Wenins Teams Analysis – R18

Origin is now a distant memory and the stars have returned to the fold in what should provide some with a much-needed boost for their SuperCoach sides.

There are a significant number of ins and outs this week with the standouts including:

INs: Tom Trbojevic, James Tedesco, Kayln Ponga, Boyd Cordner, Nathan Cleary, James Graham, Paul Gallen, Matt Moylan, Corey Oates, Matt Gillett and Michael Gordon.

OUTs: Cameron Munster, Josh Addo-Carr, Felise Kaufusi, Will Chambers, Nick Cotric, Sauaso Sue (season), Josh Dugan, Wade Graham, Aiden Tolman, Josh Morris, Josh Dugan and Ben Hunt.

Doubtful: Shaun Johnson (ankle), Paul Gallen (glute), Matt Moylan (hamstring), Ken Maumalo (concussion), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (pending suspension), Josh Hodgson (ankle), Michael Morgan (concussion) and Cade Cust (concussion).

Acknowledgements – all the ins and outs are taken from NRL.com, while the team lists have been taken from Fox Sports. I utilise NRLSuperCoachStats and SuperCoach Gold for all my stats and ensure that I read JT’s Weekend Roundup before producing this analysis on a weekly basis.

This week’s tune is a reflection of the collection of stars that we see returning to the park this weekend. The boys are back in town.

THURSDAY

Broncos v Bulldogs, 7.50pm, Suncorp Stadium

Broncos: 1. Anthony Milford 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Jamayne Isaako 6. Darius Boyd 7. Jake Turpin 8. Matthew Lodge 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Payne Haas 11. Alex Glenn 12. Tevita Pangai Junior 13. Tom Flegler

Interchange: 14. James Segeyaro 15. Joe Ofahengaue 16. David Fifita 17. Pat Carrigan

Reserves: 18. Rhys Kennedy 20. Izaia Perese 21. Xavier Coates 22. Keenan Palasia

The Ins & Outs

Ins:

  • Corey Oates
  • Izaia Perese
  • Keenan Palasia
  • Rhys Kennedy

Outs:

Nil

Wenins’ Analysis

Corey Oates returns on the right wing, with Jamayne Issako swapping to left and Xavier Coates dropping to the reserves. This is great news for those who bought him in as a nuff hopefull.

The Bulldogs have conceded the 4th most points to FRF’s, the most to CTW’s and the 5th most to FLB’s over the past five rounds. This suggests that Payne Haas and Anthony Milford are definite VC options this round, while Kotoni Staggs is a contender for your 17.

Bulldogs: 1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 2. Nick Meaney 3. Marcelo Montoya 4. Will Hopoate 5. Reimis Smith 6. Brandon Wakeham 7. Jack Cogger 8. Ofahiji Ogden 9. Michael Lichaa 10. Dylan Napa 11. Josh Jackson 12. Corey Harawira-Naera 13. Adam Elliot

Interchange: 14. Jeremy Marshall-King 15. Renouf Toomaga 16. Danny Fualalo 17. Chris Smith

Reserves: 19. Raymond Faitla-Mariner 20. Fa’amanu Brown 21. Kerrod Holland 22 Kayne Kalache

The Ins & Outs

Ins:

  • Danny Fualalo
  • Fa’amanu Brown
  • Kayne Kalache
  • Kerrod Holland
  • Ofahiki Ogden
  • Raymond Faitala-Mariner

Outs:

  • Aiden Tolman (injured)
  • Sauaso Sue (injured)

Wenins’ Analysis

The generally durable Aiden Tolman misses with a rib injury, while Sauaso Sue is out for the season with an ACL injury. This has forced a reshuffle in the pack with Ofahiki Ogden coming into the starting side and Danny Fualalo joining the bench. Adam Elliott has been promoted to the starting side at lock and Chris Smith goes to the bench. 

The only thing of SuperCoach note is that Will Hopoate has a 5RA of 70.

Will he or won’t he take on his old side? (Photo by Getty Images)

FRIDAY

Warriors v Sharks, 6pm, Westpac Stadium, Wellington

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

Interchange: 14. Lachlan Burr 15. Sam Lisone 16. Bunty Afoa 17. Chanel Harris-Tavita

Reserves: 18. Adam Pompey 20. Ligi Sao 21. Blake Ayshford 22. Leivaha Pulu

The Ins & Outs

Ins:

  • Adam Pompey
  • Blake Ayshford
  • Chris Satae
  • Ligi Sao

Outs:

Nil

Wenins’ Analysis

No changes for the Warriors.

I was the idiot who traded out Jazz “hands” Tevaga last weekend. He made me look like a complete idiot with a score of 87 that included 89 points in pure base. Incredible stuff. My reasoning was the dodgy ankle and the fact that I really wanted Viliame Kikau in my side for his match-up against the Titans. Thanks to Kikau spending about 30 minutes on the pooper, this trade didn’t exactly go to plan. With that being said, I would be cautious of using one of your few remaining trades on bringing Tevaga into the side given the pending inclusion of Tohu Harris in circa round 20. However, if he can hold onto the starting lock spot and play the full 80 minutes then he is a SuperCoach beast.

Owners may be tempted to sell Ken Maumalo this weekend given his score of 45 points and a current BE of 70. However, he played just the 54 minutes due to a failed HIA and in that time on the field he produced 18 runs (13 H8s) and a linebreak with no other attacking statistics. He’s another that was very unlucky not to have a try or two on the night and could have produced a massive score in even the reduced minutes. Maumalo is a SuperCoach beast and I will go out on a limb by saying that he is a must start each week in the CTW regardless of the match-up.  

Sharks: 1. Matt Moylan 2. Sosaia Feki 3. Bronson Xerri 4. Kurt Capewell 5. Aaron Gray 6. Shaun Johnson 7. Chad Townsend 8. Andrew Fifita 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Aaron Woods 11. Briton Nikora 12. Scott Sorensen 13. Paul Gallen

Interchange: 14. Blayke Brailey 15. Jack Williams 16. Braden Hamlin-Uele 17. Matt Prior

Reserves: 18. Billy Magoulias 19. Kyle Flanagan 20. William Kennedy 21. Ronaldo Mulitalo

The Ins & Outs

Ins:

  • Billy Magoulias
  • Kyle Flanagan
  • Matt Moylan
  • Paul Gallen
  • Ronaldo Mulitalo
  • Scott Sorensen
  • William Kennedy

Outs:

  • Jayson Bukuya (omitted)
  • Josh Morris (injured)
  • Josh Dugan (injured)

Wenins’ Analysis

Matt Moylan returns from a hamstring injury at fullback but is still in some doubt. Moylan’s return sees Aaron Gray shift to the wing as a replacement for the injured Josh Morris, while Kurt Capewell comes into the centres for Josh Dugan, who is also out injured. Scott Sorensen takes Capewell’s place in the back row and Paul Gallen returns from injury at lock. Matt Prior goes back to the bench and Jayson Bukuya goes out. 

Should Moylan miss then there are whispers that Bronson Xerri would shift to fullback and this certainly would be interesting.

Shaun Johnson has been named but is also in some doubt. Thankfully we will know before Nathan Cleary plays.

Briton Nikora seems to have run out of steam and can be sold to either Manu Ma’u on John Bateman or even to a nuff to create bank.

Panthers v Dragons, 7.55pm, Panthers Stadium

Panthers: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Josh Mansour 3. Dean Whare 4. Brent Naden 5. Brian To’o 6. James Maloney 7. Nathan Cleary 8. James Tamou 9. Mitch Kenny 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Frank Winterstein 13. Isaah Yeo

Interchange: 14. Wayde Egan 15. Jarome Luai 16. Moses Leota 17. Reagan Campbell-Gillard

Reserves: 18. Hame Sele 19. Jed Cartwright 20. Kaide Ellis 21. Stephen Crichton

The Ins & Outs

Ins:

  • Hame Sele
  • Kaide Ellis
  • Nathan Cleary
  • Stephen Crichton

Outs:

Nil

Wenins’ Analysis

Nathan Cleary has been named to return, seeing Jarome Luai drop back to the bench. Nuff hunters won’t be pleased to see Jed Cartwright retained in the reserves.

As mentioned earlier, Kikau’s outing against the Titans wasn’t as fruitful for owners as hoped but in positive news, he produced 40 points in 50 minutes and was unlucky not to have an LBA and then missed out on an LBA/TA due to a forward pass to Josh Mansour. If you don’t own him then I’d be looking seriously at him this weekend or next.

Mansour continues to fire on the field and has seemingly found the form that once had him labelled as a “SuperCoach Gun”. If a few things had of gone his way then he may well have been pushing Brian To’o as the leading winger on the night. To’o continues to impress and can’t be sold given his base output and the Panthers nice run home.  

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

Interchange: 14. Josh Kerr 15. Korbin Sims 16. Patrick Kaufusi 17. Luciano Leilua

Reserves: 18. Reece Robson 19. Jacob Host 20. Tristan Sailor 21. Jason Saab

The Ins & Outs

Ins:

  • Darren Nicholls
  • James Graham
  • Jason Saab
  • Josh Kerr
  • Patrick Kaufusi
  • Tristan Sailor

Outs:

  • Ben Hunt (rested)
  • Jeremy Latimore (injured)

Wenins’ Analysis

Ben Hunt has been rested and replaced at halfback by Darren Nicholls, while the return of James Graham is a welcomed one and surprisingly he is named to start at lock. Blake Lawrie shifts to prop for Jeremy Latimore, who is out injured, while Reece Robson and Jacob Host dropped to the reserves. Partrick Kaufusi and Josh Kerr are the new faces on the bench.

With under 5% ownership, the resting of Hunt is unlikely to impact many of the top guys. However, the return of Josh Kerr to the bench may ruin VC plans for this weekend.

Cameron McInnes just continues to produce the goods with another massive score of 94 points in round 17. He was an absolute steal at close to $500k and it will be interesting to see how close he and Cameron Smith go to matching Damien Cook as the number one HOK in the game by seasons end. For the record, going off averages it is currently Cook (76.3 PPG), Smith (68.5 PPG) and then McInnes (66 PPG) as it stands right now.

Welcome back (Photo by Fox Sports)

SATURDAY

Roosters v Knights, 3pm, SCG

Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Latrell Mitchell 4. Joey Manu 5. Ryan Hall 6. Luke Keary 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend 10. Sio Siua Taukeiaho 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Mitch Aubusson 13. Victor Radley

Interchange: 14. Isaac Liu 15. Nat Butcher 16. Angus Crichton 17. Brett Morris

Reserves: 18. Lindsay Collins 19. Sitili Tupouniua 20. Poasa Faamausili 21. Lachlan Lam

The Ins & Outs

Ins:

  • Boyd Cordner
  • James Tedesco
  • Lachlan Lam
  • Lindsay Collins

Outs:

Nil

Wenins’ Analysis

James Tedesco and Boyd Cordner are massive ins for the Roosters with Tedesco in particular sorely missed last weekend. Joseph Manu moves from fullback to centre and Brett Morris goes to the bench, while Cordner’s return sees the inform Nat Butcher drop to the bench. Jake Friend moves to the starting side allowing Victor Radley to revert to lock and Isaac Liu drops to the bench.

Tedesco will be on the radar for non-owners but I’ll be waiting one more week given the current BE of 134 and a match-up against a full-strength Knights, a side that has conceded the 10th fewest points to FLB’s this season. However, make sure you have the cash next weekend before he faces the Bulldogs as he could go bonkers.

SioSiua Taukeiaho was very disappointing last weekend but the 33 minutes played was his single lowest time on field this year excluding the injury-induced 21-minute outing in round 10. He was a week removed from a spell due to a concussion injury and I can’t help but feel that Trent Robinson was being a tad cautious with him or at least forced to be. In any case, should Jared Waerea-Hargreaves miss this weekend through suspension, TKO could be forced to once again play big minutes in the middle. He’s a hold for me and a possible inclusion in your 17 this week.

Jake Friend is an option but if you can shell out the extra $40k then it’s worth just grabbing McInnes.

Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Hymel Hunt 3. Tautau Moga 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 6. Kurt Mann 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Daniel Saifiti 9. Danny Levi 10. David Klemmer 11. Mitchell Barnett 12. Sione Mata’utia 13. Tim Glasby

Interchange: 14. Connor Watson 15. James Gavet 16. Herman Ese’ese 17. Jamie Buhrer

Reserves: 18. Jacob Saifiti 19. Josh King 20. Mason Lino 21. Aidan Guerra

The Ins & Outs

Ins:

  • Aidan Guerra
  • Jacob Saifiti
  • Kalyn Ponga
  • Mitchell Barnett

Outs:

Nil

Wenins’ Analysis

With Kayln Ponga finally returning at fullback this sees Kurt Mann move to five-eighth. Tautau Moga starts in the centres, while Dave Klemmer moves back into the starting side after coming off the bench last weekend. Tim Glasby goes back to lock and Mitch Barnett returns from suspension in the back-row. Connor Watson, Herman Eese’ese and Jamie Buhrer all switch to the bench, while Mason Lino and Josh King have been dropped to the reserves.

The return of Ponga is much needed, particularly for the Cameron Munster owners out there.

Klemmer has been outstanding this season and is a certain FRF keeper. He is falling in price beautifully for the non-owners and will bottom out next weekend. The return to the starting pack should see his minutes increase back up from just 45 last round and as NIck would say, ‘he’s one to watch’.

Raiders v Wests Tigers, 5.30pm, GIO Stadium

Raiders: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Bailey Simonsson 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Michael Oldfield 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. Emre Guler

Reserves: 18. Sam Williams 19. Royce Hunt 20. Jack Murchie 21. JJ Collins

The Ins & Outs

Ins:

  • Jack Murchie
  • JJ Collins
  • Michael Oldfield
  • Royce Hunt
  • Sam Williams

Outs:

  • Nick Cotric (suspended)

Wenins’ Analysis

Michael Oldfield comes into the centres to replace the suspended Nick Cotric, who is out for the next three weeks. Josh Papalii returns to the starting side and Iosia Soliola goes to the bench in the only other change. 

If you held onto Charnz Nicoll-Klokstad, congrats. If not, let it go. The Raiders draw features a resurgent Panthers (conceded to 8th fewest points to FLB’s over the past five weeks), the Roosters, Storm, Sea Eagles and the Sharks.

John Bateman has been a bit quiet of late with two scores in a row under 55 points but came back with a vengeance on the weekend with 71 points that included 35 tackles, 5 TB’s and 19 runs. Rolled gold stuff for your CTW and bottoming out nicely in price.

Tigers: 1. Corey Thompson 2. Paul Momirovski 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.Tommy Taualu 19. Chris McQueen 20. Luke Garner 21. Oliver Clark

The Ins & Outs

Ins:

  • Chris McQueen
  • Luke Garner
  • Oliver Clark
  • Paul Momirovski
  • Tommy Talau

Outs:

  • Robert Jennings (omitted)

Wenins’ Analysis

Only one change for the Tigers with Robert Jennings dropped for Paul Momirovski who takes his place on the wing.

David Nofoaluma had the game that POD hunters everywhere dream of. At just 0.6% ownership or 904 owners, to be exact, the Tigers winger produced 126 thanks to two tries, 10 TB’s, 3 offloads, 3 LB’s and 18 runs.

Esan Marsters seemingly got hooked from goal kicking after missing three goals with Moses Mbye taking over the duties at the end of the game. His past five scores are 37, 39, 42, 84 and 30 – these are not CTW keeper scores and I’ll be moving him on this weekend for either Bateman or Ma’u.  

Where is Sam? (Photo by Getty Images)

Cowboys v Rabbitohs, 7.35pm, 1300SMILES Stadium

Cowboys: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Javid Bowen 4. Tom Opacic 5. Murray Taulagi 6. John Asiata 7. Jake Clifford 8.Josh McGuire 9. Jake Granville 10. Jordan McLean 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Shane Wright 13. Jason Taumalolo

Interchange: 14. Coen Hess 15. Matt Scott 16. Scott Bolton 17. Francis Molo

Reserves: 18. Michael Morgan 19.Reuben Cotter 20. Corey Jensen 21. Dan Russell

The Ins & Outs

Ins:

  • Corey Jensen
  • Dan Russell
  • Michael Morgan
  • Murray Taulagi
  • Reuben Cotter

Outs:

  • Jordan Kahu (injured)

Wenins’ Analysis

Only one change for the Cowboys with Javid Bowen shifting from the wing to the centres in place of Jordan Kaku (injured) and Murray Taulagi comes onto the wing. Michael Morgan is in the reserves but is doubtful.

It was a wonderful win for the Cowboys last weekend and the SuperCoach load was spread with five players scoring over 60. One of which was Jason Taumalolo who could have produced a ton if he had only held onto the ball over the line in the 8th minute. Let’s not discuss that dubious no linebreak call….

Rabbitohs: 1. Adam Doueihi 2. Dane Gagai 3. James Roberts 4. Braidon Burns 5. Campbell Graham 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Tevita Taola 9. Damien Cook 10. Dean Birtt 11. John Sutton 12. Ethan Lowe 13. Cameron Murray

Interchange: 14. Tom Amone 15. Mark Nicholls 16. Jaydn Su’A 17. Kyle Turner

Reserves: 18. Kurt Dillon 19. Connor Tracey 20. Bayley Sironen 21. Corey Allan

The Ins & Outs

Ins:

  • Connor Tracey
  • Corey Allan
  • Ethan Lowe
  • Kurt Dillon
  • Mark Nicholls

Outs:

  • Liam Knight (suspended)

Wenins’ Analysis

Ethan Lowe returns after being rested last weekend but there is still no sign of Sam Burgess. Cameron Murray hasn’t been rested yet and possibly won’t be until Burgess returns.

There’s not too much to discuss here really apart from Cody Walker’s continued dodgy form and Cameron Murray’s inability to crack the 60 point mark. Hopefully, these can both be sorted with an easy match-up against the Cowboys, hey JT?

Imagine having traded in Munster for this match-up….. (Photo by Fox Sports)

SUNDAY

Titans v Storm, 2pm, Cbus Super Stadium

Titans: 1. AJ Brimson 2. Dale Copley 3. Brenko Lee 4. Brian Kelly 5. Phillip Sami 6. Tyrone Roberts 7. Ryley Jacks 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Nathan Peats 10. Jack Stockwell 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Bryce Cartwright 13. Jai Whitbread

Interchange: 14. Michael Gordon 15. Moeaki Fotuaika 16. Leilani Latu 17. Sam Stone

Reserves: 18. Tanah Boyd 19. Mitch Rein 20. Will Matthews 21. Anthony Don

The Ins & Outs

Ins:

  • Brenko Lee
  • Leilani Latu
  • Michael Gordon
  • Sam Stone
  • Tanah Boyd

Outs:

  • Shannon Boyd

Wenins’ Analysis

With Mal Meninga taking over in the interim he has pushed through a number of changes this week for the Titans. Michael Gordon returns from injury but will make his return from the bench with AJ Brimson holding onto the starting fullback spot. Anthony Don has been omitted and he has been replaced on the wing by Dale Copley with Brenko Lee coming into the centres. Jarrod Wallace moves from lock to prop and Jai Whitbread is the new lock whilst Jai Arrow remains out injured. Moeaki Fotuaika shifts back to the bench, while Leilani Latu and Sam Stone are the new faces on the bench. Shannon Boyd is out injured, Mitch Rein and Will Matthews have both been dropped.  

It’s impossible to get too optimistic about the Titans from a SuperCoach perspective right now. They are a complete disaster, I feel for ya Sparky.

Storm: 1. Jahrome Hughes 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Marion Seve 4. Justin Olam 5. Sandor Earl 6. Joe Stimson 7. Brodie Croft 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Tui Kamikamica 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane

Interchange: 14. Brandon Smith 15. Tino Faasuamaleaui 16. Tom Eisenhuth 17. Ryan Papenhuyzen

Reserves: 18. Harry Grant 19. Solomone Kata 20. Max King 21. Isaac Lumelume

The Ins & Outs

Ins:

  • Harry Grant
  • Isaac Lumelume
  • Marion Seve
  • Max King
  • Sandor Earl
  • Solomone Kata
  • Tino Faasuamaleaui
  • Tom Eisenhuth
  • Tui Kamikamica

Outs:

  • Cameron Munster
  • Christian Welch
  • Felise Kaufusi
  • Josh Addo-Carr
  • Will Chambers

Wenins’ Analysis

In what can only be said as a sign of complete disrespect to this weekends opposition, Craig Bellamy has opted to rest all of his Origin stars, with exception to Dale Finucane and Christian Welch who is suspended. Marion Seve starts at centre for Will Chambers, Sandor Earl comes in for Josh Addo-Carr, Joe Stimson takes Cameron Munster’s place and Tui Kamikamica starts for Felise Kaufusi. Tino Faasuamaleaui and Tom Eisenhuth have been elevated to the bench.

The resting of Cameron Munster is a horrific result for owners who had been planning for this match-up. Thankfully the Storm face the Titans again in round 23.

My boy Kenny Bromwich paid me back somewhat with 72 points against the Sharks, which included a TA, 24 tackles, a LB and 11 runs. The reliance on attacking statistic remains a concern but with the favourable storm run home, the attacking points will come and hopefully there is plenty in store this weekend.

Of course Cameron Smith was going to ton up in his 400th and it was just beautiful to see his heir follow suit.

Sandor Earl owners should be saved an AE nightmare score given the favourable match-up.

Guess who’s back? (Photo by Getty Images)

Sea Eagles v Eels, 4.05pm, Lottoland

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. Lachlan Croker 15. Corey Waddell 16. Morgan Boyle 17. Taniela Paseka

Reserves: 18. Brad Parker 19. Brendan Elliott 20. Haumole Olakau’atu 21. Lloyd Perrett

The Ins & Outs

Ins:

  • Brad Parker
  • Haumole Olakau’atu
  • Lloyd Perrett
  • Tom Trbojevi

Outs:

Nil

Wenins’ Analysis

Tom “Turbo” Trbojevic is back! In the only change for the Sea Eagles, Turbo replaces Brendan Elliot at fullback with Elliot dropping to the reserves.

Turbo has a BE of 40 and a season average of 100. You know what to do.

Jake Trbojevic could be priced close to $500k next week which in anyone’s language is an absolute steal.

Daly Cherry Evans is a POD move for the run home with the Sea Eagles having a relatively favourable run home excluding the fact that they face the Storm twice.

Eels: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Brad Takairangi 4. Josh Hoffman 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell 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. Marata Niukore 16. David Gower 17. Tepai Moeroa

Reserves: 18. Oregon Kaufusi 19. Daniel Alvaro 20. Will Smith 21. Ethan Parry

The Ins & Outs

Ins:

  • Daniel Alvaro
  • Ethan Parry
  • Oregon Kaufusi
  • Will Smith

Outs:

Nil

Wenins’ Analysis

No changes for the Eels this weekend.

Manu Ma’u has been way better this year than I had initially expected him to be and is making a case for himself to be the must have CTW for the run home. He’s scored over 60 in 70% of his games this season with the exceptions being the five games that he played less than 80 minutes. With a total base (base+power) of circa 60, he’s a set and forget for the CTW position and with the Eels favourable run home couple with the fact that he is owned by just 7.2% right now, he is ahead of John Bateman for me.  

Mitchell Moses smashed the banner curse last weekend with a score of 86 and now has a 5RA of 81. At BankWest stadium he has averaged 83 PPG in six games there. As a non-owner I am petrified and will be each time they take the field at that stadium in the run home.

Nathan Brown produced 78 points in 68 minutes in round 17 and is now priced at $506k. His output on the weekend included a TA, 24 tackles, a LBA and 17 runs.

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    Would you bring in cs9 this week or wait considering half the storm side has been rested?

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    OUTs: Cameron Munster, Josh Addo-Carr, Felise Kaufusi, Will Chambers, Nick Cotric, Sauaso Sue (season), Josh Dugan, Wade Graham, Aiden Tolman, Josh Morris, Josh Dugan and Ben Hunt.

    Dugans is so fragile he gets named twice!