Wenin’s Teams Analysis – Round 19

Just a normal TLT.


Thursday, 7.50pm, ANZ Stadium, Sydney

Rabbitohs: 1. Corey Allan 2. Alex Johnston 3. Campbell Graham 4. Steven Marsters 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Liam Knight 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Jaydn Su’A 12. Bayley Sironen 13. Cam Murray

Bench: 14. Mark Nicholls 15. Jed Cartwright 16. Hame Sele 17.  Keaon Koloamatangi

Reserves: 18. Tevita Tatola 19. Patrick Mago 20. Troy Dargan 21. Cory Denniss


  • Tevita Tatola (knee, TBC)
  • Jack Johns (finger, round 19)
  • Hame Sele (shoulder, finals)
  • James Roberts (pectoral, finals)
  • Ethan Lowe (neck, season)
  • Tom Amone (knee, season)
  • Braidon Burns (knee, season)
  • Latrell Mitchell (hamstring, season)

Wenins’ Analysis

Jaxson Paulo returns on the wing for Dane Gagai who is out suspended. Hame Sele replaces Pat Mago on the bench.

The Bulldogs look like a SuperCoach pop-up bar where everyone is invited, drinks are cheap and the chicks are hot. Therefore, Damien Cook interests me as a trade in target for Payne Haas or another trade out option if you can swing the DPP move.

Bulldogs: 1. Will Hopoate 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Reimis Smith 4. Tim Lafai 5. Jayden Okunbor 6. Jake Averillo 7. Lachlan Lewis 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Luke Thompson 11. Josh Jackson 12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 13. Chris Smith

Bench: 14. Brandon Wakeham 15. Renouf To’omaga 16. Sione Katoa 17. Sauaso Sue

Reserves: 19. Dean Britt 20. Tuipulotu Katoa 21. Nick Meaney 22. James Roumanos


  • Luke Thompson (calf, round 19)
  • Matt Doorey (knee, season)
  • Dylan Napa (knee, season)
  • Ofahiki Ogden (cheekbone, season)
  • Joe Stimson (shoulder, season)
  • Adam Elliott (shoulder, season)
  • Kieran Foran (pectoral, season)

Wenins’ Analysis

Tim Lafai comes in for Nick Meaney, who has been dropped with Dallin Watene-Zelezniak moving to the wing. Chris Smith starts for Matt Doorey, while Josh Jackson and Luke Thompson both return, Renouf To’omaga drops to the bench. Sione Katoa replaces Dean Britt on the bench.

Rather than spend time here, take your dogs for a walk.


Friday, 6pm, QCB Stadium, Townsville

Cowboys: 1. Valentine Holmes 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Murray Taulagi 4. Esan Marsters 5. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Jake Clifford 8. Corey Jensen 9. Reuben Cotter 10. Jordan McLean 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Mitchell Dunn 13. Francis Molo

Bench: 14. Daejarn Asi 15. Emry Pere 16. Tom Gilbert 17. Ben Condon

Reserves: 18. Jason Taumalolo 19. Jake Granville 20. Ben Hampton 21. Peter Hola


  • Jason Taumalolo (calf, round 19-20)
  • Michael Morgan (calf, season)
  • Reece Robson (hamstring, season)

Wenins’ Analysis

Jason Taumalolo could be a welcomed addition but is for now named among the reserves. At least we will know early in the round if he is playing or not and he is another obvious trade in option for Haas. That being said, I’m not sure he’s the safest pick given the Cowboys are well and truely out of the running.

In other news, Murray Tualagi replaces Justin O’Neill at centre, Josh McGuire is out suspended, Corey Jensen starts at prop and Francis Molo shifts to lock. John Asiata is also out due to suspension. Emre Pere and Ben Condon have been called up on to the bench.

Panthers: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Josh Mansour 3. Brent Naden 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Moses Leota 9. Mitch Kenny 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo

Bench: 14. Tyrone May 15. Spencer Leniu 16. Kurt Capewell 17. Jack Hethrington

Reserves: 18. Dean Whare 19. Billy Burns 20. Matt Burton 21. Charlie Staines


  • Spencer Leniu (head knock, TBC)
  • Api Koroisau (head knock, TBC)
  • Charlie Staines (hamstring, round 19)

Wenins’ Analysis

Surprisingly, the Panthers haven’t rested more for this one with only Apisai Korosau as the relevant SuperCoach player to be left out. With the said, Matt Burton, Charlie Stains and Dean Whare have been named in the reserves so make sure you are keeping up with all of the late mail as anyone of them could be a late inclusion. Mitch Kenny gets the start for Koroisau, while the Wests Tigers bound James Tamou has been rested. Kurt Capewell and Jack Hetherington join the bench with Zane Tetevano also out. The inclusion of Capewell may have an impact on Isaah Yeo’s minutes, so another thing to be prepared for.

Assuming he plays then Nathan Cleary looms as a great VC option, while big nights could be ahead once again for both wingers.

Just please make sure that you don’t lock your trades in until the very last moment as this could be an absolute disaster for SuperCoach.


Friday, 7.55pm, Bankwest Stadium, Sydney

Eels: 1. Clint Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Michael Jennings 4. Waqa Blake 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Jai Field 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Ryan Matterson 12. Shaun Lane 13. Nathan Brown

Bench: 14. Will Smith 15. Andrew Davey 16. Kane Evans 17. Oregon Kaufusi

Reserves: 18. Haze Dunster 19. Stefano Utoikamanu 20. George Jennings 21. Daniel Alvaro


  • Reed Mahoney (shoulder, round 19)
  • Marata Niukore (rib, TBC)
  • Dylan Brown (ankle, finals)
  • Peni Terepo (personal leave, indefinite)

Wenins’ Analysis

Reed Mahoney has been named to return from a shoulder injury with Ray Stone dropping out.

I was very close to adding Nathan Brown to my side last week and he still looks like a great pickup. However, he’s not the safest option in the world as he can be a bit of hot head.

If you’re short of cash then this looks like a great time to jump on board Maika Sivo, while Clint Gutherson offers a POD option as a possible James Tedesco replacement given that they have matches against the Broncos and Tigers to round out the season.

Broncos: 1. Darius Boyd 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Richard Kennar 6. Tyson Gamble 7. Tom Dearden 8. Joe Ofahengaue 9. Issac Luke 10. Ben Te’o 11. David Fifita 12. Alex Glenn 13. Pat Carrigan

Bench: 14. Corey Paix 15. Jamil Hopoate 16. Xavier Coates 17. Ethan Bullemor

Reserves: 18. Kobe Hethrington 19. Pride Petterson-Robati 20. Sean O’Sullivan 21. Jesse Arthars


  • Jordan Riki (suspension, round 20)
  • Jake Turpin (hand, round 20)
  • Keenan Palasia (knee, indefinite)
  • Thomas Flegler (shoulder, indefinite)
  • Anthony Milford (hamstring, season)
  • Tevita Pangai jnr (stood down, season)
  • Tesi Nui (wrist, season)
  • Matt Lodge (knee, season)
  • Jack Bird (ACL, season)

Wenins’ Analysis

How bad is this Broncos side?

Payne Haas is out for family reasons and given that he has now left the COVID-19 bubble then that could be his 2020 season done. He’s a plausible trade out for me and it would free up a lot of cash for you to make use of elsewhere.

Sean O’Sullivan has been dropped and has been replaced by Tyson Gamble in the halves. Ben Te’o and Joe Ofahengaue start in the front row, while Jamil Hopoate and Ethan Bullemor return on the interchange.

David Fifita and Kotoni Staggs can score points against anyone and it would be a brave call to leave either out, while Patrick Carrigan looks set for another 70+ score.


Saturday, 3pm, Lottoland, Sydney

Sea Eagles: 1. Tevita Funa 2. Albert Hopoate 3. Brad Parker 4. Morgan Harper 5. Abbas Miski 6. Lachlan Croker 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Danny Levi 10. Martin Taupau 11. Jack Gosiewski 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic 

Bench: 14. Morgan Boyle 15. Corey Waddell 16. Sean Keppie 17. Taniela Paseka

Reserves: 18. Haumole Olakau’atu 19. Reuben Garrick 20. Ben Trbojevic 21. Tom Trbojevic


  • Jack Gosiewski (head knock, TBC)
  • Tom Trbojevic (hamstring, round 19-20)
  • Addin Fonua-Blake (knee, round 19-20)
  • Reuben Garrick (shoulder, round 19-20)
  • Dylan Walker (foot, round 19-20)
  • Manase Fainu (stood down/shoulder)
  • Josh Schuster (ankle, season)
  • Cade Cust (ankle, season)
  • Jorge Taufua (ruptured Achilles, season)
  • Joel Thompson (ankle, season)
  • Brendan Elliot (knee, season)
  • Moses Suli (foot, season)

Wenins’ Analysis

Lachlan Croker replaces Cade Cust’s in the halves, Danny Levi starts at hooker and Corey Waddell joining the interchange.

Now that is out of the way, the big news here is the inclusion of Tom Trbojevic among the reserves. If he gets the late call up then for me it’s worth the risk to bring him in for Tedesco. Manly face the Titans and then the Warriors. Given this game is at Lottoland and on a Saturday afternoon, should he play then it could even be a captaincy option.

Daly Cherry-Evans has been doing very well for me since trading him in two weeks ago and I am hoping that he continues this run of form even with the possible inclusion of Trbojevic. At least he will retain the goal kicking duties until (and if) Reuben Garrick returns.

Titans: 1. AJ Brimson 2. Anthony Don 3. Treymain Spry 4. Young Tonumaipea 5. Corey Thompson 6. Ash Taylor 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Mitch Rein 10. Mo Fotuaika 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Sam Stone 13. Tyrone Peachey

Bench: 14. Tanah Boyd 15. Jai Arrow 16 Sam Lisone 17. Jai Whitbread

Reserves: 18. Darius Farmer 19. Brian Kelly 20. Toby Sexton 21. Nathan Peats


  • Beau Fermor (hamstring, TBC)
  • Kevin Proctor (suspension, round 19)
  • Keegan Hipgrave (calf, round 19)
  • Nathan Peats (calf, round 19)
  • Brian Kelly (ankle, round 19-20)
  • Jaimin Jolliffe (ankle, season)
  • Ryan James (knee, season)
  • Dale Copley (pectoral, season)

Wenins’ Analysis

Kevin Proctor returns from suspension with Beau Fermor out injured, while Tanah Boyd replaces Erin Clark on the bench.

Mo Fotuaika is a possible trade in option for Haas but with you likely cash you will have there are more premium forward options that you can chase.


Saturday, 5.30pm, Sunshine Coast Stadium

Storm: 1. Nicho Hynes 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Brenko Lee 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Christian Welch 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenny Bromwich 13. Nelson Asofa-Solomona

Bench: 14. Ryley Jacks 15. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 16. Tom Eisenhuth 17. Tui Kamikamika

Reserves: 18. Brandon Smith 19. Isaac Lumelume 20. Max King 21. Paul Momirovski


  • Ryan Papenhuyzen (Achilles, round 19)
  • Christian Welch (suspension, round 19)
  • Brandon Smith (jaw, finals)
  • Dale Finucane (calf, finals)
  • Paul Momirovski (finger, finals)
  • Marion Seve (knee, season)

Wenins’ Analysis

Christian Welch returns, seeing Nelson Asofa-Solomona shift to lock, Tino Fa’asuamaleaui to the bench and Darren Schonig has been omitted. Brandon Smith has been named among the reserves.

If you don’t own Cameron Munster and Cameron Smith then they’ve got to be close to the top of your wish list this week. The Storm face the Tigers and Dragons to finish the season.

Still no Ryan Papenhuyzen, with the fullback remaining out with an achilles injury.

Tigers: 1. Adam Doueihi 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Joey Leilua 4. Chris Lawrence 5. Asu Kepaoa 6. Josh Reynolds 7. Benji Marshall 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Harry Grant 10. Thomas Mikaele 11. Sam McIntyre 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Alex Twal

Bench: 14. Zane Musgrove 15. Matt Eisenhuth 16. Russell Packer 17. Luke Garner

Reserves: 18. Tommy Talau 19. Michael Chee-Kam 20. Jock Madden 21. Jacob Liddle


  • Billy Walters (knee, season)

Wenins’ Analysis

Joey Leilua is back and has replaced Tommy Talau at centre, while Josh Reynolds also returns for the injured Luke Brooks. Sam McIntyre starts with Luke Garner dropping to the bench, while Russell Packer and Zane Musgrove have been called up on the bench with Elijah Taylor and Jacob Liddle dropped.

Harry Grant played the full 80 last week for 75 points and is suddenly an option again with Liddle dropping out and no utility on the bench.


Saturday, 7.35pm, SCG, Sydney

Roosters: 1. Joseph Manu 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Josh Morris 4. Mitchell Aubusson 5. Brett Morris 6. Luke Keary 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend 10. Lindsay Collins 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Isaac Liu

Bench: 14. Freddy Lussick 15. Angus Crichton 16. Nat Butcher 17. Sonny Bill Williams

Reserves: 18. Poasa Faamausili 19. Drew Hutchinson 20. Daniel Fifita 21. Matt Ikuvalu


  • Matt Ikuvalu (ankle, round 19)
  • Lachlan Lam (ankle, indefinite)
  • Victor Radley (knee, season)
  • Sam Verrills (knee, season)
  • Billy Smith (knee, season)

Wenins’ Analysis

James Tedesco has been rested, which now adds some serious intrigue to the fullback position. For mine, Trbojevic (if he plays of course) and Gutherson are the two best replacement options and I think that you can trade him out. Joseph Manu replaces Tedesco at fullback and he has filled the role well when asked this year. Mitch Aubusson starts in the centres, however, Angus Crichton remains on the bench with Boyd Cordner and Sitili Tupouniua named to start in the back row.

Cordner is one to watch due to issues with a head knock and Crichton may come into the starting side if he was to miss. Siosiua Taukeiaho has also been rested with Jared Waerea-Hargreaves returning at prop.

The Roosters play the Sharks, then Souths and could continue to rest players next week with a top four spot potentially locked up this weekend with a win over the Tigers. The one that I am most interested in is Crichton given that he needs to the match fitness and has huge upside when compared to other edge forwards. Same could be said for Daniel Tupou as he almost certainly would not be rested.

Sharks: 1. Will Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Josh Dugan 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Connor Tracey 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Braden Hamlin-Uele 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Aaron Woods 11. Briton Nikora 12. Siosifa Talakai 13. Toby Rudolf

Bench: 14. Teig Wilton 15. Jack Williams 16. Andrew Fifita 17. Royce Hunt

Reserves: 18. Scott Sorensen 19. Bryson Goodwin 20. Braydon Trindall 21. Billy Magoulias


  • Jackson Ferris (knee, round 19)
  • Wade Graham (suspension, round 20)
  • Chad Townsend (suspension, finals)
  • Matt Moylan (hamstring, indefinite)
  • Bronson Xerri (suspended, indefinite)
  • Cameron King (ACL, season)

Wenins’ Analysis

No changes.

If you want an example of how bad a season I am having. Consider that I swapped Siosifa Talakai for Toby Rudolf at the last minute last weekend. Rudolf scores a try yet Talakai cracks the 100. OK – not my year.


Sunday, 2pm, GIO Stadium, Canberra

Raiders: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Semi Valemei 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Jordan Rapana 5. Nick Cotric 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Josh Papalii 9. Siliva Havili 10. Dunamis Lui 11. John Bateman 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Joe Tapine

Bench: 14. Tom Starling 15. Ryan Sutton 16. Hudson Young 17. Corey Harawira-Naera

Reserves: 18. Sam Williams 19. Matt Frawley 20. Matt Timoko 21. Sia Soliola


  • Curtis Scott (leg, round 19)
  • Michael Oldfield (thumb, round 20)
  • Corey Horsburgh (foot, indefinite)
  • Emre Guler (ankle, indefinite)
  • Sebastian Kris (personal leave, indefinite)
  • Andre Niko (knee, season)
  • Josh Hodgson (knee, season)
  • Bailey Simonsson (shoulder, season)

Wenins’ Analysis

Siliva Havili starts at hooker with Tom Starling going to the bench in the only change.

Example two of how bad my SuperCoach season has been in 2020. I traded out Jack Wighton for Cameron Munster last round.

Example three – I traded in Josh Papalii a month ago and now may need to hold him for the year with Haas out of the Broncos side for this and maybe next week.

Example four – I still don’t own John Bateman.

Hopefully you’re going a little bit better than me at the moment.

Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. Adam Pompeye 3. Adam Keighran 4. Peta Hiku 5. Hayze Perham 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Chanel Harris-Tavita 8. Lachlan Burr 9. Karl Lawton 10. Isaiah Papali’i 11. Jack Murchie 12. Tohu Harris 13. Jazz Tevaga

Bench: 14. Wayde Egan 15. Adam Blair 16. Eliesa Katoa 17. Tom Ale

Reserves: 18. Josh Curran 20. Paul Turner 21. Gerard Beale 22. Rocco Berry


  • Peta Hiku (head knock, TBC)
  • Kodi Nikorima (arm, TBC)
  • Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (leg, TBC)
  • Nathaniel Roache (knee, round 19)
  • Patrick Herbert (hamstring, round 19)
  • Eliesa Katoa (hand, round 20/season)
  • Leeson Ah Mau (pectoral, indefinite)
  • Rocco Berry (back, indefinite)
  • Leivaha Pulu (compassionate leave, season)
  • Agnatius Paasi (compassionate leave, season)
  • David Fusitu’a (compassionate leave, season)
  • Ken Maumalo (compassionate leave, season)
  • King Vuniyayawa (compassionate leave, season)
  • Taane Milne (knee, season)
  • Jackson Frei (knee, season)
  • Bunty Afoa (knee, season)
  • Selestino Ravutaumada (season)

Wenins’ Analysis

Adam Keighran starts at centre with Hayze Perham replacing George Jennings on the wing. Lachlan Burr starts at prop, while Eliesa Katoa retuns on the bench alongside Tom Ale.

I rudely have not mentioned Roger Tuivasa-Sheck as a possible replacement for Tedesco yet but he certainly is given that his form of late with a 5RA of 80. I am a little concerned with how the Warriors will finish the season off though given that they are now mathematically out of final contention.


Sunday, 4.05pm, McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle

Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Edrick Lee 3. Enari Tuala 4. Hymel Hunt 5. Starford To’a 6. Tex Hoy 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. David Klemmer 9. Chris Randall 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Aidan Guerra 13. Mitchell Barnett

Bench: 14. Phoenix Crossland 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Herman Ese’ese 17. Sione Mata’utia

Reserves: 18. Josh King 19. Pasami Saulo 20. Mason Lino 21. Tautau Moga


  • Phoenix Crossland (head knock, round 19)
  • Bradman Best (ankle, round 19-20)
  • Tim Glasby (concussion, indefinite)
  • Andrew McCullough (hamstring, season)
  • Connor Watson (Achilles, season)
  • Jayden Brailey (knee, season)
  • Blake Green (knee, season)

Wenins’ Analysis

Kalyn Ponga returns at fullback, which is extremely timely given that Tedesco is out. He looms as a captain option and should take the goal kicking duties with Mason Lino dropped for Tex Hoy. Kurt Mann is out suspended, while Chris Randall moves into dummy-half and Phoenix Crossland joins the bench. Hymel Hunt returns after a rest last weekend, Gehamat Shibasaki makes way and Mitch Barnett also returns with Jacob Saifiti dropping to the bench.

Dragons: 1. Matt Dufty 2. Jordan Pereira 3. Euan Aitken 4. Zac Lomax 5. Cody Ramsey 6. Corey Norman 7. Adam Clune 8. Kaide Ellis 9. Ben Hunt 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Jackson Ford 13. Cameron McInnes

Bench: 14. Tariq Sims 15. Josh Kerr 16. Blake Lawrie 17. Max Feagai

Reserves: 18. Eddie Blacker 19. Tyrell Fuimaono 20. Brayden Wiliame 21. Jayden Sullivan


  • Billy Brittain (head knock, TBC)
  • Josh Kerr (head knock, TBC)
  • Trent Merrin (hamstring, round 19)
  • Jack de Belin (stood down)
  • Korbin Sims (calf, season)

Wenins’ Analysis

Tariq Sims replaces Billy Brittain on the bench, while Max Feagai replaces Tyrell Fuimaono on the bench.

Zac Lomax scored just 10 points last weekend and finishes the season against the Knights and Roosters. I’d be very open to trading him if I/we weren’t faced with the outs that we are this round.

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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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Trade-a-holic (@trade-a-holic)
5 months ago

Welcome back Wenin. Great analysis as always.

Radioman (@radioman)
5 months ago

Great write up again but with one correction :

The Roosters play the Sharks, then Souths and could continue to rest players next week with a top four spot potentially locked up this weekend with a win over the Tigers.”

Shouldn’t that be a win over the Sharks?

The Duke
The Duke (@the-duke)
5 months ago

Just read this – thanks for the write up Wenin.

swampy (@swampy)
5 months ago

AE nightmares Musgrave and Ale have arrived

DeeMack (@deemack)
5 months ago

Whats the go with Papalli getting 35 minutes last week? Im short in the front row with Haas out this week to. not sure I can rely on Papalli or trade Haas this week

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