Lakey’s Teams Analysis – Round 9

Round 8 was an eventful one. There were blockbuster matchups, blowout games, disappointing SuperCoach performances and injury worries. The impacts of those games has been felt in todays team lists so I won’t waste your time with a lengthy lead in. Let’s get straight into it.

NRL 2022: Payne Haas contract, Brisbane Broncos, Sydney Roosters, David  Fifita, Joseph Tapine, Canberra Raiders extension, transfer news, whispers,  rumours, Tom Starling


Thursday, 7.50pm, Accor Stadium, Sydney

Rabbitohs: 1. Blake Taaffe 2. Alex Johnston 3. Isaiah Tass 4. Campbell Graham 5. Josh Mansour 6. Cody Walker 7. Lachlan Ilias 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jai Arrow 13. Cameron Murray

Bench: 14. Siliva Havili 15. Hame Sele 16. Liam Knight 17. Jaxson Paulo

Reserves: 18. Trent Peoples 19. Taane Milne 20. Richard Kennar 21. Peter Mamouzelos 22. Dean Hawkins 23. Josiah Karapani 24. Davvy Moale

Lakey’s Take

Changes: Shaq Mitchell, Davvy Moale out
Hame Sele, Liam Knight in

Winner: Huge news here with Isaiah Tass ($175k / 84 pts / BE -69) retaining his spot in the centres. He’s played well enough to make it very hard for Demetriou to sit him down, but there was concern that the team would go right back to the backline they’ve been running out prior to Taane Milne‘s ($417k / BE 99) suspension. Tass keeps a jersey though and becomes a must have.

Loser: You can officially punt Lachlan Ilias ($307k / 29 pts / BE 25). The Bunnies just put 40 points on the scoreboard, and Ilias scored 29 SuperCoach points. No attacking stats, no involvement, no point in holding. He’s been a flop this year.

SuperCoach Talk: The Bunnies come into this Thursday night after dominating the Sea Eagles in round 8. To be fair, they played against 12 men for 71 minutes and still gave up 22 points. That’s a worry.

Hame Sele ($331k / BE 70) is back from concussion protocols, along with Liam Knight ($317k / BE 20), forcing Shaq Mitchell ($175k / 10 pts) and Davvy Moale ($205k / 15 pts / BE 28) back out of the 17.

It’s another step in the right direction for Cody Walker ($515k / 99 pts / BE -8). In his 150th game, the man scored a try with linebreak, and assisted on two others with linebreaks. As a result, he went close to a ton for the first time this year. After a 77 the week before, is this the turning point? If you believe it is, there’s still time to get on board.

Keaon Koloamatangi ($658k / 71 pts / BE 32) has been on fire lately and has a 5RA of 75.6 PPG. When we were looking to try capitalise on the Bunnies soft draw, KK was the name to get.

Eyes will be firmly on the final teams and the Taane Milne / Isaiah Tass / Jaxson Paulo ($425k / BE 72) circus.

Broncos: 1. Te Maire Martin 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Selwyn Cobbo 6. Tyson Gamble 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Corey Jensen 9. Billy Walters 10. Patrick Carrigan 11. TC Robati 12. Jordan Riki 13. Kobe Hetherington

Bench: 14. Cory Paix 15. Rhys Kennedy 16. Thomas Flegler 17. Keenan Palasia

Reserves: 18. Brenko Lee 19. Jordan Pereira 20. Ryan James 21. Ezra Mam 22. Ethan Quai-Ward 23. Logan Bayliss-Brow 24. Jake Turpin

Lakey’s Take

Changes: Payne Haas, Kurt Capewell out
Pat Carrigan, TC Robati in

Winner: In the much-hyped battle of the beasts, it was Kotoni Staggs ($595k / 82 pts / BE 75) who triumphed. The Broncos made it a very long night for Talakai and his managers and leading that was Staggs, and then he scored a try to boot.

Loser: Last Thursday night went from relief to utter disappointment for Payne Haas ($649k / 48 pts / BE 90) managers. The man got needled up in order to play but then lasted until just after halftime before surrendering up the race. He was gallant in his efforts but looked extremely uncomfortable throughout and has suffered a grade 1 AC joint and could be facing a stint on the sidelines. Last week it was “needle him up. He’ll be right.” This week it’s “we will not be taking any risks.” Make up your mind. Haas is said to be progressing well but the Broncos will need him if they’re to make any sort of real assault on the post-season. For that to happen, he’ll need to rest and recover.

SuperCoach Talk: It’s the Adam Reynolds ($596k / 53 pts / BE 26) revenge game do-over, only this time there are far differing circumstances. ARey missed game one this year due to COVID so has had to wait until now to face his former teammates for the first time. Surprisingly, the odds are roughly the same as they were in round one despite the fact that Brisbane have been playing well and Souths have not. It’s surprising to me anyway.

Coming in for the Bronx is Pat Carrigan ($491k / BE 51) and TC Robati ($274k / BE 46). Carrigan goes to starting prop in place of Haas and Robati fills in for Kurt Capewell ($408k / 83 pts / BE 10).

Te Maire Martin ($205k / 51 pts / BE -22) is on the bubble this week. He had a nice outing against the Sharks so will make some solid coin over the next few weeks.


Friday, 6.00pm, GIO Stadium, Canberra

Raiders: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Nick Cotric 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Matthew Timoko 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Matt Frawley 7. Brad Schneider 8. Josh Papali’i 9. Adam Elliott 10. Joseph Tapine 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Ryan Sutton

Bench: 14. Tom Starling 15. Corey Harawira-Naera 16. Sebastian Kris 17. Corey Horsburgh

Reserves: 18. Harry Rushton 19. Emre Guler 20. Xavier Savage 21. Trey Mooney 22. Sam Williams 23. James Schiller 24. Peter Hola

Lakey’s Take

Changes: Jack Wighton, Xavier Savage, Semi Valemei, Harry Rushton out
JARROD CROKER, Elliott Whitehead, Sebastian Kris, Matt Frawley in

Winner: Brad Schneider ($391k / 43 pts / BE 54) could be looking at an uptick in involvement and responsibility with Wighton out for a couple weeks. He’ll be the man running the show and I’d like to see him taking the line on a bit more and looking to get his teammates going.

Loser: The Raiders have been struggling of late and to make matters worse, Jack Wighton ($427k / 77 pts / BE 47) is out for two weeks after being cited for a dangerous throw.

SuperCoach Talk: This right here, is quite possibly the most 6pm-Friday-night game of all 6pm-Friday-night games. I’m not even sure I’ll bother tuning in.

Or maybe I will because Jarrod Croker ($322k) makes his long-awaited return from injury. Croker was once the best centre in SuperCoach from a reliability standpoint so it really sucks to see him miss so much time. It will be good to see him back, although not so great for SuperCoach if he takes over the goal-kicking duties.

Elliott Whitehead ($406k / BE 50) is back again. He was named last week but withdrawn before kickoff. Matt Frawley ($200k / BE 35) comes in for Wighton, which doesn’t do much on the surface but could help Schneider as per above. Charnze Nicholl-Klokstad‘s ($385k / BE 95) rollercoaster season carries on. He’s not only been relegated to a bench role, but didn’t even get on field on Saturday afternoon, playing NSW Cup instead. This week, back in as starting fullback. Go figure.

Jordan Rapana ($444k / 31 pts / BE 88) is on the wing and Xavier Savage ($245k / 20 pts / BE 53) drops out.

Bulldogs: 1. Matt Dufty 2. Brent Naden 3. Aaron Schoupp 4. Jake Averillo 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Matt Burton 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Luke Thompson 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Corey Waddell 12. Tevita Pangai Junior 13. Josh Jackson

Bench: 14. Bailey Biondi-Odo 15. Joe Stimson 16. Max King 17. Ava Seumanufagai

Reserves: 19. Josh Cook 20. Jackson Topine 21. Brandon Wakeham 22. Reece Hoffman 23. Jayden Okunbor 24. Paul Alamoti 25. Chris Patolo

Lakey’s Take

Changes: Billy Tsikrikas, Jayden Okunbor out
Josh Jackson, Brent Naden in

Winner: Josh Addo-Carr ($540k / 76 pts / BE 2) is proving to be worth every cent that the club paid for him in the off-season. Not just for his game-winning ability, which he’s shown in spades recently, but for his leadership. It’s not often you see a winger have such an influence on the game but the Fox is pushing his teammates to be better every single week.

Loser: On paper, Max King ($390k / 44 pts / BE 36) is a loser in the team lists, but to be honest he’s been scoring better coming off the bench anyway. It’s not all doom and gloom.

SuperCoach Talk: An improbable, season defining win for the Dogs in round 8 against the far more fancied Roosters. I’m no Dogs fan but that was great to see. The sheer jubilation on the players as the final siren blew showed just how much pressure they’ve been fighting through of late.

Josh Jackson ($506k / BE 31) returns from COVID quarantine. It’s a shame for the hardest-working man at the club that he missed last weeks win. He’s essentially in for Billy Tsikrikas ($175k / 36 pts / BE -3), who is out through suspension but would have likely been an out anyway. He’s on the bubble whenever he does return.

Brent Naden ($249k / BE 26) missed last week for the birth of his child (congrats!) but now comes in for Jayden Okunbor ($345k / 52 pts / BE 37).

Max King filled in at lock admirably but now goes back to his regular spot. Brandon Wakeham ($311k / BE 80) could also return for Bailey Biondi-Odo ($199k / 1 pts / BE 56).


Friday, 7.55pm, BlueBet Stadium, Penrith

Panthers: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Charlie Staines 3. Izack Tago 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Taylan May 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Matt Eisenhuth 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo

Bench: 14. Soni Luke 15. Scott Sorensen 16. Spencer Leniu 17. Jaeman Salmon

Reserves: 18. Robert Jennings 19. Chris Smith 20. J’maine Hopgood 21. Sean O’Sullivan 22. Moses Leota 23. Mitch Kenny 24. Brian To’o

Lakey’s Take

Changes: No changes

Winner: The best winger in SuperCoach is back. Sort of. Brain To’o ($737k / BE 171) returns to the 24 man squad with every chance of promotion Friday after missing all but two games. His breakeven is massive though so will be dropping some cash over the next few weeks, unless he goes all Cleary like.

Loser: The biggest loser in team lists is either Charlie Staines ($329k / 27 pts / BE 63) or Taylan May ($526k / 39 pts / BE 74). We just don’t know who yet and Cleary is keeping his cards close to his chest. Unfortunately, you can’t fit 5 players into 4 spots and one of these kids will be the casualty of To’o’s return.

SuperCoach Talk: Also on the extended bench with To’o is Moses Leota ($411k) who hasn’t played since week 1 due to injury. It’s crazy that this team is 8-0 and still getting stronger.

Scott Sorensen ($462k / 27 pts / BE 82) is named but is a watch after suffering a hyperextended elbow last week. It’s the same type of injury Brodie Jones played with but there’s a huge difference between the two clubs and no need to push Sorensen through the injury.

Nathan Cleary ($1.019M / 88 pts / BE 86) is the new million-dollar man in SuperCoach. His massive couple of games and low break even has pushed him into seven-figures. Just imagine what he’d be like if he played during the first half of games.

Eels: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Hayze Perham 3. Will Penisini 4. Tom Opacic 5. Bailey Simonsson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Isaiah Papali’i 13. Nathan Brown

Bench: 14. Makahesi Makatoa 15. Ryan Matterson 16. Oregon Kaufusi 17. Bryce Cartwright

Reserves: 18. Wiremu Greig 19. Jakob Arthur 20. Mitch Rein 21. Ky Rodwell 22. Samuel Loizou 23. Elie El Zakhem 24. Sean Russell

Lakey’s Take

Changes: Jakob Arthur out
Tom Opacic in

Winner: Brad Arthur has come under fire, and rightly so, for his recent lineup decisions. But no longer. With some returning backline players, Dylan Brown ($677k / 63 pts / BE 81) gets moved back into the halves where he should have been all along. Dylbags has still been scoring well in the centres but doesn’t see enough ball. He comes back into calculations now back at 5/8.

Loser: Jakob Arthur ($267k / 24 pts / BE 44) has been cut from the 17 all together. Maybe Dad listens to the media and fan backlash a little more than he lets on.

SuperCoach Talk: The Eels were belted last weekend so have made (the right) one change to that team, but shuffled the decks.

They’ll be far better with Brown partnering Mitch Moses ($673k / 8 pts / BE 130) in the halves and letting everyone else play their roles.

For those looking for a Payne Haas or David Fifita replacement (spoilers), Isaiah Papali’i ($779k / 59 pts / BE 72) is the very best option there is.

The most interesting part of this list is Sean Russell ($285k) in the #24 jersey. Could we see a late inclusion? Russell has been named to start in the NSW Cup this week but maybe we see him in round 10. That would be Magic.


Saturday, 3.00pm, 4 Pines Park, Sydney

Sea Eagles: 1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Christian Tuipulotu 3. Ben Trbojevic 4. Tolutau Koula 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Sean Keppie 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Martin Taupau 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Josh Schuster 13. Jake Trbojevic

Bench: 14. Dylan Walker 15. Ethan Bullemor 16. Josh Aloiai 17. Toafofoa Sipley

Reserves: 18. Kurt De Luis 19. Morgan Harper 20. Kaeo Weekes 21. James Roumanos 22. Viliami Fifita 23. Jamie Humphreys 24. Jacob Sykes

Lakey’s Take

Changes: Karl Lawton, Jason Saab, Brad Parker out
Tom Trbojevic, Haumole Olakau’atu, Josh Aloiai in

Winner: It’s bad news for the Sea Eagles with injuries further depleting there outside back stocks, but it’s great news for Tolutau Koula ($243k / 29 pts / BE 30) and Christian Tuipolotu ($293k / 84 pts / BE -44) who’s job security is firmly locked in for at least a month.

Loser: Tied in to the above, but the losses of Brad Parker ($308k / 30 pts / BE 50) and Jason Saab ($237k / 26 pts / BE 21) aren’t great. For SuperCoach, it’s Saab that is the biggest SuperCoach worry as we know what he can do when Manly are up and about.

SuperCoach Talk: The biggest in of the week for NRL and SuperCoach alike is that of Tom Trbojevic ($970k / BE 163). His presence cannot be understated. We get to sit and watch on him with such a high breakeven and hopefully the break has allowed him the time to figure out the game and come back in true Turbo-mode.

With Turbo back, Reuben Garrick ($627k / 50 pts / BE 74) is back on the wing, Tuipolotu swaps sides and Ben Trbojevic ($189k / 16 pts) comes in to starting centre for now, but we’re just as likely to see Morgan Harper ($393k / BE 83) promoted from the extended squad with Koula swapping sides. It’s a whole big thing.

More importantly, the Guac is back too. Haumolo Olakau’atu ($620k / BE 31) spent a week on the sidelines suspended but comes back in for Karl Lawton ($299k / -13 pts / BE 59) in a straight swap. He’s partnered with Josh Schuster ($534k / 55 pts) in the back row as Manly starts to resemble their full-strength side.

Oshay Olay ($394k / BE 38) has been named on the bench.

Tigers: 1. Starford To’a 2. Asu Kepaoa 3. Oliver Gildart 4. Luke Garner 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Luke Brooks 7. Jackson Hastings 8. James Tamou 9. Jake Simpkin 10. Zane Musgrove 11. Kelma Tuilagi 12. Alex Seyfarth 13. Joe Ofahengaue

Bench: 14. Tyrone Peachey 15. Alex Twal 16. Thomas Mikaele 17. Stefano Utoikamanu

Reserves: 18. Jacob Liddle 19. Jock Madden 20. Junior Tupou 21. Tukimihia Simpkins 22. Austin Dias 23. Junior Pauga 24. Fonua Pole

Lakey’s Take

Changes: David Nofoaluma, Luciano Leilua, Jacob Liddle, Jock Madden out
Stefano Utoikamanu, Ken Maumalo, Jake SImpkin, Tyrone Peachey in

Winner: A.J. Kepaoa ($205k / 22 pts) gets the nod again this week. He played pretty well to my eye but was only in for injury cover so I was worried about his security. But he gets another run here. Still because of injury though.

Loser: David Nofoaluma ($563k / 67 pts / BE 14) kept his good run going with a 67 point game without a try. He looks like he’s back in form a would make a fantastic addition to any back line, except that he’s been ruled out this after suffering a concussion last weekend. Maybe one for next week instead.

SuperCoach Talk: The Tigers loss to the Dragons halted their win streak at two but they still played good football along the way.

Ken Maumalo ($444k / BE 35) returns after missing round 8 with a knee issue. AJ Kepaoa will swap to right edge with Maumalo essentially the Nofo replacement.

Luciano Leilua ($549k / 64 pts / BE 69) is out as well after got hurt in the second half so is replaced by Alex Seyfarth ($258k / 11 pts / BE 12).

Jake Simpkin ($322k / BE 50) comes back in as the hooker, outing Jacob Liddle ($462k / 53 pts / BE 30) from the 24 man squad, and the two new names on the bench are Tyrone Peachey ($345k / BE 74) and Stefano Utoikamanu ($426k / BE 80).

Big Stef has recovered from his syndesmosis injury but may be eased in.


Saturday, 5.30pm, BB Print Stadium, Mackay

Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Paul Momirovski 4. Joseph Manu 5. Joseph Suaalii 6. Sam Walker 7. Luke Keary 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Sam Verrills 10. Lindsay Collins 11. Angus Crichton 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Victor Radley

Bench: 14. Drew Hutchison 15. Fletcher Baker 16. Nat Butcher 17. Siosiua Taukeiaho

Reserves: 18. Lachlan Lam 19. Daniel Suluka-Fifita 20. Ben Marschke 21. Naufahu Whyte 22. Kevin Naiqama 23. Billy Smith 24. Renouf Atoni

Lakey’s Take

Changes: Adam Keighran, Kevin Naiqama out
Daniel Tupou, Paul Momirovski in

Winner: James Tedesco ($632k / 94 pts / BE 36) bounced back in a big way with his highest score of the season. He was heavily involved all afternoon plus strolled through some awful defence to score an easy try. A welcomed sight for those who have held through the lows.

Loser: Joesph Manu ($636k / 27 pts / BE 80) was shut out by Aaron Shoupp on Saturday. He still had some nice touches but Schoupp held him to his lowest score of the season.

SuperCoach Talk: Daniel Tupou ($539k / BE 84) comes straight back in after serving his suspension. He’ll have to make a detour through Wollongong to return Ravalawa’s head and then he’ll take up his usual spot on the wing. Paul Momirovski ($378k / BE 84) is also back in. Out are Adam Keighran ($320k / 19 pts) with injury and Kevin Naiqama ($334k / 33 pts / BE 33) who’s been dropped.

Back on Angus Crichton ($515k / 80 pts / BE 45) watch: he played 80 for 80 points in the loss. He’s a steal at $515k.

Titans: 1. AJ Brimson 2. Greg Marzhew 3. Brian Kelly 4. Patrick Herbert 5. Corey Thompson 6. Will Smith 7. Toby Sexton 8. Moeaki Fotuaika 9. Erin Clark 10. Isaac Liu 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Beau Fermor 13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui

Bench: 14. Tanah Boyd 15. Sam Lisone 16. Herman Ese’ese 17. Sam McIntyre

Reserves: 18. Jamayne Isaako 19. Paul Turner 20. Esan Marsters 21. Phillip Sami 22. Jayden Campbell 23. Sosefo Fifita 24. Jaimin Jolliffe

Lakey’s Take

Changes: David Fifita out
Sam McIntyre in

Winner: A.J. Brimson ($428k / 49 pts / BE 57) was good in his return to fullback despite the lop-sided loss. Holbrook stated post-game that the spine changes were right so AJ retains the #1 jersey.

Loser: David Fifita ($710k / 25 pts / BE 164) has torn an MCL. He misses a month which gives managers an excuse to finally trade him out and no longer have to deal with Justin Holbrook’s lineup shenanigans.

SuperCoach Talk: Fifita is out so Titans superstar Kevin Proctor ($262k / 28 pts / BE 33) gets the start on the edge. Considering Holbrook has been favouring Proctor over Fifita of late anyway, that’s not a big surprise.

Sam McIntyre ($289k) comes onto the bench after averaging over 120 metres a game for Tweed in the QCup (compared to Proctors 204 total metres in seven games this year).

The Titans are otherwise unchanged and hoping the side can build some chemistry.


Saturday, 7.35pm, Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville

Cowboys: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Valentine Holmes 4. Peta Hiku 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Tom Dearden 7. Chad Townsend 8. Jordan McLean 9. Reece Robson 10. Reuben Cotter 11. Tom Gilbert 12. Jeremiah Nanai 13. Jason Taumalolo 

Bench: 14. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 15. Heilum Luki 16. Coen Hess 17. Griffin Neame

Reserves: 18. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 19. Jake Granville 20. Kane Bradley 21. Ben Condon 22. Emry Pere 23. Taniela Sadrugu 24. Brendan Elliot

Lakey’s Take

Changes: No changes

Winner: Scott Drinkwater ($598k / 113 pts / BE -20) has been the Cowboys best player during the time he’s been at the back so he isn’t going anywhere soon. The interesting question becomes what happens with Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow ($368k / 64 pts / BE 44) who’s inclusion lead to a points explosion at the back end of the game.

Loser: Payten isn’t even pretending with Coen Hess ($301k / 39 pts / BE 29) this week, naming him on the bench to start with. Or maybe he gets promoted to run-on side now?

SuperCoach Talk: What a huge win for the North Queenslanders in Darwin on Saturday night. They absolutely put Parramatta to the sword and stamped their names as contenders on the season. And better yet, all the big-name SuperCoach players chipped in.

Because of that, they’re running out the same 17 as last week, and also like last week they haven’t named the side as they will run onto the field.

Jason Taumalolo ($606k / 69 pts / BE 66) has been named at lock as he always is but is just as likely to play at prop. Reuben Cotter ($482k / 75 pts / BE 39) has been named in the front row this time but will likely swap to lock. At least he’s been named to start this time. Cotter was massive last weekend and had Todd Payten pumping up his Origin chances in the post-game presser. Surely he isn’t benched from here.

Tom Gilbert ($431k / 36 pts / BE 59) and Heilum Luki ($460k / 44 pts / BE 36) could make a game day swap as well.

Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Edrick Lee 3. Enari Tuala 4. Bradman Best 5. Dominic Young 6. Tex Hoy 7. Phoenix Crossland 8. David Klemmer 9. Chris Randall 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 13. Leo Thompson

Bench: 14. Jack Johns 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Mathew Croker 17. Pasami Saulo

Reserves: 18. Simi Sasagi 19. Krystian Mapapalangi 20. Jaron Purcell 21. Brayden Musgrove 22. Dylan Phythian 23. Kobe Rugless 24. Ben Talty

Lakey’s Take

Changes: Brodie Jones, Simi Sasagi, Adam Clune, Jake Clifford, Sauaso Sue out
Lachlan Fitzgibbon, Dominic Young, Tex Hoy, Mathew Croker, Pasami Saulo in

Winner: Sigh…..

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I did it with the Warriors, it’s only fair to repeat for the Knights.

Loser: Where do I start? The captain seems like as good a spot as any. Kalyn Ponga ($556k / 31 pts / BE 116) just signed a big extension but isn’t providing bang-for-his-buck. To be fair, he can only do so much as the forwards aren’t laying a platform and the backs aren’t putting on any pressure, but this club runs through KP so he needs to put his hand up in the little “no-glory” areas of the game.

SuperCoach Talk: Man I hate football. I can only imagine how fun it could be supporting a decent team. Only imagine.

In teams news, Adam Clune ($294k / 25 pts / BE 46) and Jake Clifford ($307k / 18 pts / BE 65) are out, replaced by Phoenix Crossland ($277k / 25 pts / BE 52) and Tex Hoy ($408k / BE 33). That should fix it. FFS.

Clifford was hooked early in the second half last week. He went from Dally M leader to being cut from the side in a little over a month. There was some talk of Ponga moving onto the ball to get him more involved, which may happen on game day, but for now it’s Hoy in the #6.

Sauaso Sue ($216k / 2 pts / BE 57) was KO’d after only five minutes and remains out. Leo Thompson ($272k / 30 pts / BE 30) is named to start at lock there. And Lachlan Fitzgibbon ($481k / BE 53) and Dom Young ($390k / BE 81) both return from injury for Brodie Jones ($349k / 40 pts / BE 35) and Simi Sasagi ($248k / 32 pts / BE 16).

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m genuinely excited for Anthony Milford ($486k) in round 11. That makes me sad.


Sunday, 2.00pm, AAMI Park, Melbourne

Storm: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Nick Meaney 3. Reimis Smith 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. Josh King

Bench: 14. Brandon Smith 15. Tyran Wishart 16. Trent Loiero 17. Jordan Grant

Reserves: 18. Chris Lewis 19. Bronson Garlick 20. Jayden Nikorima 21. Cooper Johns 22. Tom Eisenhuth 23. Dean Ieremia 24. Alec MacDonald

Lakey’s Take

Changes: Tepai Moeroa out
Jordan Grant in

Winner: This week’s unicorn is Ryan Papenhuyzen ($894k / 107 pts / BE 29). He finished the game on 74 points but was later updated to 91. Then he got updated again to 107. I’ll take it as the man was my captain but it seems strange.

Loser: Adversely, Cameron Munster ($761k / 74 pts / BE 64) dropped a stack of points during the updates.

SuperCoach Talk: This side is incredible. I can’t quite fathom the genius it takes to have a side like this year after year and consistently finding the next big thing. For example, to go from Cam Smith and scouting Harry Grant ($743k / 104 pts / BE 58)…… I have no words.

Tepai Moeroa ($200k / 19 pts / BE 17) played just about the most eventful three minutes of football of all time. He literally ran onto the field, scored a try and then hurt his shoulder in the very next set. He’ll miss some time which gives Jordan Grant ($205k) a chance to debut off the bench . But Tom Eisenhuth ($335k) is on the extended bench so could come in for his first action in 2022.

Xavier Coates ($521k / 116 pts / BE -69) recorded his second consecutive ton this weekend, truly punishing anyone who sold him three weeks ago. I mentioned how left CTW’s score so well against the Knights and both Coates and Justin Olam ($607k / 115 pts / BE 20) proved the point. Now’s your last chance to grab Coates before his price rockets.

Elsewhere, Tui Kamikamica ($426k) played his first game in QCup after having his legal issues resolved. He’ll come into contention soon.

Dragons: 1. Moses Mbye 2. Mathew Feagai 3. Moses Suli 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Jack Bird 7. Ben Hunt 8. Francis Molo 9. Andrew McCullough 10. George Burgess 11. Tariq Sims 12. Josh Mcguire 13. Jack de Belin

Bench: 14. Talatau Amone 15. Blake Lawrie 16. Aaron Woods 17. Tyrell Fuimaono

Reserves: 18. Jayden Sullivan 19. Cody Ramsey 20. Jack Gosiewski 21. Tyrell Sloan 22. Josh Kerr 23. Jackson Ford 24. Tautau Moga

Lakey’s Take

Changes: Jayden Sullivan out
Jack Bird in

Winner: It wasn’t a SuperCoach friendly afternoon for the Dragons last weekend but Moses Suli ($452k / 52 pts / BE 66) continues to impress in the centres. His 52 points was the second highest STG score of the night and came with only a linebreak assist to pump it up. The rest was all wrokrate.

Loser: Jayden Sullivan ($388k / 53 pts) was big in the Dragons win on Sunday afternoon but becomes a casualty of returning troops. If Andrew McCullough ($412k / 40 pts / BE 61) gets hurt at any stage this year, Sullivan will be a great addition.

SuperCoach Talk: Talatau Amone ($217k / 36 pts / BE 12) put in a solid outing for the Dragons as they won three-in-a-row but now drops back into a utility role with Jack Bird ($481k / BE 94) coming back to the starting squad.

The rest of the squad remains unchanged and unexciting for SuperCoach.


Sunday, 4.05pm, PointsBet Stadium, Sydney

Sharks: 1. Will Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Jesse Ramien 4. Siosifa Talakai 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Matt Moylan 7. Nicho Hynes 8. Toby Rudolf 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Aiden Tolman 11. Briton Nikora 12. Teig Wilton 13. Dale Finucane

Bench: 14. Jack Williams 15. Cameron McInnes 16. Wade Graham 17. Royce Hunt

Reserves: 18. Braydon Trindall 19. Andrew Fifita 20. Luke Metcalf 21. Mawene Hiroti 22. Connor Tracey 23. Matt Ikuvalu 24. Franklin Pele

Lakey’s Take

Changes: Braydon Trindall out
Dale Finucane in

Winner: Sharks skipper and the heart-and-soul of the club, Wade Graham ($355k / 16 pts) made his return after almost a year out of the the game and talks of medical retirement. He only played 23 minutes and only scored 16 points, but it was a return nonetheless.

Loser: I sent out this tweet last Thursday:

Well, I was half-right. Nicho Hynes ($721k / 68 pts / BE 70) did outscore Siosifa Talakai ($764k / 36 pts / BE 48), but both men performed well below what I was expecting from them. At least with Talakai, he still made a ton of cash. Hynes dropped $34k and has another high breakeven to contend with this week.

SuperCoach Talk: The Sharks were shocked in Brisbane last week and will be eager to put on a statement game and regain some respect.

Dale Finucane ($426k / BE 91) returns to the side. He’s missed the last two outings after suffering a very bad looking head knock so has taken some extra time to make sure he’s A-OK. He’s at lock which moves Cam McInnes ($476k / 65 pts / BE 43) back to the bench and Braydon Trindall ($218k / 22 pts / BE 50) drops out.

The three other Sharks CTW’s have all hit a wall, similar to Sifa. As such, all of Jesse Ramien ($560k / 52 pts / BE 94), Ronaldo Mulitalo ($702k / 24 pts / BE 121) and Sione Katoa ($567k / 31 pts / BE 136) are on the wrong end of the breakeven totem.

It needs to be noted that Connor Tracey ($425k / BE 35) has been named on the extended bench but it’s hard to find a spot for him with the form these outside backs are in. Fingers crossed it’s not at Sifa’s expense.

Warriors: 1. Reece Walsh 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Viliami Vailea 4. Rocco Berry 5. Adam Pompey 6. Daejarn Asi 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Wayde Egan 10. Matt Lodge 11. Euan Aitken 12. Eliesa Katoa 13. Jazz Tevaga

Bench: 14. Jack Murchie 15. Ben Murdoch-Masila 16. Bunty Afoa 17. Aaron Pene

Reserves: 18. Bayley Sironen 20. Taniela Otukolo 21. Edward Kosi 22. Junior Ratuva 23. Pride Petterson-Robati 24. Jayden Corrigan 25. Jackson Frei

Lakey’s Take

Changes: Jesse Arthars, Bailey Sironen out
Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Aaron Pene in

Winner: Euan Aitken ($564k / 101 pts / BE 39) was rumoured to have a calf complaint heading into round 8. Well, if he did, he certainly didn’t show it. The man busted out a ton in a comeback victory for the Warriors.

Farewell: Instead of a “loser” section, I just want to shout out Ash Taylor here. He’s had a tumultuous career but now a hip injury has ended it early. I wish him well in retirement and hope he can get his mind and body right.

SuperCoach Talk: It was a nice comeback win against the Faders on Saturday afternoon and the Warriors have made minimal changes to that side including young Daejarn Asi ($243k / 50 pts) who put on a show last weekend. If Asi can repeat the performance and keep his spot again next week, he becomes a potential downgrade option as a dual 5/8-CTW.

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak ($436k / BE 54) is back this weekend. Good to see after the way he left the field in round 7. Jesse Arthars ($351k / 11 pts / BE 91) makes way with a shoulder injury, meaning Viliami Vailea ($205k / 34 pts / BE 17) survives. He’s on the bubble but hasn’t really shown much chop so far. He’s a take-it-or-leave-it type.

Eliesa Katoa ($309k / 37 pts / BE 28) also returns to the starting side with Aaron Pene ($255k / BE 28) on the bench and Bailey Sironen ($351k / 45 pts / BE 27) out in reserves.

Jazz Tevaga ($469k / 41 pts / BE 54) continues his charge in the lock position. He had a down week in round 8 but is still a solid choice in my estimation.

Also, the combination of Rocco Berry ($294k / 21 pts / BE 49) DWZ get to “defend” Siosifa Talakai this week. Yikes!

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Massive attack

Brilliant Lakey

The Duke

Another thorough review, thanks Lakey.

The Duke

As we appreciate you.


great to see the acknowledgement of ash taylor
not a fan of his or queenslanders in general but with such a shortened & eventful career i do wish him all the best in his future endeavours & health

p.s. i was right on the mcinnes & tolman prediction when finucane returns. lol

Last edited 18 days ago by tanous

Thanks Lakey.
I love your commentary on the Knights and, especially, the tongue in cheek comment about the changes in the halves. Really made me chuckle.
Good luck this weekend.

The Pretender

Lakey – thanks for the tips on the Knights dud edge defense last week.

I had a few multis heavily invested in the storm down that edge and all paid. I owe you a beer mate.


Thanks Lakey! Brilliant stuff that adds sunshine to my Tuesdays. Have I already used that one on JT, for his Sunday review???? Nah – this is an original! Good on you mate – AND good luck with the team you support.
Have personally kept dropping every week (in SC of course), from 800’s to 1300’s, 1500’s, 3000 and now 5676th – gonna rename my team ‘The Lead Balloons’! See you mate and good luck this week! 😉

Last edited 18 days ago by AJW

No wukkers Lakey – keep it coming! Best regards to the whole team mate! Hey is it true that Wenin has a wee bairn now??? Holy moley – has he deserted you guys on your nights out? Anyway, I hope the poor little thing (Wenin Jr I mean) doesn’t have to suffer Daddy filling up his milk bottle with XXXX! Let me guess, he’s named the poor little tacker Alfie or Wally (or female derivations of Broncos’ legends’ names! ) ??? Hope he ends up a Redcliffe supporter! 😉 Cheers mate! PS Dunno how old you are, but maybe this… Read more »

Last edited 17 days ago by AJW

Thanks, Lakey!

What are your thoughts on Cody Walker or Drinkwater for the 5/8 spot?


So good!

The Beer Whisperer

Sad to hear about Ash Taylor. Only 27 years old, a young prodigy with immense talent who never realised his full potential.

I’m sure I speak for everyone here in wishing him all the best in future.


Great as always….

A bit late to ask but :

TU : Cody walk
TD : Scott Drinkwater

Munster is the other 5/8….what to do????

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