A round where so many SuperCoach-relevant players could be added to the flop list – both returning Camerons for the Storm, Ponga, DCE, Tohu, Barnett, Sivo, Moses, Lomax, SCrichton, Yeo, every Raiders CTW – and imagine if the junk time points didn’t flow for the likes of BMoz and Mansour!
Thankfully, if you happened to throw either the C or VC on the one and only James Tedesco who finally snapped out of a bit of a funk to go apesh!t on the hapless Broncos, none of that really mattered. Or how about if you owned the likes of Addo-Carr and Papenhuyzen, who carved up the Manly right-edge defence on their way to twin tons, or the Walker/Reynolds tag team who destroyed the Eels on Thursday night. AJ Brimson keeps chugging along and those that traded out the injured Shaun Johnson for him a few weeks ago are cheering along with him. It’s a great time of year for these sorts of PODs and really makes us start to wonder how set-and-forget some of our players are as we gear up into H2H finals from this week on…
Thankfully on a personal note I was saved from a down week with some of those flopper scores above by the dynamic duo of Captain Teddy and Addo-Carr to finish on a 1,380 for the week. This year is honestly just more arse than class…
For those that might have missed it, catch the Sunday wrap podcast here: https://play.acast.com/s/nrlsupercoachtalkpodcast/jtsweekendroundup-round16-acastaad5540f
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
Well it wouldn’t be another round of SuperCoach without someone randomly trading in an injured/suspended player for someone who ended up going massively during the week. This week, two (!) SuperCoaches decided they’d much prefer to see the suspended Viliame Kikau in their sides than Josh Addo-Carr despite the latter actually playing this round and coming up against a hapless Manly defensive line. On behalf of all JAC owners, we salute you for your service.
1. James Tedesco – 176. His last try was alllll the way back in Round 5 when he put 199 points on the Dogs. When it rains, it pours. Nothing much else to be said.
2. Josh Addo-Carr – 137. Historically, JAC has been patchy at best in terms of SuperCoach output. A massive game is quickly followed by three quiet ones courtesy of a lack of base stats, being heavily reliant on tryscoring. This year, or at least the last two months, has been a rare stretch of consistency from the Foxx. Since Round 10 when he faced the Titans at the bargain price of $359k, he has put together scores of 71, 74, 17, 72, 80, 51 and now this monster. Apart from the teenage score there, that’s a very tidy few games. Commentators are talking about him as being in career-best shape and form and it’s hard to argue there. His combination with centre partner Olam and fullback Papenhuyzen has been building and it tore the Manly edge up on Sunday afternoon on his way to two tries and two assists. Games against Souths, Cowboys, Tigers and Dragons to close could have some similar efforts if this form keeps up.
3. Cody Walker – 102. Calker hasn’t quite been rocks and diamonds like usual this season, with a stack of scores in the 50-70 range proving a handy enough floor, but with just the one ton to his name so far this season, you could understand owners who would have been cautious enough to park him on their non-playing reserves against one of the premiership heavyweights. Watching him then go out and carve up the Eels on his way to a try, 3 try contributions, 7 busts and 3 linebreaks would have stung in a massive way if you were in that NPR boat. With the Rabbitohs now looking like gearing up for a huge finish to the year, this probably won’t be the last time we see Calker in this list.
4. Ryan Papenhuyzen – 124. Many former owners of the Pap from earlier in the season might be wondering where this regularly-lethal Papy has been all year. This marks his 4th ton for the season and lifts his average to a very respectable near-70. If you have had to hold on to him for any reason, you’ve been very well-rewarded this past month or so. How good was his combination with Olam and JAC in this one?! The likes of the returning Munster, CS9 and Hughes were reduced to bit-part players in this side as the Pap spearheaded the carnage on the left edge. His running game is back to its best as well as the passing game and it ended up contributing to 5 tries in the afternoon. I shudder to think what they will do to the Cowboys in a few weeks time…
5. Jack WIghton – 109. It was the week for PODs this round and Wighton has finally put two big scores together this season to reward those who’d taken the punt on him for his run home. Last week it was the Titans who he doubled up on in the space of a few minutes. This week it was the Bulldogs. That running game of his looks back to its best and reminiscent of the form he had at the back end of 2019 when he took Canberra to the GF. He even managed to lay on a try assist for just the second time in 5 rounds. A GF rematch against the Roosters this coming week will be a huge test. Anyone brave enough to back him in for 3 in a row?
1. Kalyn Ponga – 31. On a dry Tamworth track against the Warriors, few would have expected to see Ponga’s name here (although I did call him out as a bust with his number one fan Lakey on this week’s podcast – jokingly…). Normally 13 runs would lead to more than the two busts he tallied here, but he was very well-contained by his opposition and as the game wore on, got less and less involved. If the Knights are serious about this year, he’s due a decent bounceback this coming week against the Sharks.
2. Tohu Harris – 49. Not helped along by a mid-game HIA that he did ultimately pass, but this Tohu copping reduced minutes and less of a workload out on the edge has started to lose its lustre. The addition of Tevaga to the pack did take a while to truly show an impact on Harris’ output but I think we’ve reached that point now. Probably time to move him on and thank him for some fantastically consistent high scores in a year of absolute carnage. I only say that because of the fact that if he is playing on an edge during the game, he should at least be churning out 80 minutes to make up for that lost base. Although it was HIA-affected, this is now 4th game from 5 where his minutes have dipped below 80.
3. Mitch Barnett – 43. I’ll put my hand up and claim to be the one that broke the Barnacle. Bringing in a red-hot Barnett for this one did seem like somewhat of a no-brainer, and his upside won me over from going the Nathan Brown route. Thankfully, this score was not as bad as it could have been, with Barnett suffering a pretty painful sternum injury during the first half that he was able to play out the game with, but at just 55 minutes it wasn’t a terrific return. 5 missed tackles will sting his chances of getting regular big minutes if O’Brien is on the warpath after a dismal showing by the side here, as will the returning cavalry of Mata’utia and DSaifiti over the coming weeks. Ahh SuperCoach.
4. Maika Sivo – 26. Michael Jennings was the chief destroyer for the Eels on the night. Only problem was that what he was destroying wasn’t the Rabbitohs’ edge defence, but Sivo’s SuperCoach output. Considering Sivo had 18 runs for the night, this score is almost unbelievable. Unfortunately, pretty much all of those runs were against set defensive lines coming out of his 20, with pretty much zero quality ball in space. With a breakeven of 29, it appears that Sivo’s price freefall has yet to reach its bottom yet.
5. Daly Cherry-Evans – 20. 8 missed tackles for the game and just the two runs. When it’s your prop forward laying on your only try assist of the game (to another prop), you know it’s been a bit of a stinker.
1. Corey Allan – 104. Where was this Corey Allan last year? 2019’s Flopper of the Year looked anything but…
2. Tom Starling – 87. What a night out for the deputy dummy half. A try, a sinbin, another try. You’ll take that score!
3. Briton Nikora – 132. Well that might spell the end of the Talakai as starting second rower experiment. What a return by Nikora to destroy the Cowboys’ left edge on his way to a try, try assist and 9 busts.
4. Sitili Tupouniua – 124. Holding down Angus Crichton’s spot here and doing a very handy job of it. Not to take away from his efforts here, but makes you wonder how lethal a healthy Angus could have been against this useless Broncos defensive line.
5. Adam Pompey – 104. Who needs the likes of the the Fus and Maumalo when you can finish it like Pompey…
INJURIES & SUSPENSIONS
- Latrell Mitchell – hamstring (season)
- Marion Seve – ACL (season)
- Michael Morgan – calf (3-4 weeks)
- Dylan Brown – ankle (season)
- Ben Te’o – wrist (TBA)
- Mitch Barnett – sternum (0-1 week)
- Nelson Asofa-Solomona – calf (1-3 weeks)
- Josh Dugan – knee (TBA)
- Curtis Scott – ankle (TBA)
- Reuben Garrick – shoulder (2-6 weeks)
- Isaah Yeo – HIA (1 week)
- Jesse Ramien – HIA (TBA)
- Jake Friend – HIA (TBA)
- Coen Hess – 1 week (crusher)
- Pasami Saulo – 1 week (dangerous contact)
- Jo Ofahengaue – 1 week (dangerous contact)
- Sam Lisone – 1 week (dangerous contact)