Wenin’s Teams Analysis – R15

We are back!

A week off has done us all a lot of good and now we are set for not only Round 15 but also Super Trade Week.

For those of you who are not familiar with this concept, let me break it down for you. We have five, yes five trades available to us this week in order to help solidify numbers for Round 16. Next week we shift back to the normal two trades so make them count this round.

As per usual, a few acknowledgements. All the ins and outs are taken from NRL.com and teams lists from the Daily Telegraph.

Don’t forget to check out JT’s Weekend Roundup and Wilfred’s Minutes as the best wrap of round 14 going around.

The tune this week sums up my feelings of being able to make five trades this round…


Thursday, 27 June, Bankwest Stadium, 7:50pm

Wests Tigers: 1. Corey Thompson 2. Robert Jennings 3. Moses Mbye 4. Esan Marsters 5. David Nofoaluma 6. Benji Marshall 7. Luke Brooks 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Robbie Farah 10. Alex Twal 11. Ryan Matterson 12. Chris Lawrence 13. Matthew Eisenhuth

Interchange: 14. Jacob Liddle 15. Thomas Mikaele 16. Elijah Taylor 17. Michael Chee-Kam

Reserves: 18. Paul Momirovski 19. Chris McQueen 20. Josh Reynolds 21. Oliver Clark

The Ins & Outs


  • Chris McQueen
  • Elijah Taylor
  • Josh Reynolds
  • Oliver Clark
  • Paul Momirovski


  • Ben Matulino

Current Injury List:

  • Mahe Fonua (foot, indefinite)

Wenins’ Analysis

Chris Lawrence and Josh Aloiai move into the starting side with Ben Matulino dropped and Michael Chee Kam moving to the bench. Elijah Taylor has been recalled to the team and will come off the bench. Moses Mybe will play despite nearly dying a week ago.

The Tigers will be one of eight clubs playing in the all-important round 16 bye week so they have some players of interest from here on. At the top of that list are the likes of Ryan Matterson and Esan Marsters but both can potentially be left until next week with Matterson still a slim chance of Origin selection, while Marsters has a BE of 88. David Nofoaluma is a left-field option with the former gun CTW averaging 55 since returning to the first-grade side and scored 76 in his most recent outing. Alex Twal is not on my radar.

Rabbitohs: 1. Alex Johnston 2. Dane Gagai 3. James Roberts 4. Braidon Burns 5. Campbell Graham 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. George Burgess 9. Damien Cook 10. Liam Knight 11. John Sutton 12. Ethan Lowe 13. Cameron Murray

Interchange: 14. Tevita Tatola 15. Mark Nicholls 16. Dean Britt 17. Kyle Turner

Reserves: 18. Corey Allan 19. Connor Tracey 20. Adam Doeihi 21. Sam Burgess 22 Tom Amone

The Ins & Outs


  • Adam Reynolds
  • Braidon Burns
  • Connor Tracey
  • Corey Allan
  • George Burgess
  • Sam Burgess


  • Rhys Kennedy

Current Injury List:

  • Braidon Burns (hamstring/foot, round 15)
  • George Burgess (illness, round 15)
  • Sam Burgess (shoulder, round 18)
  • Tom Burgess (ankle, round 20-22)
  • Cory Denniss (shoulder, round 20)
  • Kurt Dillon (ankle, indefinite)
  • Adam Reynolds (back, round 15)
  • Greg Inglis (shoulder, retired)

Wenins’ Analysis

Souths have ringed in the changes with Adam Reynolds headlining the inclusions. Braidon Burns is also a welcomed inclusion for the side and he will now form a new centres partnership with James Roberts. George Burgess returns after missing round 14, while his brother Sam has been surprisingly named amongst the reserves. Damien Cook, Cameron Murray and Dane Gagai have all been named to back up from Origin and with no Billy Brittain included in the squad, you’d think that Cook gets through a full 80 minutes.

On paper, this is an impressive looking side.

Scott Drinkwater will make his Cowboys debut this Friday (Photo by Townsville Bulletin)


Friday, 28 June, WIN Stadium, 6:00pm

Dragons: 1. Matt Dufty 2. Jonus Pearson 3. Tim Lafai 4. Euan Aitken 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Corey Norman 7. Ben Hunt 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Jacob Host 12. Tariq Sims 13. Tyson Frizell

Interchange: 14. Jeremy Latimore 15. Reece Robson 16. Korbin Sims 17. Luciano Leilua

Reserves: 18. Jai Field 19. Jordan Pereira 20. Lachlan Maranta 21. Josh Kerr

The Ins & Outs


  • Jeremy Latimore
  • Jordan Pereira
  • Josh Kerr
  • Timoteo Lafai



Current Injury List:

  • Cameron McInnes (concussion, round 15)
  • Tim Lafai (ankle, round 15-16)
  • Zac Lomax (broken thumb, round 19)
  • James Graham (fibula, round 20)
  • Gareth Widdop (shoulder, round 20)
  • Jack de Belin (stood down)

Wenins’ Analysis

Tim Lafai returns from injury, replacing Lachlan Maranta in the centres and with Zac Lomax out injured Euan Aitken has held his place in the centres (though he may have held onto it anyway given form). The only other change is Jeremy Latimore, who has replaced Jai Field on the bench.

Euan Aitken owners were slightly fortunate with some junk-time points in round 14 resulting in an 82 point performance and an increase in price by a whopping $60k. At $356k he still holds some value given his pedigree, but I’ll be passing on him given that Lomax is due back in round 19 and who knows what Mary will do.

Thanks to a failed HIA, Cameron McInnes scored just 27 points in 22 points last round and now faces a BE of 131. He will be very juicy in price come Round 16 at just over $500k.

Cowboys: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Jordan Kahu 4. Tom Opacic 5. Enari Tuala 6. Michael Morgan 7. Jake Clifford 8. Scott bolton 9. Jake Granville, 10. Jordan McLean 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Shane Wright 13. Jason Taumalolo

Interchange: 14. Reuben Cotter 15. John Asiata 16. Corey Jensen 17. Francis Molo

Reserves: 18. Peter Hola 19. Javed Bowen 20. Matt Scott 21. Emry Pere

The Ins & Outs


  • Corey Jensen
  • Emry Pere
  • Jordan McLean
  • Matthew Scott
  • Peter Hola
  • Reuben Cotter
  • Scott Drinkwater


  • Coen Hess
  • Josh McGuire
  • Kurt Baptiste

Current Injury List:

  • Matt Scott (shoulder, round 15-17)
  • Jordan McLean (hamstring, round 15-17)
  • Gideon Gela-Mosby (collarbone, round 18-22)
  • Ben Hampton (biceps, round 22-25)
  • Justin O’Neill (spleen, indefinite)
  • Te Maire Martin (brain bleed, indefinite)
  • Nene Macdonald (ankle, season)
  • Kurt Baptiste (knee, season)
  • Coen Hess (leg, TBC)
  • Mitch Dunn (shoulder, TBC)

Wenins’ Analysis

Scott Drinkwater may have only just signed with the Cowboys but he is an immediate inclusion at fullback. This sees Michael Morgan shift to five-eighth and Jordan Kahu to centre. Enari Tuala moves from centre to wing and Javid Bowen is out of the side. Josh McGuire is out for one week through suspension and he has been replaced by Jordan McLean, while Coen Hess is out with a leg injury and replaced by Shane Wright. Kurt Baptiste will miss the rest of the season with an ACL and this sees Reuben Cotter come back into the first-grade side, Corey Jensen also joins the bench, while Matt Scott has been named amongst the reserves.


Friday, 28 June, Adelaide Oval, 7.55pm

Roosters: 1. James Tedesco, 2. Daniel Tupou, 3. Latrell Mitchell, 4. Joseph Manu, 5. Ryan Hall, 6. Drew Hutchison, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Zane Tetevano , 9. Victor Radley, 10. Sio Siua Taukeiaho, 11. Boyd Cordner , 12. Angus Crichton, 13. Isaac Liu

Interchange: 14. Nat Butcher, 15. Lindsay Collins , 16. Sitili Tupouniua 17. Mitchell Aubusson

Reserves: 18. Poasa Faamausili, 19. Matt Ikuvalu 20. Lachlan Lam 21. Brett Morris

The Ins & Outs


  • Brett Morris
  • James Tedesco
  • Lachlan Lam
  • Lindsay Collins
  • Matt Ikuvalu


  • Sam Verrills

Current Injury List:

  • Lachlan Lam (broken wrist, round 15-16)
  • Brett Morris (knee, round 15)
  • Luke Keary (concussion, round 17-18)
  • Jake Friend (biceps muscle, round 20-25)

Wenins’ Analysis

James Tedesco returns at fullback after being a late withdrawal last round. His inclusion sees Joseph Manu go back to the centres and Mitch Aubusson drop to the bench. Zane Tetevano is into the starting side at prop, while Isaac Liu goes from prop to lock. Brett Morris has been named among the reserves.

NSW’s massive win in Game 2 should mean that both Latrell Mitchell and Angus Crichton will be available for round 16. Mitchell has a BE of 88 and a difficult match-up against a notoriously stingy Storm. They have conceded the fewest amount of points to CTW’s this year at 0.52 PPM. I am not sold on Crichton and will unlikely to bring him into my side. He has scored over 60 in just three of 12 games played this year.

Sio Siua Taukeiaho has been one of the more consistent FRF options this year, scoring over 60 points in 70% of his games played. He looks to be one of the safer bye round coverage options and a potential keeper for the run home. Priced at just a tad over $500k, he will be welcomed into the Wenins this week.

With a BE of 97 a difficult match-up against the Storm and the possibility of another rest in round 17, I am seriously contemplating trading James Tedesco out this week. Obviously, there’s a requirement to trade him back in for the run home; however, if you’re short on cash right now then it’s worth consideration.

For those considering Drew Hutchinson as an option, Luke Keary is scheduled back in round 17-18.

Storm: 1. Jahrome Hughes 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Will Chambers 4. Marion Seve 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Brodie Croft 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane

Interchange: 14. Brandon Smith 15. Christian Welch 16. Joe Stimson 17. Ryan Papenhuyzen

Reserves: 18. Justin Olam 19. Tui Kamikamica 20. Tino Faasuamaleaui 21. Sandor Earl

The Ins & Outs


  • Justin Olam
  • Sandor Earl
  • Tino Faasuamaleaui
  • Tui Kamikamica


  • Nil

Current Injury List:

  • Curtis Scott (foot, round 20)

Wenins’ Analysis

No changes for the Storm with all players from Origin and the other rep games named to back up.

With a BE of -10 and back-to-back scores of 114 and 70, Jahrome Hughes is a definite option for your HFB/FLB positions. Given the injury to Nathan Cleary, he is certainly in my calculations as a potential trade-in option at HFB this week. The Storm’s run home is favourable with two games against the Titans, two against the Sea Eagles and then matches against the Broncos and Cowboys. Shaun Johnson will be the more popular option, but Hughes could be an invaluable POD for the run home.

Cameron Smith will no doubt be a popular trade in this week but does he play Origin? Crazier things have happened (cough, Alfie, cough). With a tough match-up against the Roosters and despite a career average of 70+ against them, it may be worth holding out a week if you can. Don’t forget also that Cameron McInnes will be priced at almost $100k less than him next week and there is no way that there is that much difference between the two of them this year. Also, now Jazz Tevaga is an option.

Kenneath Bromwich was shaping as a legitimate 2RF option for round 16 but after three sub-50 scores, his appeal has diminished somewhat. However, with a BE of 90+ this week, he will be available for less than $500k next round and that is fantastic value for a guy who has a 60 PPG average for the season. With the Storm’s favourable run home he is a potential POD to consider over Angus Crichton.


Saturday, 29 June, CBus Super Stadium, 3:00pm

Titans: 1. AJ Brimson 2. Anthony Don 3. Jesse Arthars 4. Brian Kelly 5. Dale Copley 6. Tyrone Roberts 7. Ryley Jacks 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Nathan Peats 10. Moeaki Fotuaika 11. Will Matthews 12. Bryce Cartwright Tyrone Peachey 13. Jai Whitbread

Interchange: 14. Mitch Rein 15. Tyrone Peachey 16. Jack Stockwell 17. Shannon Boyd

Reserves: 18. Leilani Latu 19. Phillip Sami 20. Brenko Lee 21. Kevin Proctor

The Ins & Outs


  • Brenko Lee
  • Kevin Proctor
  • Leilani Latu
  • Phillip Sami
  • Will Matthews


  • Jai Arrow

Current Injury List:

  • Tyrone Peachey (pectoral, round 15)
  • Moeaki Fotuaiki (wrist, round 15)
  • Kevin Proctor (eye socket, round 16)
  • Jai Arrow (ankle, round 20-22)
  • Michael Gordon (leg, indefinite)
  • Ash Taylor (personal leave, indefinite) 
  • Ryan James (knee, season)

Wenins’ Analysis

Jai Arrow is out with an ankle injury, while Tyrone Peachey has been named on the bench and this sees Will Matthews and Jai Whitbread named in the back row. Moeaki Fotuaika has been named after being a late withdrawal from the Tonga side, while Kevin Proctor has been named on the reserves list.

With an upcoming bye in just one week, it’s hard to get too excited about the Titans but Brian Kelly could be POD option from round 17.

Sea Eagles: 1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Dylan Walker 4. Moses Suli 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Cade Cust 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Manase Fainu 10. Martin Taupau 11. Joel Thompson 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic

Interchange: 14. Brendan Elliot 15. Corey Waddell 16. Morgan Boyle 17. Taniela Paseka

Reserves: 18. Lachlan Croker 19. Kane Elgey 20 Haumole Olakau’atu 21. Lloyd Perrett

The Ins & Outs


  • Brendan Elliot
  • Corey Waddell
  • Haumole Olakau’atu
  • Kane Elgey
  • Lachlan Croker
  • Lloyd Perrett


  • Apisai Koroisau
  • Jack Gosiewski

Current Injury List:

  • Lachlan Croker (hamstring, round 15)
  • Trent Hodkinson (knee, round 15)
  • Brad Parker (broken jaw, round 18)
  • Apisai Koroisau (ankle, round 19)
  • Toafofoa Sipley (knee, season)
  • Albert Hopoate (knee, season)

Wenins’ Analysis

Manase Fainu replaces the injured Api Koroisau at hooker, while Brendan Elliot and Corey Waddell come onto the bench. Lachlan Croker and Kane Elgey have been named in the reserves with Cade Cust still the preferred halves partner to Daly Cherry-Evans.

If we have learnt one thing over the past two weeks it is that Tom Trbojevic is an absolute must for SuperCoach. Whilst he will miss round 16, I am likely pulling the trigger early and bringing him in this week as he will be close to $800k come round 17 and out of reach for a lot of people. Let’s not forget that he faces the Titans this weekend and despite them conceding the tenth fewest points to FLBs this season, Trbojevic put 194 points on them in round 23 last year. I don’t want to miss out on the possibility of that…

Kalyn Ponga has been named to play the Broncos (Photo by Getty Images)


Saturday, 29 June, McDonald Jones Stadium, 5:30pm

Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Edrick Lee 3. Hymel Hunt 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 6. Kurt Mann 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. James Gavet 9. Connor Watson 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Sione Mata’utia 13. Tim Glasby

Interchange: 14. Jamie Buhrer 15. Herman Ese’ese 16. Josh King 17. Pasami Saulo

Reserves: 18. Mason Lino 19. David Klemmer 20. Jacob Saifiti 21. Aiden Guerra

The Ins & Outs


  • Aidan Guerra
  • David Klemmer
  • Jacob Saifiti
  • Josh King
  • Mason Lino


  • Mitchell Barnett

Current Injury List:

  • Edrick Lee (leg, round 15)
  • Aidan Guerra (ankle, round 15-16)
  • Josh King (leg, round 15)
  • Mitchell Pearce (hip and leg, round 15)
  • David Klemmer (wrist, round 16-18)
  • Danny Levi (ankle, round 16-18)
  • Mitchell Barnett (suspension, round 18)
  • Slade Griffin (knee, indefinite)
  • Nathan Ross (pelvis, retirement)
  • Tim Glasby (elbow, TBC)
  • Kalyn Ponga (cork, TBC)

Wenins’ Analysis

God damn you, Mitch Barnett! His stupidity has cost him three weeks on the sidelines and he has been replaced by Sione Mata’utia in the starting side, while Josh King takes Mata’utia’s place on the bench. David Klemmer and Aiden Guerra have both been named among the reserves. Kayln Ponga has been named to back up after originally being in some doubt.

Following a mild spruiking in last round’s analysis, Connor Watson certainly didn’t make me look like an idiot with a 70 point performance in round 14. Since starting at hooker he has averaged 57 in pure base and will once again play in that position this weekend. However, Danny Levi could be back as early as next week, which makes Watson a risky option.

Ponga’s inclusion is very welcomed but make sure you keep your eyes on the late mail.

Broncos: 1. Darius Boyd 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Gehamat Shibasaki 5. Richard Kennar 6. Anthony Milford 7. Sean O’Sullivan 8. Matthew Lodge 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Payne Haas 11. David Fifita 12. Matt Gillett 13. Tevita Pangai Junior

Interchange: 14. Jake Turpin 15. Joe Ofahengaue 16. Thomas Flegler 17. Patrick Carrigan

Reserves: 18. Xavier Coates 19. Jayden Su’A 20. James Segeyaro 21. Shaun Fensom

The Ins & Outs


  • James Segeyaro
  • Joe Ofahengaue
  • Richard Kennar
  • Shaun Fensom
  • Xavier Coates


  • Jamayne Isaako

Current Injury List:

  • Payne Haas (hamstring, round 15)
  • Alex Glenn (knee, round 16)
  • Joe Ofahengaue (knee, round 15-17)
  • Tom Dearden (ankle, round 20)
  • Jack Bird (knee, season)

Wenins’ Analysis

Andrew McCullough returns the starting side and has pushed Jake Turpin to the bench, which is of some surprise. Richie Kennar replaces Jamayne Isaako on the wing, while Joe Ofahengaue returns via the bench. Isaako is rumoured to be out for personal reasons. Payne Haas has been included in the starting side despite suffering a hamstring injury that saw him ruled out of Origin on the weekend.

Tevita Pangai Junior has once again been named at lock and his output has been improving lately with scores of 53 and 64 over the past two weeks. His minutes have also been solid but last week’s 64 minutes may have been partially due to the absence of Joe O. At $454k, he is attractively priced and particularly if he can return to his output from the opening month of the season where he scored 56, 70, 69 and 57.

With Isaako out there is a good chance that Kotoni Staggs will take on the kicking duties and with his existing solid base for a CTW, he now joins the discussion as a starting 17 player for this week.


Saturday, 29 June, TIO Stadium, 7.35pm

Eels: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Brad Takairangi 4. Josh Hoffman 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitch Moses 8. Kane Evans 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Manu Ma’u 13. Nathan Brown

Interchange: 14. Jaeman Salmon 15. Peni Terepo 16. David Gower 17. Marata Niukore

Reserves: 18. Daniel Alvaro 19. Tepai Moeroa 20. George Jennings 21 Will Smith

The Ins & Outs


  • Brad Takairangi
  • Daniel Alvaro
  • Dylan Brown
  • George Jennings
  • Tepai Moeroa
  • Will Smith


  • Michael Jennings
  • Ray Stone

Current Injury List:

  • Josh Hoffman (neck, round 15)
  • Michael Jennings (knee, round 15)
  • Dylan Brown (back, indefinite)
  • Kaysa Pritchard (retired) 

Wenins’ Analysis

Brad Takairangi takes Michael Jennings place in the centres, while Dylan Brown makes his long-awaited return, seeing Jaeman Salmon move to the bench.

With a BE of -23 and a price of just $233k, Brown is definitely an option to replace Thomas Dearden at half-back should funds be tight but he will not be available for you come round 16.

Clint Gutherson shapes as a value option come round 17 with a current price of $380k and a BE of 76.

Raiders: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Bailey Simonsson 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Sebastian Kris 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Aidan Sezer 8. Josh Papalii 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Dunamis Lui 11. John Bateman 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Joseph Tapine

Interchange: 14. Siliva Havili 15. Corey Horsburgh 16. Sia Soliola 17. Ryan Sutton

Reserves: 18. Sam Williams 19. Emre Guler 20. Royce Hunt 21. Michael Oldfield

The Ins & Outs


  • Corey Horsburgh
  • Josh Hodgson
  • Michael Oldfield
  • Royce Hunt
  • Sam Williams
  • Sebastian Kris


  • Nick Cotric
  • Tom Starling

Current Injury List:

  • Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (hamstring, round 15)
  • Corey Horsburgh (elbow, round 15-16)
  • Josh Hodgson (thumb, round 15)
  • Hudson Young (suspension, round 19)
  • Nick Cotric (ankle, round 17)
  • Brad Abbey (knee, season)
  • Joey Leilua (neck, season)

Wenins’ Analysis

Josh Hodgson returns from injury, while Sebastian Kris has been named to replace the injured Nick Cotric. Corey Horsburg and Sam Williams are in the reserves with Aidan Sezer retained as the starting halfback.

Following his first non-injury impacted score below 50, John Bateman’s price should not rise before round 17.

After a very poor month or so it is definitely time to cut Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad as he is now bleeding cash. He has made us $150k and provided some fantastic scores along the way.

Tohu Harris will be missing for the next six weeks due to a knee injury (Photo by Photosport)


Sunday, 30 June, Mt Smart Stadium, 2:00pm

Warriors: 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c) 2 David Fusitu’a 3 Peta Hiku 4 Patrick Herbert 5 Ken Maumalo 6 Kodi Nikorima 7 Blake Green 8 Agnatius Paasi 9 Karl Lawton 10 Leeson Ah Mau 11 Adam Blair 12 Isaiah Papali’i 13 Jazz Tevaga

Interchange: 14 Nate Roache 15 Bunty Afoa 16 Sam Lisone 17 Leivaha Pulu

Reserves: 18 Gerard Beale 20 Ligi Sao 21 Chris Satae 22 Chanel Harris-Tavita

The Ins & Outs


  • Chanel Harris-Tavita
  • Chris Satae
  • Gerard Beale
  • Leivaha Pulu
  • Ligi Sao
  • Nathaniel Roache
  • Sam Lisone


  • Issac Luke
  • Lachlan Burr
  • Tohu Harris

Current Injury List:

  • Kodi Nikorima (groin, TBA)
  • Nathaniel Roache (back, round 15)
  • Tohu Harris (knee, round 21)
  • Lachlan Burr (soreness, round 16)

Wenins’ Analysis

Tohu Harris is out for the next six weeks with a knee injury and has been replaced in the back row by Adam Blair, while Jazz Tevaga comes into the starting side at lock. Nathaniel Roache returns from a back injury and takes the place of Issac Luke on the bench. Sam Lisone and Leivaha Pulu join Roache on the interchange.

While Harris’ injury may have ruined some SuperCoach bye plans, his replacement in Tevaga is an interesting option for the 2RF and HOK positions. At the juicy price of $380k, he is a fantastic value option for either position given what he has proven to be capable of in reduced minutes, which is a PPM of over 1. I see him as a 60 PPG player in this position, particularly with Lachlan Burr out of the side. Saving the $200k and change from going Tevaga over Cameron Smith could be very useful in upgrading your side elsewhere on the run home, whilst having a decent backup hooker for Damien Cook.

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has fallen nicely in price and now with a BE of 82, he can be brought in as your round 16 FB cover. Ken Maumalo remains affordable at $514k despite his 104 point score in round 14.

Panthers: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Josh Mansour, 3. Isaah Yeo 4. Brent Naden 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. James Maloney 8. James Tamou 9. Mitchell Kenny 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Frank Winterstein 13. Liam Martin

Interchange: 14. Wayde Egan, 15. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 16. Moses Leota 17. Hame Sele

Reserves: 18. Kaide Ellis 19. Malakai Watene-Zelezniak 20. Sione Katoa 21. Dean Whare

The Ins & Outs


  • Dean Whare
  • Hame Sele
  • Kaide Ellis
  • Malakai Watene-Zelezniak
  • Sione Katoa


  • Nathan Cleary

Current Injury List:

  • Nathan Cleary (ankle, round 18-19)
  • Dean Whare (hamstring, round 17)
  • Waqa Blake (knee, round 21-22)
  • Tim Grant (pectoral, season)
  • Tyrone May (stood down)

Wenins’ Analysis

The big news here is that Nathan Cleary is out with an ankle injury and will miss the next month (which includes the round 16 bye). He has been replaced by Jarome Luai in the halves with James Maloney switching to halfback. Hame Sele moves up to the bench in the only other change.

Ben To’o is showing signs of being a potential keeper as a backup CTW given his fantastic base.


Sunday, 30 June, ANZ Stadium, 4.05pm

Bulldogs: 1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 2. Nick Meaney 3. Marcelo Montoya 4. Will Hopoate 5. Reimis Smith 6. Kieran Foran 7. Jack Cogger 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Michael Lichaa 10. Dylan Napa 11. Josh Jackson 12. Corey Harawira-Naera 13. Chris Smith

Interchange: 14. Rhyse Martin 15. Danny Fualalo 16. Ofahiki Ogden 17. Sauaso Sue

Reserves: 19. Raymond Faitala-Mariner. 20. Brandon Wakeham. 21 Adam Elliot. 22 Renouf Toomaga

The Ins & Outs


  • Adam Elliott
  • Brandon Wakeham
  • Jack Cogger
  • Michael Lichaa
  • Ofahiki Ogden
  • Renouf Toomaga


  • Fa’amanu Brown
  • Jeremy Marshall-King

Current Injury List:

  • Jack Cogger (concussion, round 15)
  • Adam Elliott (ankle, round 15)
  • Jayden Okunbor (foot, round 15-17)
  • Kerrod Holland (knee, round 17)
  • Lachlan Lewis (ankle, round 17-18)

Wenins’ Analysis

Jack Cogger returns in place of Fa’amanu Brown, while Michael Lichaa comes in at hooker for Jeremy Marshall-King. Chris Smith is the new starting lock with Raymond Faitala-Mariner is out. Ofahiki Ogden is the new face on the bench. Dylan Napa has been named despite a persistent wrist injury that he carried through Origin.

With a bye ahead there is nothing to get exited about here.

Sharks: 1. Matt Moylan 2. Sosaia Feki 3. Bronson Xerri 4. Josh Morris 5. Josh Dugan 6. Shaun Johnson 7. Chad Townsend 8.Braden Hamlin-Uele 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Matt Prior 11. Briton Nikora 12. Wade Graham 13. (c) Paul Gallen

Interchange: 14. Blayke Brailey 15. Jayson Bukuya 16. Jack Williams 17.Kurt Capewell

Reserves: 18. Scott Sorensen 19. Kyle Flanagan 20. Aaron Gray 21. Aaron Woods

The Ins & Outs


  • Aaron Gray
  • Aaron Woods
  • Jayden Brailey
  • Kyle Flanagan
  • Scott Sorensen


  • Andrew Fifita

Current Injury List:

  • Bronson Xerri (concussion, round 15)
  • Aaron Woods (foot, round 15)
  • Jayden Brailey (knee, round 15)
  • Andrew Fifita (suspension, round 17)

Wenins’ Analysis

Andrew Fifita’s failed appeal to his suspension will now see him miss the next two NRL games. He has been replaced by Braden Hamlin-Uele at prop. Wade Graham moves into the starting 13 with Kurt Capewell dropping to the bench. Jayden Brailey returns, seeing his brother Blayke move to the bench, while Aaron Woods is listed among the reserves as he nears a return from a foot injury.

The Sharks are playing the Bulldogs, I repeat, the Sharks are playing the Bulldogs. As such, and despite a BE of 125, it’s Shaun Johnson time. It’s also a must to play the likes of Bronson Xerri, Matt Moylan and Briton Nikora this week.

Braden Uele will be a SuperCoach gun one day and it might start this week as he gets the start at prop with Andrew Fifita out. However, with a likely drop back to the bench in round 17 he’s not a keeper for your FRF.

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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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    Cheers Wenin. Good to be back in the usual SC routine!

    Sirlee Oldman
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    Sirlee Oldman

    Thanks mate. I look forward to this article every round.


    Finished with the I repeat I’m still laughing


    Quality as per usual. Just on matulino, he’s got a minor knee injury and not dropped.


    where is JWH, is he out injured?


    Thanks Wenin! Thoughts on Elliot on the bench for Manly? Cover for Turbo?


    Thanks Wenin. Not sure on Staggs or Sj tbh but we will see

    The Duke
    The Duke

    Fine review as always Wenin. You’ve helped me pare down my trades to four, maybe even three rather than the full fathom five.

    Decided on this:

    Cleary to SJ
    Lomax to Latrell
    Arrow for Jurbo.

    Robin Kerr
    Robin Kerr

    I know they both have big breakevens, but who scores bigger from here to season’s end?

    Thumbs up: SJ
    Thumbs down: Moylan