Wenin’s Teams Analysis – R22

First off, I need to apologise in advance for the reduced content this week. I am currently getting smashed at work and as such, have far less time to spend on this than I would ordinarily like. This is also why it’s up a little bit later this week.

Acknowledgements:

  • Team lists via Daily Tele
  • Ins and outs via NRL.com
  • Positional average statistics via @3WiseDraftmen on Twitter

MANLY SEA EAGLES VS WESTS TIGERS

Thursday, August 15th, 7:50pm, Lottoland

Sea Eagles: 1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Brendan Elliot 4. Moses Suli 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Dylan Walker 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. Martin Taupau 11. Joel Thompson 12. Jack Gosiewski 13. Jake Trbojevic

Interchange: 14. Manase Fainu 15. Corey Waddell 16. Morgan Boyle 17. Taniela Paseka

Reserves: 18. Lachlan Croker 19. Tevita Funa 20. Sean Keppie 21. Lloyd Perrett

Ins:

  • Brendan Elliot
  • Jack Gosiewski
  • Lachlan Croker
  • Lloyd Perrett
  • Sean Keppie
  • Tevita Funa

Outs:

  • Brad Parker
  • Curtis Sironen

Wenins’ Analysis

Two changes forced by injury with centre Brad Parker (knee) replaced by Brendan Elliot and back-rower Curtis Sironen (hamstring) replaced by Jack Gosiewski.

Match-up Preview:

The Tigers come into this game after a heartbreaking loss to a resurgent Bulldogs and this shapes as a difficult encounter for them given that they have won just two of 13 matches at this venue.

  • They have conceded over 56 PPG to left-edge 2RFs
  • They have conceded under 50 PPG to FLBs
  • They have conceded under 40 PPG to left-edge halves
  • They have conceded the most amount of points to left centres or 57 PPG

Players of Interest:

Tom Trbojevic – For anyone that saw the game on Friday night you would understand that the conditions were not ideal for Turbo. However, it was certainly unexpected for him to produce back-to-back sub-50 scores. Thankfully, he is back home this Thursday night at a venue where he had averaged over 100 up until the round 20 game against the Knights. I can’t recall a better VC option this season.

Jake Trbojevic – Jurbo managed to get back to the full 80 minutes of playing time last weekend but scored at just 0.76 PPM. He’s effectively not produced an attacking stat since round 10, so surely it’s coming? He’s going to be great value next year.

Martin Taupau – Taupau hasn’t produced an offload in two weeks, which is highly unusual for him given that he is averaging almost two per game this season.


Tigers: 1. Corey Thompson 2. Paul Momirovski 3. Tommy Talau 4. Esan Marsters 5. David Nofoaluma 6. Benji Marshall 7. Luke Brooks 8. Thomas Mikaele 9. Jacob Liddle 10. Oliver Clark 11. Luke Garner 12. Michael Chee-Kam 13. Ryan Matterson

Interchange: 14. Matthew Eisenhuth 15. Elijah Taylor 16. Alex Twal 17. Chris Lawrence

Reserves: 18. Josh Reynolds 19. Robert Jennings 20. Chris McQueen 21. Sam McIntyre

Ins:

  • Chris McQueen
  • Jacob Liddle
  • Josh Reynolds
  • Robert Jennings
  • Sam McIntyre
  • Tommy Talau

Outs:

  • Moses Mbye
  • Robbie Farah

Wenins’ Analysis

Moses Mbye’s injury sees 19-year-old Tommy Talau to make his NRL debut in the centres (another potential 2020 cheapie wasted). Jacob Liddle takes over at hooker from Robbie Farah, who is also injured. Josh Reynolds is named among the reserves. Luke Garner will miss after being found guilty tonight at the tribunal.

Match-up Preview:

The Sea Eagles are back home after a disappointing loss in New Zealand last Friday night.

Manly have largely been difficult to score against this year.

  • They have conceded the most amount of points to left wingers at over 52 PPG, which continued last Friday with Ken Maumalo going close to a ton
  • They have conceded under 35 PPG to right wingers
  • They have conceded the least amount of points to left centres at under 36 PPG
  • They have conceded close to 60 PPG to locks

Players of Interest:

Paul Momirovski – Momi had a massive game in round 21, scoring 101 points against the Bulldogs. He also took over goal-kicking duties with Moses Mbye injured but failed to make much of an impression, converting just 2 of 6 attempts. Given the SuperCoach points that the Sea Eagles have leaked to left wingers and if he can retain goal-kicking duties then he could be set for an above-average game.

Ryan Matterson – Matto finally produced the attacking statistics that had been alluding him since shifting to the edge but also produced over 65 points in pure base, which is like gold for SuperCoach and frankly more than what Jurbo is producing at the moment. He also played increased minutes (76), but this could have been due to the injuries to Farah and Mbye. It will be interesting to see if he shifts to the edge to replace Garner given that Matthew Eisenhuth is on the bench and can play lock.


GOLD COAST TITANS VS PARRAMATTA EELS

Friday, August 16th, 6:00pm, Cbus Super Stadium

Titans: 1. Alexander Brimson 2. Jesse Arthars 3. Kallum Watkins 4. Brian Kelly 5. Phillip Sami 6. Tyrone Peachey 7. Ryley Jacks 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Mitch Rein 10. Jai Whitbread 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Sam Stone 13. Jai Arrow

Interchange: 14. Michael Gordon 15. Moeaki Fotuaika 16. Bryce Cartwright 17. Brenko Lee

Reserves: 18. Anthony Don 19. Tanah Boyd 20. Leilani Latu 21. Nathan Peats

Ins:

  • Anthony Don
  • Michael Gordon
  • Nathan Peats
  • Tanah Boyd

Outs:

Nil

Wenins’ Analysis

Michael Gordon comes into the 17 on the bench at the expense of Leilani Latu, who drops to the reserves; however, AJ Brimson holds his position at starting fullback.

Match-up Preview:

It’s been a horrific season for the Titans and it could get even worse this weekend up against a side that is currently on a roll, the Eels.

  • They have conceded the most amount of points to FRFs
  • The least amount of points to left edge 2RFs
  • They have conceded over 55 PPG to FLBs
  • They have conceded over 55 PPG to left sided halves

Players of Interest:

Jai Arrow – Arrow played just 52 minutes in his return from injury last weekend and scored at under 1 PPM. He’s not quite on the radar just yet.

Brian Kelly – With a season average of over 56 and current ownership of under 2%, he is a POD for the run home but the Eels have conceded under 45 PPG to left centres this year.


Eels: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Michael Jennings 4. Waqa Blake 5. Brad Takairangi 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. Peni Terepo 15. David Gower 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Marata Niukore

Reserves: 18. Tepai Moeroa 19. George Jennings 20. Stefano Utoikamanu 21. Will Smith

Ins:

  • George Jennings
  • Kane Evans
  • Stefano Utoikamanu
  • Will Smith

Outs:

Nil

Wenins’ Analysis

Kane Evans returns, seeing Daniel Alvaro shift back to the bench, while Tepai Moeroa has been dropped to the reserves.

Match-up Preview:

This is the game that plenty of SuperCoaches have been looking forward to when planning for the run home.

The Titans have been appalling for most of the season and it is hasn’t improved one bit since sacking Gareth Brennan.

  • They have conceded the second most amount of points to left edge 2RFs
  • They have conceded the second most amount of points to locks
  • They have conceded the most amount of points to FLBs
  • They have conceded the most amount of points to halves
  • They have conceded plenty of points to wingers, but particularly right wingers at over 60 PPG
  • They have conceded over 50 PPG to centres

Players of Interest:

Clint Gutherson – Two tries but just 56 points was a pretty ordinary return and with base like that, he is almost unplayable. The issue is that he is spending between 10-20 minutes per game at hooker which is not ideal for his SuperCoach output but there’s no way that you can leave him out against the Titans this weekend, a side that has conceded over 66 PPG to FLBs this year. Play him this weekend at least and maybe next.

Mitchell Moses – In a similar story to Gurtherson, Moses cannot be left out this round and is a definite trade in option for the next two weeks with back-to-back games against the Titans and the Bulldogs. Captain Moses has a nice ring to it.

Maika Sivo – The Titans have conceded 50 PPG to left wingers, play him. I am even considering using my final trade on him this weekend.

Waqa Blake – He should be running at Brian Kelly this weekend and could be finally set for that big match that POD hunters have been craving. He has a high floor since joining the Eels and at just $321k, it is certainly worth a punt.


Brisbane Broncos vs Penrith Panthers

Friday, August 16th, 7:55pm, Suncorp Stadium

Broncos: 1. Anthony Milford 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Alex Glenn 5. Jamayne Isaako 6. Darius Boyd 7. Jake Turpin 8. Matthew Lodge 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Payne Haas 11. David Fifita 12. Tevita Pangai Jnr 13. Joe Ofahengaue

Interchange: 14. James Segeyaro 15. Thomas Flegler 16. Rhys Kennedy 17. Pat Carrigan

Reserves: 18. Herbie Farnworth 19. Matt Gillett 20. Izaia Perese 21. Alex Glenn

Ins:

  • Alex Glenn
  • Herbie Farnworth
  • Izaia Perese
  • Matt Gillett

Outs:

Nil

Wenins’ Analysis

No changes from last weeks side but Alex Glenn (knee) and Matt Gillett (back) are both listed among the reserves and could be late inclusions.

Match-up Preview:

The Panthers returned to their winning ways last weekend with a tough fought win over the Sharks. However, they have won just four of 15 at this venue and have also lost there last two matches against Brisbane.

  • They have conceded over 60 PPG to right edge 2RFs
  • They have conceded just over 45 PPG to FLBs
  • They have conceded 47 PPG to right centres

Players of Interest:

Tevita Pangai – Pangai was huge again last weekend but was perhaps a little bit lucky to hold onto a LBA. While he is playing that right edge spot then he is worth including within your 17, particularly against a side that has conceded over 60 PPG to right edge 2RFs and at Suncorp.

Anthony Milford – I simply do not trust him enough to include him in my 17 anymore, regardless of whether he is playing at Suncorp or not. His base has not improved with the positional shift and you will have better options in your halves.

Kotoni Staggs – Staggs just could not get his hands on the ball enough last week against an edge that has conceded plenty of points to right centres. He now faces a defence that has conceded 47 PPG to players of his position, which is close to his average at Suncorp when starting in the centres this season. At $515k, I’m considering moving him on this to bonafide keeper this round.


Panthers: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Josh Mansour 3. Stephen Crichton 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. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo

Interchange: 14. Sione Katoa 15. Spencer Leniu 16. Moses Leota 17. Reagan Campbell-Gillard

Reserves: 18. Dean Whare 19. William Burns 20. Kaide Ellis 21. Hame Sele

Ins:

  • Dean Whare
  • Hame Sele
  • James Maloney
  • Kaide Ellis
  • William Burns

Outs:

  • Matt Burton

Wenins’ Analysis

James Maloney returns from suspension, seeing Matt Burton make way. Stephen Crichton and Spencer Leniu have retained their spots, while Isaah Yeo has been named to start and Moses Leota goes to the bench.

Match-up Preview:

Regardless of the win last week, The Broncos were horrible and have been for the past two weeks.

  • They have conceded 58 PPG to FLBs
  • They have conceded 42 PPG to right sided halves
  • They have conceded the most amount of points to HOKs
  • They have conceded over 55 PPG to right centres

Players of Interest:

Nathan Cleary – Another valuable SuperCoach lesson for me last weekend, don’t sit your studs. Shaun Johnson didn’t make his way onto my 17 due to the Panthers conceding limited points to right sided halves. Cleary won’t be leaving my 17 this weekend despite the Broncos record against right sided halves this year. The inclusion of Maloney may impact Cleary’s output but something tells me that there will be plenty of points in this game and Cleary’s floor is a lot higher most in the position given the goal kicking duties. Cleary also averages close to 70 PPG against the Broncos over his career.

Viliame Kikau – The Broncos have conceded 55 PPG to left edge 2RF and don’t forget what Kenny Bromwich produced down that edge just two rounds ago. I’ll be locking him into my 17 this weekend. Hopefully, he can get back to 80-minute games though.


NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS VS NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS

Saturday, August 17th, 3:00pm, Macdonald Jones Stadium

Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Kurt Mann 3. Hymel Hunt 4. Tautau Moga 5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 6. Mason Lino 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. David Klemmer 9. Connor Watson 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Mitchell Barnett 13. Josh King

Interchange: 14. Jacob Saifiti 15. Herman Ese’ese 16. Sione Mata’utia 17. Aidan Guerra

Reserves: 18. Jamie Buhrer 19. Chris Randall 20. Jirah Momoisea 21. Danny Levi

Ins:

  • Chris Randall
  • Herman Ese’ese
  • Jamie Buhrer
  • Jirah Momoisea
  • Josh King

Outs:

  • Tim Glasby

Wenins’ Analysis

Connor Watson returns to starting hooker with Danny Levi is dropped to the reserves. Tim Glasby (concussion) is replaced at lock by Josh King. The new man on the bench is Herman Ese’ese.

Match-up Preview:

The Cowboys have been a shambles of late.

  • They have conceded the most amount of points to right edge 2RFs and lock forwards
  • They have conceded over 60 PPG to HOKs
  • They have conceded over 50 PPG to right centres

Players of Interest:

Kalyn Ponga – What has happened to the gun? That’s now two sub-50 scores in a row after not producing a score under 60 since round 3. Now is his time to fight back with a match-up against his old side, who he has averaged 64 PPG against over his career and they have conceded 55 PPG to FLBs this season.

Mitchell Barnett – That was an impressive try last weekend but unfortunately it was off a kick so no LB for him. The Cowboys have been dreadful defending right edge 2RFs this year and Barnett could be set for another big score.

Connor Watson – He played just 35 minutes last round with Levi in the side but he looks to be the sole hooker for this weekends match and is a definite play for your 17.


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

Interchange: 14. Reuben Cotter 15. John Asiata 16. Scott Bolton 17. Francis Molo

Reserves: 18. Peter Hola 19. Tom Gilbert 20. Corey Jensen 21. Murray Taulagi

Ins:

  • Corey Jensen
  • Jordan Kahu
  • Jordan McLean
  • Murray Taulagi
  • Reuben Cotter
  • Tom Gilbert

Outs:

  • Gideon Gela-Mosby
  • Josh McGuire

Wenins’ Analysis

Jordan McLean is back after missing last week with a calf injury. Matt Scott holds his starting spot due to Josh McGuire being suspended for three weeks. Jordan Kahu is back from injury on the wing so Gideon Gela-Mosby drops out. The other change is Reuben Cotter elevated to the bench at the expense of Peter Hola.

Match-up Preview:

Knights fans will be hoping for a turnaround and quick. Their recent form has been horrific, winning just once in the past five games.

  • They have conceded over 56 PPG to left edge 2RFs
  • They have conceded the least amount of points to locks

Players of Interest:

Jason Taumalolo – His minutes have been way down over the past two weeks but he could be set for a boost with McGuire set to miss through suspension. With that being said, the Knights have conceded the least amount of points to locks this year.


MELBOURNE STORM VS CANBERRA RAIDERS

Saturday, August 17th, 5:30pm, AAMI Park

Storm: 1. Jahrome Hughes 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Will Chambers 4. Justin Olam 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. Tui Kamikamica 15. Tui Faasuamaleaui 16. Joe Stimson 17. Ryan Papenhuyzen

Reserves: 18. Solomone Kata 19. Max King 20. Tino Faasuamaleaui 21. Sandor Earl

Ins:

  • Jahrome Hughes
  • Max King
  • Ryan Papenhuyzen
  • Sandor Earl
  • Tom Eisenhuth

Outs:

  • Nicho Hynes

Wenins’ Analysis

Jahrome Hughes returns at fullback, with Nicho Hynes dropped. The only other change is on the bench where Ryan Papenhuyzen replaces Billy Walters.

Match-up Preview:

This shapes as an absolute cracker and potentially an important game for SuperCoaches, with the Storm a chance to lock up the minor premiership.

The Raiders have been one of the harder teams to score against this season and interestingly just two Roosters forwards scored over 60 points against them last weekend.

  • They have conceded very few points to 2RF forwards (ave under 50 PPG)
  • They have conceded the second most amount of points to locks
  • They have conceded the least amount of points to left wingers

Players of Interest:

Cameron Munster – He’s been on absolute fire of late with scores of 94 and 127 but now comes up against a side that has conceded under 50 PPG to left sided halves and he scored just 41 points against them in Canberra in round 2.

Cameron Smith – He’s overtaken Damien Cook as the must-own HOK with four tons in five weeks.

Kenny Bromwich – Bromwich looks set for a challenging match-up against a very good Canberra defence and could be a sit.


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

Interchange: 14. Bailey Simonsson 15. Dunamis Lui 16. Corey Horsburgh 17. Ryan Sutton

Reserves: 18. Sam Williams 19. Hudson Young 20. Siliva Havili 21. Emre Guler

Ins:

  • Emre Guler
  • Hudson Young
  • Joseph Leilua
  • Sam Williams

Outs:

Nil

Wenins’ Analysis

Joey Leilua returns after a long lay-off with a neck injury, seeing Nick Cotric shift to the wing and Bailey Simonsson to the bench. Siliva Havili has been dropped to the reserves.

Match-up Preview:

The Raiders suffered their first defeat in a few weeks last round and they face arguably their toughest test of the year this weekend against the Storm.

It’s no surprise that the Storm are SuperCoach killers with just three Souths players exceeding the 60 point barrier last round.

  • They feature in the bottom three for points conceded in every position with exception to left centre and wing

Players of Interest:

Josh Papalii – The original Big Papi has been putting up some big scores of late with a 5RA average of 73 PPG. This has coincided with two tries in the past five weeks but excluding those two games, his scores have still been very impressive.

Jarrod Croker – He could be your best bet for points this weekend with left centres averaging close to 50 PPG against the Storm. He scored 80 against them in round 2.

John Bateman – Bateman is very close to becoming a ‘set and forget’ captain option with a 5RA average of 80. This will be a test but he scored 65 points against the Storm in round 2.


SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS VS CANTERBURY BULLDOGS

Saturday, August 17th, 7:30pm, ANZ Stadium

Rabbitohs: 1. Adam Doueihi 2. Dane Gagai 3. James Roberts 4. Braidon Burns 5. Campbell Graham 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Sam Burgess 9. Damien Cook 10. Liam Knights 11. Ethan Lowe 12. Jaydn Su’A 13. Cameron Murray

Interchange: 14. Thomas Burgess 15. John Sutton 16. Dean Britt 17. Tevita Tatola

Reserves: 18. Mark Nicholls 20. Corey Allan 21. Bayley Sironen 21. Connor Tracey

Ins:

  • Bayley Sironen
  • Braidon Burns
  • Connor Tracey
  • Jaydn Su’A
  • Sam Burgess

Outs:

  • Kyle Turner

Wenins’ Analysis

Sam Burgess returns from a quad injury, seeing Junior Tatola drop to the bench. Jaydn Su’A has been recalled, pushing Dean Britt to the bench. Braidon Burns is back from a hamstring injury in the centres, Kyle Turner is out, while Mark Nicholls and Corey Allan drop out of the side.

Match-up Preview:

Three weeks ago we would have been marking this one up as an easy win and target match-up for SuperCoach, however; the Bulldogs have lifted over recent weeks. With that being said, three Tigers players produced in excess of 90 points last weekend.

  • They have conceded over 60 PPG to FLBs
  • They conceded over 60 PPG to wingers
  • They have conceded 57 PPG to right centres

Players of Interest:

Damien Cook – He’s clearly been overtaken by Smith as the number one HOK in the game of late with a 5RA of 68. However, he still looms as a possible captain option with the right match-up given he has produced scores over 91 and 80 over the past three weeks. He averages close to 60 PPG over his career against the Bulldogs and produced 69 points against them in round 6.

Dane Gagai & James Roberts – Both look to have favourable match-ups this weekend but aren’t really relevant for SuperCoach.


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

Interchange: 14. Jeremy Marshall-King 15. Renouf Toomaga 16. Danny Fualalo 17. Raymond Faitala-Mariner

Reserves: 19. Morgan Harper 20. Kieran Foran 21. Adam Elliot 22 Ofahiki Ogden

Ins:

  • Adam Elliott
  • Kieran Foran
  • Morgan Harper
  • Ofahiki Ogden

Outs:

Nil

Wenins’ Analysis

No changes.

Match-up Preview:

Up until last weekends match against the Storm, Souths hadn’t been conceding much in the way of SuperCoach points over the course of the season. They now face a much-improved Bulldogs.

  • They have conceded 50 PPG to right centres

Players of Interest:

Will Hopoate – He comes off a below-par performance against the Tigers but now faces a side that has conceded 50 PPG to right centres.


SYDNEY ROOSTERS VS NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS

Sunday, August 18th, 2:00pm, SCG

Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Latrell Mitchell 4. Joey Manu 5. Brett Morris 6. Luke Keary 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Sam Verrills 10. Isaac Liu 11. Angus Crichton 12. Mitch Aubusson 13. Victor Radley

Interchange: 14. Nat Butcher 15. Zane Tetevano 16. Poasa Faamausili17. Sitili Tupouniua

Reserves: 18. Lindsay Collins 19. Billy Smith 20. Lachlan Lam 21. Boyd Cordner

Ins:

  • Billy Smith
  • Boyd Cordner
  • Lachlan Lam
  • Lindsay Collins

Outs:

Nil

Wenins’ Analysis

Boyd Cordner is eyeing a potential return after being named among the reserves.

Match-up Preview:

The Warriors were impressive last weekend against the Sea Eagles but face a big test this round against the premiers.

  • They have conceded 54 PPG to left edge 2RFs
  • They have conceded 61 PPG to right edge 2RFs
  • They have conceded 56 PPG to left halves
  • They have conceded 54 PPG to right halves

Players of Interest:

Angus Crichton – Crichton has been back to the 2018 version of late while Boyd Cordner has been out injured. As long as he holds onto his starting position then he is a play for your 17 but with Cordner named within the reserves, keep an eye out for late mail.

Luke Keary – The Warriors have conceded 56 PPG to left halves and Kearys last few games have gone like this: 105, 54, 96, 26, 110, 53….

Victor Radley – The permanent shift to starting lock has done wonders for Radley’s SuperCoach average, reflected in his 5RA of 73. However, there have been plenty of attacking statistics included in these scores and last weekend was his first full 80-minute game at lock this year. The Warriors have conceded 51 PPG to lock forwards this year.


Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. Adam Pompey 3. Peta Hiku 4. Gerard Beale 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Chanel Harris-Tavita 7. Blake Green 8. Agnatius Paasi 9. Jazz Tevaga 10. Leeson Ah Mau 11. Adam Blair 12. Isaiah Papali’i 13. Lachlan Burr

Interchange: 14. Adam Keighran 15. Sam Lisone 16. Bunty Afoa 17. Ligi Sao

Reserves: 18. Kodi Nikorima 20. Blake Ayshford 21. Leivaha Pulu 22. Hayze Perham

Ins:

  • Blake Ayshford
  • Hayze Perham
  • Kodi Nikorima
  • Leivaha Pulu

Outs:

Nil

Wenins’ Analysis

No changes, but Kodi Nikorima has been included in the reserves after missing last week with an ankle injury

Match-up Preview:

The Roosters seem to be firing up at the right time of the season and this could end in tears for the Warriors.

  • They have conceded the second most amount of points to FRFs
  • They have conceded the most amount of points to left edge 2RFs
  • They have conceded just 38 PPG to left wingers

Players of Interest:

Ken Maumalo – A double saw him prove the doubters wrong in what were very challenging conditions for wingers last weekend. However, that was a great match-up against a side that leaked the most amount of points to left wingers this season. Flip the script here with the Roosters conceding practically the least amount of points to left wingers in 2019. Not only is he the leading try scorer in the competition but his base for a winger is sensational. However, this shapes as a difficult match-up for him as does the remaining games this season.

Jazz Tevaga – Tevaga once again starts at hooker with Issac Luke out. He played 60 minutes last weekend which is perhaps a sign of things to come and was set for a relatively average score before crossing for a try late. I’d be tempted to sit him this weekend.


CRONULLA SHARKS VS ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS

Sunday, August 18th, 4:05pm, PointsBet Stadium

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

Interchange: 14. Kurt Capewell 15. Jack Williams 16. Billy Magoulias 17. Braden Hamlin-Uele

Reserves: 18. Jayson Bukuya 19. Blayke Brailey 20. Ronaldo Mulitalo 21. Kyle Flanagan

Ins:

  • Billy Magoulias
  • Blayke Brailey
  • Jayson Bukuya
  • Kyle Flanagan
  • Matt Moylan

Outs:

  • Andrew Fifita

Wenins’ Analysis

Matt Moylan is back from a concussion injury, so Josh Dugan reverts to the centres, Josh Morris shifts to the wing and Ronaldo Mulitalo is omitted. Andrew Fifita is out with a knee injury and his place has been taken by Billy Magoulias after another disappointing outing.

Match-up Preview:

The Dragons have been conceding plenty of SuperCoach points this year and even allowed the Titans to put on 28 points in real life on them last round. This looks like a great match-up for the Sharks.

  • They have conceded over 60 PPG to right edge 2RFs
  • They have conceded over 66 PPG to FLBs this year
  • They have conceded over 57 PPG to left sided halves
  • They have conceded over 55 PPG to right wingers
  • They have conceded over 50 PPG to left centres
  • They have conceded just 35 PPG to right centres

Players of Interest:

Bronson Xerri – He was a sit for me last weekend but we are back to Shark Park, where he has averaged 65 PPG this year and he put 134 on the Dragons away from home in round 11. Lock him in.

Shaun Johnson – He’s just going too well to leave out of your 17, which I sadly experienced last weekend.

Briton Nikora – The Dragons concede over 60 PPG to right edge 2RFs this year.

Wade Graham – He has been in killer form since returning to injury and there is no reason to suggest that this won’t continue this weekend. A reasonable run home, including three of four games at home, makes him an interesting POD option.


Dragons: 1. Corey Norman 2. Jason Saab 3. Euan Aitken 4. Tim Lafai 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Gareth Widdop 7. Ben Hunt 8. James Graham 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Patrick Kaufusi 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Tyson Frizell

Interchange: 14. Jeremy Latimore 15. Korbin Sims 16. Blake Lawrie 17. Jackson Ford

Reserves: 18. Tristan Sailor 19. Josh Kerr 20. Reece Robson 21. Zac Lomax

Ins:

  • Blake Lawrie
  • Josh Kerr
  • Reece Robson
  • Tristan Sailor
  • Zac Lomax

Outs:

  • Tariq Sims

Wenins’ Analysis

Luciano Leilua replaces the injured Tariq Sims, who is out for the rest of the season after undergoing groin surgery. Blake Lawrie comes onto the bench in the only other change.

Match-up Preview:

They are not going to play the Titans every weekend and this looms as a much tougher ask the Sharks, who have been in good form of late and particularly at home.

  • They have conceded 53 PPG to FRFs
  • They have conceded under 50 PPG to right edge 2RFs
  • They have conceded just 43 PPG to FLBs

Players of Interest:

Paul Vaughan – Vaughan is hitting 2017 form right now with a 5RA of 65 and shapes as a solid POD option for the run home at just 7% ownership. He’s one of the few FRF’s that is half a chance of attacking points, which has been evident over recent weeks but he also consistently puts up big base week-in-week out. I’ll be looking at him as one of my trade options for Staggs this week.

Gareth Widdop – It was a great match-up last weekend but this shapes as a much tougher outing with the Sharks highly unlikely to gift Widdop with seven goal kicking opportunities. They have also conceded just 43 PPG to FLBs this season.

Ben Hunt – Whilst the Sharks will be a tougher match-up to the Titans, they have still conceded 53 PPG to right halves this season. He’s a potential POD play with another match-up against the Titans to come

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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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    Sorjas
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    Thanks Wenin, Great stuff as always.

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    Thanks Wenin. I miss the bye weeks when it was easy to pick your starting 17

    OnTheBus
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    Thanks , regarding Momorovski as a tiges fan i hope he scores a hatrick and the match winner after last week’s goal kick

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    Thank you Wenin. Just letting you know Titans v Eels is at CBus not Bankwest

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    Thanks Wenin. Dartboard getting another run this week.

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    Thanks Wenin!

    Which VC/C combo do you think is better?

    A: VC Turbo, C Moses

    B: VC Moses, C Teddy

    C: VC Moses, C CS9

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    great write up wenin, but im glad i didnt listen to u and played munster last week !

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    whats your thoughts on SJ Capt?

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    Great stuff wenin!

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    Great stuff Wenin, as always. You and JT form a great team – love the sound of the Welder’s Dog being sipped down on the podcast. Hope you guys lake a late season run on Guy and CF! See yah! smile

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    …’make a long season run’! wink