The Saturday PlayON Preview

Nick (co-founder of NRLSCTalk) has been talking himself up of late and as much as it pains me to say, he has actually been producing the results. So, let’s beat the champ!

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PlayON Round 6 – Saturday Preview

There are three games ahead for us today and whilst they might not be the most appealing of affairs, there are certainly favourable match-ups for us to pick from.

The Warriors should, going off form, easily account for the Broncos. The Cowboys will be desperate to give their season a much needed kick along and given that they face a side that has conceded 130 points so far this season, then it’s a good chance to happen tonight. The Raiders are seemingly likely win back-to-back games at home against the bottom placed Eels.


The Warriors right edge has looked at times unstoppable this season and there is no reason to think that it won’t continue in the first game today against the 12th placed Broncos. Tohu Harris ($9.4m) has been feasting on that side of the field this season, averaging 1382 points across the opening five rounds. He’s expensive and will face off against Alex Glenn, but I am backing him in for another big game.

With Nathan Brown out for the Eels, Manu Ma’u ($9.3m) is a very solid chance to play 80 minutes on the edge. In the games that he has played those sort of minutes this season, he has produced scores of 1385, 1245 and 1060 for an average of 1230. That makes him an absolute bargain at his current price.

Jaydn Su’a ($5.8m) gets the start in the backrow through the unfortunate injury to Matt Gillett. Playing 70 minutes last weekend he scored 951 points and at under $6m, he is close to a must have.


Shaun Johnson is of course the easy pick this round. However, I am backing in the future Immortal, Johnathan Thurston ($17.6m), to go big against the Bulldogs at home. He averages 78 SuperCoach points against the Dogs and with the return of Lachlan Coote, I think he can finally give the Cowboys fans something to cheer about this season.

Outside Backs

I will understand 100% if you choose not to follow me in here. Jordan Rapana ($21.2m) has been nothing short of a complete and utter disappointment this season. However, he faces the Eels this weekend, a side that has a net points against of -90 so far in 2018. Rapana is simply too good a player to not come good at some stage and given who he is facing at home this weekend, I think it’s worth the investment. Let’s hope the crowd choose to go in a different direction.

In what is seemingly a much safer selection, Peta Hiku ($12.9m) is very hard to leave out given his current form and a favourable match-up against the Broncos at home.


The best player possible with my salary remaining is Raymond Faitala-Mariner ($13.5m). He’s played 80 minutes on the edge for the Bulldogs in every game so far this season for an average of 1214 points. You know what you’re going to get from him and he’s effectively producing Tohu Harris type output for almost $5m less.

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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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