Well, we have finally come to the end and haven’t they served up a bitch of a TLT for us.
It’s been a pleasure covering the ins and outs for you over the course of the year.
Until 2020, stay safe.
RABBITOHS v ROOSTERS
Thursday 5th September, ANZ Stadium, 7.50pm
Rabbitohs: 1. Adam Doueihi 2. Alex Johnston 3. Campbell Graham 4. Dane Gagai 5. Corey Allan 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Sam Burgess 9. Damien Cook 10. Liam Knight 11. John Sutton 12. Jaydn Su’A 13. Cameron Murray
Interchange: 14. Ethan Lowe 15. Tom Amone 16. Tevita Tatola 17. Mark Nicholls
Reserves: 18. Bayley Sironen 19. Connor Tracey 20. Kurt Dillon 21. Mawene Hiroti
Tom Amone replaces the injured Kyle Turner on the bench in the only change.
The Roosters have conceded under 50 PPG to locks over the past five weeks, but Cameron Murray will be a vital inclusion for your 17 this week given the number of outs.
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. Boyd Cordner 12. Mitch Aubusson 13. Victor Radley
Interchange: 14. Lindsay Collins 15. Zane Tetevano 16. Nat Butcher 17. Angus Crichton
Reserves: 18. Billy Smith 19. Sitili Tupouniua 20. Poasa Faamausili 21. Drew Hutchison
Massive changes for the Roosters with Boyd Cordner (calf) and Cooper Cronk (eye) back. Cordner’s return sees Angus Crichton go back to the bench, while Siosiua Taukeiaho is out with a rib problem.
James Tedesco has been named, which is fantastic given the carnage that has hit this round but watch for the late mail… South’s have conceded the least amount of points to fullbacks over the past five rounds, so perhaps there are better VC options for the round.
Those who jumped on Crichton will no doubt be upset that Cordner couldn’t wait until week one of the finals to return.
EELS v SEA EAGLES
Friday 6th September, Bankwest Stadium, 6pm
Eels: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Michael Jennings 4. Waqa Blake 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. Marata Niukore
Interchange: 14. Brad Takairangi 15. Daniel Alvaro 16. Ray Stone 17. Tepai Moeroa
Reserves: 18. David Gower 19. Will Smith 20. Peni Terepo 21. Josh Hoffman
Tepai Moeroa and Ray Stone move to the bench at the expense of Peni Terepo and David Gower. Marata Niukore has been named to start at lock, with Daniel Alvaro shifting back to the bench
The Eels are back at BankWest for the final home and away game of the season. Mitchell Moses owners will be hoping that he can bounce back after a dismal 14 last round and while he certainly loves this venue, Manly have conceded just 40 PPG to right-sided halves.
Sea Eagles: 1. Brendan Elliot 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Brad Parker 4. Moses Suli 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Dylan Walker 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. Martin Taupau 11. Corey Waddell 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic
Interchange: 14. Manase Fainu 15. Sean Keppie 16. Lloyd Perrett 17. Taniela Paseka
Reserves: 18. Lachlan Croker 19. Tevita Funa 20. Cade Cust 21.Haumole Olakau’atu
The big news of the week is the loss of Tom Trbojevic for the rest of the season. He has been replaced by Brendan Elliot, while Jack Gosiewski is also out, as is Morgan Boyle. Corey Waddell moves into the starting side and Sean Keppie will make his debut, while Lloyd Perrett joins the bench.
The loss of Turbo is a massive dagger and for those of you who still have a trade up your sleeve, you have a massive advantage this week.
If you’ve somehow dodged a few bullets in the team announcements then you should seriously consider benching Jake Trbojevic. He’s not relevant for SuperCoach right now and the Eels have conceded under 55 PPG to locks over the past five rounds.
STORM v COWBOYS
Friday 6th September, AAMI Park, 7.55pm
Storm: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Will Chambers 4. Justin Olam 5. Sandor Earl 6. Brodie Croft 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane
Interchange: 14. Max King 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Tino Faasuamaleaui 17. Tom Eisenhuth
Reserves: 18. Curtis Scott 19. Joe Stimson 20. Billy Walters 21. Harry Grant
Cameron Munster is out with a shoulder injury and has been replaced by Brodie Croft. Josh Addo-Carr has been rested, seeing Sandor Earl come onto the wing. Tui Kamikamica is back from an arm injury and Brandon Smith is rested.
The loss of Munster is obviously massive, but the naming of Cameron Smith is somewhat surprising given the Storm have locked up the minor premiership.
Ryan Papenhuyzen is an obvious replacement for Turbo but we really want him to slow down a bit in order to protect his starting price for next year….
Sander Earl’s inclusion could impact the loopers.
Cowboys: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Jordan Kahu 4. Tom Opacic 5. Murray Taulagi 6. John Asiata 7. Michael Morgan 8. Scott Bolton 9. Jake Granville 10. Jordan McLean 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Shane Wright 13. Jason Taumalolo
Interchange: 14. Josh McGuire 15. Coen Hess 16. Peter Hola 17. Francis Molo
Reserves: 18. Corey Jensen 19. Reuben Cotter 20. Tom Gilbert 21. Jake Clifford
Josh McGuire returns from suspension with Reuben Cotter making way.
It’s a tough match-up for Jason Taumalolo and with McGuire back in the side, we should probably temper our expectations for the Tongan international.
RAIDERS v WARRIORS
Saturday 7th September, GIO Stadium, 3pm
Raiders: 1. Bailey Simonsson 2. Michael Oldfield 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Nick Cotric 5. Sebastian Kris 6. Jack Wighton 7. Aidan Sezer 8. Josh Papalii 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Dunamis Lui 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Ryan Sutton
Interchange: 14. Siliva Havili 15. Emre Guler 16. Corey Horsburgh 17. JJ Collins
Reserves: 18. Sam Williams 19. Joseph Tapine 20. Jordan Rapana 21. Tom Starling
Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Jordan Rapana, Iosia Soliola and John Bateman are all being rested! Bailey Simonsson goes to fullback and his wing spot is taken by Michael Oldfield, while Sebastian Kris takes Rapana’s place on the opposite wing. Hudson Young will start and Emre Guler is added to the bench.
It’s serious carnage for SuperCoach with Bateman headlining the outs for the Raiders. He’s been brilliant all year for us but can be traded out for a CTW/2RF gun/POD.
Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. David Fusitu’a 3. Adam Pompey 4. Blake Ayshford 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. Bunty Afoa 16. Ligi Sao 17. Adam Keighran
Reserves: 18. Josh Curran 20. Taane Milne 21. Hayze Perham 22. Leivaha Pulu
Blake Ayshford replaces Peta Hiku (shoulder) in the centres, while Chanel Harris-Tavita and Sam Lisone are also out. The new faces on the bench are Bunty Afoa and Adam Keighran.
Ken Maumalo will be hoping to capitalise against an understrength Raiders. Left wingers have averaged 45 PPG against Canberra over the past five rounds.
Jazz Tevaga will be a handy inclusion for SuperCoach sides this round.
BULLDOGS v BRONCOS
Saturday 7th September, ANZ Stadium, 5.30pm
Bulldogs: 1. Will Hopoate 2. Nick Meaney 3. Morgan Harper 4. Reimis Smith 5. Jayden Okunbor 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. Isaiah Tass 21. Fa’amanu Brown 22 Ofahiki Ogden
Dallin Watene-Zelezniak is out with a knee injury, seeing Will Hopoate shift to fullback and Morgan Harper comes into the centres. Reimis Smith will play centre on his return from suspension, while Kerrod Holland is out with a shoulder injury.
No real SuperCoach interest here, just a frustrating steak bet defeat.
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. Matt Gillett 13. Patrick Carrigan
Interchange: 14. James Segeyaro 15. Thomas Flegler 16. Izaia Perese 17. Rhys Kennedy
Reserves: 18. Sean O’Sullivan 19. Gehamat Shibasaki 20. Shaun Fensom 21. Joe Ofahengaue
Jake Turpin replaces Sean O’Sullivan in the halves, while Gehamat Shibasaki has also been relegated to the reserves, replaced on the bench by Izaia Perese.
The Bulldogs are no longer easy beats and have conceded under 55 PPG to fullbacks over past five weeks, which includes Tedesco’s 99 in round 19, so Milford will sit once again for me this weekend.
TITANS v DRAGONS
Saturday 7th September, Cbus Super Stadium, 7.35pm
Titans: 1. Michael Gordon 2. Jesse Arthars 3. Tyrone Peachey 4. Brian Kelly 5. Phillip Sami 6. Alexander Brimson 7. Ryley Jacks 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Mitch Rein 10. Jai Arrow 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Sam Stone 13. Nathan Peats
Interchange: 14. Tanah Boyd 15. Jai Whitbread 16. Bryce Cartwright 17. Jack Stockwell
Reserves: 18. Will Matthew 19. Kallum Watkins 20. Ashley Taylor 21. Anthony Don
Kallum Watkins has been dropped so Tyrone Peachey moves from five-eighth to centre and AJ Brimson comes into the starting to replace Peachey in the halves. Mitch Rein returns from suspension at hooker, seeing Nathan Peats shift to lock and Jai Arrow to prop to replace the injured Moeaki Fotuaika. The new face on the bench is Jack Stockwell.
Dragons: 1. Corey Norman 2. Tristan Sailor 3. Euan Aitken 4. Tim Lafai 5. Jonus Pearson 6. Gareth Widdop 7. Ben Hunt 8. James Graham 9. Reece Robson 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Jackson Ford 13. Blake Lawrie
Interchange: 14. Jeremy Latimore 15. Korbin Sims 16. Luciano Leilua 17. Josh Kerr
Reserves: 18. Patrick Kaufusi 19. Zac Lomax 20. Matt Dufty 21. Jacob Host
Corey Norman returns from injury to start at fullback with Tristan Sailor shifting to the wing and Zac Lomax has been named among the reserves after suffering a heavy hit to the head. Reece Robson comes in at hooker for Cameron McInnes, who is unfortunately out with a broken leg. Blake Lawrie has been promoted to the starting side and Luciano Leilua goes to the bench. Jeremy Latimore gets a spot on the bench with Patrick Kaufusi dropping out.
The Dragons have been horrible this year but their players have killed it in SuperCoach against the Titans, as has everyone else. Play them all this weekend as it could get messy once again. I am even flirting with the idea of making Paul Vaughan my captain.
TIGERS v SHARKS
Sunday 8th September, Leichhardt Oval, 2pm
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. Moses Mbye 21. Robbie Farah
Moses Mbye and Robbie Farah have named among the reserves, while Josh Reynolds has been named at hooker after coming off the bench last week so Ryan Matterson goes to lock and Matthew Eisenhuth and drops to the bench.
Watch for late changes here with both Mbye and Farah a chance to play.
Matterson’s shift to lock may not have too much of an impact on his SuperCoach output given he produced 61 points in 67 minutes last weekend.
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. Kyle Flanagan 21. Matt Moylan
Shaun Johnson has been included after being a very late out last round, while Sosaia Feki (groin) returns on the wing at the expense of Sione Katoa. Jack Williams replaces Jason Bukuya on the bench and Matt Moylan has been named among the reserves.
The return of Johnson is great news for SuperCoaches particularly with the number of outs we are faced with this weekend. He may be joined by Moylan, who has been named in the reserves.
Wests have conceded just 36 PPG to left centres over the past five rounds and we know how much better Bronson Xerri generally performs at home vs. away. If you can, maybe it’s an opportunistic week to rest the rookie.
PANTHERS v KNIGHTS
Sunday 8th September, Panthers Stadium, 4.05pm
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. Wayde Egan 10. Moses Leota 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Liam Martin 13. James Fisher-Harris
Interchange: 14. Jarome Luai 15. Spencer Leniu 16. Billy Burns 17. Reagan Campbell-Gillard
Reserves: 18. Sione Katoa 19. Hame Sele 20. Josh Mansour 21. Kaide Ellis
Wayde Egan will start at hooker, with Sione Katoa dropped to the reserves and Jarome Luai has been named on the bench.
The one week that I decided to bench Viliame Kikau he just has to score a try in the third minute. I can’t bench him again given he is up against a side that has conceded 80, 56, 43, 91 and 45 to left edge forwards over the past five weeks.
Brian To’o could be a smart play ahead of Xerri this round with the Knights conceding 60 PPG to right wingers over the past six weeks.
Nathan Cleary has been in a form slump of late but comes up against a side that has conceded 74 PPG to right sided halves (including two tons!) over the past five rounds this weekend. He’s a legitimate captain option.
Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Bradman Best 3. Sione Mata’utia 4. Hymel Hunt 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. Tim Glasby
Interchange: 14. Kurt Mann 15. Herman Ese’ese 16. Josh King 17. Aidan Guerra
Reserves: 18. Jacob Saifiti 19. Jamie Buhrer 20. Jirah Momoisea 21. Starford Toa
Lachlan Fitzgibbon returns to the starting side, with Aidan Guerra shifting to the bench, while Kurt Mann is named on the pine with Jacob Saifiti dropping out.
Kayln Ponga has a 5RA of just 55.