Unpopular Opinion of the Week – Round 15

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

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Keeper. noun. /ˈkipər/
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)

Definitions of a keeper (OK I added that last part)

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?

Is Hughes the better choice on the run home?

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:

  1. His ceiling is consistently higher than Nicho; and
  2. 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.


Once 28th in Supercoach, out to claim past glories. Singer songwriter for Science Rockets ie " The best band in the world." Occasional SC Talk contributor, WWFC, Manly Sea Eagles and resident of the best place on the planet: Newcastle NSW.

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Haha, that 3 rd average stat includes 2 x 1 game players. Hynes also has the highest 5 rd average of all HB options, including Cleary.


High floor. Huge ceiling. Keeper til the end.

Comparing him to Kikau is not a fair comparison. As you want a solid base from your 2RF (which goal kicking usually provides for Hynes).

You will take his 60 this week if it allows you scores of 101, 124, 117 and 185 scattered throughout the season.

If you had to choose between Hynes and Papi, then Papi. But really you are choosing both.

Thanks for the UO.


It’s definitely an interesting subject. I can’t say I agree with it but it’s fun seeing these sorts of differing through processes.


He’s the seasons highest scorer for a reason. I’d take him over Garrick any day. Creates the play, not just on the end of the final pass/kick like old Ruebs


Ive only become more impressed with Hynes after reading this. Highest scorer in SC and only has 3 tries and 7 TA, lots of room to improve – also in goal kicking. Crazy high base for a half.


I totally agree with your analysis on Hynes , he may have scored a lot of points this year but has dropped off of late. The only thing keeping him in many teams is FOMO .