Land a score of 1,420 and slide down the rankings and lose 7 of 10 H2H finals? Definitely didn’t see that one coming at the start of the round! What a massive week for SuperCoach scoring, getting the H2H finals off to an absolute belter.
We had Ponga bouncebacks, Nofo hattricks, Teddy tons, the Pap knocking together consecutive hundreds, tidy performances from the 2RF brigade (McInnes, Matto, Bateman, Tohu), DCE winning the round for halves by a fair margin. Everything added up to a monster round of scoring where many probably cleared 1500 for the first time in their SC careers. Well done to those that did!
The less said about my tradein of Liam Martin, the better.
Finally a massive shoutout to SC Talk podcast regular for this season Benny G who tied the knot over the weekend! Was a very big Sunday night which explains my lack of Sunday Wrap podcast for this week. Congratulations champ! Also great timing – his speech was delayed just in time to make sure we got the Golden Point Cowboys win we were waiting for 😀 😀 😀
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
Every single one of the 2000 SuperCoaches who traded out Kalyn Ponga. Although with a rest coming up this week as his broken nose heals, it may have just been 4D Chess from them…
1. Kalyn Ponga – 158. It was a wild old night for the Pong on Friday. Three tries, 14 busts, four linebreaks and somehow managed to stay on the field after getting his bell rung by a charging Chad Townsend. In his short career where head knocks have been an all-too-regular feature, it’s a shock that he managed to stay on the park afterwards. People were warned about this – Ponga just has this unreal score in his game every now and again and it’s unfortunately been a bust if you decided to rage trade him after a quiet run leading up to this. He’ll now miss at least a week as a result of his broken nose that he played the game out with, so going to be a very interesting trade week…
2. David Nofoaluma – 120. Nofo was immense in the Tigers win. Last week the Manly side were torn apart on their left edge, while this week it was Nofo doing all the damage on the right. Three tries, two with linebreaks and a stack (9) of tackle busts after having a pretty quiet week last round. It was always going to come. Might be his last chance at a truly big score with some tough opponents to come to close out the season, but it just seems to be his year.
3. James Tedesco – 132. Nothing much really to be said, just more of the same after a huge score the week earlier. Teddy’s back, but he never really left. He got his second kick and regather break of the year (surprised to see they actually remembered the stat exists!). Just needs to take an intercept, throw an ineffective offload and get sinbinned now to complete the non-kicking SuperCoach stat bingo board.
4. Ryan Papenhuyzen – 105. This makes five tons for the year now for the Pap and unfortunately most of those have come recently now that we’ve all moved him on! The way he’s stepped into the attacking frame at the Storm despite the very, very big name players around him is a testament to how quickly he has come along. A try and two try assists were great reward – that’s now five assists in the space of two weeks after only having three of them before R16. A game against the almighty Cowboys beckons this week – Ponga to Pap anyone?
5. Daly Cherry-Evans – 114. Bang. What a result for owners of DCE who held strong after a very poor 20 in Round 16. He tore the Tigers to shreds out there with the ball on a string. Four try assists, four goals (now that Garrick is injured) and it should have been enough to win them the game. Just the 5 runs all game which is a little low for him, and none of his usual tackle bust/linebreak stats he seems to be churning out regularly this year, but it was a commanding performance. While he’s leading the side around without Turbo and with the goal kicking he looks a very nice POD.
1. Brian Kelly – 3. Noooooo! Had no doubt in my mind that Belly was going to have a huge game against the Dogs this round but not to be, succumbing to a first half ankle sprain. Beau Fermor even got over the line to score where Kelly should have been. Sigh. Not too bad considering he was just one point away from Brad Parker, who was on the park for all 80 minutes on his way to a score of 4 somehow.
2. Josh Papalii – 36. It was a frustrating night for Papalii, playing through the pain of a shoulder injury before coming off 31 minutes in and didn’t return. He was going over a point per minute in a strong showing in the Grand Final rematch. Bloody injuries.
3. David Fifita – 41. I can’t get a read on him this year. Seems to be going great, scoring tries and busting tackles and throwing offloads, but was nowhere to be seen on Thursday night. While it was a tougher defensive line, you expected more out of him than just 11 runs for two tackle busts and an offload. Gave away a couple of penalties and an error to round this score down. Who knows what we’ll get out of him against the club he’s going to in 2021 this week?
4. Stephen Crichton – 22. Was saved by a late penalty try last week and the signs weren’t great here. Been a breakout year for Crichton and he looked a set-and-forget CTW option up until recently. Missed 5 tackles with one terrible effort on the line leading to a Staggs try. It’s not the type of play you’d want to see in a team that has set itself some pretty high standards. But you do feel like a bounceback is not far off.
5. SBW – 15. Calm down, media.
1. Adam Doueihi – 104. This is what some were expecting earlier in the year when he was being talked up before Round 1.
2. Jeremy Marshall-King – 102. Wow. Three massive Bulldogs scores and none of them were for RFM or Hoppa!
3. Lachlan Lewis – 89. Wow.
4. Keiran Foran – 87. Wow.
5. Morgan Harper – 101. Do we have another Morgo SuperCoach God in the making? There can be only one.
INJURIES & SUSPENSIONS
- Dylan Napa – MCL – season
- Keiran Foran – Pec – season
- Kalyn Ponga – Rested
- Reed Mahoney – Shoulder – TBA
- Brian Kelly – ankle – TBA
- Jaimin Jolliffe – ankle – TBA
- Jorge Taufua – calf – season
- Josh Papalii – shoulder – TBA
- Korbin Sims – calf – season
- Chad Townsend – High Tackle – 3 weeks
- Wade Graham – Dangerous Throw – 2 weeks
- Christian Welch – Dangerous Contact – 1 week
- Jordan Riki – Crusher – 2 weeks