On to the home stretch now after surviving the final bye round… or not? One last tricky week to navigate as potential restings, reduced minutes and obviously the potential for injuries arising from the 3rd Origin game. I know plenty of SuperCoaches will be crossing their fingers and toes while praying to the SuperCoach gods for an injury-free game tonight!
As always we must thank Matt Hawker and his ridiculously good site – here’s a direct link to the Minutes section where I borrow these screenshots from – SO GOOD!
Kotoni Staggs (27) was tearing the Titans apart on the right edge before an unfortunate head clash ended his night as he failed the HIA. This saw Su’A (80) playing the game out at right centre and Fifita (50) seeing the game out on the right edge. Lodge (53) had a solid stint but his PPM was impressive as he went 60+ in base. Turpin (46) was solid in his first grade debut and Glenn (80) was surprisingly effective at dummy half at the start of the game before he took over on the left edge for TPJ (46) who played far less minutes than his owners would have hoped. JoeO (64) had a blinder and has been a beast at lock during the Origin period, especially with McGuire out. Jarrod who? Herman who? Jai… oh wait, he’s a gun. Come back Jai…
Tolman (64) didn’t have the 80 minute game owners had hoped with Klemmer out, but he plodded his way to a solid 50+ score for a budget price so you could hardly be disappointed. Lichaa (69) went off for a HIA from Tapine’s dangerous throw, which saw Brown (11) sub him for that short period. Martin… wow, what an 80 minutes that was. It was the Rhyse Martin show until the final five minutes! Not much else to note here, other than the fact that I expect a big end of year from David Klemmer based off his 74 minutes the previous week. See how he pulls up from Origin first though…
Jacob Host (6) devastated the owners who forked out an extra $35k or so to pick him up – with his DPP – over Luciano Leilua as Host dislocated his shoulder early, ending his contribution to the game. Leilua went on to score almost 70 in the full 80 minutes – which plenty were sceptical that he could handle given his… size. Jimmy Graham played 47 minutes which was surprising given the senior forwards who were missing, and he didn’t get through as much work in that time either. It was basically nuff lottery with Lawrie (29) and Host punters missing out in favour of Lucy purchasers. Let’s just hope they suffer with his AE scores for the rest of the year (I’m not vindictive or bitter, I promise). Nightingale played 71 minutes on the left edge, which was a disaster on the field but for SuperCoach purposes… he actually scored half-decent! Haha! I’m not sure why Kurt Mann only played 78 minutes – can anyone shed any light there? The Dragons will miss Ah Mau (59) as he has been more than serviceable as a back-up starter this year.
Kikau playing the full 80 – despite being in pain – was a massive boost for owners as he cashed in on the extra game time, grabbing some extra attacking stats and toning up. Egan (25) and Katoa (55) continue to minute share at hooker. Hetherington (40) was the primary beneficiary of RCG’s absence again, while Leota (31) had great impact in his time on ground. None moreso than JFH’s 56 minutes though, where he got through plenty of big hits in defence and surging carries with ball in hand. Merrin (42) has been more than disappointing despite the potential for more minutes with RCG’s injury. Hook just doesn’t like him, eh? Yeo (68) has been rotating into the middle (given the emergence of CHN – 49 – and Kikau) which has boosted his base while reducing his minutes played. Net effect? Better for his SuperCoach scores!
Austin (14) came off the bench at the death with one of the biggest impact games in recent memory. Seriously, he won them the game. Even though he lost them the game (partially) last week. Austin’s 3 minutes at fullback for Abbey (77) who went off after a serious head knock and subsequent concussion was exciting to say the least. Williams (69) came off for him before returning 3 minutes from the end while Austin shifted to fullback. Not much else of relevance aside from Tapine playing 80 again – pity he’s now out for two weeks due to suspension…
Stimson (57) was on track for 80 again before a suspected broken hand or wrist ended his night early. Welch (56) and NAS (50) as well as KBrom (57) all got bigger minutes in the middle as suspected, and those who took a punt on Kamikamica due to his dual nuff status can’t be disappointed with his 36 minutes on ground, plus the fact that he’s outside the top 17 this week. Not much else to note for this week.
Proctor (52) was vomiting and had diarrhoea right before kickoff, and played with shots to keep him from throwing up on the field. He still played, which is admirable from the guy. Will Matthews survived the full 80 minutes in this game! Copley (69) limped off with a hamstring injury that is set to keep him off the field for the rest of the season, with Hurrell (34) shifting to left centre (after having played some edge for Proctor. Hipgrave (17) copped a head knock and he failed the HIA. Fotuiaka (62) and James (80) were the main recipients of the extra game time, as was Rein (46) and Peats (80) who were on the field at the same time with Peats defending at lock.
Hiku (66) had an absolute shocker of a game, as he was replaced for the last 14 minutes by Gerard Beale. Beale! Manners played 75 minutes in the middle as Adam Blair (67) was on the edge. Why Kearney, why?! Papalii continues to play 80 minutes on that left edge and he looms as an interesting prospect while Tohu is out. Once Tohu is back though, I’m not sure about his minutes. Not much else of note, aside from the fact that the Warriors disappointed me once again. Imagine being a Warriors fan…