As we welcome in the new year with champagne, fireworks and the possibility of keyrings, it’s time for us to start tinkering with our 2019 SuperCoach sides.

Thankfully, the team at News Ltd have come to the party this year and opened up the Team Planner (for those with a SuperCoach Gold subscription) early so we have a great asset to start pulling together our respective squads. Just log into the official SuperCoach and as long as you have a subscription it will be available for you enjoy.

This post is designed for you to share your squad of the day / hour and seek feedback. To make things tick over nicely it’s a good idea to give a bit of advice yourself, no one likes a tight ass.

Enjoy!

 

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Wenin is one of the founding fathers of the NRLSCTalk website who's Tuesday Teams Analysis has been a feature post on the site for close to a decade. He also loves a good steak bet!

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Hi all. Welcome back for another year! All of our SC Talk Leagues will be posted at 6pm QLD time (7pm NSW time) on Tuesday 22 Jan. The codes will go up and all leagues are open to all – it is a first in, first served basis. Once a league is full it won’t let you join it so move onto the next code you would like to join. Cheers

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Don’t know if it has been mentioned yet but on SuperCoach NRL page says John Bateman Will be 2rf /ctw. Will be updated when it opens on 22/1. $400k though

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grin bonerific

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If that happens then he will replace Bird in my CTW.

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Is he any good though?

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Hope all enjoyed their time away from the winter funny business .Now i am thinking along the lines of this,the player to be advantaged most by having Pearce and Ponga in the halves.I know all will be scrambling for ponga and co to start the year but Conner Watson would have to be in for a massive year if he gets the 1 jumper and they all click.Plays 12 …

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I definitely like Watson. He is a talent and was pretty consistently pumping out good scores from the 5/8 position. Fullback surely improves his base stats, which were already decent at 28 base points per game. He probably has better outside backs to help him than Ponga had last season.

But, does Cameron Munster at 11k more have bigger upside? Also, I don’t think Knights play 12

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ha ha my bad with the rd 12.. I wrote the teams down playing and for some reason i thought i wrote down who had the bye…I need a 5/8 cover for 12 dual fullback.. keep looking .
He just might have a career year watson .

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Brimson?

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Brimson is locked and loaded if round 1 chosen.He is recovering from a injury.

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At their prices, surely it’s Munster!

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SOO …i can get by without him

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I wouldn’t be too quick to consider anything with Pearce. He’s being investigated by the Integrity Unit for assault. With his history……

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Isn’t he sole club captain at Newy?

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I think he is. What a great choice!

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Pearce is not being investigated for assault, Moga is. Pearce’s misbehaviour (according to early reports) was at worst a drunk and disorderly.

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Sorry, that wasn’t what I read!

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The last I read, I believe Greg may have the more accurate scoop here.

Probably why you’ll find that Moga is missing most of the predicted round 1 lineups too.

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Channel 7 stated assault. I take from you guys said he was probably in a fight, drunk and disorderly. He got 8 weeks or whatever for drunk and disorderly, how many weeks will he get for this?

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Since it hasn’t officially opened yet, will players get DPP’s added or changed when it opens? My examples are Mann to be HOK, SJ 5/8, Widdop FB etc. All these players have been heavily linked to play these positions yet you can’t put them there.

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They will be adding some duals after launch. I know John Bateman is getting CTW added as I asked.

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I would love to see utilities able to play anywhere like Mann as more than duels . Should be able to play him hooker centre 5/8 . Same goes for peachey and bird etc. Come on SC give some more flexibility like NRL coaches get smile or make it only 1 utility allowed in SC team , players like Watson Mann staggs mmatterson (who can
play prop too) That would make it more interesting

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Personally i think there is to much flexibility with utility’s, which in turn makes it easier .Harder the better and less is more

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They will in fantasy .And will update during the year, and i am sure it takes them away as well. Supercoach never does.

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Just reading a few updates on the Eels training, early days I know but the spine looks like it could be

9. Mahoney 7. Moses 6. Dylan Brown 1. Gutho

All of these could offer good value. Brown will be in everyone’s team if he starts.
Ethan Parry could be one to watch, he is a development player atm but is killing it in training, the Eels are light on in the centres and he could be promoted to the top squad if he continues to impress.
Note, Eels play the first bye round.

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Also note after 11 rounds with an eels spine you can kiss SC goodbye, Guth is Injury prone and Moses is very tempting, brown is a gun but only a teen and salmon in the background .
You could get stuck with him and hard to replace a cheapie without job security imo.

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I think there is some value in Moses and Gutherson, Moses has control of the team now Norman has gone and Brown will not over play him, it’s make or break for Moses, if he fails this year the Eels will move him on and his NRL value will plummet. Gutherson has had a full season after his ACL injury and is leading the way in pre season, it takes a full season to properly get over a bad knee injury and being back at Fullback I can see him sniffing around the middle backing up the likes of Moses,… Read more »

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Isn’t this the same Moses who has been so useless for the past 4-5 years? The same one Parra has been trying to offload?

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If Guth goal kickers then yes but even then how many points will they AVG , better off with Norman in a better team imo

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You can pick Norman and ill happily stick with Gutho.

Chuck a steak on it and see who comes out better at the end of the year??

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Parra are in for another bad year.
MOSES spells disaster.

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Is that the worst NRL spine ever?

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One thing I’ve noticed is if Brown gets the start for Eels and Chanel for the Worriers they are both HFB only. Do you pick em both or prioritise one over the other? Might allow you to squeeze an extra gun in but you’d have to play one of the rookies in your starting 17. Thoughts?

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I just couldn’t pick both. Not with some good options at HFB, I see Brown playing second to Moses and pumping out 40’s Chanel I’ve heard has a good running game so might score slightly better but doesn’t play the first bye. I honestly wouldn’t be game to play either in my starting side round 1.

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No, possibly TheWarriors HB as he is possibly kicking goals. Either would be NOR’s anyhow.

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Wont be going near Brown, even if Warriors find someone who isnt rookie priced to start. Reasons to pick him; cheap. Reasons not to pick him; still only a teenager, in last years wooden spooners, will be the 3rd option in attack and doesnt goalkick to boost his base.

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You’d have to pick up one of them though if they’re base priced cheapies….?

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But so was Crocker last year and he didn’t do to well. I am unsure with starting any cheep hlf

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Only 61 days 8 hours 37 min until lockout hahaha

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Today’s tinker, Cook – Egan Tpj/papali – Paseka/hass Lane/arrow/kikau – Sorensen (r), Radley (r), Murray (r) Morgan – brown Widdop – brimson (r) Nene/gutho/capwell/lomax – sivio/Mann/hopateA Barba – Allen Gives me 4 decent reserves and cover for cook, papali, arrow in rd12 Keep going back to papali and lane – thinking of papali can claim the 13 and play at least 60min is worth the risk at frf, similar of lane gets an 80min edge spot and Moses is on form could be a good 60pt scorer. Arrow I feel all he needs is to be fit and 60min +… Read more »

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Brave to go without Turbo or Ted! If you turn Cook into Smith/Mcinnes etc and Nene into Bird/Milne etc would that give you the cash to upgrade Allen to Ted?

I feel the Cows could be in for a good year and Barba will link round the back with Morgan really well.

Completely agree with your Sorensen idea, I think I might need to look at my team and find a way to get him in there. I also like your Paseka choice, with Manly’s depth he surely gets a few minutes.

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It is hard to start without turbo/jurbo/ted but they are so expensive plus I can see manly struggling this year. Ted May start slow. The other this is come rd 12 they will both be out with soo. Paseka I think could get decent min with lane gone and tapow/afb being the starting forwards. May be a slow burn, but to Fill the team with players likely to start rd1 he is there. I am unsure about Sutton, Napa atm Collins could be one I bring in or even host or whoever else would step in for jdb if he… Read more »

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Teddy started slow last year because he was in a new team. That won’t be happening again!

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I feel like Tedesco is overpriced. He’s priced at 74, yet he was averaging mid-60s for the majority of the season, and his average was bumped up from that 180 score in the last game. The addition of Crichton will take attacking/creative stats away from him, and no Ferguson will also affect his attacking/creative stats.

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Allen won’t play. Gi will be FB and Ajohnston to ctw. Braiden burns and mawene hiroti still in front of Allen.

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Where have you heard this, Allen is in line for flb, only reason gi will play flb is if they think he needs to to play soo, aj wing and if he doesn’t like it he will be gone.

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Source inside rabbiyohs. Last I he asrd GI will play FB and AJ to wing. Unless GI changes his mind I don’t think Allen will get a go. Bennet prefers a ball playing FB, most times AJ was bypassed by a cut out pass onto Jennings. AJ is more of a runner.
Of course all things are up in the air until it happens but that’s what I’ve just been told

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I haven’t heard any talk around Allan starting at FB. Especially since Bennett isn’t the type of coach to throw a 20-year-old in at the deep end in a spine position when there are more experienced/capable players.

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Mornings news has skipped over a Cronulla Sharks scandal. Any details out yet ?? Damn, as if needed a reason to tinker.

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Brooms and Carpets getting plenty of work but the incident 21/12 at the local sailing club is under scrutiny by club ,police and nrl .

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They’re scandalling their way to becoming the Perth Sharks.

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They would still bite their supporters over there.

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Why is everyone so obsessed with building their teams around the byes? By the time the byes come along isn’t the season already going to be halfway through where you’ll be sitting pretty for the byes, but languishing in 10,000th. Are you really going to run without a gun for that long and go with a stinky midranger instead?

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I have given up on bye planning this year. Every year I plan and my players either end up getting injured, suspended, make their Origin debut or change clubs.
I am just going to save trades to use during that period

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How do you save trades? I still haven’t figured out how it’s done!

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I don’t think anyone would pick a mid-ranger over a gun just for 1 round. Bye planning to me is more a factor of choosing between guns. If they will average about the same and one plays first bye and one doesn’t, it helps the decision. Bye coverage for cheapies and middies is less relevant because you probably won’t still have them by round 12.

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Round 12 will be so hard to get 16, let alone 17, players. I have 8 at present but finding it very hard to find anywhere near 9 more. Please, no injuries!

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Between 12 and 14 players in a bye round was considered reasonable last year.

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Knights coach Nathan Brown just compared Kurt Mann to Gidley in an article on NRL.com. He said they are working to have him ready for the 9 jumper for round 1 but need to see where he is at over the next 6 weeks.

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He’s my NPR 5/8 reserve at present. Looks good if he starts!

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Gidley was a great utility and fullback too so it might hurt him being so versatile. Wouldn’t mind seeing knights swapping fullbacks during the game Mann Watson ponga can all play hooker 58 fullback . My opinion is that would make them very dangerous using 3 different players at different times.

What are others thoughts about shifting their spine around during games with different sets of plays ?

I think eels kind of did abit of it with Hayne ans gutho last year ….

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Yes. And where did they finish?
I think the gameplan needs to be reasonably simple for the players and you run the risk of getting bitten on the a*^e if you try to be too cute. Just my opinion.

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Agree, you don’t want players getting lost, wondering if they are supposed to be FB, FV8 or HOK in attack. Brown will have pressure on him this year, first year for a long time the knights should make the 8 and possibly do a little damage come finals time.

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Still think that a good 9 takes closer to 6 years to develop than 6 months. He will have to play formula as he has no chance of playing what he sees when he has no idea of what he is looking at. Still they may find a formula that works. My supercoach concern here is that it is probable that his job will be to get the ball into the hands of someone who knows what he is doing as quick as possible.

I am still likely to pick him if selected R1.

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Latest news is that buhrer will slot into 9. Mann will be a development player in the top 17 but not starting. This obviously isn’t gospel but Mann may not be a goer til he starts.

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Pimp away!

Radley Egan
TPJ Vaughan Boyd(R) Haas
Jurbo Lolo Kikau Murray(R) Stimson(R) Sorrensen(R)
Cleary CHT
Munster Salmon
Cotric Gutho Capewell Lomax Mann 2x168k
Turbo Hoppa

A few ‘ifs’ in there, but you never know. Last (R) spot is up for grabs between a few of them!

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Hoppa is a winger, don’t waste him as a FB. He could be a Round 12 FB though.

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Yeah not fond of hoops at FB.
Why Boyd?

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What’s wrong with a DPP fullback that switches with 2 of my CTW? He will be in everyone’s teams anyway.

I went for Boyd because if he can somehow last for 40-45 mins he will score at about 1.1ppm hopefully. Could be a handy back up to the frf.

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I was looking at Jordan Maclean .
Av 40 last year but only a handful of games .
Strong pack but he had some enormous ppm in some of those games and ended with a 1.1 ppm av .
Gets 50-55 he could be a go as well.

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FB is one of your highest scoring players, a Manly winger won’t be. Don’t waste a FB spot with a winger! Put him in your CTW. He will be very handy as a FB in Rd 12 though.

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He is gonna be in everyone’s team if he plays, and he provides DPP with Gutho and Cotric if anything happens to Turbo. What’s wrong with that? I am not going to be starting him in my 17.

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Well said. I think I was just thinking a cow FB will make more than a centre. But meaney also isn’t bottom dollar.

Which Boyd you on? Shannon?

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Yeah, Shannon. He has always had a good ppm, so it’s about how many mins the coach wants to give him as the starting frf.

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I will be watching Boyd as well, problem is Wallace/James/arrow can all play big min and they have some decent young forwards coming through foteki, Boyle, hipgrave so depends if he can get 45-50min.

Others in his range would be Sutton (raiders) and Napa.

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He could be this year’s Latu lol. Probably should just stick Napa there and be done with it lol

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Ha and so could Napa, that’s why atm I am going for hass and Paseka

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Can’t say I’d looked at him. Shall now though do some homework

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Concerned a little by the lolo pick at his price, with McGuire/McLean/Scott/Bolton all there. Cows forward pack is stacked.

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They are stacked indeed! It is a small concern. Lolo averaged 64 mpg last year, and I don’t see how the coach can give their best player less game time though. They are paying him the big bucks to play football and not warm the pine imo. McGuire can cover Lolo for 15 giving Bolton more time. I am guessing the minutes could be McLean 45, Scott 35, McGuire 60, Lolo 65, Bolton 35. Purely guesswork on my part though.

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You would say McLean/McGuire and lolo start though?

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I would think so. Could be the last year for Scott. Bolton hasn’t been a model student of recent times either, so probably doesn’t deserve much else.

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I do like Radley if he gets 60+ min at 13 but I just can’t go past cool after looking at his stats, even with bennet this year surely much doesn’t change, even if teams are aware of his scoots and runs he will still be aware to lazy tired forwards. I have to agree he is the new smith and has changed the way hok plays. So I fear it is hard to start without him, so many times last year was did you c or not c cook.

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