmed to the task as he led the Sharks back into the game in his return from injury. Thankfully this low score helps us hold back for another week, but was there a lot there to get excited about? A running SJ (just once here) is what will make him relevant for your SuperCoach side, for mine. A game for the Kiwis this week will hopefully get him some much-needed match fitness.
Matt Moylan (25) – We’ve been sold a lemon. Scores of 21 and 25 in the last two weeks after returning with a bang in Round 11 (78 points). There might just be too many chefs in the kitchen at the Sharks, as he seems surplus to requirements a lot of the time in attack. And in terms of fullbacks, must be at the bottom of the pack in terms of hitups. 7 here, 7 last week. Joisus. Knowing Moylan, he’ll pump out an 150 in Round 16. Well, he damn well better.
Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (17) – He looked like a season-long keeper at the start of the year when he was tearing up the competition, but the last month or so has dropped his output and strung some very low scores together. One score above 40 in his last 5 games is an awful result and means he’s looming as a very easy sell option for SuperTrade week. Has now lost around $130k from his peak price of $543k before this little slump. Just not getting the hitups he once was.
Bronson Xerri (6) – Mark another one down in the Banner’s long list of victims. Xerri was hurled to the turf early in the game but looked like he was able to play on, lasting another 5 minutes or so. Was taken off the field and didn’t return, meaning those (like me) who finally decided to play him after his massive last two weeks had a horrible start to their week. The fact Dugan strolled over for two tries in the exact spot where Xerri would have been doesn’t help, either! How great is SuperCoach.
Tryscoring freak Braden Uele (70) impressed yet again. Imagine having jumped on this guy earlier in the year when he was sub-$200k? He’s now steamrolled his opposition on his way to 3 tries for the year, and tremendous base point efforts that have seen him rise to $434k. Not getting crazy minutes (averages around 30 per game) but showing he’ll be a fixture in this Sharks’ pack for a while to come. Andrew Fifita (58) seemed more focused on grubbing it up than running the ball and that didn’t help his output here. Not a single offload to his name!
Elsewhere, Briton Nikora (54) could have had a much larger game if he had have just held the ball (3 errors), including once where he just had CNK to beat but coughed it up. His defensive work (30 tackles) was up on last week and, while his runs were on the low side (just 8), they were mostly high-quality. What we needed to see.
Titans 20 def by Warriors 24
Ken Maumalo (104) – Was a popular buy this round with a matchup against the Titans and he delivered in spades. Two tries, 23 hit-ups (most for the match). Very much a must-have for the Round 16 bye with that base and ability to find the line. Thankfully with a high BE coming into this one, his ton only saw him increase by $22k. I’m still a little wary of the Warriors’ backline given I bought into David Fusitua for his bye week matchup last year, and his team inexplicably fell to pieces against a depleted Penrith side on his way to a 20-odd. Surely that can’t happen again here, can it?
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (84) – Lethal running game helped him to a big score with a try and fleet-footed try assist, but still dropped $40k after his rough patch the last couple of weeks. Given the performance of the rest of the duds in my side, I’m thankful I took the points on offer this week rather than wait. Hopefully this kickstarts a resurgence out of his mini-slump and back to the 70+ averaging beast of the first 2 months of competition.
Jarrod Wallace (86) – Must have been inspired by the snubbing from Origin 1 as he’s been on a tear lately. Since Round 10, has scores of 78, 71, 68, 68 and 86 while his minutes have remained steady. This week he was helped by the injury to Jai Arrow which saw him hit a season-high 72 minutes on the park. Could he be an option post-Origin given Arrow will be sidelined for an extended period now?
Bryce Cartwright (82) – The Party lives on! Got his 4th try assist of the year but it was some of his defence that was the impressive part. An 80-minute effort in the second row but I’m not sure any of his owners would be playing him unless necessary here even if he held that going forward. The cash is a massive help for these trade weeks, though.
Moeaki Fotuaika (75) – Played out the full 80 minutes! His soaring gametime over the last month has coincided with Ryan James and now Jai Arrow’s injuries and his move to the starting pack, but at that price will just have to be one we missed here. Nabbed a try assist/linebreak assist to boost his score (what’s with front rowers these days) so the workrate outside of that was a little poor.
Patrick Herbert (22) – Wasn’t injury-affected, just again wasn’t involved. Had just one hitup over 8 metres which is just shockingly low. Didn’t goal kick either, with last week’s quad strain still hampering him.
Jai Arrow (40) – A real shame for Arrow, the Titans and Queensland here, with the gun forward to miss 2-3 months with an ankle injury. He was looking electric in this one as well, flying out of the blocks with an offload, a try contribution, 8 hitups, a tackle bust and 15 tackles in under half an hour on the park.
Anyone that bought the likes of Brian Kelly (80) or Jesse Arthars (64) for Round 12’s bye would be happy that they’re kicking on. Less so for the few Dale Copley (24) owners.
Some Warriors of interest for the bye were a little underwhelming, with Isaiah Papalii (52) not taking advantage at all this year of his 80-minute stints (has now got 7 of them in a row) while Agnatius Paasi (48) had been talked about a little with a very strong 5-round average of 65 heading into this game. His minutes were down to below 40 which suggests he’ll be a tough one to trust going forward despite his immense workrate. Offloaded 6 times against the Storm but just once here against his former side. Might be a bit late in the season to be bringing in trickily-priced guys like him if just for the bye.
Cowboys 26 def by Tigers 27
Michael Morgan (93) – His ownership has plummeted recently but those that have stuck strong were handsomely rewarded here with Morgo crossing for just his second try of the year (first since Round 1). Third week in a row now where he has put on two try assists during the game. That’s more than Nathan Cleary has put on all season (5) which is a crazy stat. His ball for Kyle Feldt to cross in the corner was vintage Morgo. Much prefer him from an NRL and SuperCoach perspective to be playing that sort of 5/8 role.
Ryan Matterson (74) – He’s just ultra-consistent. An early try boosted him here but without it still goes 55+ which is just about his floor. Those that are yet to pull the trigger on buying him can do so before Round 16 once we see the team list for Origin 3. Very unlucky to miss out on a spot given the musical chairs that have been going on down south.
Esan Marsters (39) – Has just fallen way off the wagon for SuperCoach. Half his points came in goals and his 7 runs with the ball yielded no tackle busts. This is not the same Marsters. Handily-priced but his 3RA of 41 from a goalkicking centre won’t be inspiring many. Sometimes, you just have to ignore the form lines and look at the pedigree. And he has it.
Robbie Farah (36) – Workrate has just fallen off a cliff since he started splitting minutes with Jacob Liddle. Shouldn’t it be going the other way? He was priced at $656k earlier this year. Makes the fall even harder.
How good is Jason Taumalolo (63) going when that sort of score is put down as a poor week for SuperCoach? A hugely popular captaincy choice this week, but given most of the other options didn’t quite go ballistic, the damage was minimal. The 80-minute efforts on the park had to come to an end eventually, with Lolo being subbed off relatively early (28 minutes in) before coming back on with his usual 25 to go.
David Nofoaluma (76) showed Marsters how it’s done here with 6 tackle busts, two offloads and a try as he strolled through some weak, retreating Cowboys defence. More than that, he’s one of the few in the Tigers’ backline to be making effective runs. 10 hitups over 8m out of 17 total runs. Would be an ultra-POD for your bye round with ownership at just 395.
Speaking of POD bye buys, Alex Twal (57) continued a solid recent run, with 4 of his last 6 games reaching 55 points or more. He’s very affordable and is getting consistent minutes at around the 55 mark. The Aiden Tolman sort of player you can nab for a handy score in 16 and then keep around as an 18th-man for your run home (if you’re short on trades). Emphasising his base stat prowess, his linebreak this week was his first attacking stat of the year.
Storm 34 def Knights 4
Cameron Munster (91) – Just his third score above 50 in his last eight games. Been a poor run for the usually-reliable Munster who helped destroy the Knights with 3 crafty try assists and his usual 30+ points in base. Still has a fair bit of cash to drop and will be a big trade-out target this week.
Nelson Asofa-Solomona (87) – Was a beast in this game, with an early linebreak and try assist helping lift him up. He’s a bit awkwardly-priced at the minute at $456k given he has a history of stringing ordinar scores together and his minutes haven’t breached more than 46 all year, but you just feel like he could get this sort of score in the bye round.
Jahrome Hughes (70) – Scored three tries in his last two games here to help break out of his SuperCoach slump this season, and being an option at halfback makes him an interesting play. Will likely play in that position during Round 16 while Munster is in Origin camp, and more than holds his own when there. Hard not to see him notching attacking stats against the woeful Dragons in that week.
Mitchell Pearce (11) – That hurts for Pearce, with injury striking at the worst possible moment as Origin beckoned.
Lachlan Fitzgibbon (27) – Any takers for a fallen gun for Round 16? With 1 score above 60 all year and a 3RA of 34, I’ll say no.
Joe Stimson (79) hit a casual 3.6 points per minute in his time on the field courtesy of two tries. Since his return to first grade has managed just the 20ish minutes on the field so be very wary if you’re throwing him into your 5-trade mix here. In this game, he came on for Kenny Bromwich (40). Without the guaranteed 80 minutes, Bromwich is a definite avoid now.
Herman Ese’ese (46) has fallen so far off the SuperCoach radar this year, with all of his 9 games coming from the bench and his 42 minutes on field here being his most of the season (replaced Buhrer with 8 minutes to go for his second stint). There’s nothing wrong with his PPM at 1.1, but those minutes are the worry. Still, this guy averaged 55 last year and is a powerful runner. If both Klemmer and Saifiti are out for Round 16, he could be a reasonable in-and-out bye option. If you’re desperate. Which I am.
Cam Smith (50) received an early mark with 8 to go with the job well and truly done. Interestingly, his opposite number Connor Watson (70) had 50 of those points coming from tackles. Almost double what Smithy did!
Kalyn Ponga (60) had a quiet game by his standards with 3 errors, a missed goal and 4 missed tackles bumping this score well down on what he’s been pushing out lately. Just nothing the Knights did really worked out there.
Rabbitohs 18 def by Panthers 19
Brian To’o (78) – Finally crossed for his debut try and it was a good one. One of the cheapies of the year by far as he just keeps on keeping on. Couple of linebreaks here but it’s his base output (30 hitup points) that’s the most impressive for the rookie.
Nathan Cleary (74) – Kicking game was very much on point here, setting up a try with an inch-perfect effort for Naden in the first half and a couple of forced dropouts along the way. His first try assist since Round 6! Thank God he kicks goals, really.
Viliame Kikau (70) – Oof. Why bother bye planning? Misses Round 12 through illness and then has come out and scored 111 and 70. Not as impressive as his two-try effort last week but running game looks to be getting back to the calibre of last season. Hard to trust with his injury history and propensity for being uninvolved in games and needing these attacking stats a little too much.
Cody Walker (36) – Poor Cody has had a rough couple of weeks, hasn’t he? Needs to be directing the Rabbits’ around with Cook being fatigued and Reynolds out but hasn’t been able to the last couple of weeks. Has dropped a cool $120k in that time. Hope his axing sparks him back to life here.
Damien Cook (55) was somehow denied even a try contribution for his kick that led to Cameron Murray (56)’s opening try. To quote the great Dave Von Kotze from a group chat on Sunday night, ‘that will just about do me’. At least both of those guys notched improved scores after their quiet efforts the week before, and Murray especially did well to be on the park at all after being struck down with illness in the leadup. Just the 41 minutes here so owners are very thankful for that lucky try.
James Fisher-Harris’ (54) brief run at SuperCoach relevance looks to be over with his stints through the middle not generating the same heat they once were. Has done his job for owners, though, and can be sold at a tidy profit.
Eels 38 def Broncos 10
Payne Haas (76) – One of the few from Brisbane that should have been allowed to fly home. Has dipped below 70 just twice all year (51 and 57). What a season. Has unfortunately picked up a hamstring strain that will see him sidelined for 2-4 weeks and potentially miss both Origin 2 and Origin 3. With any luck for SuperCoaches (is there such a thing?) maybe he’ll get a reprieve for Round 16?
Gehamat Shibasaki (72) – Still a cheapie option at $278k and surprisingly hit this score despite not dotting down. Two linebreaks, a linebreak assist and a try contribution were handy attacking stats from a soundly beaten side.
Shaun Lane (31) – Barely sighted on the field. Fell off the cliff at the worst possible time, with his quiet bye week of just 42 points kickstarting a price slide that means we’re now selling him at a much-reduced price. Not busting tackles, not offloading, not tackling, not running the ball (not well, anyway). Can’t be clogging up your side any longer.
Anthony Milford (30) – Not sure how he managed to hit 30 points to be honest.
Kotoni Staggs (32) – Had plenty of suitors lining up (me included) this week after getting some attacking stats last round against the Titans but was well-contained here. Ran the ball just 9 times which is a worry but this was not his club’s night. Again, the floor is reasonable for a CTW at his price.
Jeez if you picked up Mitchell Moses (65) for the bye, you’ve been handily rewarded. 3RA of 85 now and many would be tempted to sell him off before the rollercoaster plummets again.
Maika Sivo (62) just can’t be dropped from your side right now. Scoring tries at will. Is he really a matchup player or just a set-and-forget CTW option? Having scored less than 55 just the once in his last 8 games (and even then he crossed the stripe when the Storm annihilated the Eels in Magic Round!), suggests the latter. Clint Gutherson (59) went some way towards stopping the cash bleed with a try/linebreak assist in a much-improved effort on recent outings.
Manu Ma’u (65) owners can still hold steady as the big man is continuing to churn through the work with an 80-minute effort. Last week’s HIA hurt him a bit (45 points from 68 minutes) but outperforming the likes of Nikora with these scores. Not sure how long this will last with Nathan Brown (62) continuing to bounce back from his long injury layoff. Last week’s 51 points in 44 minutes increased to 62 in 59 here. What a fantastic SuperCoach player he is.
Couple of the forwards helped themselves to meat pies here which boosted their scores handily. Matt Gillett (89), Junior Paulo (81) and David Gower (68) won’t be in too many teams but delivered here.
Sea Eagles 34 def Dragons 14
Tom Trbojevic (167) – Refer introduction.
Martin Taupau (84) – Has been outperforming front row partner Fonua-Blake the last two weeks with another powerhouse performance here. Not looking hampered by injury as he was during the middle of the year and that’s showing with 7 busts, plenty of tackles, 3 offloads and a big 17 runs. 5RA of nearly 70 now but we know he can go into slumps. But at least for now, he’s the least of our worries. Keep it up, Marty!
Euan Aitken (82) – Those who chose Aitken over Staggs were rewarded with a beauty of a SuperCoach junk time play in the final minutes as he broke through with the fullback not home to dot down for a consolation try. Even discounting that try, his 14 tackles, 5 busts, offload and 29 hitup points looks very promising. That price rise of $60k hurts but that sort of performance suggests he could be climbing for a lot longer here. 3 weeks of good base efforts should be all you need to see.
Cade Cust (69) – Why couldn’t this be Dearden? He’s just pouring on the attacking stats at the moment and has been one of the cheapies of the year for those that bought in.
Daly Cherry-Evans (24) – Just didn’t really need to do anything much here, I guess. Got an early mark with 10 to go and laid on a TS/LA in his time out there. More of these games, the better for a guy who will be a genuine run-home option.
Cam McInnes (27) – The scorers must have felt a little sorry for me here as they rewarded poor Cam with a try/linebreak for Ben Hunt’s try that was very, very fortunate. A simple pass out of dummy half and Hunt did the rest himself. The roulette wheel of SuperCoach scoring continues. For McInnes, he’s stumbled a bit in the last couple of weeks but is still a good option for the bye round if you go a POD route over Smith. Hopefully he rests up well here as his lights were absolutely dimmed in a tackle that went wrong in the 23rd minute.
Corey Norman (31) – Had been on the up recently with a 71 and an 80 heading into this game but unfortunately won’t get to play ordinary teams every week (although he gets the Cowboys in Round 15). Interestingly, took on the goalkicking duties with Lomax out and Jai Field on the bench for the most part. Outside of that, his lone attacking stat on a dreadful day for the joint venture was a forced dropout.
Tariq Sims (42) is no longer an option with an Origin callup and a quiet showing here. He looked a little promising after a 71 against the Dogs, but I guess that was always a mirage.
If only Manase Fainu (63) played the Round 16 bye. He’s a tremendous SuperCoach player and will get a good run as starting #9 with Api Koroisau (24) injuring himself here.
Addin Fonua-Blake (57) looked like being a keeper when he tore up in Rounds 10 and 12 with tons but his PPM has slipped back to around 1.0 which is not good enough for his pricetag. Still running hard, still offloading, but getting outshone by Taupau. Not sure what’s up there.
Roosters 38 def Bulldogs 12
Joseph Manu (136) – These were Teddy’s points. Give them back. Just his third score above 50 all season.
Latrell Mitchell (97) – Plenty has been written about Latrell’s extraordinary Sunday afternoon. Looks to have bounced back strongly after his much-maligned Origin 1 performance, crosses for a couple of tries and seems to have a bit of swagger back, and then finds out he’s been dropped. Tough way to finish but at least owners will be crossing their fingers he suits up for the Chooks in Round 16 as he will be an incredible one to own if he turns it on as he does here. The worry is that his mental state might not allow him to keep these sorts of scores up regularly.
Rhyse Martin (32) – Poor Rhyse.
Does Latrell Mitchell’s potential snub from Origin 3 and therefore retention of the Roosters’ goalkicking duties for Round 16 hurt Sio Siua Taukeiaho (65)? On SST’s awesome base stat game this season, I would suggest not. It would have been a great string to his bow for that week but at $520k and pushing these scores out regularly (albeit with a linebreak here), he’ll be an easy choice for people to turn to this round.
Another member of the Blues’ Origin 1 side who won’t be there this Sunday is Angus Crichton (54) who finds himself at $473k and in a patch of form we’re not used to seeing from him. Since Round 5, he has gone beyond 60 points just the once. He’s playing the minutes, he’s playing for competition heavyweights and he’s got the pedigree. When’s it going to click? Perhaps a kick up the backside in the form of a lost rep jumper will spur him on. All he’s really doing at the minute is tackling, though, as he hasn’t offloaded in 6 games or run more than 10 times in 5 games. Due. As some perspective, he is averaging less than Roosters’ teammate and SuperCoach unknown Nat Butcher (88) who has been taking on a mountain of work for the Roosters this season and somehow has two try assists in his last two games!
There’s nothing of note to really chat about for the Bulldogs. Will Hopoate (77) crossed for just his second try of the year to remind us he still exists in this game. Aiden Tolman (50) has done his job and is now a sell.
Injuries & Suspensions
Bye planning is overrated.….
Nick Cotric (ankle – 1 to 4 weeks) – Left the field late in the game with an ankle injury that has unfortunately ruled him out of Origin 2.
Bronson Xerri (concussion) – Thrown to the ground early in the game and didn’t recover after that, being taken from the field after the Sharks had conceded their second. Didn’t return. A week to recover now.
Jai Arrow (ankle – 6 to 12 weeks) – The luckless Arrow’s unfortunate run with injuries continues, with his troublesome ankle being severely damaged and ruling him out for anywhere between 2 to 3 months. A lot of slack to be picked up in that Titans’ forward pack now.
Coen Hess (leg) – In what is very typical of the state of the media department at my club, there has been absolutely nothing further on the possible ACL/MCL injury suffered by Hess on Friday.
Mitchell Pearce (thigh/hip) – Horribly timed cork for Pearce, with all reports around being that he was in line for a return to the Origin arena. On the brighter side, he’ll be fine to go for the Knights’ next assignment.
Josh Hoffman (neck) – Scary stuff as it always is when the neck is involved, but thankfully was discharged from hospital with a clean bill of health and will resume training this week.
Payne Haas (hamstring – 2 to 4 weeks) – Another one down for the Blues. Picked up a hamstring strain during the Broncos’ horror night and now looks touch and go for Origin 3.
Cameron McInnes (concussion) – He looked in an awful way after getting his head in the wrong position in a tackle, but thankfully was able to walk it off. Possibly lucky to have the extended break this week to recover.
Api Koroisau (ankle – 1 to 4 weeks) – left the field after a nasty twist of his leg running the ball. Waiting on further news but for now this opens the door for Manase Fainu to bolster his minutes as the starting #9.
Zac Lomax (thumb – 4 to 8 weeks) – was a late withdrawal during the week and unfortunately for those that have held him, he will miss the all-important Round 16 bye week. Was really starting to warm into his role. Opens the door for a rebirthed Lachlan Maranta to come into the side as he did on Sunday.
Andrew Fifita (dangerous contact) – Contesting a horrible crusher tackle at the judiciary this week, which means he’ll either be suspended for 3 weeks (could have been 2 with an early guilty plea) or will be free to play for Tonga this weekend and our Round 16 SuperCoach sides. Plenty of interest in the result there! Looking at the tackle…he could be in trouble.
Adam Blair (dangerous contact) – For some reason, contesting his charge at the judiciary this week for a late shot put on Tyrone Roberts after he had passed the ball. As long as the panellists have never watched a game Blair has played in their life, given he does this sh*t more regularly than he makes effective tackles, he could be okay.
Mitchell Barnett (crusher tackle) – Barnett today accepted a 3-match ban for a nasty crusher tackle on Jahrome Hughes on Saturday. Rules him out of the Round 16 bye week where he was looking like a handy POD with increased minutes over the last month.
Sauaso Sue (dangerous contact) – Charged with a two-match suspension from Sunday’s game which was increased due to priors.