Previously a segment on the weekly SC Report podcast, we’ve decided to bring in a bit of left-field, controversial thinking to our weekly lineup of articles. Who better than a Manly fan to deliver this one! Welcome aboard Matt West for the Unpopular Opinion of the Week. This one’s designed to stoke the fire, so don’t be afraid to fire back!
Hynes is not a keeper
Keeper. noun. /ˈkipər/Definitions of a keeper (OK I added that last part)
1) (especially in compounds) a person whose job is to take care of a building, its contents, or something valuable
2) something good that is likely to be successful or useful for a long time
3) one suitable for or worth keeping: such as
a) one having genuine or lasting merit (like a Supercoach Gun)
With a BE 141 and the best part of $730k, Hynes absolutely stunk up a huge portion of Supercoach teams and more importantly, their Captaincy.
With a mediocre 61 against Warriors and terrible 44 vs The Knights (2 teams you would look towards captaining him) the wet haired wanderer has proven that his isn’t a keeper.
So what makes a keeper?
For me, a keeper needs consistent, reliably good scores and if in the right position, the ability to go large, especially against the weaker sides. A set and forget who you can lock and load and forget about for the season.
Now we forget, Nicho is a relatively new element to Supercoach. Storm last year and Sharks this. (albeit in a different position.) That’s the small sample size. We don’t have the history there of a true keeper who hasn’t let us down in previous seasons, so I feel it’s way too premature to call him that. There’s too much hype that has been associated with him. He started off the season well with a very soft run, but as as the season progressed, his scoring (and kicking) became more erratic
Ill give you an example of someone continually referred to as a non keeper. Viliame Kikau. A man who can put up 80s now and again alongside the odd 40. “HE’S TOO INCONSISTENT!” are the screams of most SC experts as they bring him in this year. Why? He’s way more consistent!
What I don’t want causing me sleepless nights is one of my “star” halves punting conversion over the corner flags and giving me a mediocre score against the teams at the bottom. He should be dominating these teams. Nathan Cleary anyone?
But he kicks goals! Scores Tries! Lays them on!
Nicho Hynes Kicking percentage is 62.7%. He has only 3 tries with 7 try assists. Really sub-par.
I’ll raise you a Rueben Garrick. He also has FLB status, a 76.8% kicking percentage and has 10 tries, 5 try assists, and he has hands on the ball way less than a player in the halves.
And talking about the halves, there’s Jahrome Hughes. 7 Tries, 9 try assists, $633k, plays round 17 and has a great run with their toughest game vs the Panthers in round 22. Surely a prime trade in target?
Nichos 3 round average of 64.7 (only the 8th highest in the HFB position) isn’t screaming “keeper” either and as mentioned, I cant risk putting the C on him again with those scores.
Having a half at the moment with a pricetag in the 700k range HAS to be considered as a captain option, especially with all the other candidates out there. But after a pretty large fail against the Warriors, I’m not trusting the valuable Captain option on Hynes again.
So… Here’s how I’m attacking the conversion kicking corner post botherer:
There is a certain Storm fullback that has just recovered from an injury and has just contracted COVID. My plan is that when Papy’s back (I’ll give him a game or two) I’m shifting Nicho to Papy for two reasons:
- His ceiling is consistently higher than Nicho; and
- I can put the Captaincy on him almost every week, alleviating that headache.
If I want, I could POSSIBLY bring him back in once MAM has fattened up, but at this stage I’m off the bloke. Did I put the captaincy on Nicho last week? Is that why I’m pissed?
Mind your own business.
And yes and yes. Good luck all.