Wenin’s Teams Analysis – R23

If you don’t own a Storm player for this weekends match-up against the Titans then it’s probably best not to log into SuperCoach. Things could get very ugly!


We have just three rounds left and two more TLT’s after this one so it is really starting to heat up at the top.

There aren’t too many notable in’s today but there are certainly some key out’s or question marks including, Tevita Pangai, Jason Taumalolo, Boyd Cordner (positive impact on Angus Crichton), Braidon Burns, Matt Moylan, Connor Watson and Josh Mansour. While Issac Luke’s return sees Jazz Tevaga shift to his more SuperCoach friendly position of lock.


Make sure you check out JT’s Weekend Roundup for round 22 and Lakey’s NFL Fantasy Preview.


Thurs 22 Aug, Bankwest Stadium, 7.50pm

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. Jaeman Salmon

In: Junior Paulo

Out: Tepai Moeroa

Wenins’ Analysis

Junior Paulo is back, seeing Daniel Alvaro shift to the bench and Tepai Moeroa drops to the reserves.

Match-up Preview:

You would have marked this one down as an easy win for the Eels and a SuperCoach smorgasbord for their players but not so much anymore with the Bulldogs winning three of their last five.

The Bulldogs had been conceding plenty of points to fullbacks, wingers and centres this season but that has dried up late. With that being said, this game is at BankWest and we all know how well the Eels have been scoring there since it opened this year.

Players of Interest:

  • Mitch Moses, Maika Sivo and Waqa Blake – All are are start options this Thursday, with Moses being a legitimate VC option for the round.
  • Clint Gutherson – Despite an appealing run of match-ups he has produced scores of just 33, 56 and 47. As long as he continues to spend time at hooker he is unplayable in SuperCoach.
  • Manu Ma’u – He’s a must for the non-owners and if you are fortunate enough to own him then he is a definite VC option for this round with a high enough ceiling as shown in his score of 132 last weekend.

Bulldogs: 1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 2. Nick Meaney 3. Kerrod Holland 4. Will Hopoate 5. Reimis Smith 6. Kieran Foran 7. Lachlan Lewis 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Dylan Napa 11. Josh Jackson 12. Corey Harawira-Naera 13. Adam Elliott

Interchange: 14. Jack Cogger 15. Renouf Toomaga 16. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 17. Chris Smith

Reserves: 19. Danny Fualalo 20. Morgan Harper 21. Michael Lichaa 22 Ofahiki Ogden

In: Nil

Out: Nil

Wenins’ Analysis

No changes for the resurgent Bulldogs

Match-up Preview:

The Eels have conceded the most amount of points to props this year, whilst also conceding points to both halves and fullbacks.

Players of Interest:

  • Aiden Tolman – He has a 3RA of 68 PPG thanks to his minutes surging over this time. If you exclude the injury affected round 17, he has a season average of 62, which exceeds Andrew Fifita’s output this year. Given the Eels propensity to concede points to FRF’s this year, Tolman is a definite start if you own him.
  • Corey Harawira-Naera – With a 3RA average of 67, CHN is proving to be a valuable CTW POD option in the run home. With that being said, the Eels have conceded the least amount of points to left edge 2RFs this year.

Will he, won’t he?


Fri 23 Aug, 1300SMILES Stadium, 6pm

Cowboys: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Jordan Kahu 4. Tom Opacic 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Michael Morgan 7. Jake Clifford 8. Scott Bolton 9. Jake Granville 10. Jordan McLean 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Shane Wright 13. John Asiata

Interchange: 14. Reuben Cotter 15. Coen Hess 16. Peter Hola 17. Francis Molo

Reserves: 18. Jason Taumalolo 19. Tom Gilbert 20. Corey Jensen 21. Gideon Gela-Mosby

In: Murray Taulagi

Out: Matt Scott

Wenins’ Analysis

In shocking news today, it has become known that Matt Scott suffered a stroke on Sunday night and therefore he will miss this Friday’s game. In other and less dramatic team news…Scott Bolton has been named to start, while Coen Hess drops to the bench. Jordan Kahu shifts from wing to centre, with Murray Taulagi promoted to start on the wing.

Jason Taumalolo has only been named as far as the reserves and it beggars belief why he would be risked for what is effectively a dead-rubber for the Cowboys. Unless of course, Paul Green plays SuperCoach….

Match-up Preview:

The Panthers have been relatively difficult to score against this year but they have conceded over 60 PPG to right edge 2RFs.

Players of Interest:

  • Michael Morgan – “Captain Morgo” as JT has crowned him for the next three weeks. So, let’s start a #CaptainMorgowatch section within the analysis. Penrith concedes on average 45 PPG to right edge halves and Morgan averages close to 60 PPG at home this year, so what can JT expect from his captain this round? My tip, 55 points (or 110). What’s yours?
  • Jason Taumalolo – Should ‘Lolo’ be named, then with Josh McGuire still out of the side I will be starting him.

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

Interchange: 14. Jarome Luai 15. Spencer Leniu 16. Moses Leota 17. Reagan Campbell-Gillard

Reserves: 18. Wayde Egan 19. William Burns 20. Malakai Watene-Zelezniak 21. Hame Sele

In: Stephen Crichton, Jarome Luai

Out: Josh Mansour, Sione Katoa

Wenins’ Analysis

Josh Mansour has been dropped with Stephen Crichton replacing him on the wing. Jarome Luai is back from an eye injury and gets a spot on the bench. Isaah Yeo has been named to start and Moses Leota is on the bench but they may swap again on game day as they did last week. Sione Katoa drops out altogether.

Match-up Preview:

The Cowboys have been conceding plenty of SuperCoach points of late, with forwards in particular scoring well against them. In addition to this, right centres have been averaging over 50 in games against the LOLBoys, including Tautau Mogas 12 last weekend.

Players of Interest:

  • Brian To’o – Right centres may have been scoring better than right wingers against the Cowboys (given that Javid Bowen has played seven games at left centre this year) but I can’t overlook To’o this round. He is almost a play ever round.
  • Nathan Cleary – He wasn’t able to fully capitalise on scoring a try against the Broncos last round but he gets another shot but this time against at a bottom four side this weekend and therefore you can’t leave him out.
  • Viliame Kikau – Either he’s injured or just plain unfit given how long it takes him to get back into the attacking/defensive line. But, he is such an attacking weapon on either the left or right edge (switched throughout last weeks game) that you can’t leave him out. Hopefully, he plays on the right on Friday night…

Pangai is a big out for the rest of 2019.


Fri 23 Aug, Suncorp Stadium, 7.55pm

Broncos: 1. Anthony Milford 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Alex Glenn 5. Jamayne Isaako 6. Darius Boyd 7. Sean O’Sullivan 8. Matthew Lodge 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Payne Haas 11. David Fifita 12. Matt Gillett 13. Joe Ofahengaue

Interchange: 14. James Segeyaro 15. Thomas Flegler 16. Gehamat Shibasaki 17. Pat Carrigan

Reserves: 18. Rhys Kennedy 19. Izaia Perese 20. Shaun Fensom 21. Fanitesi Niu

In: Matt Gillett, Alex Glenn, Sean O’Sullivan

Out: Tevita Pangai, Jake Turpin, Izaia Perese

Wenins’ Analysis

There are three changes for the Broncos with two forced due to suspension. Tevita Pangai and Jake Turpin have been replaced by Matt Gillett and Sean O’Sullivan, while Alex Glenn returns from a knee injury so Gehamat Shibasaki goes to the bench and Izaia Perese drops to the reserves.

Match-up Preview:

The Rabbitohs have been very poor of late but are still not conceding too much in the way of SuperCoach points. However, they have conceded over 50 PPG to right centres.

Players of Interest:

  • Kotoni Staggs – He was back to his best last weekend with a try and plenty of other attacking stats. If you still own him then he is a play this round against the Rabbitohs. He may run circles around Kyle Turner.
  • Anthony Milford – You simply can’t play him. His base is that bad that he scored under 40 points last round despite a try assist, a line break assist and a try contribution. Let it go, Wilfred.
  • Payne Haas – It may not be the worst decision to leave the captain’s armband on him for the rest of the season. He is so consistent and has massive upside as we saw last round.

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

Interchange: 14. Mark Nicholls 15. Ethan Lowe 16. Dean Britt 17. Tevita Tatola

Reserves: 18. Tom Amone 20. Corey Allan 21. Bayley Sironen 21. Connor Tracey

In: Mark Nicholls, Kyle Turner

Out: Braiden Burns, Thomas Burgess

Wenins’ Analysis

Braidon Burns is out with a hamstring injury and he has been replaced at left centre by Kyle Turner. Prop Tom Burgess (knee) is out so Liam Knight moves into the starting side and Mark Nicholls comes onto the bench. John Sutton returns to the starting side at the expense of Ethan Lowe.  Sam Burgess has been named despite straining his quad last weekend.

Match-up Preview:

Despite being quite average on the field over the past month, they haven’t been conceding too many SuperCoach points, with Brian To’o produced the most against them last weekend with 70. However, they have conceded the most amount of points to hookers this season.

Players of Interest:

  • Damian Cook – He returned to his best last round with 82 points against the Bulldogs. The Broncos have conceded the most amount of points to hookers this year, including massive scores to Cameron Smith and Cameron McInnes. Now it is Cook’s turn to hurt the Broncos.
  • Cameron Murray – He scored at 1 PPM against the Bulldogs but played under 60 minutes which therefore impacted his output and there were effectively zero attacking statistics. Interestingly, he produced scores of just 35 and 40 against the Broncos last year but both of these were in sub 45-minute games. With the Broncos conceding close to 55 PPG to locks this year, I am backing Murray in for a bounce-back game.


Sat 24 Aug, PointsBet Stadium, 3pm

Sharks: 1. Josh Dugan 2. Sosaia Feki 3. Bronson Xerri 4. Josh Morris 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 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. Andrew Fifita 17. Braden Hamlin-Uele

Reserves: 18. Billy Magoulias 19. Blayke Brailey 20. Sione Katoa 21. Kyle Flanagan

In: Andrew Fifita, Ronaldo Mulitalo

Out: Matt Moylan, Billy Magoulias

Wenins’ Analysis

Matt Moylan is sidelined with a hamstring injury, seeing Josh Dugan shift to fullback and Ronaldo Mulitalo comes onto the wing. Andrew Fifita returns from a knee injury on the bench and Billy Magoulias drops out.

Match-up Preview:

The Warriors have been conceding plenty of points to halves and 2RFs this year and this was proven true once again last weekend with both Luke Keary and Angus Crichton going large.

Players of Interest:

  • Shaun Johnson – With a 5RA of 80, SJ is a must-start every week. He faces his old team this weekend so will have a little bit extra to play for.
  • Bronson Xerri – You know what to do, lock him in when he plays at Shark Park.
  • Andrew Fifita – It’s slightly tempting to bring him into your 17 against the Warriors but until he gets his starting spot back, I won’t be playing him.

Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. David Fusitu’a 3. Peta Hiku 4. Patrick Herbert 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Chanel Harris-Tavita 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.Kodi Nikorima

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

In: David Fusitu’a, Issac Luke, Patrick Herbert

Out: Adam Pompey, Gerard Beale, Ligi Sao

Wenins’ Analysis

David Fusitu’a returns in place of Adam Pompey, while Patrick Herbert will play his first game back in a while and he has been recalled for the injured Gerard Beale. Isaac Luke is back as the starting hooker, seeing Jazz Tevaga move to lock and Lachlan Burr drop to the bench. Ligi Sao shifts from the bench to the reserves.

Match-up Preview:

The Sharks have been difficult to score against and particularly at Shark Park. Last Sunday was no exception with the only playing scoring over 60 points without a try being Cameron McInnes.

Players of Interest:

  • Jazz Tevaga – Jazz hands could manage just 20 points in 62 minutes (including a massive -10 points from penalties and errors) so I can understand why people are getting a bit gunshy on playing him this round. However, he reverts back to lock where has averaged 73 points in five games this year and is a chance to play big minutes again with Kodi Nikorima on the bench.
  • Ken Maumalo – It was a relatively quiet weekend for Maumalo on the weekend with just 17 runs compared to 22 and 21 over the past two weeks. His recent scores have been 104, 52, 91, 45, 95, 45, 96, 36 – so it seems like his due to for another try and another big score.


Sat 24 Aug, Campbelltown Stadium, 5.30pm

Tigers: 1. Corey Thompson 2. Robert Jennings 3. Paul Momirovski 4. Esan Marsters 5. David Nofoaluma 6. Benji Marshall 7. Luke Brooks 8. Thomas Mikaele 9. Josh Reynolds 10. Oliver Clark 11. Luke Garner 12. Chris Lawrence 13. Ryan Matterson

Interchange: 14. Matthew Eisenhuth 15. Elijah Taylor 16. Alex Twal 17. Michael Chee-Kam

Reserves: 18. Tommy Talau 19. Chris McQueen 20. Sam McIntyre

In: Josh Reynolds, Luke Garner, Robert Jennings

Out: Tommy Talau, Chris McQueen, Jacob Libble

Wenins’ Analysis

Josh Reynolds returns at hooker due to Jacob Liddle’s unfortunate ACL injury last weekend. Luke Garner is back after a week’s suspension. Paul Momirovski shifts to centre at the expense of Tommy Talau and Robert Jennings has been recalled as the starting winger. Chris Lawrence returns to the starting line-up, seeing Michael Chee Kam drop to the bench and Chris McQueen relegated to the reserves. Thomas Mikaele has been named to start at prop, with Matt Eisenhuth moving back to the bench.

Match-up Preview:

The Knights finally got back into the winner’s circle last weekend and not one Cowboy player scored over 60 points against them.

Their defence in the middle has prevented lock forwards from producing too much damage against them at under 50 PPG.

Players of Interest:

  • Ryan Matterson – Tax, death and 60 points for Matto at lock. It’s boring, I know, but when you’re playing a few POD’s in your 17 who may flop, then it pays to have a consistent scoring 2RF in your side.

Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Hymel Hunt 3. Sione Mata’utia 4. Tautau Moga 5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 6. Mason Lino 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. David Klemmer 9. Danny Levi 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Mitchell Barnett 13. Josh King

Interchange: 14. Kurt Mann 15. Herman Ese’ese 16. Jacob Saifiti 17. Aidan Guerra

Reserves: 18. Jamie Buhrer 19. Chris Randall 20. Bradman Best 21. Tim Glasby

In: Danny Levi

Out: Connor Watson

Wenins’ Analysis

Danny Levi comes in at hooker as a replacement for Connor Watson, who is out with an MCL injury. Hymel Hunt shifts to the centre and Sione Mata’utia goes to the wing, while Tim Glasby returns only as far as the reserves following concussion protocols seeing him miss last weekend.

Match-up Preview:

The Tigers were outplayed by the Sea Eagles last Thursday but it was at Lottoland and the Sea Eagles are just pretty good.

They have conceded the most of points to left centres but have conceded under 40 PPG to left edge halves this season.

Players of Interest:

  • Kayln Ponga – He was back to his very best last weekend with 105 points against the Cowboys, while Tom Trbojevic cracked the 100 against the Tigers last weekend to lift their average points conceded against fullbacks this season to over 56 PPG.
  • Mitch Barnett – He is in some form with a 3RA of 80 PPG. This was exactly the reason why I picked him as a bye round cover earlier this year but we all know how that panned out.


Sat 24 Aug, Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, 7.35pm

Dragons: 1. Corey Norman 2. Zac Lomax 3. Euan Aitken 4. Tim Lafai 5. Jonus Pearson 6. Gareth Widdop 7. Ben Hunt 8. James Graham 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Jackson Ford 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Tyson Frizell

Interchange: 14. Jeremy Latimore 15. Korbin Sims 16. Blake Lawrie 17. Patrick Kaufusi

Reserves: 18. Tristan Sailor 19. Josh Kerr 20. Jacob Host 21. Mikaele Ravalawa

In: Jonus Pearson

Out: Mikaele Ravalawa

Wenins’ Analysis

Jonus Pearson replaces Mikaele Ravalawa, who has been dropped to the reserves. Jackson Ford has been promoted to the starting side with Patrick Kaufusi goes to the bench.

Match-up preview:

It seems like the Roosters are warming up nicely in time for the finals. Despite having less possession than the Warriors last weekend they smashed them by close to 40 points and only one Warrior produced more than 60 points against them last weekend.

Over the season they have conceded plenty of points to FRFs and left edge 2RFs.

Players of Interest:

Paul Vaughan – He was very quiet last weekend with just 43 points in 50 minutes compared with 90 the week before against the Titans. He comes up against a side that has conceded over 55 points to FRFs this year and with Vaughan producing 57 points in 44 minutes earlier this season, I think that he can bounce back.

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 Faamausili 17. Siosiua Taukeiaho

Reserves: 18. Lindsay Collins 19. Lachlan Lam 20. Billy Smith 21. Sitili Tupouniua

In: Siosiua Taukeiaho

Out: Sitili Tupouniua

Wenins’ Analysis

Sitili Tupouniua drops from the bench to the reserves to make way for the return of Siosiua Taukeiaho

Match-up Preview:

The Dragons have been one of the major disappointments this season but were slightly unlucky against Cronulla last weekend.

They have been conceding SuperCoach points at a rate that is only second to the Titans this year with right edge 2RFs and FLBs averaging over 60 against them. Right centres have conceded just 35 points against them this season compared to left centres at over 50 PPG.

Players of Interest:

  • James Tedesco – It shapes as another great opportunity to captain Teddy this round with the Dragons conceding over 65 PPG to FLBs this year.
  • Latrell Mitchell – He was one point shy of toning up last weekend but may get there this round against a side that has conceded over 50 PPG to left centres in 2019.
  • Angus Crichton – He has scores of 80, 74 and 101 without Boyd Cordner, which is exactly the scores that we thought he was capable of during the pre-season. At under 5% ownership, he remains a great POD whilst Cordner is out injured.

Plenty of try celebrations ahead for the Storm.


Sun 25 Aug, AAMI Park, 2pm

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. Brandon Smith 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Joe Stimson 17. Ryan Papenhuyzen

Reserves: 18. Curtis Scott 19. Tom Eisenhuth 20. Max King 21. Harry Grant

In: Brandon Smith

Out: Tino Faasuamaleaui

Wenins’ Analysis

Only the one change for the Storm with Brandon Smith coming back on to the bench and Tino Faasuamaleaui dumped to the reserves.

Match-up Preview:

Put simply, this could get very ugly. The Storm will be fired up following their shock loss at home last weekend and the Titans are a complete and utter disgrace right now.

Players of Interest:

I am not going to spend any time telling you to play your Storm players. If you own them, play them and consider captaining the likes of Cameron Smith (although he could get an early shower) and Cameron Munster.

For those looking at POD options, you could target the likes of Kenny Bromwich and Josh Addo-Carr.

Titans: 1. Michael Gordon 2. Jesse Arthars 3. Kallum Watkins 4. Brian Kelly 5. Phillip Sami 6. Tyrone Peachey 7. Ryley Jacks 8. Moeaki Fotuaika 9. Mitch Rein 10. Jai Arrow 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Sam Stone 13. Nathan Peats

Interchange: 14. Alexander Brimson 15. Jai Whitbread 16. Jarrod Wallace 17. Brenko Lee

Reserves: 18. Bryce Cartwright 19. Tanah Boyd 20. Anthony Don 21. Jack Stockwell

In: Jarrod Wallace

Out: Bryce Cartwright

Wenins’ Analysis

Jarrod Wallace returns, while Michael Gordon takes over at fullback from AJ Brimson who moves to the bench. Jai Arrow has been named at prop and Nathan Peats at lock. Bryce Cartwright has been dropped to the reserves.

Match-up Preview:

The Storm have conceded the least amount of SuperCoach points this season but you well and truly know that by now.

Players of Interest:

Jai Arrow – Just going to make note of his output to finish the season with an eye ahead on 2020. In round 22 he produced 47 points in 55 minutes, which is hardly setting the world on fire. He will cheap again next year but maybe for good reason.


Sun 25 Aug, GIO Stadium, 4.05pm

Raiders: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Nick Cotric 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. Ryan Sutton

Interchange: 14. Bailey Simonsson 15. Dunamis Lui 16. Corey Horsburgh 17. Hudson Young

Reserves: 18. Sam Williams 19. Siliva Havili 20. Emre Guler 21. Michael Oldfield

In: Hudson Young

Out: Joe Tapine

Wenins’ Analysis

Joseph Tapine is out with a rib injury, seeing Ryan Sutton reclaim a starting spot at lock and Hudson Young comes onto the bench.

Match-up Preview:

The Sea Eagles were back to their best last weekend after a disappointing loss to the Warriors the weekend before.

Whilst they have been largely difficult to score against they have conceded the most amount of points to left wingers and over 60 PPG to lock forwards this year.

Players of Interest:

Josh Papalii – He proved himself to be a legitimate POD option for your front row with 83 points scored against the Storm last round. This included a try but he has scored three in the past four weeks.

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. Cade Cust 21. Lloyd Perrett

In: Nil

Out: Nil

Wenins’ Analysis

No changes for the Sea Eagles

Match-up Preview:

The Raiders have been one of the harder teams to score against this season and this proved to be the case once again last round with just one Storm player scoring over 60 points against them. However, they have conceded the second most amount of points to locks this year.

Players of Interest:

  • Jake Trbojevic – What has happened to Jake? It’s amazing to think that he started the year priced at $667k but now is barely above $500k. A 5RA of less than 60 PPG doesn’t help and this is despite playing an average of 77 minutes per game over this time period. His PPM is way off at under 0.77 over this time, with his pure base output down to 56 PPG compared to 60 PPG up until the first bye round. He’s effectively playing as a second 5/8 which is reducing his hit-ups and ultimately hurting his SuperCoach output. The Raiders have conceded the most amount of points to lock forwards this year but he is not getting through enough work at the moment to make him a ‘must-play’ in this instance. With that being said, he has averaged over 70 PPG to sides in the top eight this year, which may suggest that he is being deployed in a different role against these better sides.

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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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    Thanks Wenin
    Quality work as always


    Thanks Wenin. Playing Staggs over Jurbo is tempting for me this week. Don’t own any Storm players either, which is scary. Have one trade left though, so considering bringing in KBrom


    Great work


    is jake t a trade to papalii etc?


    1 trade left and Ranked 30th. I feel like if I don’t have Munster this week, I may lose sight of the Top 10. However, I would need to trade one of SJ, Cleary, Moses or Ponga… My depth in the forwards is also being tested atm with Lolo, Fifita and TKO riding the pine (still have enough depth to sit Tapau, but it’s running thin)

    Is it worth dropping a gun half for Munster? Or potentially take a risk on KBrom? Or just hold the trade?

    moon the loon
    moon the loon

    Firstly congratulations on your year so far. Trust yourself, your decision making is obviously good


    Didn’t ever think this might be close but just out of interest. Who scores most ?
    TU Gutho (hooker time?)
    TD DWZ (Dogs starting to find something & Eels let points to FBs)
    Gutho put a big score on them in an early round. Can he do something here?


    If he can’t do it against the Titans it’s not a great sign.