The Rome’s beat PAR this weekend with a score of 1,174 and now sit ranked 2,827 overall. A much better start than in previous year’s but how long will it last?
Onto the teams.
There were injuries aplenty in Round 3, resulting in plenty of changes to sides, headlined by some carnage at the Roosters. There have also been a couple of welcomed returns with Payne Haas, Victor Radley and Ryan Matterson named.
JT and Lakey have also gone through all the movements in the TLT podcast for Round 4. Trades, captains and all the other juicy stuff will come out on Wednesday night’s SC Report. Check it out!
SEA EAGLES V PANTHERS
Thurs 1 Apr, Lottoland, Brookvale, 8:05pm
1 Dylan Walker, 2 Jason Saab, 3 Brad Parker, 4 Moses Suli, 5 Reuben Garrick, 6 Kieran Foran, 7 Daly Cherry-Evans, 8 Taniela Paseka, 9 Lachlan Croker, 10 Martin Taupau, 11 Jack Gosiewski, 12 Josh Schuster, 13 Jake Trbojevic
Bench: 14. Cade Cust, 15. Morgan Boyle, 16. Sean Keppie, 17. Josh Aloiai
Reserves: 18. Tevita Funa 19. Morgan Harper 20. Toafofoa Sipley 21. Christian Tuipulotu
- Tom Trbojevic (hamstring, round 5-6)
- Jorge Taufua (Achilles, round 5-6)
- Haumole Olakau’atu (elbow, round 5)
- Curtis Sironen (knee, round 6-8)
- Karl Lawton (Achilles, round 11-12)
- Andrew Davey (knee, season)
- Manase Fainu (stood down, indefinite)
Morgan Boyle has been added to the bench at the expense of Toafofoa Sipley in the only change for the Sea Eagles.
Josh Schuster is shaping as the “buy of the round” following his 90 point performance against the Dragons. WIth the Sea Eagles suffering from an injury crisis to their backrow forwards, Schuster played 80 minutes on the edge last round and will likely do the same again this weekend. He’s priced at just $203k but unfortunately only available at 5/8.
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 Mitch Kenny, 10 James Fisher-Harris, 11 Viliame Kikau, 12 Kurt Capewell, 13 Isaah Yeo
Bench: 14. Tyrone May 15. Spencer Leniu, 16. Matt Eisenhuth, 17 Liam Martin
Reserves: 18. Scott Sorensen 19. Billy Burns 20. J’maine Hopgood 21. Jaeman Salmon
- Robert Jennings (suspension, round 4)
- Brent Naden (suspension, round 4)
- Dylan Edwards (hand, round 8)
- Api Koroisau (wrist, round 8-10)
Dylan Edwards will miss the next month with a broken hand. This sees Stephen Crichton shift to fullback, Matt Burton to the centres and Nathan Cleary returns at halfback. Spencer Leniu has been named despite injuring his shoulder last weekend.
Nathan Cleary is an obvious VC option this round, but plenty will be forced to go straight-up captain with obvious Nuff options in Ben Trbojevic and Sam Walker unable to be looped this weekend for obvious reasons.
I’m keeping a close watch on Paul Momirovski. He looks as if he has a centre spot locked in and has been solid over the past two rounds. At $413k, he’s a relatively affordable way into this Panthers backline that faces the Sea Eagles twice and the Broncos over the next five weeks.
BULLDOGS V RABBITOHS
Fri 2 Apr, Stadium Australia, Sydney, 4:05pm
1 Nick Meaney, 2 Corey Allan 3 Will Hopoate, 4 Nick Cotric, 5 Tuipulotu Katoa, 6 Lachlan Lewis 7 Kyle Flanagan, 8 Dylan Napa, 9 Sione Katoa, 10 Jack Hetherington, 11 Adam Elliott, 12 Corey Waddell, 13 Renouf Atoni
Bench: 14. Jackson Topine 15. Dean Britt 16. Joe Stimson 17. Ofahiki Ogden
Reserves: 19. Jake Averillo 20. Chris Smith 21. Brandon Wakeham 22. Matt Doorey
- Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (suspension, round 5)
- Luke Thompson (suspension, round 5)
- Josh Jackson (suspension, round 6)
- Jeremy Marshall-King (foot, round 10-12)
- Raymond Faitala-Mariner (foot, round 18-22)
- Jayden Okunbor (knee, round 20)
- Christian Crichton (knee, season)
There are some massive changes at the Bulldogs, both forced and due to a very average start to the season. Jeremy Marshall-King suffered a leg injury against the Broncos and will miss the next 6-8 weeks. Sione Katoa has been named to replace him at hooker. Nick Meaney replaces Corey Allan, who has been shifted to the wing, while Lachlan Lewis has been promoted to the starting side at the expense of Jake Averillo, who has been omitted. Josh Jackson will miss the next two weeks through suspension, seeing Renouf Atoni start at lock while Jackson Topine and Dean Britt join the bench.
The omission of Averllo is a bit of a shock, but he is a hold this week with other trades probably more important. Jackson owners will have a tough decision to make with the veteran forward now with a BE of 35 and a two week suspension to be faced.
1 Latrell Mitchell, 2 Alex Johnston, 3 Dane Gagai, 4 Campbell Graham, 5 Josh Mansour, 6 Cody Walker, 7 Adam Reynolds, 8 Tom Burgess, 9 Damien Cook, 10 Tevita Tatola, 11 Keaon Koloamatangi, 12 Jaydn Su’a, 13 Cameron Murray
Bench: 14. Benji Marshall 15. Mark Nicholls 16. Patrick Mago 17. Jai Arrow
Reserves: 18. Jacob Host 19. Dean Hawkins 20. Troy Dargan 21. Steven Marsters
- Junior Tatola (hamstring, round 4)
- Jaxson Paulo (head knock, round 4)
- Hame Sele (ribs, round 5)
- Taane Milne (knee, rounds 6-8)
- Braidon Burns (knee, round 6-8)
- Blake Taaffe (ankle, round 8)
- Jed Cartwright (back, mid-season)
- Liam Knight (concussion, indefinite)
- Brock Gardner (Achilles, indefinite)
Cody Walker is a great trade in option this weekend with the Bunnies face the Bulldogs, Broncos and Tigers over the coming three weeks. Campbell Graham is also on my radar. He could be priced under $450k next weekend, which would be almost at a $100k discount on his starting price.
STORM V BRONCOS
Fri 2 Apr, AAMI Park, Melbourne, 8:05pm
1 Ryan Papenhuyzen, 2 George Jennings, 3 Reimis Smith, 4 Justin Olam, 5 Josh Addo-Carr, 6 Cameron Munster, 7 Jahrome Hughes, 8 Jesse Bromwich, 9 Brandon Smith, 10 Christian Welch, 11 Tom Eisenhuth, 12 Ken Bromwich, 13 Nelson Asofa-Solomona
Bench: 14. Tyson Smoothy 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Chris Lewis 17. Darryn Schonig
Reserves: 18 Aaron Pene 19. Nicho Hynes 20. Trent Loiero 21. Dean Ieremia
- Brenko Lee (hamstring, round 5)
- Felise Kaufusi (suspension, round 5)
- Dale Finucane (calf, round 5)
- Harry Grant (knee, round 5-6)
- Max King (Achilles, round 8-10)
Ryan Papenhuyzen has been named to make his return from a neck injury, seeing Nicho Hynes drop to the reserves.
Similar to Walker, Cameron Munster is also a great trade in option this weekend with matches against the Broncos and Bulldogs over the following two weekends. He’s hardly missed a beat this year and is worth paying top dollar for. Christian Welch disappointed with just 43 points in 47 minutes but is a hold with a current BE of 50. I’ll be looking to upgrade him to Payne Haas over the next two weeks.
1 Jamayne Isaako, 2 Xavier Coates 3 Herbie Farnworth, 4 Tesi Niu, 5 David Mead, 6 Anthony Milford, 7 Brodie Croft, 8 Matt Lodge, 9 Jake Turpin 10 Payne Haas 11 Alex Glenn 12. Jordan Riki 13 Pat Carrigan
Bench: 14. John Asiata 15. Thomas Flegler 16. Tevita Pangai Jnr 17. Ben Te’o
Reserves: 18. Tom Dearden 19. Rhys Kennedy 20. Richard Kennar 21. Ethan Bullemor
- Kotoni Staggs (knee, mid-season)
Payne Haas and Matt Lodge both return to the starting side with Tevita Pangai and Thomas Flegler making way. John Asiata has been added to the bench with Tom Dearden dropping back to the reserves, Rhys Kennedy and Ethan Bullemor also make way.
The relegation of Pangai to the bench is somewhat of a surprise given the form that he has been in. Hopefully it doesn’t impact his SuperCoach output too much, which has been fantastic to start the season. It will be interesting to see how he fits into the rotation now.
Jamayne Isaako has averaged 79 PPG over the first three rounds of the season, but is quickly becoming unaffordable following a $84k increase in price and a current BE of -43.
SHARKS V COWBOYS
Sat 3 Apr, Sunshine Coast Stadium, Sunshine Coast, 5:30pm
1 Will Kennedy, 2 Mawene Hiroti, 3 Josh Dugan, 4 Connor Traceyi, 5 Ronaldo Mulitalo, 6 Matt Moylan, 7 Chad Townsend, 8 Braden Hamlin-Uele, 9 Blayke Brailey, 10 Aaron Woods, 11 Teig Wilton, 12 Wade Graham, 13 Toby Rudolf
Bench: 14. Braydon Trindall, 15. Aiden Tolman, 16. Jack Williams, 17. Billy Magoulias
Reserves: 18. Franklin Pele, 19. Nene Macdonald, 20. Andrew Fifita, 21. Jason Taumoepeau
- Jesse Ramien (suspension, round 5)
- Briton Nikora (suspension, round 6)
- Royce Hunt (knee, round 7)
- Siosifa Talakai (shoulder, round 7)
- Shaun Johnson (Achilles, round 7-8)
- Sione Katoa (knee, round 8-10)
- Jackson Ferris (foot, round 10)
Sione Katoa could miss the next 4-6 weeks with a knee injury. He is replaced on the wing by Mawene Hiroti. Briton Nikora accepted a two-week ban and has been replaced on the edge by Teig Wilton. Braydon Trindall joins the bench.
Toby Rudolf played the full 80 minutes on the weekend to score 64 points with 58 points coming from pure base. Let’s see what happens this weekend. Matt Moylan has been reasonable so far with two scores of 50 to start the season, but may need to be cut this week to make room for either Walker or Munster.
1 Valentine Holmes, 2 Murray Taulagi, 3 Justin O’Neill, 4 Connelly Lemuelu, 5 Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, 6 Scott Drinkwater, 7 Ben Hampton, 8 Francis Molo, 9 Reece Robson, 10 Jordan McLean, 11 Shane Wright, 12 Ben Condon, 13 Josh McGuire
Bench: 14. Jake Granville 15. Coen Hess 16. Corey Jensen 17. Lachlan Burr
Reserves: 18. Peter Hola, 19. Esan Marsters, 20. Griffin Neame, 21. Jake Clifford
- Kane Bradley (shoulder, round 5)
- Tom Gilbert (broken fibula, round 5)
- Reuben Cotter (head knock, round 5)
- Michael Morgan (shoulder, round 5)
- Mitch Dunn (foot, round 5)
- Kyle Feldt (suspension, round 5)
- Jason Taumalolo (broken hand, round 6)
Plenty of changes here as expected after a 0-3 start to the season. Poor Cowboys, not! Jake Clifford, Esan Marsters, and Mitch Dunn have been dropped, while Coen Hess shifts back to the bench. Ben Hampton replaces Clifford in the halves, Connelly Lemuelu starts in the centres and will be joined by Justin O’Neill who shifts from the wing. Reuben Cotter is out with a head knock. The new backrow consists of Shane Wright, Ben Condon and Josh McGuire.
Condon is set to make his season debut and is priced at just $187k. A cheapie to put on the watch list.
Valentine Holmes has now put in two strong performances with scores of 61 and 70. He’s been named at fullback, but this may change should Michael Morgan return.
TITANS V RAIDERS
Sat 3 Apr, Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast, 7:35pm
1 AJ Brimson, 2 Anthony Don, 3 Phillip Sami, 4 Patrick Herbert, 5 Corey Thompson, 6 Tanah Boyd, 7 Jamal Fogarty, 8 Jarrod Wallace, 9 Mitch Rein, 10 Tino Fa’asuamaleui, 11 Kevin Proctor, 12 David Fifita, 13 Tyrone Peachey
Bench: 14. Moeaki Fotuaika 15. Sam Lisone, 16. Jaimin Jolliffe 17. Erin Clark
Reserves: 18. Beau Fermor, 19. Herman Ese’ese, 20. Sam McIntyre, 21. Brian Kelly
- Brian Kelly (hand, round 4-5)
- Ash Taylor (hand, round 6)
No changes to the 17 that took the field last weekend. Brian Kelly has been named in the reserves.
Tyrone Peachey has once again been named at lock with Tino Fa’asuamaleui shifting to prop. Available as a dual positioned 2RF/CTW, Peachey could loom as a legitimate CTW option should he put in another strong performance. He doesn’t many minutes with a PPM of 1.41 so far this year. Tino is a hold for now. If you’re looking to trade out a guy that’s hitting 60s, then you’re team must be bloody amazing.
David Fifita shapes as close to a must-have, but the upcoming fortnight will be more challenging for him with fixtures against the Raiders and Knights. I’m holding off for now, but can fully understand if you are looking to trade him in this week given the current BE of 2.
1 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, 2 Bailey Simonsson, 3 Jarrod Croker, 4 Sebastian Kris, 5 Jordan Rapana, 6 Jack Wighton, 7 George Williams, 8 Josh Papalii, 9 Josh Hodgson, 10 Dunamis Lui, 11 Hudson Young, 12 Elliott Whitehead, 13 Ryan Sutton
Bench: 14. Tom Starling 15. Saliva Havili, 16. Sia Soliola, 17. Ryan James
Reserves: 18. Sam Williams 19. Semi Valemei 20. Caleb Aekins 21. Emre Guler
- Ryan James (head knock, round 4-5)
- Sebastian Kris (head knock, round 4-5)
- Hudson Young (knee, round 4)
- Joe Tapine (ankle, round 5-6)
- Curtis Scott (ribs, round 5-6)
- Harley Smith-Shields (biceps, round 20)
Dunamis Lui and Hudson Young return with Curtis Scott and Joseph Tapine out injured. Sebastian Kris shifts to the centres for Scott. Ryan James has been named despite picking up a nasty head knock last round.
Jordan Rapana has scored two tries and a try assist to start the season. He’s still affordable at $422k, but may not be for long with a current BE of 15. Josh Hodgson has performed better over the past two weeks but I will likely be moving him on this week for Cody Walker.
KNIGHTS V DRAGONS
Sun 4 Apr, McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle, 4:05pm
1 Tex Hoy, 2 Starford To’a, 3 Enari Tuala, 4 Gehamat Shibasaki, 5 Hymel Hunt, 6 Kurt Mann 7 Mitchell Pearce, 8 David Klemmer, 9 Jayden Brailey, 10 Daniel Saifiti, 11 Tyson Frizell, 12 Mitch Barnett, 13 Connor Watson
Bench: 14. Sauaso Sue 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Josh King 17. Blake Green
Reserves: 18. Brodie Jones, 19. Dominic Young, 20. Simi Sasagi, 21. Pasami Saulo
- Blake Green (knee, round 4-5)
- Edrick Lee (foot, round 5)
- Kalyn Ponga (shoulder, round 5-6)
- Phoenix Crossland (suspension, round 6)
- Bradman Best (elbow, indefinite)
- Lachlan Fitzgibbon (shoulder, indefinite)
- Jirah Momoisea (Achilles, indefinite)
Starford To’a replaces Dominic Young on the wing, while Blake Green has been named on the bench with Brodie Jones dropping out. Mitchell Barnett looked to have picked up a leg injury, but has also been named.
Barnett lost the goal kicking to Tex Hoy after two shocking attempts at goal last weekend. He still managed to score 77 but that included a try and a linebreak, so alarm bells could be ringing soon. However, what was pleasing to me was how much the Knights look for him on that left edge and so even without the goals, there should be plenty of attacking stats in his game.
Tex Hoy has been a great play to start the season and with Kayln Ponga possibly out for the next two weeks, he could hold onto the goal kicking over this time. With a BE of -38 there is plenty more cash to be made.
1 Matt Dufty, 2 Cody Ramsey, 3 Brayden Wiliame, 4 Zac Lomax, 5 Mikaele Ravalawa, 6 Corey Norman, 7 Adam Clune, 8 Blake Lawrie, 9 Andrew McCullough, 10 Paul Vaughan, 11 Josh Kerr, 12 Tariq Sims, 13 Tyrell Fuimaono
Bench: 14. Poasa Faamausili 15. Trent Merrin 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Jackson Ford
Reserves: 18. Kaide Ellis 19. Jordan Pereira 20. Max Feagai 21. Eddie Blacker
- Jayden Sullivan (hamstring, round 5)
- Jack Bird (suspension, round 5)
- Ben Hunt (leg, round 8)
- Cameron McInnes (knee, season)
- Jack de Belin (stood down)
Ben Hunt is out with a leg injury and will miss the next 4-6 weeks. He has been replaced in the halves by Adam Clune. Brayden Wiliame has been promoted from the bench to replace Jack Bird, who is out suspended.
The injury to Hunt is a dagger and he is now a must sell. On the bright side, you’ve made yourself $53k.
ROOSTERS V WARRIORS
Sun 4 Apr, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, 6:15pm
1 James Tedesco, 2 Daniel Tupou, 3 Josh Morris, 4 Joey Manu, 5 Brett Morris, 6 Drew Hutchison, 7 Sam Walker, 8 Isaac Liu, 9 Freddy Lussick, 10 Siosiua Taukeiaho, 11 Angus Crichton, 12 Sitili Tupouniua, 13 Victor Radley
Bench: 14. Matt Ikuvalu, 15. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, 16. Nat Butcher 17. Fletcher Baker
Reserves: 18. Egan Butcher 19. Benjamin Marschke 20. Joseph Suaalii 21. Tukupa-Ke Hau Tapuha
- Lindsay Collins (ankle/head knock, round 5)
- Daniel Suluka-Fifita (suspension, round 5)
- Sam Verrills (knee, round 5-6)
- Adam Keighran (wrist, round 7)
- Lachlan Lam (knee, round 9)
- Billy Smith (shoulder, mid-season)
- Jake Friend (concussion, indefinite)
- Boyd Cordner (concussion, indefinite)
- Luke Keary (knee, season)
Huge changes here! Luke Keary, unfortunately, suffered an ACL injury and will miss the rest of the season. He has been replaced by Sam Walker. Lachlan Lam will be missing for the next month or so with a knee injury and he has been replaced by Drew Hutchison at 5/8. Victor Radley has been named to finally make his return from injury and will start at lock with Isaac Liu shifting to prop to replace Lindsay Collins, who is out injured. Matt Ikuvalu and Nat Butcher are the new faces on the interchange.
Walker is no longer a Nuff but now a serious cash cow option with relatively good job security in the side given the unfortunate injuries to the incumbent Roosters halves. The loss of Collins is a bugger given the form that he was in. However, the big loss for the Roosters is Keary and it will be interesting to see what impact this has on their attack, but I can’t believe some people are thinking about trading out James Tedesco. Crazy talk!
1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, 2. David Fusitu’a, 3. Adam Pompey, 4. Marcelo Montoya, 5. Ken Maumalo, 6. Kodi Nikorima, 7. Sean O’Sullivan, 8. Addin Fonua-Blake, 9. Wade Egan, 10. Bunty Afoa, 11. Eliesa Katoa, 12. Bailey Sironen, 13. Tohu Harris
Bench: 14. Jazz Tevaga, 15. Ben Murdoch-Masila, 16. Leeson Ah Mau, 17. Jack Murchie
Reserves: 18. Tom Ale 19. Paul Turner 20. Kane Evans 21. Rocco Berry
- Jamayne Taunoa-Brown (suspension, round 6)
- Peta Hiku (knee, round 7)
- Euan Aitken (ankle, round 9-11)
- Chanel Harris-Tavita (foot, round 13-14)
Peta Hiku is out for at least a month with a knee injury. Marcelo Montoya replaces him in the centres. There has been a reshuffle in the backrow with Tohu Harris shifting back to lock, Jazz Tevaga to the bench and Bailey Sironen to the edge.
There’s plenty to like here from a SuperCoach perspective.
Tohu Harris just continues to pump out massive scores and is as safe as they come for 2RF’s. Positional switches and even the presence of Tevaga has not impacted his output. Kodi Nikorima was huge but I feel you’re kind of chasing last week’s points if you decide to trade him in after a $59k price rise. RTS is unfortunately difficult to make a case for at fullback with the plethora of great options there, while Addin Fonua-Blake is a weapon (although his 82 did include a try).
The other player I will be keeping an eye on is Sean O’Sullivan following his 70 point debut for the Warriors. However, he’s only available at HFB and Sam Walker is the obvious play there at a cheaper price.
TIGERS V EELS
Mon 5 Apr, Stadium Australia, Sydney, 4pm
1 Daine Laurie, 2 David Nofoaluma, 3 Tommy Talau, 4. James Roberts, 5 Asu Kepaoa, 6 Adam Doueihi, 7 Luke Brooks, 8 Zane Musgrove, 9 Jacob Liddle, 10 James Tamou, 11 Luke Garner, 12 Luciano Leilua, 13 Alex Twal
Bench: 14. Moses Mbye, 15. Thomas Mikaele 16. Stefano Utoikamanu 17. Joe Ofahengaue
Reserves: 18. Russell Packer, 19. Joseph Leilua, 20. Michael Chee Kam, 21. Alex Seyfarth
- Billy Walters (knee, round 6-7)
- Shawn Blore (wrist, round 6-8)
I think that I’ve seen enough with Moses Mbye on the bench to conclude that it’s ok to take the money and run on Jacob Liddle this week. If you can turn him into Josh Schuster, then do it. Alternatively, you ride one more price rise before upgrading him to Harry Grant.
David Nofoaluma was all set for a massive price drop before crashing over for a late try, while Daine Laurie looks like being a hold in our CTW for a while and shapes as becoming a serious top talent in the league.
1 Clint Gutherson, 2 Maika Sivo, 3 Tom Opacic, 4 Marata Niukore, 5 Blake Ferguson, 6 Dylan Brown, 7 Mitchell Moses, 8 Reagan Campbell-Gillard, 9 Reed Mahoney, 10 Junior Paulo, 11 Shaun Lane, 12 Ryan Matterson, 13 Nathan Brown
Bench: 14. Oregon Kaufusi 15. Isaiah Papali’i 16. Will Smith 17. Ray Stone
Reserves: 18. Jordan Rankin, 19. Haze Dunster, 20. Keegan Hipgrave’, 21. Bryce Cartwright
- Michael Oldfield (knee, round 5-6)
- Waqa Blake (calf, round 6)
- Michael Jennings (stood down, indefinite)
Ryan Matterson has been named to return following a week off due to concussion. This sees Isaiah Papali’i shift back to the interchange and Keegan Hipgrave dropping back to the reserves.
The return of Matterson is a bit surprising. He has a current BE of 131 and may now see some solid reductions in price before becoming a buy. Blake Fergusson keeps scoring tries and looms as a very solid buy this round given that the Eels face the Tigers, Dragons, Broncos and Bulldogs over the coming five rounds.
Clint Gutherson would be a definite POD call at fullback if Mitchell Moses was to miss any length of time. However, Moses has been named to take his place and therefore Gutherson is unlikely to continue with the goal kicking duties. Maranta Niukore looks great in the centres but isn’t really an option given that he is only available as a 2RF.