The final round before the first bye has come and gone and with Origin team lists named, our focus now turns to just who, and how many, we fill our sides with for this crucial round (for overall players).
There were a couple of players who might have put their hands up for last minute selections (Dylan Edwards finally scoring a ton? Joe Tapine on a tear?) but overall, the cupboard looks a little bare with genuine keeper stocks who will be playing this round.
Across the week, there were some usual suspects who found some fine tuning before they head into the Origin period, with the Storm and Roosters flexing their muscles and a Munster/Teddy spine proving fruitful for SuperCoach. On the flipside, Nathan Cleary has now gone five games without a ton and is shedding plenty of value as we lead into Origin time.
For those that jumped onto the Munster loophole after the first game, you’d want to hope you didn’t have the likes of Schiller (2), Taaffe (12) or Tuilagi (22) coming on as absolute Auto Emergency Nightmares this round. The points were there for the taking with Munster’s huge score but did it cost you in the end?
Similar to last week, the gap between the good and bad round scores will likely be dictated by whether you still own Teddy or not (and the great weeks will be those that captained)…So again not a lot of ground to be made or lost – this next week is the big one!
The Weekly 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!
- Trade Fail of the Week – always good value.
- Manic Minutes – a quick check of any minutes of interest across the round.
TRADE FAIL OF THE WEEK
Short and sweet one this week. Jake Granville had over 15 tradeins this week.
1. James Tedesco – 144. Tedesco had tonned up in the space of about half an hour on Saturday night courtesy of a try and a couple of assists. This was a vintage Tedesco game, bobbing up around the ruck, linking well with his halves and busting 9 tackles in total across the evening. He slowed down a little in the second half but still did more than enough to satisfy owners. He’s now scored in five straight games after initially crossing for just one in his first seven games. Turning the corner but that corner is now Origin where we know Teddy can be rested.
2. Cameron Munster – 112. Munster burst back into life this week with a couple of tries and an assist as he finally took the reins on as the dominant playmaker in the Storm lineup. He was very passive against the Cows the week before which may have been due to illness, but showed none of that in a massive statement game to kick off the round. A few players may have been caught out looping him (see intro) but a great knock nonetheless.
3. Campbell Graham – 119. Somehow not enough to make it into the Blues squad for the first game, but the Graham/AJ combination caught fire on Saturday night, with Graham providing the last touch for three tries (given the assists for two) to break through for his first ton all season. Like Zac Lomax, he’s been a steady hand in a team that’s been up and down and is one for the POD-hunters at 6%. He seems to string games like this together at stages throughout seasons and the fire from missing Origin might just spur him on to a few more of these. The better Cody Walker can get, the better Graham will be.
4. Dylan Brown – 110. Brown has been largely forgotten about from a SuperCoach perspective ever since centre-gate earlier in the year, but was back to his lethal best at home in the halves where he belongs on Sunday afternoon. His first double for the season, three linebreaks, eight busts (most for the year). It was a great showing for a guy coming into a reasonably soft run of games in the next month and a bit.
5. Daniel Tupou – 107. 15 hitups of quality from Tupou over the weekend, who notched his first ton for the year. His two tries (and one assist) actually didn’t come from kicks, with his first for the night an absolute training drill off of a scrum. It helped him notch three linebreaks, his most since R18 2020. Unfortunately just as Tupou starts to click into gear (along with his Roosters), he finds himself back in the Blues side and probably out of SuperCoach contention.
Honourables: Alex Johnston, Herbie Farnworth, Zac Lomax – few high quality CTWs in here going large this week. The floodgates have opened for Zac Lomax’s tryscoring account in the last fortnight.
1. Will Kennedy – -2. Had to check that this wasn’t a typo and that Kennedy wasn’t injured during the game. Or sinbinned. Nope. 80 minutes. 1 error. 1 penalty conceded. 1 tackle made. 7 missed. 5 hitups. $107k of value lost. He’s definitely not a popular option at just 1%, but this is absolutely worth noting given his last outing was also -10. That has to be a record.
2. Scott Drinkwater – 12. Drinky had a difficult night at the back with a couple of costly errors and a kick dead, with Penrith’s smothering defence meaning there was little he could do on their line. He is an interesting play this round if you want to jump on, given he faces the Titans and has a 123 breakeven. You’re probably likely to be selling at a loss down the track but for the sake of potential points this week, maybe forget about this game.
3. Jackson Hastings – 25. Hastings actually got a try assist in this game which makes such a low score all the more baffling. He’s shown a handy floor of late, hitting around the 50 mark which is nothing to be excited about, but we’ve seen glimpses of potential out of him for SuperCoach this year. Just three runs all game and doing nothing but tackling in the second half against the Bunnies’ onslaught. 14% of SuperCoaches would have been thinking he could go large again when they went into halftime with a lead but they just never came back out.
4. Viliame Kikau – 36. Kikau has been monstered by both Joseph Suaalii and Jeremiah Nanai in recent weeks and you don’t get many SuperCoach points for taking that built-up anger out on Chad Townsend. Probably lucky to avoid a charge from a high shot in the second half but coaches can breathe a sigh of relief that he’ll run out this weekend against his future club. He’s rocks or diamonds and he’s now thrown two rocks together, so no doubt will ton up this weekend.
5. Josh King – 38. King’s dip in scoring and minutes has coincided with Tui Kamikamica coming back into the Storm side after a lengthy suspension, and has now failed to score above 50 in three straight games as Tui’s minutes and involvement continue to rise. He’s made the cash, but is shedding plenty of value and will be an easy move-on this week as we stack our sides with Round 13 numbers.
1. Bailey Simonsson – 123. The Simonsson Star returns!
2. Enari Tuala – 95.
3. Shaun Lane – 91. I did not have Shaun Lane being third highest scorer for this game and comfortably outpointing both Matto and Papali’i but there you go.
4. Siliva Havili – 93. We’ve all been looking at the likes of Tevaga, Cotter and McInnes as dual 2RF/HOK options but the SillyVilly has been under our noses the whole time seemingly…Well his first score above 60 all season is probably likely to have people thinking that way and chase the points.
5. Dylan Edwards – 100. Classic big Dylan Edwards game to lure us in to thinking he’s a play over the Origin period (and Round 13), only to have him fall flat and lose cash down the line. Beware.
HIAs wreaked some havoc over the weekend with some popular players losing valuable minutes and others benefiting from their teammates’ misfortune.
Jazz Tevaga (41) has been of some interest lately with a starting role at both hooker and prop, but did have to sit out the crucial last 15 minutes of this game for an HIA. Not sure if that helped Tohu Harris (80) to his first full game of the year but that may have likely been the plan all along, with Tohu again bouncing around between edge and middle when he needed a rest. In the same game, David Klemmer (76) got added time courtesy of the DSaifiti knee injury, but curiously Mitch Barnett (55) was given a decent rest. Klemmer’s PPM dropped under 1 for the first time since the opening game.
A couple of nasty auto-emergency players reared their heads this week, with Blake Taaffe (19) dropped to the bench for the debuting Kodi Nikorima (61) who also stole his goalkicking. James Schiller (5) then came on super late for the HIA’d Xavier Savage (75) which has not helped him at all. And the interchange forward Kelma Tuilagi (30) just has to be sold if you haven’t already.
A couple of other HIAs of note led to the surprise packet of the 2RF/FRF stocks in Joe Ofahengaue (66) losing some minutes, as well as Payne Haas (54) who left the field briefly for one of his own. Whether Nat Butcher (80) and Angus Crichton (80) were always going to play the game out is somewhat uncertain, given Sitili Tupouniua (55), who originally came onto the edge pushing Butcher into the middle, ended up playing in the centres as Joseph Suaalii (57) left the field late for concussion.
In injury returns this week, David Fifita (48) looked somewhat troubled by injury late in the first half but managed to come on and play out a few more minutes in the second, and Jahrome Hughes (75) was given an early breather.
Viliame Kikau (80) and Isaah Yeo (80) played out the full game again for Penrith, while some eyes would have been on Api Koroisau (63) and Reuben Cotter (64) as potential hooking bye week coverage. Both had impressive games but Cotter’s mammoth tackle count in his 64 minutes straight ultimately sealed his Origin berth, so Api is the last one standing.
Other minutes of note: Zac Woolford (55) and Tom Starling (25) had a shift in their gametime this week in an eyebrow-raiser for Starling owners, while Adam Elliott (42) isn’t benefitting from a move to lock. Josh Schuster (49) had an ordinary game from the bench and would take a brave SuperCoach to punt on him this week with a huge breakeven. Cam McInnes (53) got a relatively fortunate try and showed his worth as a starter, and Joe Tapine (54), whose minutes have been impossible to predict this year, had a huge PPM in his time out there as well.
In King-watch, Max (57) got through plenty of time in two stints. There was a bit of confusion as he looked to be getting taken off for an HIA, was cleared to play on, and then taken from the field for a regular interchange just seconds later. Strange. Was killing it in the second row up to that point. Raymond Faitala-Mariner (35) is still being eased into things off the bench, so with RFM and the returning Pangai looming, King’s role could diminish just as quickly as it’s been building. On the other hand, Josh King (50)‘s time on the field is dwindling each week with Kamikamica (54) returning.
INJURIES & SUSPENSIONS
- Daniel Saifiti – Knee – TBA
- Dylan Walker – Knee – TBA
- Mikaele Ravalawa – Hamstring – TBA
- Tevita Pangai – Back – 0-1 week
HIA – Joseph Suaalii, Scott Drinkwater, Heilum Luki, Jazz Tevaga, Jack Murchie, Will Penisini, Xavier Savage (did not return).
QUEENSLAND MAROONS GAME I SQUAD (RED = R13 PLAYERS)
1. Kalyn Ponga – Newcastle Knights
2. Selwyn Cobbo – Brisbane Broncos
3. Valentine Holmes – North Queensland Cowboys
4. Dane Gagai – Newcastle Knights
5. Xavier Coates – Melbourne Storm
6. Cameron Munster – Melbourne Storm
7. Daly Cherry-Evans – Manly Sea Eagles
8. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui – Gold Coast Titans
9. Ben Hunt – St George Illawarra Dragons
10. Josh Papalii – Canberra Raiders
11. Kurt Capewell – Brisbane Broncos
12. Felise Kaufusi – Melbourne Storm
13. Reuben Cotter – North Queensland Cowboys
14. Harry Grant – Melbourne Storm
15. Lindsay Collins – Sydney Roosters
16. Patrick Carrigan – Brisbane Broncos
17. Jeremiah Nanai – North Queensland Cowboys
18. Tom Dearden – North Queensland Cowboys
19. Jai Arrow – South Sydney Rabbitohs
20. Thomas Flegler – Brisbane Broncos
21. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow – North Queensland Cowboys
22. Murray Taulagi – North Queensland Cowboys
NSW BLUES GAME I SQUAD (BLUE = R13 PLAYERS)
Reagan Campbell-Gillard (Parramatta Eels)
Nathan Cleary (Penrith Panthers)
Damien Cook (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
Stephen Crichton (Penrith Panthers)
Tyson Frizell (Newcastle Knights)
Payne Haas (Brisbane Broncos)
Nicho Hynes (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks)
Apisai Koroisau (Penrith Panthers)
Jarome Luai (Penrith Panthers)
Junior Paulo (Parramatta Eels)
Liam Martin (Penrith Panthers)
Ryan Matterson (Parramatta Eels)
Cameron Murray (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
Jacob Saifiti (Newcastle Knights)
Tariq Sims (St George Illawarra Dragons)
Kotoni Staggs (Brisbane Broncos)
Joseph Suaalii (Sydney Roosters)
James Tedesco (c) (Sydney Roosters)
Brian To’o (Penrith Panthers)
Daniel Tupou (Sydney Roosters)
Jack Wighton (Canberra Raiders)
Isaah Yeo (Penrith Panthers)