Wenin’s Teams Analysis – Round 4

What a weekend it was and wasn’t it great to have the footy back!

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Onto round four and TLT has provided us with an absolute doozy with Jason Taumalolo! Kotoni Staggs! Jarrod Wallace, Tyrell Fuimaono and probably Jake Turpin all out. Well, at least Kayln Ponga is back.

A week is a long time in SuperCoach….


Thursday, June 4th, 7:50pm Suncorp Stadium

Broncos: 1. Jamayne Isaako, 2. Corey Oates, 3. Jesse Arthars, 4. Darius Boyd, 5. Herbie Farnworth, 6. Anthony Milford, 7. Brodie Croft (c), 8. Tom Flegler, 9. Jake Turpin, 10. Payne Haas, 11. Ethan Bullemor, 12. Jamil Hopoate, 13. Pat Carrigan (c)

Interchange: 14. Tesi Niu, 15. Joe Ofahengaue, 16. Rhys Kennedy, 17. Matthew Lodge

Reserves: 18. Cory Paix, 19. Xavier Coates, 20. Tom Dearden, 21. Pride Petterson-Robati


  • Alex Glenn (leg cut, round six)
  • David Fifita (knee, June-July)
  • Tevita Pangai jnr (suspension, round six)
  • Jordan Kahu (shoulder, mid-season)
  • Sean O’Sullivan (knee, mid-season)
  • Keenan Palasia (knee, late season)
  • Jack Bird (ACL, season)

Wenins’ Analysis

Jesse Arthars replaces the suspended Kotoni Staggs at centre, while Herbie Farnworth takes Arthars spot on the wing. After playing 40 minutes in round three, Ethan Bullemor starts for Alex Glenn (injured) in the back row. Fanitesi Niu and Rhys Kennedy join the bench and there are reports today that Jake Turpin could be a late withdrawal after sitting out training of training today and rumours are that he could be out for a while….

The hits keep coming from the Broncos and not just from the Eels. Their injury list is full of first-grade stars and the list includes three starting back-rowers. This, however, means that Jamil Hopoate’s spot in the side is relatively safe for now despite a pretty horrific performance last weekend. With a BE now of -21 and the injuries facing the Broncos, he looks like a pretty solid trade-in option this round despite seeing an increase already of $40k.

Thomas Flegler has retained the starting prop spot with Matt Lodge named to come off the bench. With Lodge back in the squad, Flegler’s minutes decreased to 40 against the Eels and he could manage just 34 points. If you own him then you are probably keeping him for one more week with a little bit of cash still to be made.

Roosters: 1. James Tedesco, 2. Daniel Tupou, 3. Josh Morris, 4. Joseph Manu, 5. Brett Morris, 6. Luke Keary, 7. Kyle Flanagan, 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, 9. Jake Friend, 10. Lindsay Collins, 11. Boyd Cordner, 12. Angus Crichton, 13. Victor Radley

Interchange: 14. Sam Verrills, 15. Isaac Liu, 16. Nat Butcher, 17. Sitili Tupouniua

Reserves: 18. Siosiua Taukeiaho, 19. Mitchell Aubusson, 20. Ryan Hall, 21. Lachlan Lam


  • Billy Smith (knee, season)

Wenins’ Analysis

Mitchell Aubusson and Siosiua Taukeiaho have been named in the reserves and may return. Victor Radley faces the judiciary tonight and is facing a one game ban if found guilty.

Angus Crichton retains his spot in the second row with Aubusson named in the reserves but remains a risky proposition. It’s a shame given his output to start the season (scores of 67 & 69).

In two more prices rises, James Tedesco could be over the $800k mark and faces the Bulldogs in round five. Given they just let Turbo have a day out, God have mercy on non-owners. It’s going to be bloody tough to get him in.


Friday, June 5th, 6:00pm, Campbelltown Stadium

Panthers: 1. Caleb Aetkins, 2. Josh Mansour, 3. Dean Whare, 4. Stephen Crichton, 5. Brian To’o, 6. Matt Burton, 7. Jarome Luai, 8. James Tamou, 9. Apisai Koroisau, 10. James Fisher-Harris, 11. Viliame Kikau, 12. Kurtis Capewell, 13. Isaah Yeo

Interchange: 14. Mitch Kenny, 15. Zane Tetevano, 16. Moses Leota, 17. Liam Martin

Reserves: 18. Brent Naden, 19. Billy Burns, 20. Jack Hetherington, 21. Charlie Staines


  • Jack Hetherington (suspension, round four)
  • Dylan Edwards (hamstring, round four-five)

Wenins’ Analysis

Liam Martin replaces Billy Burns on the bench in the only change for the Panthers.

The return of Martin does temper the Isaah Yeo trade-in a little bit but I will be making the move regardless. I should have jumped on last round but will be sucking up the ego and bringing him in for round four. With a BE of 1, his price is only going to go up and he is still cheap given his output so far this season. Last weekend he was enormous with 92 points in pure base in an extended 90 minute game.

Apisai Koroisau lost minutes to Mitch Kenny last weekend and the utility has once again been named on the bench.

Nathan Cleary remains out through suspension.

Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c), 2. Patrick Herbert, 3. Karl Lawton, 4. Gerard Beale, 5. Ken Maumalo, 6. Kodi Nikorima, 7. Blake Green, 8. Adam Blair, 9.Wayde Egan, 10. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown, 11. Elisea Katoa, 12. Tohu Harris, 13. Isaiah Papali’i

Interchange: 14. Jack Murchie, 15. Poasa Faamausili, 16. King Vuniyayawa, 17. Josh Curran

Reserves: 18. Channel Harris-Tevita, 20. Hayze Perham, 21. Adam Pompey, 22. Leivaha Pulu


  • Peta Hiku (ribs, TBC)
  • Lachlan Burr (head knock, round four)
  • Nathaniel Roache (knee, July)
  • Jazz Tevaga (knee, indefinite)
  • Leeson Ah Mau (pectoral, season)
  • Adam Keighran (knee, July-August)
  • Taane Milne (knee, season)
  • Jackson Frei (knee, season)
  • Bunty Afoa (knee, season)

Wenins’ Analysis

Peta Hiku (injured) and Agnatius Paasi (suspended) are out with Karl Lawton coming in at centre and Poasa Faamausili and Josh Curran joining the bench.

Elisea Katoa was a late inclusion last weekend and he has retained his starting spot. There is also good news for Jamayne Taunoa-Brown owners with the rookie also named to start in the 13. With great whopping big negative BE’s, both remain trade-in options despite the initial price rise.


Friday, June 5th, 7:50pm, AAMI Park

Storm: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen, 2. Suliasi Vunivalu, 3. Justin Olam, 4. Marion Seve, 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. Dale Finucane

Interchange: 14. Brandon Smith, 15. Tino Faasuamaleaui, 16. Ryley Jacks, 17. Max King

Reserves: 18. Brenko Lee, 19. Albert Vete, 20. Darryn Schonig, 21. Chris Lewis


  • Tui Kamikamica (back, round four)
  • Sandor Earl (hamstring, round four)

Wenins’ Analysis

Nelson Asofa-Solomona is out suspended, with Christian Welch starting at prop and Ryley Jacks joining the bench.

Not too much news to speak about here for the Storm given the limited team changes. Cameron Munster was fantastic last weekend and now faces an almost manageable BE in the 80’s, while Cameron Smith just keeps on trucking along with another massive score. He now has a three round average of 73.

Rabbitohs: 1. Latrell Mitchell, 2. Dane Gagai, 3. Campbell Graham, 4. Braidon Burns, 5. Alex Johnston, 6. Troy Dargan, 7. Adam Reynolds, 8. Tevita Tatola, 9. Damien Cook, 10. Thomas Burgess, 11. Jaydn Su’A, 12. Cameron Murray, 13. Liam Knight

Interchange: 14. Mark Nicholls, 15. Ethan Lowe, 16. Bayley Sironen, 17. Patrick Mago

Reserves: 18. Bryson Goodwin, 19. Tom Amone, 20. James Roberts, 21. Keaon Koloamatangi


  • Cody Walker (suspension, round five)

Wenins’ Analysis

Patrick Mago replaces Tom Amone on the interchange in the only change. Troy Dargan remains in the halves with Cody Walker out through suspension.

Liam Knight retains his spot in the Souths pack but SuperCoaches may not be as gentle. He faces a difficult BE this round (65) and is not doing enough to warrant his retention in a shortened SuperCoach season. Sell him now for a gun, like Ryan Matterson if you can.

Latrell Mitchell lost close to $100k following round three and that’s unlikely to stop with a current BE of 123. He will be cheap soon but is he even relevant on current form? On the other hand, Cameron Murray largely stopped the bleeding with an impressive 104 points in 70 minutes.


Saturday, June 6th, 5:30pm, Bankwest Stadium

Eels: 1. Clint Gutherson, 2. Maika Sivo, 3. Michael Jennings, 4. Waqa Blake, 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. Marata Niukore

Interchange: 14. Brad Takairangi, 15. Ray Stone, 16. Kane Evans 17. Peni Terepo

Reserves: 18. Oregon Kaufusi, 19. George Jennings, 20. Will Smith, 21. David Gower


  • Nathan Brown (suspension, round five)

Wenins’ Analysis

No changes for the Eels.

Signs are good for Ryan Matterson owners or owners to be with him preferred as the 80 minute forward for the Eels at this stage. Marata Niukore remains in the starting side with Nathan Brown out suspended.

Sea Eagles: 1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Brad Parker 4. Moses Suli 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Dylan Walker 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Danny Levi 10. Martin Taupau 11. Joel Thompson 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic

Interchange: 14. Lachlan Croker 15. Corey Waddell, 16. Sean Keppie, 17. Taniela Paseka

Reserves: 18. Morgan Boyle, 19. Jack Gosiewski, 20. Tevita Funa 21. Brendan Elliot


  • Albert Hopoate (knee, June)
  • Manase Fainu (stood down/shoulder)

Wenins’ Analysis

No changes for the Sea Eagles. Jack Gosiewski has been named in the reserves and could be a late inclusion.

Tom Trbojevic put on a master class against the Bulldogs and now has a very makeable BE of 15. However, the Eels have conceded the least amount of points to fullbacks this year.

Jason Taumalolo is a massive out this weekend. You ok, JT?


Saturday, June 6th, 7:30pm, Queensland Country Bank Stadium

Cowboys: 1. Valentine Holmes, 2. Kyle Feldt, 3. Justin O’Neill, 4. Esan Marsters, 5. Ben Hampton, 6. Scott Drinkwater, 7. Jake Clifford, 8. Francis Molo, 9. Jake Granville, 10. Jordan McLean, 11. Mitchell Dunn, 12. Coen Hess, 13. Josh McGuire

Interchange: 14. Reece Robson, 15. John Asiata, 16.Tom Gilbert, 17. Gavin Cooper

Reserves: 18. Corey Jensen, 19. Shane Wright, 20. Tom Opacic, 21. Reuben Cotter


  • Michael Morgan (shoulder, round seven)
  • Jason Taumalolo (bone bruising, unknown)

Wenins’ Analysis

Massive news here with Jason Taumalolo out with bone bruising on his knee, seeing Josh McGuire shift to lock and Francis Molo at prop. Tom Gilbert and Gavin Cooper join the bench with Shane Wright dropping to the reserves.

Oh no, Lolo. It’s huge SuperCoach ramifications here with many likely to consider him a captain option against the Sharks. On the bright side, he is currently owned in over 50% of teams, so effectively all of the serious contenders will be feeling the pain. Do you trade him out? Surely not.

Ben Hampton has a BE of -25 and should therefore see some very handy prices rises. Congrats to those that jumped on last week.

Reece Robson was very impressive last round and although he has been named to come off the bench he could once again play the most minutes out of the two hookers, just as he did last weekend with 56 vs. Granville’s 26.

Sharks: 1. William Kennedy, 2. Sione Katoa, 3. Josh Dugan, 4. Jesse Ramien, 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo, 6. Matt Moylan, 7. Shaun Johnson, 8. Toby Rudolf, 9. Blayke Brailey, 10. Aaron Woods, 11. Briton Nikora, 12. Wade Graham, 13. Jack Williams

Interchange: 14. Connor Tracey, 15. Braden Hamlin-Uele, 16. Siosifa Talaki, 17. Scott Sorensen

Reserves: 18. Billy Magoulias, 19. Braydon Trindall, 20. Royce Hunt, 21. Teig Wilton


  • Chad Townsend (hamstring, TBC)
  • Andrew Fifita (knee/calf, round four)
  • Bronson Xerri (suspended)
  • Cameron King (ACL, season)

Wenins’ Analysis

Matt Moylan was a late inclusion last weekend and is named to replace Chad Townsend (hamstring injury) in the halves this round. Connor Tracey and Siosifa Talakai have been named on the bench with Billy Magoulias as 18th man.

The Moylan shift sees William Kennedy provided with another week as the starting fullback and with a BE of 3, he still has some price rises left.

Playing outside of Josh Dugan certainly didn’t help Sione Katoa last weekend with just 11 carries vs. 16 last round.

Toby Rudolph has once again been named to start but needs to start stepping up his game a bit with the rookie prop travelling at around 1 PPM.

Ponga is back for those whole held strong.


Sunday, June 7th, 4:05pm, Campbelltown Stadium

Raiders: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, 2. Bailey Simonsson, 3. Jarrod Croker, 4. Curtis Scott, 5. Nick Cotric, 6. Jack Wighton, 7. George Williams, 8. Josh Papalii, 9. Josh Hodgson, 10. Dunamis Lui, 11. Joe Tapine, 12. Elliot Whitehead, 13. Corey Horsburgh

Interchange: 14. Siliva Havili, 15. Emre Guler, 16. Iosia Soliola 17. Jordan Rapana

Reserves: 18. Tom Starling, 19. Matt Frawley, 20. Kai O’Donnell, 21. Michael Oldfield


  • John Bateman (shoulder, round four)
  • Hudson Young (suspension, round six)
  • Sebastian Kris (extended sick leave)

Wenins’ Analysis

Bailey Simonsson returns from a leg injury and replaces Jordan Rapana on the wing, with Rapana shifting to the bench and Michael Oldfield out of the 17.

Joseph Tapine played the full 80 and produced 66 points with 44 coming from pure base. With Rapana named on the bench, he could continue to get 80 minutes, which makes him a hold for now. Corey Horsburgh, on the other hand, could make way for one of the good cheapie options available with a BE of 39 and John Bateman just around the corner.

Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga, 2. Edrick Lee, 3. Enari Tuala, 4. Bradman Best, 5. Hymel Hunt, 6. Kurt Mann, 7. Mitchell Pearce, 8. David Klemmer, 9. Andrew McCullough, 10. Daniel Saifiti, 11. Aidan Guerra, 12. Sione Mata’utia, 13. Herman Ese’ese

Interchange: 14. Tex Hoy, 15. Jacob Saifiti, 16. Tim Glasby, 17. Brodie Jones

Reserves: 18. Gehamat Shibasaki, 19. Chris Randall, 20. Mason Lino, 21. Pasami Saulo


  • Lachlan Fitzgibbon (hamstring, round four)
  • Mitchell Pearce (head knock, TBC)
  • Connor Watson (ankle, TBC)
  • Mitch Barnett (shoulder, July)
  • Jayden Brailey (knee, season)

Wenins’ Analysis

Kalyn Ponga returns from suspension at fullback, but Tex Hoy retains his spot in the side from the bench. Andrew McCullough will make his Knights debut in place of the injured Connor Watson. Herman Ese’ese starts at lock, with Tim Glasby moving to the interchange and Chris Randall dropping to the reserves. Mitchell Pearce has been named but is doubtful after that huge hit that saw him play just five minutes in round three.

Ponga returns but with Tedesco and Trbojevic firing, is he even relevant at the moment? It’s a harsh thing to say given he’s averaging 82 points this year but he faces the Raiders and Storm over the next two weeks. Watch him belt out a 150 this round!

Bradman Best has become a must-have in our CTW but won’t see his first price rise until next round. Therefore, it is somewhat puzzling to see him as the most traded in player this week with close to 10k trade-ins as of Tuesday night. However, there may be some merit in going a week only him with the likes of Nathan Cleary returning next round, Tedesco playing the Bulldogs and then Harry Grant will be on the bubble. I also completely missed the fact that he was a DPP, available at fullback too, which opens up plenty of options across the coming two weeks.


Sunday, June 7th, 6:30pm, CBUS Super Stadium

Titans: 1. Tyrone Roberts, 2. Brian Kelly, 3. Dale Copley, 4. Tyrone Peachey, 5. Phil Sami, 6. Ash Taylor, 7. Jamal Fogarty, 8. Moeaki Fotuaika, 9. Erin Clark, 10. Sam Lisone, 11. Kevin Proctor (c), 12. Keegan Hipgrave, 13. Jai Arrow.

Interchange: 14. Tanah Boyd, 15. Jaiman Jolliffe, 16. Bryce Cartwright, 17. Young Tonumaipea

Reserves: 18. Jarrod Wallace, 19. Jai Whitbread, 20. Anthony Don, 21. Jonus Pearson.


  • Beau Fermor (knee, mid-season)
  • AJ Brimson (back, indefinite)
  • Ryan James (knee, season)

Wenins’ Analysis

Tyrone Roberts returns at fullback after being a late out, seeing Phillip Sami shift to the wing. Erin Clark gets the start at hooker with Nathan Peats dropped. Tanah Boyd, Jaimin Jolliffe, Bryce Cartwright and Young Tonumaipea are named on the bench with Jarrod Wallace, Jai Whitbread and Jonus Pearson all dropping out of the 17. 

Jamal Fogarty has been named to play his second game and could be on the bubble next round with AJ Brimson still out injured.

Moeaki Fotuaika looks a serious SuperCoach talent with 87 points from 47 minutes – 63 of which were from base. With Jarrod Wallace dropped and seemingly on the outer, Fotuaika could be a serious POD (1% ownership) at under $450k for your FRF position.

Jai Arrow played 61 minutes against the Cowboys, which was good enough for 82 points, with 62 coming from pure base. That makes him a keeper for now and with a utility named on the bench in Young Tonumaipea, he should continue to get at least 60 MPG.

Tigers: 1. Adam Doueihi, 2. David Nofoaluma, 3. Joseph Leilua, 4. Moses Mbye, 5. Robert Jennings, 6. Benji Marshall, 7. Luke Brooks, 8. Josh Aloiai, 9. Harry Grant, 10. Thomas Mikaele, 11. Luke Garner, 12. Luciano Leilua, 13. Alex Twal

Interchange: 14 .Oliver Clark, 15. Billy Walters, 16. Chris Lawrence, 17. Alex Sayfarth

Reserves: 18. Josh Reynolds, 19. Corey Thompson, 20. Matthew Eisenhuth, 21. Michael Chee Kam


  • Jacob Liddle (knee, indefinite)
  • Russell Packer (foot, indefinite)

Wenins’ Analysis

No changes for the Tigers.

Harry Grant played 57 minutes vs. 23 minutes for Billy Walters in their first game together. Walters remains on the bench, so a similar minutes split could be in store. However, 49 points from pure base is extremely promising and a game against the hapless Titans is in store for him this round so I can understand why some are going a week early.

Alex Twal played the full 80 minutes at lock but failed to deliver with the additional game time, producing 61 points – but, you’re not complaining as an owner and he looks like a genuine FRF keeper.

The Titans are obviously your target match-up for captain selections and this weekend I am considering someone like Luciano Leilua, who could quite easily crack 100 points – but it is the second last game of the round….


Monday, June 8th, 4:05pm, Bankwest Stadium

Bulldogs: 1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, 2. Nick Meaney, 3. Reimis Smith, 4. Will Hopoate, 5. Christian Crichton, 6. Kieran Foran, 7. Lachlan Lewis, 8. Aiden Tolman, 9. Jeremy Marshall-King, 10. Dylan Napa, 11. Josh Jackson, 12. Dean Britt, 13. Adam Elliott

Interchange: 14. Jake Averillo, 15. Renouf To’omaga, 16. Raymond Faitala-Mariner, 17. Sauaso Sue

Reserves: 19. Ofahiki Ogden, 20. Kerrod Holland, 21. Sione Katoa, 22. Brandon Wakeham


  • Marcelo Montoya (hamstring, round 9-11)
  • Kieran Foran (shoulder, round four)
  • Chris Smith (knee, June)
  • Joe Stimson (shoulder, season)

Wenins’ Analysis

Kieran Foran returns in the halves in place of Jack Cogger in the only change. Adam Elliot has been named despite playing just 12 minutes in round three due to injury.

Similar to last week there is not too much to get excited about here with just three players scoring over 50 last round.

Dragons: 1. Corey Norman, 2. Jordan Pereira, 3. Brayden Williame, 4. Zac Lomax, 5. Mikaele Ravalawa, 6. Ben Hunt, 7. Adam Clune 8. Josh Kerr, 9. Cameron McInnes, 10. Paul Vaughan, 11. Tyson Frizell, 12. Tariq Sims, 13. James Graham

Interchange: 14. Trent Merrin, 15. Blake Lawrie, 16. Issac Luke, 17. Euan Aitken

Reserves: 18. Tyrell Fuimaono, 19. Matthew Dufty, 20. Jacob Host, 21. Jackson Ford


  • Jack de Belin (stood down)

Wenins’ Analysis

Corey Norman shifts to fullback in place of Matt Dufty, who has been relegated to the reserves. Adam Clune comes into the starting side at halfback, while Josh Kerr has been promoted to the starting pack for Korbin Sims, who has been dropped. Trent Merrin and Issac Luke join the interchange with Tyrell Fuimaono dropping out.

Clune is a $172k HFB who could possibly be a cheapie trade-in target for us in a couple of weeks, but who knows with Mary.

Despite Dufty’s axing, Zac Lomax has remained in the centres, but this could be a good thing with Lomax producing 47 points in pure base in round three.

Kerr owners will be stoked to see him promoted to the starting pack; however, the Fuimaono owners will be quite displeased given that he has been dropped with a BE well into the negatives.

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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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SADragon (@sadragon)
1 month ago

Thanks Wenin, Lolo causing some headaches but first who is up against Nofo Kelly or Sami? Thinking of bringing him in. Thanks.

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titansnumber1 (@titansnumber1)
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AJW (@ajw)
1 month ago

Hey Wenin,
Some very good observations and astute comments, yet again! YES we do admire your work mate – everyone’s sitting here reading while you’re typing – what greater compliment could we pay you? 🙂
Hope to see (or hear?) you back on the Pod this week: maybe keep away from the turps until after the show! 🙂

Trade-a-holic (@trade-a-holic)
1 month ago

Corey Horsburgh is going to sleep well on Sunday night given he is playing both second row and lock for the Raiders this week. Not your fault Wenin as I believe that is how the team was listed by the Raiders. Could this mean that Bateman could be a late starter in the second row? Obviously Elliott Whitehead should be in the second row at Horsburgh at lock.

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Domin8 (@domin8)
1 month ago

Great TA Wenin. Love your work. Too many gun fullbacks this year!

TurkeySnow (@turkeysnow)
1 month ago

What side does Cnorman tend to float? and pass best? Good for Willame this week? Who is he up against? I feel Mccinnes is still safe for 80 and will move to 13.

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