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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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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afternoon all, great to be back!
just after some prelim thoughts on this squad, fire away

10k ITB
Radley (Egan)
TPJ, Taupau (Haas, Host)
Jurbo, Arrow, Kikau (Murray*, Sorenson*, Burr)
Cleary (DBrown)
Widdop (Morgan*)
Capewell, Bird, HHunt, Mann (Lomax, Xerri, AHop)
Turbo (Barba*)

extremely light in CTW but feel if each of them can give me between 35-50 to start i can make some decent cash to upgrade to guns/downgrade to cheapies. first attempt for the year so just getting a feel.

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Not too dissimilar to my first draft. Great picks/balance all throughout. Hunt hasn’t really crossed my mind, but he could be a great POD (with Moga’s future in doubt), especially as a cheaper alternative to Ramien.

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Jack Wighton to play 6 for the Raiders with Cotric or Abbey to fullback.

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Wait what

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Would love to see Cotric get an extended run at FB but for SC purposes I think they should go with Abbey there haha

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Does that make Abbey a buy? Only 200k

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If Abbey is anywhere in the side he’s a buy

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Cotric at FB please!

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More tinkering.

McCullough / Radley
Pangai / Paseka
L Bateman / Haas
Fitz / Sorensen
Kikau / Bird
Murray / Host
Morgan / CHT
Milford / Mann
Whitehead / Hampton
Capewell / Lomax
Gutherson / Hopoate
Mansour
Tedesco / Barba
25k

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So you mean like or John? And also I am not sure on mansour. Tbh

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Has to be Luke in frf. Awkward layout Tug A few I don’t like but only a few

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Yea I stuffed up hahaha
I was thinking that Bateman was frf and 2rf…
Since changed back to Sutton for now.

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I can appreciate the ploy of trying to find a balance throughout your squad, but I think the players you’ve picked are far too middling: having McCullough and Radley is far too much money tied up in hooker without picking Cook; far too much money in the 2nd row without picking Jrbro – I don’t see the sense in picking Fitz; no kicking option in the halves – missing out on Cleary, Widdop, DCE etc; again, too much money tied up in CTW. I’d look to downgrade at least one of Mansour, Hampton, Whitehead, Gutho etc to upgrade in the… Read more »

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**Unpopular opinion post**

I’d love to see a comment from people as to something they believe for this season which may be quite unpopular to the people on this site as a whole.

Mine would be that Arrow isn’t worth it this year and wont finish in the top 20 players for this season.

Too many big minute players and with the titans bolstering their forward packs I can’t see Arrow getting more than 55min. Making him an avoid for me at his price.

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You’ll either be a genius or eating your words.

Personally I gave him first picked and he’s never left my side. I reckon he plays 65 weekly.

He’s a bit like Lolo to the cows, they’re better when he’s on the park.

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Brewster I agree arrow only needs 60 min to score great. If fit is the key

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Cam Smith is done. He won’t be in the top 3 hookers this season.

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You may be able to get away with not starting with one of Cook / Teddy / Turbo. One will start well the other two won’t quite live up to expectations.

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Have to disagree with this one. With Rein on the bench and a FRF that doesn’t play big minutes (Boyd, Fatiaki) I think that Arrow is as safe as you can get if he is healthy.

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Hard to see Arrow only maxing out at 55 mins – can’t see his minutes decreasing after a breakout season. He was the Titans best player last season, and they lost their edge whenever he was off the field. In the 10 games he played 57+ minutes, he averaged 84 ppg.

He’s pretty much close to first picked for mine.

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My unpopular opinion. Neither Radley (one of my favourite players) nor Egan will get the necessary minutes for anything but a token price bump.

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This is a good bit of fun. Cook to come back to the field and avg no more than 65 for the season. Kurt Mann to get the starting hooker spot and average 60+ playing similar to how Cook did last year.

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Maguire and Nikorima were the two best players for the Bronx last year and expect both to have a good SC year. Not spectacular but good !

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I reckon (like last year) – Sea Eagles, Dragons & Raiders will have huge first 4 rounds, and people will be jumping over themselves to buy players from those clubs – but will they be able to continue???
Also, Angus Crichton to go massive & become a must have! Shame he’ll be on SOO duty!
Not ground-breaking predictions, but after rubbing the crystal ball(s!) this is what came up! smile Then again, I could be wrong! Hahaha!

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My unpopular opinion: Teddy is overpriced due to a 180 in the last round, as prior to that he’d been hovering around the mid-60s for the majority of the season. There are potentially more runs on offer with Ferguson moving on, but Morris isn’t the finisher he is (less opportunities for creative stats), and the addition of Crichton could potentially take away from his attacking stats inside the 20.

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Hi all hope everyone has a good season.

I would like to know the thinking on Napa ?

Everyone seems to be including him, but as a perennial 40 Average player who averaged 32 last season why do we see a big improvement ?

I can only guess that big minutes are expected at the Dogs but I cannot see how or why ?

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I see him as starting and having a bigger role to play. Can’t remember if he started at the roosters or started on the bench but he was an impact player. Maybe people see him as a slow burning cash cow

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Used to start. Started maybe 8 games last year before being benched.

Maybe minus woods and klemmer they’ll need an enforcer and that’s why he’s loved?

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It’s so hard finding FRF cheapies, I think with Napa he’s just one of the picks of a bad lot. Everyone’s got Haas to, but how many minutes can we expect from him? Both should improve their scores from last yr but not expecting to much.

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I don’t think Siebold will be as worried with bringing Haas along as slowly as what Bennett would’ve been doing

I see Haas playing around 25 mins so He could average up to 30 points. Makes him a slow burn but will make good coin eventually

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Yeah they will be slow burners for sure. Might be an idea to go strong in FRF and look to make cash elsewhere, that strategy worked a treat last yr. With all the mud price picks at 2RF you could probably get away with it.

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What about Paseka? Someone mentioned that he’ll probably get more minutes this year with Eagles’ pack a little thinner in depth? Just a thought. Also someone mentioned that Lindsay Collins is highly favoured over at Bondi. Dunno myself.

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Dogs will be fighting parra to see who can get 4 points on the premiership table this year.
Napa is just a early season hype that goes on every year.

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I’d plan a team without him for Round 1. You can guarantee the NRL are pissed off and he’ll be receiving a ban!

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Now there is a second video! He’s unstoppable. The Police are now involved. What a pre season!

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Starting/#1 prop at 290k is great value, especially since he’s one of a very few big bodies on the team, and the Dogs bench will likely contain a utility and multiple 2nd rowers – where do Elliott, Jackson, CHN, Martin, RFM all fit into the picture?

With PPM of 0.84 in 2017 and 0.9 in 2016, there’s no reason why he can’t replicate those and get around 50-55 minutes a game, making him a stepping stone to a gun who has a slow start to the season.

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Napa will certainly add some thrust to the pack. He is aggressive and will suit the doggy style oops
At the price may be worth a look. I wouldnt be surprised to see Josh Jackson convert to front row this season when fully fit

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I can see CHN playing centre , surely he didn’t go to play in a bottom team off the bench .
Rfm Martin Jackson back row

I had napa last year , I think he sits at 45 min for mjne

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I agree with you DNA. I don’t understand the hype, I think Napa will be traded out very quickly without much $ gain. I’m starting without him, but likely to start with Tolman who averaged around 60 once Woods went to the Sharks

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So with Mann being talked up about playing hooker do we think this means he’ll lose one of his dual positions and gain hooker dual?

If so which is he more likely to lose.

Also with talk of Salmon being a big chance of starting at centre for the Eels he should gain CTW dual

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Good evening all and a happy new year!!!
First crack. Pimp away……
HOK: AKoroisau, WEgan
FRF: PVaughan, AFifita, PHaas, TPangai
2RF: JArrow, JTapine, CMurray, VRadley, SSorensen, BCartwright
HFB: MPearce, CHarris-Tavita
5/8: AMilford, ABrimson
CTW: JRamien, JBird, ZLomax, TMilne, AHopoate, GLeleisiuao, TKatoa
FLB: KPonga, JHughes
$13500 remaining

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One of the first I have seen with api, Cartwright is risky, I would also like to start with ramien but I think ctw is a lucky dip and some good value there this year. Pearce is a no for me tbh

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I thought Api was being shopped around? I also heard Api could be playing 6! Hard to tell the bullshit from the truth at this time of year.

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Noodles yeah! Will be an upgrade target for me if the newcs are firing. Had him last year.

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I’m not too sure about Ramien or Bird. Ramien scored 10 tries last year and a few of those from memory were through a Sharks set play. I’m not sure he can repeat that at the Knights (probably famous last words). Koroisau will depend on Fainu on the bench or not.

Milne will be a cracker if he gets a start for the Warriors. I like J Hughes at FLB too, and you have flexibility with him and Brimson.

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Welcome back everyone!

My first team of the year:

Radley (Egan)
Fifita, Taupau (Napa*, Haas)
Jrbo, Crichton, Arrow (Murray*, Stimson*, Milne)
Cleary (Brown)
Widdop (Keighran)
Gutho, Bateman, Capewell, Bird (Lomax*, Xerri, Sivo)
Trbo (Hopoate)

The Bateman pick is based on him grabbing the #13 jersey, if not, Hopoate moves back to my CTW and I take Barba.

Thoughts and criticisms appreciated.

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Like it Flock.
Not sold on Radley & Widdop. Although Radleys dual will be handy, I don’t think there’s all that much upside in minutes, maybe an extra 10-15 & his ppm will probably go down as minutes go up.
Things could go well for Widdop no doubt, risk reward play

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I wasn’t too keen on Radley to start off too, but other than Cook (at this point I’m reluctant to fork out 700k for) there isn’t really any other option of value. 400k for 50+ points for Radley seems to be the best bargain from what I can see, and then I can pounce on any underperforming hooker (McCullough, Api, Hodgson, Smith etc) after a couple price changes. Widdop averaged 73 up until R12, he’s currently priced at 59 – he’s great value for mine. With that said, the outside chance that Munster is named in the #1 jersey, I’ll… Read more »

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Widdop wants out , also coming back from injury and by all reports favoured as fullback . A watch for me

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For me Fifi is a slow starter who I should be able to pick up at a discount once the weather cools.
Bateman is no guarantee to snag CTW dual.
Both hookers I worry won’t get enough minutes.
Widdop I’d want to see how he does at Fullback in the trials before going near him.
Absolute killer forward pack though!

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Fifi averaged 67 ppg and 61 minutes after the first 5-6 rounds last season (which is in line with his season average); his dip in SC production actually came between Rounds 14-18. With Gallen getting on and likely to see reduced minutes, Lewis gone, and Graham out injured for the first few months, I see Fifita potentially getting more minutes and/or an increase in workload with a depleted/inexperienced forward pack.

Appreciate the feedback.

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I agree, I’m on the Fifita bandwagon too for all the reasons you set out above. Plus no origin commitments. I think he will go back above 70 this year and be the standout FRF

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If Ricky moves Papa to frf he is a goose. I expect J Bat to be bench to start, Get use to hot weather , Nrl , Team structures etc. NRL SC official page says We are expecting to upgrade JBat to 2rf/ctw prior to launch. Key rings aside they are a reliable as it comes as it is their game.
Nice Team Fos for openers

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If Papa doesn’t start in the front row, he’ll eventually be rotated through there, as I don’t think a core front row of Soliola and Sutton will last long, especially with the abundance of back row players that will need minutes.

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Almost identical to my current team, so I like it! Good flexibility apart from frf, but Napa or Haas would hopefully plug a gap for a week or 2 if needed for cover. I am currently using Lane and TPJ in the frf hoping they can go close to yours, while using the cash to upgrade the bench CTW without relying on the 168k cows.

GL this year mate.

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Lane and TPJ could be gold if both of them hit. I like that pairing. Especially since it allows you to upgrade your bench CTW.

I might steal that idea if there isn’t enough CTW cheapies haha. GL too.

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I also like Lane atm, thinking if he can snag 80min running of Moses could cause some damage. he does tend to go missing but if he could up his output for the 80min would be great. Also Dual atm I have TPJ (who I expect to get around 60min and allowed to offload) Papali (hopping for the 13, but like you said how long does it last) and Lane in 2rf.

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Lane will be gold if given the minutes. He will be very similar to Fitzy that i had from rd1 last year, and he turned out ok lol. TPJ will be better than last season, and with the probability of more minutes he is an absolute steal at his price. I think they could both perform close enough to the likes of Taupau to warrant a run in any team. Leaves a bunch of cash to make upgrades elsewhere, and if the cheapies eventuate then more cash to splash after TLT! lol

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Like the Cleary/Widdop pick I think after the first 8-10 rds they will be the top scoring hlf and 5/8. Def guns and rookies!!

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Another day, another tweak. First time I have had Cook in my team, still not sure if it is the way to go.

Cook / Egan
TPJ, Host / Haas, Paseka
Turbo, Brown, (Kikau or Arrow) / Murray, Radley, Stimpson
Cleary / CHT
Morgan / Moses
Borris, CScott, Capewell, Bird / Lomax, AHopoate, Xerri
Teddy / Barba

FRF looks very light on, the CTR is a lottery but I think Borris outside Latrell could work.

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Nervous about Brownies durability especially as he is iffy butty for rnd 1. Borris +Scott wont get into my starting team .Surely Borris goes to Manu’s side for Fergo

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Morris won’t be outside Latrell, TooPoo will. Morris will play outside Manu, where Fergo played last year

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Seriously considering buying Napa just as a sign of support for the poor bloke. Even if we don’t actually start the season with him, I’d love to get a bunch of people buying him so he makes a pre-season most purchased list or something.

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Letting yourself be filmed while having a sexual activity with a woman or man is just down right stupid.
I don’t feel sorry for anyone that is careless enough to not understand that anything on video in this day and age can humiliate you and burn you to the ground.
In the end it’s his own fault .

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