Wenin’s Teams Analysis – Round 12

For the millionth weekend in a row, I have not nailed the captain pick. Man, I thought the Tedesco pick would be 100% correct, but we did not see that Broncos performance coming. Also, not owning Turbo is simply a death wish right now, and without him in my side, it saw the Wenin’s slip outside the top 6k with a score of 1,404.

Onto the teams.

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Thursday, 7.50pm, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Broncos: 1. Jamayne Isaako 2. Xavier Coates 3. Herbie Farnworth 4. Jesse Arthurs 5. David Mead 6. Anthony Milford 7. Albert Kelly 8. Rhys Kennedy 9. Jake Turpin 10. Payne Haas 11. Keenan Palasia 12. Tevita Pangai Junior 13. Thomas Flegler

Bench: 14. Kobe Hetherington 15. John Asiata 16. Ethan Bullemor 17. TC Robati

Reserves: 18. Dale Copley 19. Selwyn Cobbo 20. Richard Kennar 21. Cory Paix


  • Tyson Gamble (suspension, round 13)
  • Matt Lodge (suspension, round 13)
  • Jordan Riki (suspension, round 13)
  • Kotoni Staggs (knee, round 13-14)
  • Alex Glenn (calf, round 13-14)
  • Brodie Croft (knee, round 15-17)
  • Ben Te’o (biceps, round 18)
  • Patrick Carrigan (knee, season)


  • Anthony Milford
  • Cory Paix
  • Herbie Farnworth
  • Richard Kennar
  • Selwyn Cobbo


  • Matthew Lodge
  • Tyson Gamble

Teams Analysis

Matthew Lodge and Tyson Gamble are both out suspended and replaced in the starting side by Rhys Kennedy and Anthony Milford, respectively. Teui Robati will make his debut from the bench.

Thomas Flegler looks like a relatively safe, cheap(ish) selection, particularly with the news that Lodge looks set to depart soon to the Knights. Someone will have to take his minutes. At $334k, he will provide you with a handy number for round 13 while also adding depth to your FRF spot.

Keenan Palasia scored 81 points in his season debut and has held onto the starting second row position. However, Jordan Riki and Alex Glenn are both possible inclusions next week.

Storm: 1. Nicho Hynes 2. George Jennings 3. Reimis Smith 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Chris Lewis 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Brandon Smith 10. Christian Welch 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Tom Eisenhuth 13. Dale Finucane

Bench: 14. Aaron Booth 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Trent Loiero 17. Nelson Asofa-Solomona

Reserves: 18. Dean Ieremia 19. Isaac Lumelume 20. Aaron Pene 21. Cooper Johns


  • Kenny Bromwich (hamstring, round 13)
  • Ryley Jacks (concussion, round 13)
  • Harry Grant (hamstring, Origin I)
  • Cameron Munster (foot, Origin I)
  • Brenko Lee (calf, round 14)
  • Ryan Papenhuyzen (concussion, round 14-15)
  • Darryn Schonig (knee, round 15-17)
  • Tyson Smoothy (knee, indefinite)
  • Max King (Achilles, indefinite)


  • Dean Ieremia
  • Isaac Lumelume
  • Jahrome Hughes



Teams Analysis

The big news here is that Cameron Munster and Ryan Papenhuyzen remain on the sidelines. This makes Munster a sell for me as I was only holding him for this match-up.

Jahrome Hughes is back after missing last week with a calf injury, and I will be adding him to my side at the expense of Sam Walker. Hughes is expensive but covers round 13, and since round four, his lowest score has been 52 for an average of 87 PPG.

Nicho Hynes just continues to be an incredible asset and could even be worth over $900k by the time Pappy is fit and back in the side.

Brandon Smith is an option for round 13 and has been scoring well since round 6. However, he’s not a keeper with Harry Grant due back after the byes and with Aaron Booth named in the #14 jersey, he’s unlikely to play the full 80 minutes against the Broncos.


Friday, 6pm, QCB Stadium, Townsville

Cowboys: 1. Valentine Holmes 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Javid Bowen 4. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Jake Clifford 8. Tom Gilbert 9. Reece Robson 10. Jordan McLean 11. Shane Wright 12. Mitch Dunn 13. Coen Hess

Bench: 14. Jake Granville 15. Peta Hola 16. Corey Jensen 17. Heilum Luki

Reserves: 18. Justin O’Neill 19. Ben Condon 20. Daejarn Asi 21. Emry Pere


  • Jason Taumalolo (suspension, round 13)
  • Lachlan Burr (suspension, round 13)
  • Francis Molo (head knock, round 14)
  • Justin O’Neill (knee, round 14)
  • Connelly Lemuelu (thumb, round 18)
  • Reuben Cotter (foot, round 19-20)
  • Ben Hampton (pectoral, round 19-21)


  • Ben Condon
  • Coen Hess
  • Corey Jensen
  • Emry Pere
  • Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow
  • Justin O’Neill
  • Peter Hol


  • Francis Molo
  • Jason Taumalolo
  • Lachlan Burr

Teams Analysis

Plenty of changes here for the Cowboys, with the most relevant SuperCoach wise being the suspension of Jason Taumalolo. He will miss just one week and has been replaced at lock by Coen Hess. Javid Bowen has also held onto a centres spot despite Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow’s return due to the injury suffered by Connelly Lemuelu.

Valentine Holmes has been incredible this year and looms as a must have post Origin.

Warriors: 1. Reece Walsh 2. Marcelo Montoya 3. Adam Pompey 4. Euan Aitken 5. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Chanel Harris-Tavita 8. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 9. Wayde Egan 10. Kane Evans 11. Jack Murchie 12. Eliesa Katoa 13. Tohu Harris

Bench: 14. Jazz Tevaga 15. Leeson Ah Mau 16. Bunty Afoa 17. Ben Murdoch-Masila

Reserves: 18. Taniela Otukolo 20. Rocco Berry 21. Sean O’Sullivan 22. Jackson Frei


  • Josh Curran (elbow, round 13-15)
  • Tom Ale (ankle, round 13-15)
  • Addin Fonua-Blake (knee, round 19-20)
  • David Fusitu’a (hamstring, indefinite)
  • Bayley Sironen (knee, indefinite)
  • Peta Hiku (shoulder, season)


  • Jackson Frei
  • Rocco Berry
  • Sean O’Sullivan
  • Taniela Otukolo


Edward Kosi

Teams Analysis

No changes here of note.

Josh Curran remains sidelined but could be back straight after their bye, which makes him a hold unless you need to move him on for cash or round 13 numbers.

Rhys Walsh, wow. However, he will be over $500k come round 14 and be a tricky player to add into our squads, given that he is only available at fullback. The Warriors also play the Storm in 14 but have some easier matches after that against the Knights, Dragons and Sharks before an encounter with the Panthers in 17.

Tohu Harris is a must from round 14, as may Kodi Nikorima, with the Warriors dual positioned HB/FE averaging 71 PPG this year. Nikorima has found some consistency, too, failing to score under 60 since the round 7 encounter against the Storm.


Friday, 7.55pm, Bankwest Stadium, Sydney

Tigers: 1. Daine Laurie 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Adam Doueihi 4. Tommy Talau 5. James Roberts 6. Moses Mbye 7. Luke Brooks 8. James Tamou 9. Jacob Liddle 10. Alex Twal 11. Luke Garner 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Joe Ofahengaue

Bench: 14. Tom Amone 15. Shawn Blore 16. Alex Seyfarth 17. Thomas Mikaele

Reserves: 18. Michael Chee-Kam 19. Jake Simpkin 20. Stefano Utoikamanu 21. Kiah Cooper


  • James Roberts (shoulder, round 12)
  • Russell Packer (knee, round 13)
  • Asu Kepaoa (knee, season)


  • James Roberts
  • Kiah Cooper
  • Stefano Utoikamanu
  • Tom Amone


  • Joseph Leilua

Teams Analysis

Annoyingly, Tom Amone has been added to the bench instead of Stefano Utoikamanu. However, he’s still a chance of being a body for us in round 13. Apart from that, there’s not too much else to note apart from the fact that Adam Doueihi remains in the centres despite the return of James Roberts as Roberts shifts to the wing with Tommy Talau replacing Joey Leilua in the centres.

I’m wary of adding too many more Tigers to my side for round 13 as they face the Panthers, Eels, Storm and Souths before their bye. That’s a lot tougher than their past month.

Dragons: 1. Cody Ramsey 2. Brayden Wiliame 3. Jack Bird 4. Gerard Beale 5. Jordan Pereira 6. Corey Norman 7. Ben Hunt 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Billy Burns 12. Tariq Sims 13. Jackson Ford

Bench: 14. Talatau Amone 15. Poasa Faamausili 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Jaiyden Hunt

Reserves: 18. Kaide Ellis 19. Adam Clune 20. Jayden Sullivan 21. Billy Brittain


  • Jaiyden Hunt (head knock, round 12)
  • Josh Kerr (suspension, round 13)
  • Max Feagai (head knock, round 13)
  • Mikaele Ravalawa (suspension, round 13)
  • Zac Lomax (thumb, round 14-15)
  • Josh McGuire (suspension, round 16)
  • Tyrell Fuimaono (suspension, round 16)
  • Mat Feagai (ankle, round 17)
  • Matt Dufty (shoulder, indefinite)
  • Cameron McInnes (knee, season)
  • Jack de Belin (stood down)


  • Billy Brittain
  • Brayden Wiliame
  • Gerard Beale
  • Jayden Sullivan
  • Tariq Sims


  • Josh Kerr
  • Max Feagai

Teams Analysis

Of SuperCoach interest, Cody Ramsey must pass HIA protocols to be able to play this weekend.

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Saturday, 3pm, BlueBet Stadium, Penrith

Panthers: 1. Stephen Crichton 2. Charlie Staines 3. Paul Momirovski 4. Matt Burton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Moses Leota 9. Api Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo

Bench: 14. Tyrone May 15. Scott Sorensen 16. Matthew Eisenhuth 17. Spencer Leniu

Reserves: 18. Mitch Kenny 19. Robert Jennings 20. Lindsay Smith 21. Izack Tago


  • Moses Leota (shoulder, round 12) 
  • Kurt Capewell (suspension, round 13)
  • Dylan Edwards (hamstring, round 13) 
  • J’maine Hopgood (ankle, round 13)


  • Izack Tago
  • Lindsay Smith
  • Mitch Kenny
  • Moses Leota


  • Kurt Capewell

Teams Analysis

Kurt Capewell is out, which is a real shame given the quality of the opposition. However, he was probably in line for an early shower. This sees Liam Martin come into the starting side, which is a real boost for new owners.

Nathan Cleary is unstoppable right now, and possibly the only thing that may prevent him from cracking the record again this weekend would be a tap on the shoulder from his dad and an order to rest.

My other trade for the week (at this stage) is to bring in Matt Burton as a replacement for Cameron Munster. While some may see it as chasing last week’s points, my position is this. He faces the Bulldogs. Oh, you want more? Ok, he will likely cover round 13, and with a 123 point game in his rolling average, we should see some nice price rises before moving him onto Shaun Johnson/Cody Walker from round 14/15. Interestingly, he is the most traded in player for the round at the moment, which does surprise me somewhat.

Jarome Luai is going to be very ripe for the picking come round 13, however, there is a legitimate risk that he could be joining Cleary in the NSW’s side.

Bulldogs: 1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 2. Nick Cotric 3. Will Hopoate 4. Aaron Schoupp 5. Nick Meaney 6. Brandon Wakeham 7. Jake Averillo 8. Jack Hetherington 9. Jackson Topine 10. Luke Thompson 11. Adam Elliott 12. Matt Doorey 13. Josh Jackson

Bench: 14. Brad Deitz 15. Joe Stimson 16. Dylan Napa 17. Ava Seumanufagai

Reserves: 19. Kyle Flanagan 20. Corey Waddell 21. Tuipulotu Katoa 23. Renouf Ato


  • Sione Katoa (suspension, round 13)
  • Chris Smith (suspension, round 13)
  • Jeremy Marshall-King (foot, round 14)
  • Lachlan Lewis (ribs, round 14)
  • Corey Allan (shoulder, round 14)
  • Jayden Okunbor (knee, round 16)
  • Raymond Faitala-Mariner (foot, round 18-22)
  • Christian Crichton (knee, season)


  • Jack Hetherington
  • Jackson Topine
  • Joe Stimson
  • Josh Jackson
  • Kyle Flanagan
  • Tuipulotu Katoa


  • Chris Smith
  • Ofahiki Ogden
  • Sione Katoa

Teams Analysis

With Jack Hetherington and Josh Jackson back, it would be worth waiting to see how this impacts Luke Thompson before acquiring him. Thompson is proving to be one of the better POD’s of 2021, with a season average of 72 PPG. He has scored under 60 just once in seven games.

Jackson Topine replaces Sione Katoa, which could be very important come round 14. I have had Topine sitting on my pine for a while now, so I hope that he gets a good crack at it and can give me another number for round 17.


Saturday, 5.30pm, Stadium Australia, Sydney

Rabbitohs: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Alex Johnston 3. Dane Gagai 4. Campbell Graham 5. Taane Milne 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Jai Arrow 9. Damien Cook 10. Tevita Tatola 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jacob Host 13. Cam Murray

Bench: 14. Benji Marshall 15. Mark Nicholls 16. Hame Sele 17. Thomas Burgess

Reserves: 18. Liam Knight 19. Jaydn Su’A 20. Patrick Mago 21. Braidon Burns


  • Tautau Moga (suspension, round 12)
  • Josh Mansour (head knock, round 14)
  • Jaxson Paulo (wrist, round 15)
  • Brock Gardner (Achilles, indefinite)


  • Cameron Murray
  • Hame Sele
  • Jacob Host
  • Patrick Mago
  • Taane Milne


  • Jed Cartwright
  • Josh Mansour

Teams Analysis

Cameron Murray is a huge inclusion for Souths and also possibly for NSW should he perform well.

Josh Mansour is out with a head knock after scoring a try last weekend. When he returns, he could be a great buy, given that he could be priced under $400k come round 17. However, Souths play the Broncos, Tigers, Cowboys and the Bulldogs from rounds 14 to 18, so he is one to consider as soon as he returns seriously.

Cody Walker will become very popular come round 14 and for good reason given his current value and that draw.

Eels: 1. Clint Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Tom Opacic 4. Waqa Blake 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Jakob Arthur 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Oregon Kaufusi 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Isaiah Papali’i 12. Ryan Matterson 13. Nathan Brown

Bench: 14. Marata Niukore 15. Shaun Lane 16. Joey Lussick 17. Bryce Cartwright

Reserves: 18. Haze Dunster 19. Makahesi Makatoa 20. Will Penisini 21. Jordan Rankin


  • Marata Niukore (suspension, round 12)
  • Dylan Brown (suspension, round 13)
  • Reagan Campbell-Gillard (suspension, round 13)
  • Will Smith (thumb, round 13-14)
  • Keegan Hipgrave (suspension, round 14)


  • Jordan Rankin
  • Makahesi Makatoa
  • Marata Niukore
  • Will Penisini


  • Reagan Campbell-Gillard

Teams Analysis

No changes of note for SuperCoach.

Ryan Matterson played just 59 minutes last weekend, and I didn’t note an injury, so perhaps just part of the rotation? That was good news for Isaiah Papali’i, who played 69 minutes.

Reed Mahoney’s wheels have well and truly fallen off, with the Eels hooker posting scores of 33, 45 and 50 over the past three weeks. The 33 was injury impacted, but he has played 80 and 70 minutes over the past two games. I was previously bringing him in for Munster this week or next but have now gone cold.

Clint Gutherson is simply no match for the big boys at fullback and I will be shifting him out of my side come round 14. Possibly even for Latrell Mitchell given the Bunnies draw.


Saturday, 7.35pm, Central Coast Stadium, Gosford

Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Josh Morris 4. Joseph Manu 5. Matt Ikuvalu 6. Lachlan Lam 7. Sam Walker 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Ben Marschke 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Angus Crichton 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Isaac Liu

Bench: 14. Adam Keighran 15. Nat Butcher 16. Daniel Suluka-Fifita 17. Fletcher Baker

Reserves: 18. Tuku Hau Tapuha 19. Naufahu Whyte 20. Egan Butcher 21. Joseph Suaalii


  • Victor Radley (suspension, TBD)
  • Josh Morris (back, round 12)
  • Freddy Lussick (arm, round 14)
  • Boyd Cordner (concussion, round 14)
  • Sam Verrills (eye, round 14-16)
  • Drew Hutchison (ribs/punctured lung, round 16-17)
  • Billy Smith (shoulder, mid-season)
  • Luke Keary (knee, season)
  • Brett Morris (knee, season)
  • Lindsay Collins (knee, season)


  • Daniel Suluka-Fifita
  • Josh Morris
  • Naufahu Whyte
  • Tuku Hau Tapuha


  • Victor Radley

Teams Analysis

Josh Morris returns, seeing Joseph Suaalii drop to the bench, while Victor Radley is suspended and replaced at lock by Isaac Liu. Angus Crichton may still miss as he awaits his fate at the tribunal tonight.

I was not expecting that scoreline last weekend, not even as a one-eyed Broncos fan. However, Sitili Tupouniua was still able to create a bit of havoc, and it could have been a bigger score had it not have been for a HIA that saw him miss ten minutes of the game. The one I got wrong was the addition of Matt Ikuvalu; however, I am still feeling pretty comfortable with him finishing in the top 6 CTW’s at the end of the season.

Sam Walker’s time is up for me this week before he starts to hemorrhage any more cash. With a BE of 126 and an 11 in his rolling average, he could fall to $450k by round 16. After that, it’s a matchup with the Bulldogs, making him a prime trade in candidate for the round 17 bye.

Raiders: 1. Caleb Aekins 2. Bailey Simonsson 3. Sebastian Kris 4. Curtis Scott 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Sam Williams 8. Dunamis Lui 9. Tom Starling 10. Emre Guler 11. Corey Harawira-Naera 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Ryan Sutton

Bench: 14. Josh Hodgson 15. Sia Soliola 16. Corey Horsburgh 17. Ryan James

Reserves: 18. Elijah Anderson 19. Harry Rushton 20. Brad Schneider 21. Hudson Young


  • Elliott Whitehead (finger, round 12)
  • Albert Hopoate (shoulder, round 12)
  • Joseph Tapine (knee, round 13-14)
  • Josh Papalii (suspension, round 14) 
  • Harley Smith-Shields (biceps, round 20)
  • Jarrod Croker (knee, indefinite)
  • Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (neck, season)


  • Elijah Anderson
  • Harry Rushton
  • Iosia Soliola
  • Jack Wighton
  • Jordan Rapana
  • Josh Hodgson


  • George Williams
  • Matthew Timoko
  • Semi Valemei

Teams Analysis

George Williams has played his last game for the Raiders, with Canberra announcing his immediate release today. Sam Williams looks like the short to medium term answer as his replacement.

The return of Jack Wighton, Jordan Rapana and Josh Hodgson will be a big boost. However, Hodgson has been named to start from the bench.

Corey Harawira-Naera has proved to be a very handy selection, with the Raiders edge forward increasing in value by $105k and with a BE of 11, it is set to continue. However, he will still be relatively affordable come round 14 for those looking for another round 17 number.

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Sunday, 2pm, Coffs International Stadium, Coffs Harbour

Sharks: 1. Will Kennedy 2. Connor Tracey 3. Will Chambers 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Matt Moylan 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Aaron Woods 11. Briton Nikora 12. Wade Graham 13. Toby Rudolf

Bench: 14. Braydon Trindall 15. Siosifa Talakai 16. Jack Williams 17. Andrew Fifita

Reserves: 18. Chad Townsend 19. Billy Magoulias 20. Franklin Pele 21. Jenson Taumoepeau


  • Shaun Johnson (hamstring, round 12)
  • Siosifa Talakai (suspension, round 12)
  • Ronaldo Mulitalo (knee, round 12)
  • Jesse Ramien (eye socket, round 12-14)
  • Sione Katoa (knee, round 14)
  • Josh Dugan (suspension, round 14)
  • Teig Wilton (suspension, round 14)
  • Jackson Ferris (foot, round 14)
  • Mawene Hiroti (suspension, round 14)
  • Braden Hamlin-Uele (ankle, round 15-16)
  • Royce Hunt (knee, indefinite)


  • Andrew Fifita
  • Jenson Taumoepeau
  • Jesse Ramien
  • Ronaldo Mulitalo
  • Shaun Johnson
  • Siosifa Talakai


  • Josh Dugan
  • Mawene Hiroti
  • Teig Wilton

Teams Analysis

Shaun Johnson is back and is another round 14 target.

William Kennedy, who tonned up on the weekend, is also one to watch. I raised him as an option a couple of weeks ago but was kind of hoping that he kept it in the bag pre bye. The Sharks draw is nice from round 15 onwards.

Titans: 1. AJ Brimson 2. Anthony Don 3. Brian Kelly 4. Patrick Herbert 5. Phillip Sami 6. Tanah Boyd 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Mitch Rein 10. Moeaki Fotuaika 11. Kevin Proctor 12. David Fifita 13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui

Bench: 14. Erin Clark 15. Beau Fermor 16. Jaimin Jolliffe 17. Sam McIntyre

Reserves: 18. Esan Marsters 19. Jai Whitbread 20. Jayden Campbell 21. Ash Taylor


  • Tyrone Peachey (suspension, round 13)
  • Herman Ese’ese (suspension, round 14)
  • Sam Lisone (pectoral, round 15)
  • Jonus Pearson (knee, round 15)
  • Corey Thompson (ankle, round 15-16)


  • Ashley Taylor
  • David Fifita
  • Jayden Campbell
  • Patrick Herbert


  • Sam Stone

Teams Analysis

David Fifita is a huge inclusion after serving his two match suspension. This sees Beau Fermor drop to the bench.

I should have stuck with my own advice and brought in Brian Kelly last weekend, but the lure of the Roosters vs. Broncos was too much for me. It cost me 60 points in the end, but I decided not to add him because of the Titans draw ahead with matches against the Storm, Roosters, Manly, Raiders, and the Eels. Therefore, I am staying clear and will be looking towards round 17 with better draws instead.


Sunday, 4.05, McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle

Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Starford To’a 3. Enari Tuala 4. Bradman Best 5. Brayden Musgrove 6. Kurt Mann 7. Phoenix Crossland 8. David Klemmer 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 13. Mitchell Barnett

Bench: 14. Connor Watson 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Sauaso Sue 17. Brodie Jones

Reserves: 18. Tex Hoy 19. Josh King 20. Simi Sasagi 21. Jack Johns


  • Bradman Best (hamstring, round 12)
  • Kalyn Ponga (groin, round 12)
  • Bailey Hodgson (knee, round 13)
  • Dom Young (knee, round 13)
  • Mitchell Pearce (pectoral, round 14-16)
  • Hymel Hunt (hamstring, indefinite)
  • Edrick Lee (foot, indefinite)
  • Jirah Momoisea (Achilles, indefinite)
  • Chris Randall (wrist, indefinite)
  • Pasami Saulo (leg, season)


  • Bradman Best
  • Jack Johns
  • Josh King
  • Kalyn Ponga


  • Blake Green

Teams Analysis

Rest easy Knights fans, your saviour is back. Yes, Bradman Best has been named after being a late out last weekend.

Just kidding. Of course, it’s Kalyn Ponga who has been named to save the Knights from a horrific form slump. Depending on the makeup of the Storm team post round 13, I would seriously consider trading Hynes to Ponga for a massive profit then.

Back to Best. It’s time to shine, champion.

Connor Watson and Mitchell Barnett can enjoy two more weeks in our sides before being moved on. Watson to Damien Cook looks enticing, while Barnett to Harris is done and dusted come round 14.

Sea Eagles: 1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jason Saab 3. Brad Parker 4. Morgan Harper 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Josh Schuster 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Taniela Paseka 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Marty Taupau 11. Karl Lawton 12. Sean Keppie 13. Jake Trbojevic

Bench: 14. Curtis Sironen 15. Moses Suli 16. Zac Saddler 17. Toafofoa Sipley

Reserves: 18. Ben Trbojevic 19. Tevita Funa 20. Christian Tuipulotu 21. Jorge Taufua


  • Dylan Walker (hamstring, round 14)
  • Haumole Olakau’atu (head knock, round 14)
  • Kieran Foran (broken hand, round 14-15)
  • Jack Gosiewski (foot, round 17)
  • Josh Aloiai (wrist, round 20)
  • Cade Cust (hamstring, indefinite)
  • Andrew Davey (knee, season)
  • Morgan Boyle (shoulder, season)
  • Manase Fainu (stood down, indefinite)


  • Ben Trbojevic
  • Curtis Sironen
  • Jorge Taufua
  • Tevita Funa


  • Haumole Olakau’atu

Teams Analysis

Curtis Sironon will be a very welcomed inclusion to this side. He will start from the bench but should force his way back into the starting side soon, if not by this weekend. It will be interesting to see how Josh Schuster and he fit into this lineup once Kieran Foran returns from injury.

Not owning Tom Trbojevic is proving to be disastrous. It’s not ideal to trade him in the week before Origin duties, but he is a must, regardless of price. It’s honestly a “break side” situation. Thankfully, for those with Hynes, the jump might not be too much if you have the right duals.

It’s worth holding onto Jason Saab with Manly set to face the Cowboys, Titans, Bulldogs and Canberra following the bye.

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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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kylo klokstad
kylo klokstad (@kylo)
20 days ago

What can I say. You’ve crushed it again Wenin. Lots of good points to consider for this round and the weeks to come.
I can empathise the pain of no turbo but hoping there will be some upsides to not having him. Maybe…

Trade-a-holic (@trade-a-holic)
20 days ago

Great read as always Wenin. I think you will find that Lodge is suspended for 1 week (took the early plea) rather than injured.

ch00nz (@ch00nz)
Reply to  Trade-a-holic
20 days ago

same for gamble

Massive attack
Massive attack (@massive-attack)
20 days ago

Thanks Wenin

The Duke
The Duke (@the-duke)
20 days ago

Thanks again for the write up, Wenin. It’s going to fun not watching any League for the rest of the year and following Supercoach.

stormers (@pete)
20 days ago

Watson to cook is sideways

Dunners (@jamesdunlop3)
20 days ago

Thoughts on Chris Lewis as a quick cash grab over the next couple of weeks?

moon the loon
moon the loon (@moon-the-loon)
Reply to  Dunners
19 days ago

Suspended this week

Pool Man
Pool Man (@paulo)
20 days ago

Thanks Wenin, another great read.

Serc (@serc)
20 days ago

Always make sure I schedule an extra 10-20 mins on top of the time taken to actually read this, so I can explore some of your suggested players to keep an eye on each week – thanks again!

Parramaniac (@dpjames)
19 days ago

Does anyone know what happened to Ken Mamaulo? Have him in draft and not listed as injured

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