Lakey has unfortunately been hit by a bit of a bug today (also known as a Magic Round three-day bender hangover / OMG Anthony Milford has been picked for my Newcastle Knights)… Therefore, Wenin and JT have you covered for the Round 11 teams, albeit in a slightly abbreviated analysis.
The analysis of all the ins and outs will drop over the next few hours.
ROUND 11 TEAMS
KNIGHTS v BRONCOS
Thursday, 7.50pm, McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
1. Kalyn Ponga, 2. Edrick Lee, 3. Enari Tuala, 4. Bradman Best, 5. Dominic Young, 6. Anthony Milford, 7. Adam Clune, 8. David Klemmer, 9. Chris Randall, 10. Daniel Saifiti, 11. Tyson Frizell, 12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 13. Mitch Barnett
Bench: 14. Phoenix Crossland, 15. Jacob Saifiti, 16. Leo Thompson, 17. Mat Croker
Reserves: 18. Tex Hoy, 19. Simi Sasagi, 20. Dane Gagai, 21. Jake Clifford, 22. Sauaso Sue, 23. Pasami Saulo, 24. Brodie Jones
Ins: Anthony Milford, Brodie Jones, Dane Gagai, Jake Clifford, Sauaso Sue and Tyson Frizell
Few teams in the competition have been left as crippled during the year as the Knights, but the cavalry returning over recent weeks already makes them look a much stronger proposition and they will be boosted by last week’s win.
Tyson Frizell ($546,700 – BE) is a huge in for them, but for SuperCoach, has had a largely inconsistent year after a strong start. Best to see how he fares on return before he becomes a consideration in the R17 bye week.
Anthony Milford ($486,300 – BE). The Milf is back! SuperCoach is yet to catch up with both his current team (still a Bunny in the system as of this afternoon) and his price tag, which is about $300k too high. But for the 223 SuperCoaches that somehow own him, and Knights fans who want some spark in their spine, there’ll be a few cheering this inclusion.
Leo Thompson ($265,100 – BE 36). Thompson failed to capitalise on two starting lock spots in the last fortnight, averaging just 25 points in 33 minutes, and now is bumped back to the bench with Mitch Barnett moving to lock. With a low-ish BE, he’ll likely drop some cash but isn’t an urgent sell this week given there are no genuine cheapies on the bubble.
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. Payne Haas, 11. Kurt Capewell, 12. Jordan Riki, 13. Pat Carrigan
Bench: 14. Cory Paix, 15. Kobe Hetherington, 16. Thomas Flegler, 17. Keenan Palasia
Reserves: 18. Brenko Lee, 19. TC Robati, 20. Rhys Kennedy, 21. Ezra Mam, 22. Jordan Pereira 23. Ryan James, 24. David Mead
Ins: David Mead, Ezra Mam, Jordan Pereira, Rhys Kennedy, Ryan James and Teui Robati
Analysis: The Broncos are on an absolute roll of late with four wins in a row against decent teams, and come up against a Knights side who have been completely off-colour lately. Payne Haas made a successful return from shoulder injury in 51 minutes last week but may continue to be eased along, but there’s plenty of forwards stepping up to take on the load.
Te Maire Martin ($240,200 – BE 44). TMM didn’t see the game out last Friday, coming off late with a hip injury that has him still in doubt for this game. He’s put scores of 16 and 17 together over the last fortnight so needs a boost from a game against relatively weak opposition, and this could be it.
If TMM doesn’t play, Selwyn Cobbo ($472,400 – BE -12) has been training at fullback and will slot in. Cobbo has been in great touch lately, collecting 7 tries in 4 games, and a move to the back could unlock his potential even further. Now’s the week to buy him if you’re keen. On the wing, there’s a little bit of the Xavier Coates’s about him. Very little base to speak of, so will need the tries to continue piling on if he’s to keep his value high. We’ve seen this end badly before.
TIGERS v BULLDOGS
Friday, 6pm, Leichhardt Oval, Sydney
1. Starford To’a, 2. Junior Tupou, 3. Asu Kepaoa, 4. Tyrone Peachey, 5. Ken Maumalo, 6. Jock Madden, 7. Jackson Hastings, 8. James Tamou, 9. Jacob Liddle, 10. Zane Musgrove, 11. Luke Garner, 12. Luciano Leilua, 13. Joe Ofahengaue
Bench: 14. Kelma Tuilagi, 15. Alex Twal, 16. Fa’amanu Brown, 17. Stefano Utoikamanu
Reserves: 18. Alex Seyfarth, 19. Olivre Gildart, 20. Thomas Mikaele, 21. Brent Naden. 22. Junior Pauga, 23. Tukimihia Simpkins, 24. Fonua Pole
Ins: Asu Kepaoa, Brent Naden, Fa’amanu Brown, Fonua Pole, Jacob Liddle, Oliver Gildart, Thomas Mikaele and Tukimihia Simpkins
Outs: Jake Simpkin and Luke Brooks (hamstring injury)
Analysis: The Tigers have been bitten by the injury bug lately and continue to field a very makeshift backline filled with inexperience (and Tyrone Peachey). Hastings and Brooks were continuing to build on their combination last week, including a few nice sweeping plays in the first half, but an untimely injury to Brooks has forced yet another reshuffle here. They get a great chance to steal a win in their time of need here against a Dogs side who will only train twice this week.
Junior Tupou ($188,700 – BE 0). Tupou gets his second game in a row out on the wing after opening his NRL career with a classy try last week. In terms of cheapies, he’s a pretty risky one given the Tigers’ current bevy of injuries in the backline, but another impressive showing here could keep him in line for a third game next week and an eventual price rise. Great chance against the Dogs.
Jackson Hastings ($506,500 – BE 51). In Luke Brooks’ absence last week, Hastings touched the ball a million times as he tried to single-handedly spark the Tigers attack. It didn’t quite work then, but the more opportunities Hastings gets against a shambles of a Dogs’ team, the better. That will be the case this round with Brooks out. He’s been ultra-consistent this season since his return from suspension with a 3RA and 5RA of 62PPG. In the short-term, he’s a sneaky play, but just what happens when Adam Doueihi returns is the bigger question. Doueihi is currently slated to return in Round 14 but has apparently been making great progress. They may just want to rush things. If the backline continues to be decimated, his return could likely be through the centres anyway, leaving Hastings to continue his dominance of the Tigers’ playmaking.
Kelma Tuilagi ($348,100 – BE 35). Tuilagi has shown glimpses of potential this year and had finally run into some luck with an average of almost 80MPG in the last month, courtesy of no pesky HIAs. That run ends here, with Tuilagi bumped to the bench for the first time this year. You don’t have to move him on this week with a breakeven of 35, but he looks to have made just about all the coin he can so it’s time for an upgrade in the next week or two. A high score of 47 in 8 games isn’t flash.
1. Matt Dufty, 2. Jayden Okunbor, 3. Aaron Schoupp, 4. Jake Avreillo, 5. Josh Addo-Carr, 6. Matt Burton, 7. Kyle Flanagan, 8. Luke Thompson, 9. Jeremy Marshall-King, 10. Paul Vaughan, 11. Jackson Topine, 12. Tevita Pangai Jr, 13. Josh Jackson
Bench: 14. Bailey Biondi-Odo, 15. Joe Stimson, 16. Max King, 17. Chris Patolo
Reserves: 25. Ava Seumanufagai, 19. Jacob Kiraz, 20. Zach Dockar-Clay, 21. Brandon Wakeham, 22. Tuipulotu Katoa, 23. Raymond Faitala-Mariner, 24. Paul Alamoti
Ins: Ava Seumanufagai, Brandon Wakeham, Jackson Topine, Jacob Kiraz, Paul Alamoti, Raymond Faitala-Mariner, Tuipulotu Katoa and Zach Dockar-Clay
Outs: Brent Naden and Corey Wadel
Who knows what the hell we’ll get out of this basket case Dogs side this week. The bounceback after the coach is sacked is a little bit of a myth these days, and there’s little to suggest this will be any different despite the Tigers still being decimated. Maybe TPJ throws 700 offloads in anger this week? Hasn’t thrown any effective ones in two weeks.
Jackson Topine ($281,700 – BE 30). Topine was a relatively mediocre cheapie last season but gets his first game for the year in place of Corey Waddell in the starting second row spot. It’s a win for him but for SuperCoach, just avoid him. And any other Dogs at this stage.
EELS v SEA EAGLES
Friday, 7.55pm, CommBank Stadium, Sydney
1. Clint 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. Ryan Matterson
Bench: 14. Makahesi Makatoa, 15. Marata Niukore, 16. Oregon Kaufusi, 17. Nathan Brown
Reserves: 18. Wiremu Greig, 19. Jake Arthur, 20. Mitch Rein, 21. Bryce Cartwright 22. Sean Russell, 23. Elie El-Zakhem, 24. Maika Sivo
Ins: Elie El-Zakhem, Maika Sivo, Marata Niukore, Mitch Rein Sean Russell and Wiremu Greig
Analysis: Parramatta is a model of inconsistency of late. Lose to the Tigers, thump the Knights, get smashed by the Cows, beat Penrith and then just fall short of the out-of-sorts Roosters. There’s still plenty to love about them for SuperCoach, with points falling regularly for the likes of Moses, Gutho, IPap and Matterson, but it’s still very hard to get a read on them.
Ryan Matterson ($660,100 – BE 14). Matto has been massive coming off the bench of late, notching an incredible 3RA of 90PPG. Yes, he’s scored a couple of tries in that run so you have to discount it a little bit. He’s rewarded for his strong form with his first starting game since Round 5. I’m a little burned by him still, given I had him in Round 1 in the same 13 jersey where he could only score 42 in 53 minutes, but he’s shaken off the injuries and looks raring to go. A huge pricetag for a guy who could shuffle anywhere and doesn’t play R13, but is a POD-hunter’s dream at just 2% ownership.
Sean Russell ($285,400 – BE -28) and Maika Sivo ($486,400 – BE 52). Russell is back on the extended bench for the second week in a row and Sivo makes his first appearance in the Eels’ side all year. The Eels need the cavalry back on the edges and these two shouldn’t be far off.
Bryce Cartwright ($249,700 – BE 51). The party gets shut down after a huge 17 points at Magic Round.
1. Tom Trbojevic, 2. Christian Tuipulotu, 3. Morgan harper, 4. Tolutau Koula, 5. Reuben Garrick, 6. Kieran Foran, 7. Daly Cherry-Evans, 8. Josh Aloiai, 9. Lachlan Croker, 10. Sean Keppie, 11. Haumole Olakau’atu, 12. Andrew Davey, 13. Jake Trbojevic
Bench: 14. Dylan Walker, 15. Josh Schuster, 16. Martin Taupau, 17. Toafofoa Sipley
Reserves: 18. Ethan Bullemor 19. Kurt De Luis, 20. Kaeo Weekes, 21. Jamie Humphries, 22. Alec Tuitavake, 23. Zac Fulton, 24. Jacob Sykes
Ins: Alex Tuitavake, Jacob Sykes, Jamie Humphreys, Josh Shuster, Kaeo Weekes, Kurt De Luis and Zac Fulton
Outs: Ben Trbojevic (shoulder injury)
Analysis: Manly was all the rage last week, with the likes of Turbo, Burbo, Garrick, and Olakau’atu being high on the trade-in lists. A bumbling effort ensued, losing by a whopping 38-0 to the Broncos and barely firing a shot in the process. Classic SuperCoach. They get a big chance to turn it around here but it will be a big ask.
Tom Trbojevic ($831,300 – BE 166). Turbo really struggled last week with his lingering knee issues and was a shadow of himself, limping around to just two busts all game. Depending on how you want to look at it, this appears to be a show of faith that the injury isn’t as bad as we all think given he’s been named. A huge call to be made for SuperCoaches who may have only just recently traded him in. However, the Eels have surprisingly given up the most points of all teams to fullbacks this season, so if he can manage to shake off the injury in the space of a week, you just never know…Breakevens don’t last forever.
Josh Schuster ($533,800 – BE 55). Schuster is being eased back into things on return from his calf injury, which is good news for SuperCoaches who are eagerly awaiting a healthy Schuster to return to the fold. A low-minute game could see that breakeven soaring, but he will only have one price drop at the most before his game in Round 13.
Ben Trbojevic ($251,400 – BE -48). Burbo has unsurprisingly been ruled out this week after a shoulder issue from Magic Round. The initial return date is framed at Round 12, which will have him ready to go by the all-important Round 13 bye week. Just hope Dessy doesn’t bring him back in for 10-minute stints off the bench…And also hope his replacement Morgan Harper hasn’t been doing much-tackling practice lately.
DRAGONS v WARRIORS
Saturday, 3pm, Jubilee Stadium, Sydney
1. Cody Ramsey, 2. Mathew Feagai, 3. Moses Suli, 4. Zac Lomax, 5. Mikaele Ravalawa, 6. Talatau Amone, 7. Ben Hunt, 8. Blake Lawrie, 9. Moses Mbye, 10. Francis Molo, 11. Jack Bird, 12. Jack Gosiewski, 13. Jack De Belin
Bench: 14. Jayden Sullivan, 15. Tariq Sims, 16. Aaron Woods, 17. Michael Molo
Reserves: 18. Tyrell Fuimaono, 19. Tautau Moga, 20. George Burgess, 21. Tyrell Sloan, 22. Josh Kerr, 23. Jackson Ford, 24. Jaiyden Hunt
Ins: George Burgess, Jackson Ford, Jaiyden Hunt, Josh Kerr, Michael Molo, Tautau Moga and Tyrell Fuimaono
Outs: Josh McGuire
Analysis: There’s not a lot of SuperCoach love for the Dragons these days. You see a smattering of the likes of Zac Lomax, Jack Bird and Ben Hunt (who backed up a 4-point game against Melbourne with a 94-point effort last week…wow) around the traps in your H2H leagues, but they’re just such a risk to own. Who loses to the Titans these days?
Cody Ramsay ($246,200 – BE 46). Ramsey gets a surprise start at fullback having only played three games all season before this for a dreadful average of 18PPG on the wing. He played two games there last year for 24 points (from 40 mins) and 30, so set your expectation dial on the lowest possible setting.
Tyrell Sloan ($402,100 – BE 63). Sloan is the one and only fall guy for the Dragons it would seem after their tough loss last week. Finally gets a chance back in the side only to get dropped a week later.
1. Reece Walsh, 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, 3. Viliami Vailea, 4. Adam Pompey, 5. Marcelo Montoya, 6. Daejarn Asi, 7. Shaun Johnson, 8. Addin Fonua-Blake, 9. Jazz Tevaga, 10. Matt Lodge, 11. Euan Aitken, 12. Tohu Harris, 13. Jack Murchie
Bench: 14. Aaron Pene, 15. Ben Murdoch-Masila, 16. Bunty Afoa, 17. Freddy Lussick
Reserves: 18. Eliesa Katoa, 20. Taniela Otukolo, 21. Jesse Arthars, 22. Pride Petterson-Robati, 23. Junior Ratuva, 24. Ronald Volkman, 25. Chanel Harris-Tavita
Ins: Chanel Harris-Tavita, Euan Aitken, Jesse Arthars, Junior Ratuva, Pride Petterson-Robati, Ronald Volkman and Taniela Otukolo
Outs: Edward Kosi
Analysis: The Warriors made a stirring comeback last week but just couldn’t get there at the end against the Bunnies, but showed enough resolve to give their fans a bit of hope after a tough stretch. Tohu Harris was eased back in off the bench to open his 2022 account, and that will do him a world of good as they search for a level-head or two.
Tohu Harris ($601,500 – BE 87). Tohu got a great reception last week when he came on from the bench for the first time since his cruel ACL injury last year, and is named to start this round. For SuperCoaches, he’s a very easy wait and watch for the time being, with 37 points in 30 minutes last week meaning he will likely shed some cash early. Not sure where Coach Brown wants to play him this year, but if he goes back into that roving second-row/lock role, playing big minutes, he’ll be a must-have for the run home. This game could be a good indication.
Euan Aitken ($574,000 – BE 32). Aitken is named back at starting in the second row after being a late scratching through a concussion last week.
No one really of much SuperCoach relevance. Maybe a fan of the site/shows, Anton Posa, who unfortunately missed last week’s Magic Round festivities.
COWBOYS v STORM
Saturday, 5.30pm, QCB Stadium, Townsville
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. Connelly Lemuelu, 21. Ben Condon, 22. Jake Bourke, 23. Ben Hampton, 24. Brendan Elliot
Ins: Ben Hampton, Ben Condon, Brendan Elliot, Connelly Lemuelu, Jake Bourke and Jake Granville
Analysis: The Cowboys continued on their winning ways with a straightforward win against the Tigers to close out Magic Round for 2022. Unsurprisingly they have named an unchanged lineup for a massive round 11 encounter against the Storm.
Justin Tait’s TV. With the Cowboys producing a winning season in 2022, his TV has been taken off the endangered species list.
Reuben Cotter ($556,000 – BE 21). He has been named to start again after a man of the match performance last weekend. He is doing himself no harm in the race to a Queensland jersey and is providing to be a fantastic SuperCoach asset this year.
Reece Robson ($516,700 – BE 16). Should play 80 minutes again at hooker with Jake Granville named in the 18 jersey and the Hammer in the utility bench role. He has produced scores of 67 and 83 over the past two weeks and is one to watch for round 13 bye coverage.
Non-Jason Taumalolo owners – With scores of 50 and 24 over the past two rounds due largely to restricted minutes (49 and 31), Lolo’s price will drop nicely for a timely round 13 acquisition for non-owners.
Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow ($331,100 – BE 73). Has been named to start again in the 14 jersey and is not SuperCoach relevant there. He has produced scores of 6 and 27 over the past two rounds and his price should continue to plummet with a BE of 73.
1. Tyran Wishart, 2. Nick Meaney, 3. Marion Seve, 4. Justin Olam, 5. Xavier Coates, 6. Cameron Munster, 7. Jahrome Hughes, 8. Jesse Bromwich, 9. Harry Grant, 10. Brandon Smith, 11. Felise Kaufusi, 12. Kenny Bromwich, 13. Josh King
Bench: 14. Alec MacDonald, 15. Dean Ieremia, 16. Trent Loiero, 17. Tui Kamikamica
Reserves: 18. Chris Lewis, 19. Cooper Johns, 20. Tom Eisenhuth, 21. Jordan Grant, 22. Bronson Garlick, 23. Will Warbrick 24. Jayden Nikorima
Ins: Alec MacDonald, Bronson Garlick, Dean Ieremia, Jahrome Hughes, Jordan Grant Tom Eisenhuth and Will Warbrick
Outs: Nelson Asofa-Solomona (knee injury)
Analysis: The Storm welcomes back Jahrome Hughes after an extremely disappointing loss to the Panthers in round 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona is out with a knee injury, which is a big blow, while Tyran Wishart has retained the starting fullback spot with Ryan Papenhuyzen out injured.
Jahrome Hughes ($673k – BE 79). The Storm will welcome him back with open arms after missing him massively during Magic Round. He’s inclusion should also assist the SuperCoach output of his teammates.
Brandon Smith ($405,800 – BE 58). I think this is a positive? He has been named to start at prop and that may see him play the full 80 minutes with a shift to lock at some point while Josh King is given a breather. Tui Kamikamika has been named on the bench and so there may be a late swap between these two players.
Josh King ($505,800 – BE 49). Again, not sure how the rotations will play out here but there is a chance that he will see extended minutes with Smith required to cover NAS at prop.
The Cowboys. Melbourne does not play two poor games in a row and the inclusion of Hughes is a huge bonus for the Storm. This shapes as an absolute cracker of a match.
ROOSTERS v PANTHERS
Saturday, 7.35pm, SCG, Sydney
1. James Tedesco, 2. Daniel Tupou, 3. Paul Momirovski, 4. Joey Manu, 5. Joseph Suaalii, 6. Sam Walker, 7. Luke Keary, 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, 9. Connor Watson, 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho, 11. Angus Crichton, 12. Sitili Tupouniua, 13. Nat Butcher
Bench: 14. Drew Hutchison, 15. Fletcher Baker, 16. Daniel Suluka-Fifita, 17. Lindsay Collins
Reserves: 18. Lachlan Lam, 19. Egan Butcher, 20. Ben Marschke, 21. Naufahu Whyte, 22. Kevin Naiqama, 23. Adam Keighran, 24. Terrell May
Ins: Adam Keighran, Ben Marschke, Egan Butcher, Kevin Naiqama, Lindsay Collins, Naufahu Whyte and Terrell May
Outs: Victor Radley (ankle injury)
Analysis: The Roosters continued their topsy-turvy season with an unexpected win against the Eels. Victor Radley is set to miss some time on the sidelines with an ankle injury, while Lindsay Collins has been named to return from the bench.
Nat Butcher ($369,900 – BE 22). Butcher should get a decent run at it now with Radley expected to miss some time due to an ankle injury. He will cover round 13 and is a potential short-term option with Radley set to miss up to eight weeks.
Angus Crichton ($541,400 – BE 68). With Butcher shifting to lock, Crichton should continue to bust out 80-minute games and remains great value at under $550k.
Joseph Suaalii ($433,400 – BE -31). His impressive season continued last weekend and he has now posted back-to-back 80-plus point games. Kevin Naiqama has been named on the reserves but is no threat and Billy Smith is not named in the squad at all.
Victor Radley ($441,200 – BE 93). He was finally building some momentum in back-to-back games after some durability issues in past seasons due to injury and suspension. However, he suffered an ankle injury last Sunday and will now miss six to eight weeks and also misses out on a chance to play Origin.
1. Dylan Edwards, 2. Taylan May, 3. Izack Tago, 4. Stephen Crichton, 5. Brian To’o, 6. Jarome Luai, 7. Nathan Cleary, 8. Moses Leota, 9. Api Koroisau, 10. James Fisher-Harris, 11. Viliame Kikau, 12. Liam Martin, 13. Isaah Yeo
Bench: 14. Mitch Kenny, 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. Matthew Eisenhuth, 23. Soni Luke, 24. Charlie Staines
Ins: Charlie Staines, Chris Smith, J’maine Hopgood, Mathew Eisenhuth, Sean O’Sullivan and Soni Luke
Analysis: The Panthers have named an unchanged side, which is not a surprise following their demolition job of the Storm.
Izack Tago ($474,600 – BE 13). The 105-point performance during Magic Round was just what the doctor ordered with his price set to increase once again after some relatively heavy deductions of late. We should be able to sell him for over $500k before their bye in round 17.
Taylan May ($547,000 – BE 36). Retains his spot in the side once again with Charlie Stains named in the number 24 jersey. The dual winger threat of him and To’o is scary.
Viliame Kikau ($600,400 – BE 29). He is having a wonderful year with a season average of 67 and MPG of 73 (up from 61 last year). He has scored over 60 points in 70% of his games compared to just 35% last year.
Charlie Staines ($329,300 – BE 62). Looks destined to spend the rest of the season in the reserves unless there is an injury to To’o or May.
RABBITOHS v RAIDERS
Sunday, 2pm, Apex Oval, Dubbo
1. Blake Taaffe, 2. Alex Johnston, 3. Jaxson Paulo, 4. Campbell Graham, 5. Taane Milne, 6. Cody Walker, 7. Lachlan Ilias, 8. Tevita Tatola, 9. Damien Cook, 10. Thomas Burgess, 11. Keaon Koloamatangi, 12. Trent Peoples, 13. Jai Arrow
Bench: 14. Kodi Nikorima, 15. Davvy Moale, 16. Siliva Havili, 17. Liam Knight
Reserves: 18. Peter Mamouzelos, 19. Isaiah Tass, 20. Josh Mansour, 21. Shaquai Mitchell, 22. Dean Hawkins, 23. Richard Kennar, 24. Hame Sele
Ins: Dean Hawkins, Isaiah Tass, Josh Mansour, Shaquai Mitchell, Dean Hawkins, Richard Kennar and Hame Sele
Outs: Jacob Host (shoulder injury)
Analysis: The Bunnies are idling along without their star fullback who is still a little while away. They managed to scrape home against the Warriors last week, courtesy of a star showing by Cody Walker and his wingers last week. No major changes but they have interestingly kept Jai Arrow at the lock position and brought in the People’s Player Trent Peoples for his second game after a big showing a couple of weeks ago.
Trent Peoples ($175,400 – BE -32). With injuries to both Jacob Host (indefinite return) and Cam Murray (Round 14), the door has now been opened for Trent Peoples who is a bargain basement 2RF now given a starting spot. He plays his second game after a big-minute (injury-affected) stint off the bench against the Broncos in Round 9 for 68 points. Three offloads, a linebreak and two busts ensued. Not your usual forward debutant return! He may be a tempting downgrade option next week but will only get one price rise before Murray is expected to return and push him to the bench.
Jai Arrow ($460,800 – BE 57). Arrow got a big 80-minute stint last week for 63 points after Host went off very early, and gets another go at the lock jersey that made him a SuperCoach weapon back in the day.
Isaiah Tass ($244,300 – BE -30). For the second week in a row, Tass finds himself on the extended reserves list. Frustrating for those who jumped on hoping for some big price rises, but the guys in front did the job last week so he’ll again need an injury to break in.
1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, 2. Nick Cotric, 3. Matt Timoko, 4. Sebastian Kis, 5. Jordan Rapana, 6. Jack Wighton, 7. Matt Frawley, 8. Josh Papalii, 9. Zac Woolford, 10. Joseph Tapine, 11. Hudson Young, 12. Elliott Whitehead, 13. Corey Harawira-Naera
Bench: 14. Tom Starling, 15. Ryan Sutton, 16. Xavier Savage, 17. Corey Horsburgh
Reserves: 18. Adam Elliot, 19. Brad Schneider, 20. Harry Rushton, 21. Adrian Trevilyan, 22. James Schiller, 23. Emre Guler, 24. Trey Mooney
Ins: Adam Elliott, Adrian Trevilyan, Emre Guler, Jack Whighton, James Schiller and Trey Mooney
Analysis: The Milk have put a couple of wins together now and they couldn’t have come at a better time. The return of Jack Wighton is the big in for them this week, and it’s Matt Frawley who surprisingly makes the cut to be his halves partner. The sleeping giant hasn’t yet fully awoken, but they’re starting to look a better prospect than at any other stage this year.
Zac Woolford ($175,400 – BE -27). Sticky has stuck strong with the debutant hooker from last week who cut through the line to set up the match-sealing try last week, and he’s been rewarded with his second starting spot in a row. If you don’t already have someone in mind for Round 13 in the HOK position and with Reuben Cotter looking likely to play Origin, a basement cheapie who’s in the starting jersey (though will swap out for Starling early) could be a great get. However, Adam Elliott only missed last week through illness so could force his way back in there as early as this week in jersey #18. At least we get time to watch.
Jordan Rapana ($377,000 – BE 58). With Schneider and Croker out of the side, the goalkicking may fall to Rapana as it did last year. For a guy averaging just 42PPG this season, it can’t hurt.
Brad Schneider ($375,500 – BE 38). Disaster for those who’ve held onto Schneider hoping for a last-hurrah in Round 13, with Sticky preferring Matt Frawley over him and naming him in the extended reserves. Schneider got a handy try last week to bump his score up to 57 and see a small price rise, but now looks like he needs some luck just to make the side for Round 13 given their backline will be largely untouched for Origin.
TITANS V SHARKS
Sunday, 4.05pm, Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast
1. Jayden Campbell, 2. Corey Thompson, 3. Phillip Sami, 4. Esan Marsters, 5. Jamayne Isaako, 6. AJ Brimson, 7. Toby Sexton, 8. Moeaki Fotuaika, 9. Erin Clark, 10. Jarrod Wallace, 11. Isaac Liu, 12. Beau Fermor, 13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui
Bench: 14. Tanah Boyd, 15. Sam Lisone, 16. Herman Ese’ese, 17. Sam McIntyre
Reserves: 18. Will Smith, 19. Paul Turner, 20. Jaimin Jolliffe, 21. Jaimin Jolliffe, 22. Greg Marzhew, 23. Patrick Herbert, 24. Aaron Booth
Ins: Aaron Booth, Brian Kelly, Greg Marzhew, Patrick Herbert, Paul Turner and Will Smith
Analysis: Few teams needed a win as badly as the Titans did last week and they just got there in the most unconvincing of fashions. They’ll take it and move on to a Sharks side who got absolutely stunned last week and will be keen to make amends. Still no sign of David Fifita as he continues his rehab, but he could be back next week in a big boost for them. They have the luxury of naming the same 17 this week.
Beau Fermor ($509,800 – BE 14). Just when you thought he was dead to the SuperCoach world and after almost 16,000 of us had binned him, Fermor goes out and puts on a 67 and an 83 with two tries in the process. Last week was an absolute grind so the base was good with a season-high 37 tackles and 15 hitups, and without Fifita again this week, he may find more attacking ball (not that Fifita ever gets much to take off him). Great if you’ve still hung on.
No one of note.
1. Lachlan Miller, 2. Sione Katoa, 3. Connor Tracey, 4. Siosifa Talakai, 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo, 6. Matt Moylan, 7. Nicho Hynes, 8. Toby Rudolf, 9. Blayke Brailey, 10. Royce Hunt, 11. Briton Nikora, 12. Wade Graham, 13. Cameron McInnes
Bench: 14. Aiden Tolman, 15. Braydon Trindall, 16. Teig Wilton, 17. Andrew Fifita
Reserves: 18. Kade Dykes, 19. Thomas Hazelton, 20. Luke Metcalf, 21. Mawene Hiroti, 22. Jayden Berrell, 23. Jesse Colquhoun, 24. Jonaiah Lualua
Ins: Andrew Fifita, Jayden Berrell, Jesse Colquhoun, Jonaiah Lualua, Kade Dykes, Lachlan Miller, Luke Metcalf and Thomas Hazelton
Outs: Dale Finucane (knee injury / head knock) and Jack Williams
Analysis: That was an awful performance by Cronulla last weekend. They got the first game all round with a dry track and sun beating down and still coughed up enough ball to make you think you were timewarped to the Dogs/Knights game 48 hours earlier. The shift to fullback worked wonders against the Warriors but did nothing for Hynes against the Raiders, where he failed to get involved at all and even came up with a couple of uncharacteristic errors. Fitzgibbon has moved him back to the halves and brought in a rookie to shake things up this week.
Nicho Hynes ($839,900 – BE 35). Hynes moves back to halfback this week and will play the more familiar second-receiver role again. It didn’t click at all last week despite plenty of chances, so a chance to atone beckons. In fairness, a ‘poor’ game where he still yields 50 points with no try assists and just 1/2 goals shows there’s still plenty to love here. The Titans give up the 4th-most points to both HFB and FE this year so this could be a big one.
Royce Hunt ($300,000 – BE -16). Big Roycey has gone for 47 and 65 points in the last fortnight at a whopping 1.9PPM. He gets his chance at a starting prop spot with Finucane out, and we know poor Dale’s history with concussion so perhaps this won’t be the last time he’s there. He had a try and a linebreak last week but who’s to say he doesn’t manage it again against the Tits. One to jump on now if you’re desperate for a quick cash grab.
Teig Wilton ($531,000 – BE 17). Wilton has been bumped back to the bench for Wade Graham this week, who had a very scrappy game himself last round. User @juggler pointed out in the JT Weekend Wrap from earlier in the week that Wilton has been a bit of a ball hog of late and preventing Sifa Talakai from getting much out of it. Maybe the ball-playing Graham will just open something up here, right when Talakai is looking a tradeout.