In a year where scores of 1200 have rained left, right and centre on a regular basis, it’s only the POD-hunters who would have come close to that mark in this horrible Round 19. Injuries, guns bombing out, huge trade-out targets going large, players getting rested and leaving bubbles…What a time for the charge home in overall and the prelim finals for H2H!
Thanks to my Trade Fail (see below) this week, I’ve bombed out in 6 of 7 finals and slipping from 501st to battling it out for the Top 1k next week. Hopefully for your sake you didn’t have trades to blow this week because that’s exactly what I did! Ah well.
With just one more week to go, this will be the final roundup for what has been an insane year of SuperCoach, the NRL and, of course, life. Plenty of ups and downs but it’s been a fun year to record podcasts, write these articles and follow this fantasy game we hate (and love, occasionally…). Thanks to everyone on the site for tuning in, casting your eyeballs across these roundups and for being part of this fantastic community. All the best for both the final round and the 2021 season ahead!
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
Big shoutout to me here, who decided I’d use my second-last trade on Tommy Turbo making his return from those troublesome hamstring injuries, in favour of Zac Lomax who had a Bazza Crocker the week earlier. What could go wrong? Well…A score of 12, an injury, and a 126 score from Lomax. It’s the kind of trade nightmare that I’ll look back on and laugh. In about a year’s time after a few dozen liquid therapy sessions.
1. Zac Lomax – 126. What a score from a player in a well-beaten Dragons side. Was an all-time rage-trade candidate for these last couple rounds with the Dragons facing the finals-bound Knights and Storm, and a score of 10 dropping him below the $500k mark. Cue this monster score, leaving the 1000+ former owners of Lomax absolutely deleting app. Two tries, all the goals, heaps of busts, even a bloody offload and no errors. Now the big question for the lucky (smart) ones who hung onto him will be whether to back him in against the Storm. With the Storm down on troops and another arvo game, you’d be silly not to. Should have known better – this guy has performed well all year despite the odd blip. Ah well.
2. Viliame Kikau – 104. Was unstoppable out there on the Cowboys’ edge all night and got through just his second 80-minute game in the last two months. He’d had two scores of 70+ in his last three games before this one, so wasn’t terribly out of form. He’s just been an absolute rollercoaster all year. Thankfully for owners who have stuck strong given the Panthers’ great run to close out, he finally delivered bigtime here with a try and a big run to set up one for Luai powering him to 100+ for the first time all year.
3. Clint Gutherson – 114. One for the POD-hunters out there and there were a few that took the opportunity to back Gutho in against some pretty dodgy defence in this game here. Was sitting on about 95 at half-time after a couple of tries and assists, so the second stint is a little disappointing and he did sit out the last 5 or so minutes, but the four busts, couple of offloads and 15 runs was vintage Gutho. Loves the Broncos – two tons against them now for the year.
4. Joseph Manu – 102. With Teddy out and Manu given the fullback jersey, some savvy SuperCoaches would have also eyed this game off as a chance to back in this POD CTW. And he delivered early, with a beaut ball to AuboGun in his record-breaking 303rd game for the tri-colours to open the scoring, before dotting down for one of his own and setting up another. Again, you wonder what Teddy could have done, but for anyone eyeing off a week-to-week play in future, you could do a lot worse than a short-term stint with Manu in your side whenever he’s wearing the 1 jersey. The only blip on his scoresheet is the 75th minute sinbin…
5. AJ Brimson – 100. How good has Brimmo been on his return from injury? Since a quiet day out of it on return against the Roosters in R12, he’s put together scores of 112, 68, 90, 88, 60, 30 and now his second ton for the season. In a position that is often volatile (even Munster doesn’t put big scores together), he’s been a welcome show of consistency and linebreaking prowess. Two tries, an assist, two linebreaks and even an FDO – all from just the 8 runs all game. If only his opposite number found that extra gear on the day!
1. Tom Trbojevic – 12. Oh boy. The run of bad luck continues for Turbo, with a shoulder injury in the second half putting a cloud over his Origin prospects. An afternoon game on his return, at Brookvale against the Titans, who he absolutely loves, was meant to be a no-brainer trade in if you had the chance, especially with Teddy and Pap being out for this week. Instead, four errors, a handful of runs and no real show of his usual attacking prowess ultimately ended in disaster with Turbo going off at the hour-mark. That said, it would have taken some miracle attacking plays which didn’t look likely at all to boost this score to a reasonable level, so can’t pin it all on the injury. Tough break.
2. David Nofoaluma – 25. It has taken a while but Nofo has finally had a quiet game. His lowest score for the year by a long way (was formerly his 40 against Penrith way back in Round 8). Not a good night for Nofo or the Tigers, unable to get much going with just the 12 runs for the game and plenty of breaks as both sides lined up conversions (sadly none of them for Nofo tries). Hobbled off the field with a leg injury with a couple of minutes to go but should hopefully be right to go for the Tigers’ grand final playoff for their rightful 9th place next week against Parra. Would be a brave SuperCoach not to have backed him in despite his opponent this week, but well done if you did bench him.
3. Cameron Munster – 41. 50 Storm points and only 41 SuperCoach points for Munster? What gives. All the ball went through Jahrome Hughes and the like rather than Munster, who was error-prone with four of them for the night and just six runs in total. In his defence, he turned one of those runs into a linebreak and managed to break 7 tackles so it wasn’t all bad. Just none of it led to tries which is the most stunning stat of all.
4. John Bateman – 39. Was in some discomfort throughout the game with an elbow issue so his runs were incredibly limited with just six all game. Outside of some handy base tackle stats, he gave away a couple of penalties and errors and just really got nothing going – a shame since this is by far his lowest score of the year (56 was his previous lowest in 8 games). Another headache for SuperCoaches to consider heading into TLT!
5. Maika Sivo – 49. Sivo crashing over for that early try (with a linebreak) and then finishing the game with a sub-50 score is almost unfathomable. It just hasn’t been his year despite flashes of brilliance during Parramatta’s early run. It was a slippery old night of it, so the ball didn’t often find its way to him, with just 10 runs for the game which is quite low by his standards. Lakey and I called out earlier in the week on the Tuesday podcast that Sivo’s low scores haven’t been through lack of trying – with his base always quite heavy – but it was his attacking stat columns that had been letting him and his owners down. This week, he scored as we all expected against the wooden spooners, and his base was way down. I don’t know, you work this game out…
1. Young Tonumaipea – 134. Every week it seems to be another random Titans’ turn to score large.
2. Jack Gosiewski – 96. Sparky (former FPL fantasy writer for the site): “JT should I go Gosiewski or Sironen for first tryscorer?”. Me: “Definitely Sironen”. It was definitely not Sironen.
3. Jayden Okunbor – 85. A score of 85 and no tries? Good stuff.
4. Jahrome Hughes – 108. Of all the Storm players that could have gone massively in a 50-point rout, why did it have to be Hughesy…
5. Enari Tuala – 82. For the 107th time this season – I ask where this form was when he was wearing a Cowboy jersey.
INJURIES & SUSPENSIONS
- Josh Aloiai – Knee – season
- David Nofoaluma –
- Suliasi Vunivalu – Hamstring – finals
- Tino Fa’asuamaleaui – Calf – finals
- Kenny Bromwich – Concussion – finals
- Felise Kaufusi – Knee – finals
- George Williams – HIA (failed) – 0-1 week
- John Bateman – Elbow – 0-1 week
- Jazz Tevaga – HIA (failed) – 0-1 week
- Roger Tuivasa-Sheck – Hamstring – season
- Lachlan Fitzgibbon – Leg – TBA
- Ben Hunt – Thigh – season
- Tom Trbojevic – shoulder – season
- Shaun Johnson – achilles – 6 months
- Royce Hunt – knee – season
- Josh Dugan – knee – TBA
- David Fifita – ankle – season
- Tyson Gamble – HIA (failed) – 0-1 week
- Lachlan Lewis – HIA (failed) – 0-1 week
- Sam McIntyre – HIA (failed) – 0-1 week
- Ben Hunt – Crusher – 1 week
- Mitch Rein – Dangerous Throw – 0-1 week
- Alex Glenn – Dangerous Contact – 0-1 week
- Jaydn Su’A – Dangerous Contact – 1 week (accepted ban)
- Tim Lafai – Dangerous Contact – 1 week