Well, I cannot remember carnage like this, ever. It reminds me of the final round in the NFL – but the big difference being that fantasy has finished up for the majority of leagues there the week before.
There is far too much to get through so lets get straight into it.
BRONCOS V COWBOYS
Thursday, 24 September, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, 7:50pm
Broncos: 1. Darius Boyd, 2. Xavier Coates, 3. Jesse Arthars, 4. Herbie Farnworth, 5. Richard Kennar, 6.Kotoni Staggs, 7. Tom Dearden, 8. Joe Ofahengaue, 9. Issac Luke, 10. Payne Haas, 11. Jordan Rikki, 12. Alex Glenn, 13. Patrick Carrigan.
Interchange: 14. Cory Paix, 15. Ben Te’o 16. Corey Oates, 17. Jamil Hopoate
Reserves: 18. Rhys Kennedy, 19. Ethan Bullemor, 20. Sean O’Sullivan, 21. Brodie Croft
- Tyson Gamble (head knock, TBC)
- Brodie Croft (concussion, round 20)
- Jordan Riki (suspension, round 20)
- Rhys Kennedy (suspension, round 20)
- Jake Turpin (hand, round 20)
- Keenan Palasia (knee, indefinite)
- Thomas Flegler (shoulder, season)
- David Fifita (ankle, season)
- Anthony Milford (hamstring, season)
- Tevita Pangai jnr (stood down, season)
- Tesi Nui (wrist, season)
- Matt Lodge (knee, season)
- Jack Bird (ACL, season)
And the circus rolls on.
Staggs shifts to five-eight, with Tyson Gamble out with a head knock. Payne Haas is very much a welcomed inclusion and he comes straight back into the front row, while David Fifita has played his last game for the Broncos and will not suit up due to injury.
Cowboys: 1. Valentine Holmes, 2. Kyle Feldt, 3. Murray Taulagil, 4. Daejarn Asi, 5. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, 6. Scott Drinkwater, 7. Jake Clifford, 8. Josh McGuire, 9. Reuben Cotter, 10. Jordan McLean (c), 11. Gavin Cooper, 12. Mitchell Dunn, 13. Jason Taumalolo
Interchange: 14. John Asiata, 15. Tom Gilbert, 16. Corey Jensen, 17. Francis Molo
Reserves: 18. Emry Pere, 19. Jake Granville, 20. Ben Condon, 21. Justin O’Neil
- Michael Morgan (calf, season)
- Reece Robson (hamstring, season)
Josh McGuire starts at prop, while Jason Taumalolo has been named at lock after playing just 39 minutes last weekend. There is no other SuperCoach news to comment on here.
TITANS V KNIGHTS
Friday 25 September, Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast, 6:00pm
Titans: 1. AJ Brimson, 2. Anthony Don, 3. Brain Kelly, 4. Young Tonumaipea, 5. Treymain Spry, 6. Ashley Taylor, 7. Jamal Fogarty, 8. Jarrod Wallace, 9. Mitch Rein, 10. Moeaki Fotuaika, 11. Kevin Proctor, 12. Sam Stone, 13. Tyrone Peachey
Interchange: 14. Tanah Boyd, 15. Sam Lisone, 16. Jai Arrow, 17. Jai Whitbread
Reserves: 18: Darius Farmer, 19. Corey Thompson, 20. Phillip Sami, 21. Nathan Peats
- Jai Arrow (groin, round 20)
- Corey Thompson (hamstring/lower back, round 20)
- Mitch Rein (head knock, 20)
- Nathan Peats (calf, round 20)
- Keegan Hipgrave (calf, round 20)
- Beau Fermor (hamstring, round 20)
- Erin Clark (compassionate leave, season)
- Jaimin Jolliffe (ankle, season)
- Ryan James (knee, season)
- Dale Copley (pectoral, season)
Brian Kelly returns in the centres with Treymain Spry shifting to the wing and Corey Thompson omitted.
AJ Brimson could be a great inclusion at 5/8 this week given the loss of Cameron Munster.
Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga, 2. Edrick Lee, 3. Enari Tuala, 4. Bradman Best, 5. Hymel Hunt , 6. Mason Lino, 7. Mitchell Pearce (c), 8. David Klemmer, 9. Kurt Mann, 10. Daniel Saifiti, 11. Sione Mata’utia, 12. Aidan Guerra, 13. Mitchell Barnett
Interchange: 14. Chris Randall, 15. Jacob Saifiti, 16. Herman Ese’ese, 17. Brodie Jones
Reserves: 18. Josh King, 19. Gehamet Shibasaki, 20. Starford To’a, 21. Jirah Momoisea
- Lachlan Fitzgibbon (leg, TBC)
- Kurt Mann (suspension, round 20)
- Tim Glasby (concussion, retired)
- Andrew McCullough (hamstring, season)
- Connor Watson (Achilles, season)
- Jayden Brailey (knee, season)
- Blake Green (knee, season)
Edrick Lee and Bradman Best both return, seeing Star To’a and Gehamat Shibasaki dropping out. Kurt Mann also returns from suspension at hooker so Chris Randall is relegated to the bench and Phoenix Crossland is omitted. Sione Mata’utia replaces the injured Lachlan Fitzgibbon on the edge, while Brodie Jones has been called up in the interchange.
This week shapes up as an ideal weekend to try and make the most of the VC loop and there is arguably no better place to start than with Kalyn Ponga against the Titans.
RABBITOHS V ROOSTERS
Friday 25 September, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, 7:55pm
Rabbitohs: 1. Corey Allan, 2. Alex Johnston, 3. Campbell Graham, 4. Dane Gagai, 5. Jaxson Pauloi, 6. Cody Walker, 7. Adam Reynolds (c), 8. Liam Knight, 9. Damien Cook, 10. Thomas Burgess, 11. Jed Cartwright, 12. Bayley Sironen, 13. Cameron Murray
Interchange: 14.Mark Nicholls, 15. Hame Sele, 16. Patrick Mago, 17. Keaon Koloamatangi
Reserves: 18. Tevita Tatola, 19. Jack Johns, 20. Troy Dargan 21. Cory Denniss
- Tevita Tatola (knee, round 20)
- Jack Johns (finger, round 20)
- James Roberts (pectoral, finals)
- Ethan Lowe (neck, season)
- Tom Amone (knee, season)
- Braidon Burns (knee, season)
- Latrell Mitchell (hamstring, season)
Dane Gagai replaces Steven Marsters at centre, while Jed Cartwright starts for the suspended Jaydn Su’A on the edge and Pat Mago has been called up on the bench.
This shapes up to be one of the few games this weekend that actually means something and the Roosters have rotated some of their big guns. If you have any trades left then Damien Cook could be a worthy inclusion at hooker for Cameron Smith. He scored 71 against the Roosters in round 3 and hasn’t scored under 60 since round 13.
Roosters: 1. James Tedesco, 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 (c), 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho, 11. Boyd Cordner, 12. Sitili Tupouniua, 13. Angus Crichton
Interchange: 14. Lachlan Lam, 15. Poasa Faamausili, 16. Nat Butcher, 17. Sonny Bill Williams
Reserves: 18. Matt Ikuvalu, 19. Daniel Fifita, 20. Freedy Lusick, 21. Ryan Hall
- Lachlan Lam (ankle, indefinite)
- Victor Radley (knee, season)
- Sam Verrills (knee, season)
- Billy Smith (knee, season)
James Tedesco, Jake Friend, Boyd Cordner and Siosiua Taukeiaho have all been named to return, which is a big boost to those who held any one of them despite being rested last weekend. However, we say goodbye to Joey Manu for season 2020, which is a shame given the SuperCoach form he has been in. Lindsay Collins and Isaac Liu also get a rest. Angus Crichton switches to lock and it will be interesting to see how many minutes he plays following his 60 last weekend.
I will be giving Tedesco the captains armband this weekend as I feel there will be plenty of points in this one.
BULLDOGS V PANTHERS
Saturday 26 September, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, 3:00pm
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. Chris Smith 12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner, 13. Josh Jackson
Interchange: 14. Brandon Wakeham, 15. Renouf To’omaga, 16. Sione Katoa 17. Sauaso Sue
Reserves: 19. Dean Britt 20. Jack Cogger 21. Tuipulotu Katoa, 22. Kerrod Holland
- Lachlan Lewis (head knock, TBC)
- Matt Doorey (knee, season)
- Dylan Napa (knee, season)
- Ofahiki Ogden (cheekbone, season)
- Joe Stimson (shoulder, season)
- Adam Elliott (shoulder, season)
- Kieran Foran (pectoral, season)
No changes and that’s where we will leave it for 2020.
Panthers: 1. Daine Laurie, 2. Josh Mansour, 3. Tyrone May, 4. Brent Naden, 5. Brain To’o, 6. Jarome Luai, 7. Nathan Cleary, 8. James Tamou, 9. Api Koroisau, 10. James Fisher-Harris, 11. Kurt Capewell, 12. Liam Martin, 13. Isaah Yeo
Interchange: 14. Matt Burton, 15. Spencer Leniu, 16. Moses Leota 17 Zane Tetevano
Reserves: 18. Mitch Kenny 19. Dean Whare 20. Jack Hetherington 21. Billy Burns
- James Tamou (rested, round 20)
- Zane Tetevano (rested, round 20)
- Charlie Staines (hamstring, indefinite)
Plenty of changes for the Panthers once again. Dylan Edwards, Viliame Kikau and Stephen Crichton have all been rested. Daine Laurie gets a start at fullback, while Tyrone May starts at centre and Kurt Capewell in the second row. James Tamou and Api Koroisau both return. Moses Leota drops to the bench and Mitch Kenny to the reserves. Matt Burton and Zane Tetevano have both been called up to the bench, while Jack Hetherington drops out.
The inclusion of Burton on the bench suggests that one of Jarome Luai or Nathan Cleary may get a rest at one stage. Both Josh Mansour and Brian To’o look safe for now but Dean Whare has been included in the reserves. Isaah Yeo also looks like he should play and with both Liam Martin and Kurt Capewell named to start on the edge.
SHARKS V RAIDERS
Saturday 26 September, Netsrata Jubilee Stadium, Sydney, 5:30pm
Sharks: 1. William Kennedy, 2. Nene McDonald, 3. Mawene Hiroti, 4. Jesse Ramien, 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo, 6. Wade Graham, 7.Connor Tracey , 8. Braden Hamlin-Uele, 9. Blayke Brailey, 10. Aaron Woods, 11. Briton Nikora, 12. Siosifa Talakai, 13. Toby Rudolf
Interchange: 14. Scott Sorensen, 15. Jack Williams, 16. Andrew Fifita, 17. Teig Wilton
Reserves: 18. Billy Magoulias 19. Braydon Trindall, 20. Bryson Goodwin, 21. Daniel Vasquez
- Josh Dugan (knee, TBC)
- Chad Townsend (suspension, finals week one)
- Matt Moylan (hamstring, season)
- Shaun Johnson (Achilles, season)
- Royce Hunt (knee, season)
- Bronson Xerri (suspended, indefinite)
- Cameron King (ACL, season)
Wade Graham shifts into the halves for Shaun Johnson who is set to miss a significant amount of time due to an achilles injury. Nene Macdonald replaces Sione Katoa on the wing, Mawene Hiroti replaces Josh Dugan in the centres and Teig Wilton replaces Royce Hunt on the bench.
The loss of Johnson is the big talking point here given the other casualties for the weekend, while Toby Rudolf will be asked to likely rejoin 17’s this round.
Raiders: 1. Adam Cook, 2. Sami Valemei, 3. Matthew Timoko, 4. Harley Smith-Shields, 5. Nick Cotric , 6. Matt Frawleyn, 7. Sam Williams, 8. Dunamis Lui, 9. Tom Starling, 10.Sia Soliola, 11. JHudson Young, 12. Corey Harawira-Naera, 13. Saliva Havili
Interchange: 14. Kai O’Donnell, 15. Ryan Sutton, 16. Darby Medlyn, 17. Jarrett Subloo
Reserves: 18. Ata Mariota, 19. Joe Tapine, 20. Jack Wighton, 21. Elliot Whitehead
- Michael Oldfield (thumb, round 20)
- John Bateman (elbow, round 20)
- George Williams (head knock, round 20-finals week one)
- Corey Horsburgh (foot, indefinite)
- Emre Guler (ankle, indefinite)
- Sebastian Kris (personal leave, indefinite)
- Curtis Scott (leg, season)
- Andre Niko (knee, season)
- Josh Hodgson (knee, season)
- Bailey Simonsson (shoulder, season)
What an absolute Barry Crocker we have here. Cheers Ricky!
Nothing short of a complete disaster for SuperCoach with almost half the regular first grade team rested. I am not going to walk through all of the changes as there are far too many but in summary – Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, George Williams, Jarrod Croker, John Bateman, Jordan Rapana and Josh Papalii have all been rested. I am impacted by three of these outs, as I am sure many others are as well.
WESTS TIGERS V EELS
Saturday 26 September, Bankwest Stadium, Sydney, 7:35pm
Wests Tigers: 1. Adam Doueihi, 2. David Nofoaluma, 3. Tommy Talau, 4. Chris Lawrence, 5. Asu Kepaoa, 6. Benji Marshall, 7. Luke Brooks, 8. Zane Musgrove, 9. Harry Grant, 10. Thomas Mikaele, 11.Luke Garner, 12. Luciano Leilua, 13. Alex Twal
Interchange: 14.Matthew Eisenhuth, 15. Elijah Taylor, 16.Shawn Blore, 17. Michael Chee-Kam
Reserves: 18. Alex Seyfarth, 19. Jacob Liddle 20. Josh Reynolds. 21. Joseph Leilua
- Sam McIntyre (head knock, round 20)
- Luke Brooks (suspension, round 20)
- David Nofoaluma (leg, round 20)
- Josh Aloiai (knee, season)
- Moses Mbye (knee, season)
- Billy Walters (knee, season)
Luke Brooks returns for Josh Reynolds, Tommy Talau replaces Joey Leilua, Alex Twal’s inclusion sees Matt Eisenhuth drop to the bench and Tom Mikaele replaces Josh Aloiai at prop. In other changes, Luke Garner starts on the edge for the injured Sam McIntyre, Elijah Taylor, Shawn Blore and Michael Chee Kam all join the bench with Russell Packer and Jacob Liddle omitted.
Given the recent form of the Eels, we will hopefully see a bounce back game for David Nofoaluma this weekend, assuming he is right to play after suffering a leg injury last round. He scored 70 against the Eels in round 11, so here’s hoping he can reproduce that effort to close out what has been a magnificent season for the Tigers winger.
Harry Grant has now posted three consecutive 70+ scores and must be considered as a direct replacement for the rested Cameron Smith.
Eels: 1. Clint Gutherson (c), 2. Maika Sivo, 3. Michael Jennings, 4. Waqa Blake, 5. Blake Ferguson, 6. Jai Field, 7. Mitch Moses, 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard, 9. Reed Mahoney, 10. Junior Paulo, 11. Shaun Lane, 12. Ryan Matterson, 13. Nathan Brown
Interchange: 14. Will Smith, 15. Andrew Davey, 16. Kane Evans, 17. Oregon Kaufusi
Reserves: 18. Haze Dunster, 19. Brad Takarangi, 20. George Jennings, 21. Daniel Alvaro
- Marata Niukore (rib, finals week one)
- Ray Stone (thumb, finals week one)
- Dylan Brown (ankle, finals week two)
- Peni Terepo (personal leave, indefinite)
Junior Paulo and Shaun Lane return to the starting side with Kane Evans and Andrew Davey dropping back to the bench.
The Eels are effectively the only top tier side that has named a relatively full-strength outfit for this one. Ryan Matterson continues to produce consistent scores but had been edged recently by Nathan Brown up until last weekend with the inform lock forward playing just 54 minutes. Mitchell Moses is a definite option at halfback should Cleary miss.
WARRIORS V SEA EAGLES
Sunday 27 September, Central Coast Stadium, Central Coast, 2:00pm
Warriors: 1. Peta Hiku, 2. Adam Pompey, 3. Adam Keighran, 4. Hayze Perham, 5. Patrick Herbert, 6. Kodi Nikorima, 7.Chanel Harris-Tavita, 8. Lachlan Burr, 9. Karl Lawton, 10. Isaiah Papali’i, 11. Eliesa Katoa, 12. Tohu Harris, 13. Jazz Tevaga
Interchange: 14. Wayde Egan, 15. Adam Blair, 16. Jack Murchie, 17. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown
Reserves: 18. Josh Curran, 20. Paul Turner, 21. Gerard Beale, 22. Tom Ale
- Nathaniel Roache (knee, round 20)
- Jazz Tevaga (head knock, round 20)
- Leeson Ah Mau (pectoral, season)
- Rocco Berry (back, season)
- 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)
- Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (hamstring, season)
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is out and has been replaced at fullback by Peta Hiku. Patrick Herbert returns to the wing with Hayze Perham shifting to the centres, Isaiah Papali’i has been named to start, Tohu Harris shifts to the edge alongside the returning Eliesa Katoa. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown also returns and joins the bench with Tom Ale and Josh Curran omitted. Jazz Tevaga has been named despite a head knock in round 19 and has been named at lock. He played just 38 minutes last weekend.
Sea Eagles: 1. Tevita Funa 2. Abbas Miski 3. Brad Parker 4. Morgan Harper, 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Lachlan Croker 7. Daly Cherry-Evans (c) 8. Taniela Paseka 9. Danny Levi 10. Martin Taupau 11. Corey Waddell 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic
Interchange: 14. Albert Hopoate, 15. Morgan Boyle, 16. Sean Keppie 17. Haumole Olakau’atu
Reserves: 18. Ben Trbojevic, 19. Luke Metcalf, 20. Toafofoa Sipley, 21. Sione Fainu
- Addin Fonua-Blake (knee, round 20)
- Reuben Garrick (shoulder, round 20)
- Dylan Walker (foot, round 20)
- Manase Fainu (stood down/shoulder, season)
- Tom Trbojevic (shoulder, Origin)
- 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)
The Tom Trbojevic experiment lasted just the one week and he is now out injured. I feel for those of you who traded him in last round. He has been replaced at fullback by Tevita Funa, while Reuben Garrick returns from injury and starts on the wing. Abbas Miski starts on the other wing with Albert Hopoate dropping to the interchange, which is not idea for me as an owner! Taniela Paseka gets the start in the front row alongside Martin Taupau with Morgan Boyle dropping to the bench. Corey Waddell starts on the edge with Jack Gosiewski droping out.
Daly Cherry Evans remains arguably the only really relevant SuperCoach option and is definitely a play this weekend. However, he may lose the goal kicking duties to Garrick.
Addin Fonua-Blake has played his last game for the Sea Eagles so it will be interesting to see if any of the other props named in this 17 show something for next year.
DRAGONS V STORM
Sunday 27 September, Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Sydney, 4:05pm
Dragons: 1. Matthew Dufty, 2. Max Feagai, 3. Euan Aitken, 4. Zac Lomax, 5. Cody Ramsey, 6. Jayden Sullivan, 7. Adam Clune , 8. Blake Lawrie, 9. Cameron McInnes, 10. Paul Vaughan, 11. Tyson Frizell, 12. Jacob Host, 13. Jackson Ford (c)
Interchange: 14. Tariq Sims, 15. Kaide Ellis, 16. Josh Kerr, 17. Eddie Blacker
Reserves: 18. Brayden Wiliame, 19. Corey Norman, 20. Jordan Pereira, 21. Tyrell Fuimaono
- Ben Hunt (quadriceps, TBC)
- Trent Merrin (hamstring, round 20)
- Billy Brittain (head knock, round 20)
- Jack de Belin (stood down)
- Korbin Sims (calf, season)
Corey Norman has been dropped in a massive statement by the departing interim coach, while Ben Hunt is out through suspension. Jayden Sullivan debuts in the halves and Adam Clune returns to first grade. Max Feagai replaces Jordan Pereira on the wing, while Euan Aitken returns at centre for Brayden Wiliame. Jacob Host is back on the edge with Tariq Sims moving to the bench and Tyrell Fuimaono dropped. Eddie Blacker will also make his debut from the bench.
Have massive regrets in selling Zac Lomax last weekend and despite the fact that I traded him to Manu, who also cracked the tonne. Lomax would have been very handy this weekend given the outs we see at the Storm.
Cameron McInnes played the full 80 minutes last weekend but could only manage 47 points.
Storm: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen, 2. Sandor Earl, 3. Ricky Leutele, 4. Paul Momirovski, 5. Isaac Lumelume, 6. Ryley Jacks, 7. Cooper Johns, 8. Tui Kamikamica, 9. Brandon Smith (c), 10. Christian Welch, 11. Tom Eisenhuth, 12. Chris Lewis, 13. Max King
Interchange: 14. Nicho Hynes, 15. Darryn Schonig, 16. Albert Vete, 17. Aaron Pene
Reserves: 18. Aaron Booth, 19. Dean Ieremia, 20. Trent Loiero, 21. Judda Turahui
- Suliasi Vunivalu (hamstring, finals week one)
- Tino Fa’asuamaleaui (calf, finals week one)
- Kenny Bromwich (head knock, finals week one)
- Felise Kaufusi (knee, finals week one)
- Dale Finucane (calf, finals)
- Marion Seve (knee, season)
16 changes – I am not naming them all! What we do know though is that we will be without Cameron Munster, Cameron Smith, Jahrome Hughes, Josh Addo-Carr and Tino Faasuamaleaui just to name a few. It’s a disaster and a possible opportunity for the Dragons to notch up a win over the Storm. The loss of Munster leaves me without a 5/8 for the final round and he has been nothing short of a disaster for me this year given the timing of me getting rid of him and bringing him back in…
Well that’s it for another year team. Thanks for sticking with us in what has been a crazy, crazy year!
Hopefully next year I can be back with a more respectful ranking and continue to provide you guys with some analysis should work and personal life permit it.
Cheers – over and out for 2020, Wenin.