Lakey’s Teams Analysis – Round 24

It’s taken until the pointy end of the regular season for the big scores to come. The last few weeks have seen some crazy scores being posted. Plus with many teams having run out of trades and injuries continuing to wreak havoc, the opportunity for some end of year rank gains can be had. I hope you’ve saved yours.

But we’ve reached the penultimate SuperCoach round for the season, which is the head-to-head finals this year. So many of you will be lining up your squads for the last shot at glory. Will you capture it? Or just let it slip?

Let’s look at the round 24 teams.

BRISBANE BRONCOS v PARRAMATTA EELS

Thursday, 7.50pm, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Brisbane Broncos

1. Te Maire Martin 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Brenko Lee 5. Selwyn Cobbo 6. Ezra Mam 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Thomas Flegler 9. Jake Turpin 10. Payne Haas 11. Kurt Capewell 12. Jordan Riki 13. Ryan James

Bench: 14. Billy Walters 15. Kobe Hetherington 16. Corey Jensen 17. Rhys Kennedy

Reserves: 18. Delouise Hoeter 19. Jordan Pereira 20. Tyson Gamble 21. Keenan Palasia 22. Zac Hosking

Changes: Brenko Lee in
Delouise Hoeter out

Winner: Not many can be deemed “winners” after last week but looking ahead, maybe Selwyn Cobbo ($549k / 28 pts / BE 47) can bounce back. The Eels have allowed 66.18 PPG to right wingers this season, second most on the year.

Loser: The Broncos will be sweating on the status of Kurt Capewell ($464k / 50 pts / BE 54) who rolled his ankle last last weekend.

SuperCoach Talk: The Broncos have lost three of their last four and the only win came against my hopeless Knights. They’ll need to turn things around in a hurry if wanting to feature past round 25. A bad loss here and big Raiders win could see them slip out of the eight for the first time since round 8.

The only change is that Brenko Lee ($347k / BE 54) is back from injury, replacing Delouise Hoeter ($316k / 28 pts / BE 43) at left centre.

Zac Hosking ($175k / BE -69) could get his third game in the event that Capewell is ruled out. He performed extremely well on that edge during the Origin period and has been named on the extended bench as cover.

Parramatta Eels

1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Viliami Penisini 4. Tom Opacic 5. Waqa Blake 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Isaiah Papali’i 13. Ryan Matterson

Bench: 14. Makahesi Makatoa 15. Jakob Arthur 16. Oregon Kaufusi 17. Marata Niukore

Reserves: 18. Ofahiki Ogden 19. Bailey Simonsson 20. Bryce Cartwright 21. Sean Russell 22. Ky Rodwell

Changes: Jakob Arthur, Makahesi Makatoa in
Ofahiki Ogden, Bryce Cartwright out

Winner: Just want to declare my love for Dylan Brown ($672k / 134 pts / BE 47) one more time. Amazing.

Loser: I thought the Ryan Matterson ($549k / 79 pts / BE 57) shenanigans were over but he was relegated to the bench before kick off again last week. Who knows what happens this time but at least we’ll know ahead of the round beginning.

SuperCoach Talk: No major changes for the Eels after a big win over the Bulldogs.

Mitchell Moses ($593k / 98 pts / BE 35) appeared to be struggling throughout the game but it’s said he had cramp. Probably just kicking too many goals. A note for owners, the Broncos are allowing opposing right halves a 5RA of 79.2 PPG.

PENRITH PANTHERS v THE WARRIORS

Friday, 6.00pm, BlueBet Stadium, Penrith

Penrith Panthers

1. Dylan Edwards 2. Taylan May 3. Izack Tago 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Sean O’Sullivan 8. Moses Leota 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo

Bench: 14. Mitch Kenny 15. Matt Eisenhuth 16. Spencer Leniu 17. Charlie Staines

Reserves: 18. Sunia Turuva 19. J’maine Hopgood 20. Chris Smith 21. Kurt Falls 22. Lindsay Smith

Changes: Jarome Luai, James Fisher-Harris in
Jaemon Salmon, J’maine Hopgood out

Winner: With the win over the Bunnies last week, Penrith have wrapped up the Minor Premiership for the second straight year.

Loser: I’m starting to wonder whether it’s even worthwhile playing Brian To’o ($458k / 34 pts / BE 80) at the moment. He’s averaged 43 PPG since returning in round 19, with a high score of 55. Yuck!

SuperCoach Talk: Since the minor prize is secured, the rumours were swirling of the Panthers planning to rest a couple of their big names before the final series. But that hasn’t happened…….yet.

Instead Jarome Luai ($497k / BE 78) and James Fisher-Harris ($484k / BE 79) are back in from injury and suspension respectively.

The Warriors

1. Reece Walsh 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Viliami Vailea 4. Marcelo Montoya 5. Edward Kosi 6. Chanel Harris-Tavita 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Wayde Egan 10. Tohu Harris 11. Euan Aitken 12. Josh Curran 13. Bunty Afoa

Bench: 14. Freddy Lussick 15. Dunamis Lui 16. Eliesa Katoa 17. Tom Ale

Reserves: 18. Adam Pompey 20. Rocco Berry 21. Ben Murdoch-Masila 22. Daejarn Asi 23. Taniela Otukolo

Changes: Chanel Harris-Tavita, Dunamis Lui in
Jack Murchie, Daejarn Asi out

Winner: Chanel Harris-Tavita ($256k / BE 27) is back after previously been thought to have had injury end his season and / or NRL career.

Loser: So….. Reece Walsh ($428k / 2 pts / BE 47) just scored two points in 80 minutes. Yep.

SuperCoach Talk: The Warriors have made a couple of changes that could be minor, or be major depending how you look at it.

Daejarn Asi ($380k / 36 pts / BE 58) drops out for CHT and Jack Murchie ($425k / 37 pts / BE 71) is out for Dunamis Lui ($329k / BE 72). Whilst not huge names, it does mean Josh Curran ($412k / 37 pts / BE 47) is named to start again. But can he stay there?

MELBOURNE STORM v SYDNEY ROOSTERS

Friday, 7.55pm, AAMI Park, Melbourne

Melbourne Storm

1. Nick Meaney 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Young Tonumaipea 4. Justin Olam 5. Xavier Coates 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Harry Grant 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenny Bromwich 13. Brandon Smith

Bench: 14. Chris Lewis 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Tom Eisenhuth 17. Josh King

Reserves: 18. Alec MacDonald 19. Trent Loiero 20. William Warbrick 21. Cooper Johns 22. Marion Seve

Changes: Felise Kaufusi in
Tyran Wishart out

Winner: Fun fact: Melbourne had three players top score for them last week with 113 points. Harry Grant ($644k / 113 pts / BE 41), Justin Olam ($449k / 113 pts / BE -20) and Nelson Asofa-Solomona ($502k / 113 pts / BE -4) all shared the honours. From a SuperCoach standpoint, it was great to see Harry raise the bat again.

Loser: Xavier Coates ($335k / 6 pts / BE 72) would have been pumped to play his former side for the first time but couldn’t get into the game and then failed a HIA when things really got going. He’s in protocols this week.

SuperCoach Talk: It’s the Storms’ final home game of the regular season, and we all know the difference between their home form vs away form.

The only change to their round 23 side is that Tyran Wishart ($175k / 2 pts / BE 55) is out with a syndesmosis injury. But it’s Felise Kaufusi ($509k / BE 29) who’s into the side in his place. Not directly obviously.

Sydney Roosters

1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Paul Momirovski 4. Joseph Manu 5. Joseph Suaalii 6. Luke Keary 7. Sam Walker 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Sam Verrills 10. Matthew Lodge 11. Angus Crichton 12. Nat Butcher 13. Victor Radley

Bench: 14. Connor Watson 15. Egan Butcher 16. Lindsay Collins 17. Siosiua Taukeiaho

Reserves: 18. Drew Hutchison 19. Terrell May 20. Siua Wong 21. Fletcher Baker 22. Oliver Gildart

Changes: Siosiua Taukeiaho, Lindsay Collins, Paul Momirovski in
Drew Hutchison, Terrell May, Oliver Gildart out

Winner: Angus Crichton ($646k / 161 pts / BE 11) now has two of the top three 2RF scores of all time. The other is Talakai’s Manly bloodbath when he was playing centre.

Loser: How do the Chooks score 12 tries and their right outside backs of Joey Manu ($724k / 58 pts / BE 145) and Joseph Suaalii ($524k / 36 pts / BE 75) don’t feature at all?

SuperCoach Talk: They way these two teams are playing, this should be a blockbuster Friday night.

Some big ins for a team already up and about. Lindsay Collins ($411k / BE 80) and Siosiua Taukeiaho ($548k / BE 74) return to the pack. In a rotation now with Matt Lodge ($477k / 65 pts / BE 14) and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves ($446k / 29 pts / BE 52), there will be absolutely no let up for opposition teams.

Paul Momirovski ($397k / BE 57) is back as well, moving Drew Hutchison ($190k / 64 pts / BE -5) out of the side along with Terrell May ($199k / 30 pts / BE 11) and Oliver Gildart ($335k / 10 pts / BE 23).

CANBERRA RAIDERS v MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES

Saturday, 3.00pm, GIO Stadium, Canberra

Canberra Raiders

1. Xavier Savage 2. Nick Cotric 3. Matthew Timoko 4. Sebastian Kris 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Josh Papali’i 9. Zac Woolford 10. Joseph Tapine 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Adam Elliott

Bench: 14. Tom Starling 15. Emre Guler 16. Corey Horsburgh 17. Corey Harawira-Naera

Reserves: 18. James Schiller 19. Ata Mariota 20. Matt Frawley 21. Trey Mooney 22. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad

Changes: No changes

Winner: Hudson Young ($586k / 62 pts / BE 78) has scored a try off his own kick in both games against the Knights. They are possibly the only kick / chase scores of his career (I have no proof of that though).

Loser: Can someone confirm that the Jordan Rapana ($376k / 71 pts / BE 5) try was only his third score of the season? Is that right?

SuperCoach Talk: No major injuries from the Raiders so no change from recent weeks.

The plus side of the Raiders current for-and-against and ladder position is that they cannot afford to rest anyone which means Joe Tapine ($658k / 75 pts / BE 131) is all but locked in for the next couple of weeks.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

1. Tolutau Koula 2. Ray Tuaimalo-Vaega 3. Brad Parker 4. Morgan Harper 5. Christian Tuipulotu 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Toafofoa Sipley 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Andrew Davey 13. Dylan Walker

Bench: 14. Ben Trbojevic 15. Josh Schuster 16. Martin Taupau 17. Kurt De Luis

Reserves: 18. Ethan Bullemor 19. Kaeo Weekes 20. James Roumanos 21. Jamie Humphreys 22. Jacob Sykes

Changes: Andrew Davey, Ray Tuaimalo-Vaega in
Ethan Bullmor, Alfred Smalley out

Winner: The good news is the Daly Cherry-Evans ($473k / 86 pts / BE 53) put up a solid outing and is now the Sea Eagles goal kicker.

Loser: The bad news is we lost Reuben Garrick ($622k / BE 64) for the season before kickoff last week. Manly really are up sh*ts creek with all their injuries. And that’s a spot most of them don’t ever want to be.

SuperCoach Talk: Des Hasler made the statement that he’d be making changes over the next few weeks and has delivered on that with this team list.

Andrew Davey ($487k / BE 87) returns from injury and Ray Tuaimalo-Vaega (not in game) makes his debut.

Alfred Smalley ($175k / 34 pts / BE -38) and Ethan Bullemor ($286k / 29 pts / BE 50) drop out. That should show ’em.

CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS v CANTERBURY BULLDOGS

Saturday, 5.30pm, PointsBet Stadium, Sydney

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

1. Lachlan Miller 2. Matt Ikuvalu 3. Jesse Ramien 4. Siosifa Talakai 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Matt Moylan 7. Nicho Hynes 8. Braden Hamlin-Uele 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Royce Hunt 11. Briton Nikora 12. Wade Graham 13. Dale Finucane

Bench: 14. Teig Wilton 15. Cameron McInnes 16. Aiden Tolman 17. Andrew Fifita

Reserves: 18. Braydon Trindall 19. Jesse Colquhoun 20. Franklin Pele 21. Kayal Iro 22. Luke Metcalf

Changes: Siosifa Talakai, Teig Wilton in
Connor Tracey, Braydon Trindall out

Winner: Andrew Fifita ($305k / 65 pts / BE 19) is said to be departing the Sharks at the end of the year. Whatever you think of him, Fifi has had a fantastic career at the Shire.

Loser: Dale Finucane ($387k / 19 pts / BE 62) injured his rib / sternum so missed a big chunk of last weeks game. He did eventually come back, needled up, but has to be a chance of missing here. There’s little point in risking him with a top four spot pretty well locked in already.

SuperCoach Talk: Apart from Finucane, the Sharks are starting to get healthy at the right time of the season.

Siosifa Talakai ($450k / BE 75) is back in at left centre after resting his bothersome shoulder the last couple of weeks. And this sees Connor Tracey ($384k / 39 pts / BE 95) out of the starting side.

Teig Wilton ($346k / BE 47) is in on the bench for Braydon Trindall ($297k / 8 pts / BE 79).

Canterbury Bulldogs

1. Jake Averillo 2. Jacob Kiraz 3. Aaron Schoupp 4. Braidon Burns 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Matt Burton 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Max King 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Josh Jackson 12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 13. Luke Thompson

Bench: 14. Zach Dockar-Clay 15. Joe Stimson 16. Harrison Edwards 17. Chris Patolo

Reserves: 19. Declan Casey 20. Bailey Biondi-Odo 21. Jackson Topine 22. Kurtis Morrin 23. Jeral Skelton

Changes: Chris Patolo in
Tevita Pangai Jnr out

Winner: Max King ($459k / 60 pts / BE 51) top scored for the Dogs in an awful afternoon. In such a shallow position, King makes the argument for cheapie of the year.

Loser: So Matt Burton ($566k / 48 pts / BE 128) hasn’t been the amazing Pod I predicted he’d be. What’s happened to the consistent 70+ games?

SuperCoach Talk: The Dogs have made one change for the match this week. Tevita Pangai Jnr ($335k / 30 pts / BE 38) is out of the side for Chris Patolo ($175k / BE 25).

Luke Thompson ($446k / 39 pts / BE 44) survived his return game and has now been promoted to starting lock.

SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS v Nth QUEENSLAND COWBOYS

Saturday, 7.35pm, Accor Stadium, Sydney

South Sydney Rabbitohs

1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Alex Johnston 3. Isaiah Tass 4. Campbell Graham 5. Izaac Thompson 6. Cody Walker 7. Lachlan Ilias 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Hame Sele 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jai Arrow 13. Cameron Murray

Bench: 14. Kodi Nikorima 15. Mark Nicholls 16. Siliva Havili 17. Thomas Burgess

Reserves: 18. Blake Taaffe 19. Taane Milne 20. Davvy Moale 21. Jed Cartwright 22. Michael Chee Kam

Changes: Izaac Thompson, Tom Burgess, Kodi Nikorima in
Jaxson Paulo, Daniel Suluka-Fifita, Taane Milne out

Winner: Isaiah Tass ($451k / 74 pts / BE 16) continued an impressive run. Three of his past four scores have been around 70 points. He’s going so well that I’m considering starting him over To’o. He’s been fan-Tass-tic. Eh? Ok, I’ll stop.

Loser: Bunnies fans need to take a good look at themselves after all the comments and vitriol directed at Jaxson Paulo ($329k / 27 pts / BE 57) last weekend. Disgusting.

SuperCoach Talk: Souths are getting some troops back too with Kodi Nikorima ($257k / BE 69) and Tom Burgess ($436k / BE 64) in on the bench.

Unfortunately, Paulo is out this week too. Izaac Thompson ($175k / BE -66) takes his spot.

The team lost but Latrell Mitchell ($884k / 105 pts / BE 92) just keeps putting up mammoth scores. He’s on some sort of tear at the moment.

Nth Queensland Cowboys

1. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Valentine Holmes 4. Peta Hiku 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Chad Townsend 8. Jordan McLean 9. Reece Robson 10. Reuben Cotter 11. Luciano Leilua 12. Jeremiah Nanai 13. Jason Taumalolo

Bench: 14. Tom Gilbert 15. Coen Hess 16. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 17. Griffin Neame

Reserves: 18. Brendan Elliot 19. Tomas Chester 20. Jake Granville 21. Riley Price 22. Ben Condon

Changes: Tom Gilbert in
Tom Dearden out

Winner: I was expecting a big game by Valentine Holmes ($618k / 118 pts / BE 64) but not that he’d punch out a ton without scoring a try. He’s was dominant everywhere else for his best score since round 19.

Loser: Tom Dearden ($525k / 91 pts / BE 44) ruptured a testicle last week so it’s unsurprising to see him missing from the team today. It brings a tear to your eye just thinking about it.

Good Moleman to you!

SuperCoach Talk: Dearden out is the only change for the Cowboys. He’s replaced by Scott Drinkwater ($621k / 67 pts / BE 104) in the halves, who’s replaced by Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow ($290k / 31 pts / BE 25) at fullback, who’s replaced by Tom Gilbert ($380k / BE 59) on the bench.

Reuben Cotter ($518k / 56 pts / BE 55) was demoted to the bench for kickoff against the Warriors, with Coen Hess ($370k / 78 pts / BE 21) favoured at prop. It’s something to keep an eye on this week.

WESTS TIGERS v St. GEORGE-ILLAWARRA DRAGONS

Sunday, 2.00pm, CommBank Stadium, Sydney

Wests Tigers

1. Daine Laurie 2. Brent Naden 3. Starford To’a 4. Asu Kepaoa 5. Junior Pauga 6. Adam Doueihi 7. Jock Madden 8. Joe Ofahengaue 9. Jake Simpkin 10. Zane Musgrove 11. Thomas Freebairn 12. Kelma Tuilagi 13. Fa’amanu Brown

Bench: 14. Fonua Pole 15. Austin Dias 16. Jacob Liddle 17. Kitione Kautoga

Reserves: 18. Justin Matamua 19. Tyrone Peachey 20. James Roberts 21. Tukimihia Simpkins 22. Brandon Tumeth

Changes: Junior Pauga, Jake Simpkin, Jacob Liddle, Kitione Kautoga in
Ken Maumalo, Luke Garner, James Tamou, Alex Seyfarth out

Winner: The Roosters, by 66 points. Are you kidding me?

Loser: Even after the recent crackdown on referee dissent, James Tamou ($406k / 33 pts / BE 76) let his frustrations get the best of him. I hope he gets off the charge personally. Not because he doesn’t deserve a punishment; he does. But he also deserves a send off game.

SuperCoach Talk: Serious talk now. The way this round has been laid out, there’s a good chance you’ll have no SuperCoach players in these Sunday games. And outside of that, the two games aren’t really worth watching anyway. Use the day to spend time with loved ones and earn some brownie points before finals footy starts.

Ken Maumalo ($351k / 11 pts / BE 92) had to leave the game early with a groin injury this time. He’s been battling injury most of the season so maybe it’s time to give the body a rest.

Joining him on the outs are Tamou, Luke Garner ($395k / 3 pts / BE 63) and Alex Seyfarth ($340k / 35 pts / BE 43).

Junior Pauga ($224k) has been named on the wing, Thomas Freebairn ($198k / 24 pts / BE 26) on an edge and both Jacob Liddle ($441k / BE 61) and debutant Kitione Kautoga (not in game) onto the bench.

Elsewhere, Jake Simpkin ($301k / BE 45) starts at hooker, Fa’amanu Brown ($333k / 30 pts / BE 21) goes to lock and Joe Ofahengaue ($579k / 56 pts / BE 81) gets pushed to prop.

Strange changes here.

St George-Illawarra Dragons

1. Cody Ramsey 2. Mathew Feagai 3. Jack Bird 4. Zac Lomax 5. Tautau Moga 6. Talatau Amone 7. Ben Hunt 8. Aaron Woods 9. Jayden Sullivan 10. Blake Lawrie 11. Josh Mcguire 12. Jaydn Su’A 13. Jack de Belin

Bench: 14. Tyrell Fuimaono 15. Jaiyden Hunt 16. Jackson Ford 17. Tyrell Sloan

Reserves: 18. Jack Gosiewski 19. Jonathon Reuben 20. Poasa Faamausili 21. Joshua Coric 22. Josh Kerr

Changes: Tyrell Sloan, Jaiyden Hunt, Jackson Ford in
Moses Mbye, Andrew McCullough, Francis Molo out

Winner: Where was this Talatau Amone ($469k / 69 pts / BE -45) to start the season? In the time I owned him, he averaged 22 PPG. In the last two weeks, he’s had five tries and 210 points.

Loser: The Dragons brass who have reportedly offered Ben Hunt ($492k / 67 pts / BE 50) a $700k extension. That seems unders considering the way he’s carried this club.

SuperCoach Talk: The Dragons may have won the game, but they copped a couple of injury / suspension headaches along the way.

Andrew McCullough ($311k / 10 pts / BE 63) suffered a MCL injury and both Moses Mbye ($210k / 5 pts / BE 53) and Francis Molo ($240k / 16 pts / BE 36) seasons are over after being handed suspension for careless high tackles.

Jack Bird ($508k / 131 pts / BE -50) moves to centre, Jayden Sullivan ($306k / 70 pts / BE 36) is the new starting hooker, Jack de Belin ($488k / 64 pts / BE 54) goes to lock and Aaron Woods ($269k / 27 pts / BE 41) is at prop. Tyrell Sloan ($299k / BE 93), Jaiyden Hunt ($205k) and Jackson Ford ($294k / BE 51) come onto the bench.

GOLD COAST TITANS v NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS

Sunday, 4.05pm, Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast

Gold Coast Titans

1. Jayden Campbell 2. Sosefo Fifita 3. Brian Kelly 4. Phillip Sami 5. Greg Marzhew 6. AJ Brimson 7. Tanah Boyd 8. Jaimin Jolliffe 9. Sam McIntyre 10. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 11. David Fifita 12. Beau Fermor 13. Isaac Liu

Bench: 14. Paul Turner 15. Herman Ese’ese 16. Moeaki Fotuaika 17. Klese Haas

Reserves: 18. Corey Thompson 19. Jarrod Wallace 20. Toby Sexton 21. Esan Marsters 22. Sam Lisone

Changes: Brian Kelly, Klese Haas in
Patrick Herbert, Jarrod Wallace out

Winner: At the time of writing this, the Titans have three of the 10 most purchased players this week.

Loser: 2021 breakout player Corey Thompson ($269k / 6 pts / BE 63) played 10 minutes last week as the 18th man. What a fall from grace this year.

SuperCoach Talk: The Titans seem set to play out the year as is and have made only minor changes to last weeks losing squad.

Patrick Herbert ($329k / 27 pts / BE 51) is out with a knee injury and Jarrod Wallace ($303k / 41 pts / BE 21) drops off the bench.

Brian Kelly ($425k / BE 14) is back in at centre and Klese Haas (not in game), the younger brother of Payne, gets his first shot with the big boys. A good game to do it too.

Phillip Sami ($349k / 1 pt / BE 87) has been named despite failing his HIA last week and will be monitored throughout the week.

Newcastle Knights

1. Tex Hoy 2. Edrick Lee 3. Dane Gagai 4. Krystian Mapapalangi 5. Dominic Young 6. Anthony Milford 7. Adam Clune 8. David Klemmer 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Brodie Jones 13. Sauaso Sue

Bench: 14. Phoenix Crossland 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Pasami Saulo 17. Mathew Croker

Reserves: 18. Jack Johns 19. Chris Randall 20. Enari Tuala 21. Simi Sasagi 22. Jirah Momoisea

Changes: Daniel Saifiti, Tyson Frizell in
Simi Sasagi, Oryn Keeley out

Winner: Giving a small wrap to Krystian Mapapalangi ($175k / 46 pts) who debuted last weekend and played a pretty good game.

Loser: In a very Bradman Best ($438k / BE 50) type move, the Knights centre tweaked a hammy at training while serving an in-house suspension. He could be gone for the season.

SuperCoach Talk: Well the Knights sure can blow a game against the Raiders huh? That’s twice this year they should have beaten Canberra and blew it.

Newcastle were missing all of Daniel Saifiti ($413k / BE 28), Tyson Frizell ($443k / BE 43) and Mitch Barnett ($468k / BE 67) from the pack last week. The first two are returning (provided Frizz can play through the rib pain) but Barney will miss again with his thumb injury. He could be back next week but if not, we’ll have already seen the last of him in Knights colours.

The returning pair move Jacob Saifiti ($383k / 56 pts / BE 27) and Mathew Croker ($261k / 65 pts / BE 5) back to the bench.

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Fitzy

Semi good… 😉 Thanks!

swampy

My palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy

Magpies4Eva007

Cheers Semi. Thanks for all the great work once again this year. Much appreciated! Are you playing NFL Dream Team this year?

PS; Aitken is out due to personal reasons.

Magpies4Eva007

Still gathering articles etc to build my own. My God there is so much information out there. Best of Luck for the NFL season ahead.

Magpies4Eva007

There were 2 posted in trade talk earlier – 520471 and 136055.
I don’t have a league but will try to join those two…

Magpies4Eva007

Also Cobbo out too due to “exhaustion”.