The less said about 2020, the better.
Bushfire’s, floods, a pandemic unlike we’ve ever seen for generations and then there’s my current ranking, which is hovering in the 40,000’s!
Not even my trades last week of Knight > Yeo and Arthars > Nofoaluma (captain) could prevent me from a dismal score of 981 and a ranking for the round of 61,982. Back to the drawing board and let’s move along to the round five teams….. and just as well that we do because there is plenty to talk about.
There are changes galore with coaches swinging the axe and players returning from suspension/injury. Let’s get into it.
SEA EAGLES VS BRONCOS
Thursday, June 11th, 7:50pm, Central Coast Stadium
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)
No changes for Manly.
Tommy Turbo is an obvious VC option for round five with a favourable match-up against a depleted Broncos and the Thursday night fixture. His brother produced 65 points in 80 minutes last weekend with all of those points coming in the form of base + power and is a big watch given he is priced under $550k.
With Manly facing the Broncos, Sharks and Dragons over the coming five weeks, Daly Cherry Evans is an under-priced option at halfback.
Broncos: 1. Jamayne Isaako, 2. Xavier Coates, 3. Kotoni Staggs, 4. Darius Boyd, 5. Herbie Farnworth, 6. Anthony Milford, 7. Brodie Croft (c), 8. Matthew Lodge, 9. Cory Paix, 10. Payne Haas, 11. Corey Oates, 12. Joe Ofahengaue, 13. Pat Carrigan (c)
Interchange: 14. Tesi Niu, 15. Ben Te’o, 16. Rhys Kennedy, 17. Thomas Flegler
Reserves: 18. Jamil Hopoate, 19. Richard Kennar, 20. Tom Dearden, 21. Ethan Bullemor
- Jake Turpin (leg, July)
- 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)
No surprises here. The coach has made mass changes from the side that was belted by the Roosters in round four. Corey Oates makes his long-awaited positional shift to the second-row, while Joe Ofahengaue has been promoted from the bench to join him in the back row. This sees Jamil Hopoate and Ethan Bullemor axed. Matt Lodge has also been promoted to the starting pack with Thomas Flegler dropping back to the bench. Ben Te’o comes onto the bench to play his first NRL game since 2014 and Kotoni Staggs is a welcomed inclusion in the centres.
The positional shift of Oates would be interesting for SuperCoach if Alex Glenn, David Fifita and Tevita Pangai Jr all weren’t to come back into the side. What it does do is all but kill the SuperCoach livelihood of Hopoate, who was hanging on by a thread to a starting edge spot despite Moses (not Mitchell, it’s a biblical metaphor) paving a path in the Brisbane river for him with the mass outs. It’s quite painful for owners given that he has a BE of 2 and cash to be made, but it’s probably a good thing for Broncos fans.
Anthony Milford, Jamayne Isaako and Jesse Arthars (omitted) all need to be sold. Milford and Isaako have massive BE’s and will therefore likely see some more significant price drops over the coming weeks and Manly hasn’t allowed too many points to either position this year. I will be looking to bring Isaako back in for round 7 vs. the Titans at a much lower price, and Milford also should be considered at that point given they play the Titans, Warriors and Bulldogs over three weeks.
WARRIORS VS COWBOYS
Friday, June 12th, 6:00pm, Central Coast Stadium
Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c), 2. Patrick Herbert, 3. Hayze Perham, 4. Gerard Beale, 5. Adam Pompey, 6. Kodi Nikorima, 7. Blake Green, 8. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown, 9. Wayde Egan, 10. Lachlan Burr, 11. Elisea Katoa, 12. Tohu Harris, 13. Adam Blair
Interchange: 14. Karl Lawton, 15. Poasa Faamausili, 16. King Vuniyayawa, 17. Jack Murchie
Reserves: 18. Agnatius Paasi, 20. Peta Hiku, 21. Isaiah Papali’i, 22. Channel Harris-Tevita
- Nathaniel Roache (knee, July)
- Jazz Tevaga (knee/soft tissue, indefinite)
- Leeson Ah Mau (pectoral, season)
- Adam Keighran (knee, July-August)
- Taane Milne (knee, season)
- Jackson Frei (knee, season)
- Bunty Afoa (knee, season)
- Ken Maumalo (hamstring, round seven)
Lachlan Burr replaces Isaiah Papali’i in the forward pack, with Burr starting at prop, while Adam Blair shifts to lock and Tohu Harris back to the edge. Peta Hiku and Agnatius Paasi have been named in the reserves and could be late inclusions.
Harris has been on fire of late from the lock position, so the shift back to the edge is not ideal. He was certainly someone that I was eyeing off next week.
The naming of Paasi in the reserves raises some concern for Jamayne Taunoa-Brown owners.
Cowboys: 1. Valentine Holmes, 2. Kyle Feldt, 3. Justin O’Neill, 4. Esan Marsters, 5. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, 6. Scott Drinkwater, 7. Jake Clifford, 8. Francis Molo, 9. Reece Robson, 10. Jordan McLean (C), 11. Mitch Dunn, 12. Coen Hess, 13. Josh McGuire
Interchange: 14. Reuben Cotter, 15. Tom Gilbert, 16. Shane Wright, 17. Gavin Cooper
Reserves: 18. Corey Jensen, 19. Peter Hola, 20. Jason Taumalolo, 21. Tom Opacic
- Michael Morgan (shoulder, round eight)
- Mitchell Dunn (HIA, TBC)
- John Asiata (meniscus, round 9-11)
There’s plenty here to digest. Ben Hampton, Jake Granville and John Asiata are all out, with Asiata injured, while the other two appear to have been dropped. Hamiso Tabaui-Fidow will make his debut on the wing in place of Hampton and is a potential cheapie going forward, while Reece Robson gets that starting hooking role but Reuben Cotter could take minutes from him coming off the bench. Coen Hess has returned after being a late withdrawal last round, seeing Gavin Cooper moving to the bench, while Jason Taumalolo has been named in the reserves….
At least we will know early in the round if Lolo is going to be playing. He’s a hold probably even if he’s an out with Bradman Best and Harry Grant must’s this round and James Tedesco vs. the Bulldogs a priority too.
The relegation of Hampton out of the side is classic SuperCoach, but with a BE of 18, owners may have already seen the best of his price rises.
Robson remains a watch with a utility named on the bench in Cotter.
Scott Drinkwater should be held with games against the Warriors and Tigers ahead and then sold to an under-priced Shaun Johnson in time for the Sharks match-up against the Titans.
EELS VS PANTHERS
Friday, June 12th, 7:55pm, 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. Nathan Brown
Interchange: 14. Ray Stone, 15. Marata Niukore, 16. Kane Evans 17. Peni Terepo
Reserves: 18. Brad Takairangi, 19. Oregon Kaufusi, 20. George Jennings, 21. Will Smith
Nathan Brown returns from suspension, and this sees Marata Niukore drop to the bench. Ray Stone joins the interchange with Brad Takairangi and Oregon Kaufusi dropping out.
The hits don’t stop coming for the Eels with matches against the Panthers (with Nathan Cleary returning), Roosters and the Raiders over the coming three weeks. Therefore, Mitchell Moses owners such as myself will be a bit nervous, and it may also be time to cash in on Dylan Brown (BE of 58).
Kane Evans has increased in price by over $100k this year, who would have thought… and he still has more to go with a BE of 27 coming into round five.
Panthers: 1. Caleb Aetkins, 2. Josh Mansour, 3. Dean Whare, 4. Stephen Crichton, 5. Brian To’o, 6. Jarome Luai, 7. Nathan Cleary, 8. James Tamou, 9. Apisai Koroisau, 10. James Fisher-Harris, 11. Viliame Kikau, 12. Kurtis Capewell, 13. Isaah Yeo
Interchange: 14. Matt Burton, 15. Zane Tetevano, 16. Moses Leota, 17. Liam Martin
Reserves: 18. Mitch Kenny, 19. Billy Burns, 20. Jack Hetherington, 21. Dylan Edwards
The Panthers have made the one change with Nathan Cleary replacing Matt Burton in the starting side and Mitch Kenny dropping out. Liam Martin once again finds himself named in the 17 but could be a late out, again, and Dylan Edwards has been named in the reserves.
The big news is the return of Cleary to the starting side. It was a long time ago now, but Cleary did start the season on fire with scores of 73 and 101. However, his next two fixtures are challenging (Eels and the Storm), but he’s a superstar.
The addition of Cleary to the halves has seen a forced change to the incumbents, with Jarome Luai surprisingly holding onto his starting spot Burton. This is great news for Luai owners, but with a BE of 35, he can be sold soon. The relegation of Burton to the bench could mean that Apisai Koroisau returns to full 80-minute games if the plan is for Burton and Luai to switch.
RABBITOHS VS TITANS
Saturday, June 13th, 3:00pm, Bankwest Stadium
Rabbitohs: 1. Latrell Mitchell, 2. Dane Gagai, 3. Campbell Graham, 4. James Roberts, 5. Alex Johnston, 6. Cody Walker, 7. Adam Reynolds, 8. Tevita Tatola, 9. Damien Cook, 10. Thomas Burgess, 11. Jaydn Su’A, 12. Ethan Lowe, 13. Cameron Murray
Interchange: 14. Liam Knight, 15. Patrick Mago, 16. Tom Amone, 17. Bayley Sironen
Reserves: 18. Mark Nicholls, 19. Bryson Goodwin, 20. Braidon Burns, 21. Keaon Koloamatangi
Souths welcome back two big names in James Roberts and Cody Walker, who returns after several weeks on the sidelines. They replace Braidon Burns and Troy Dargan, who have both been dropped out of the 17. Patrick Mago and Bayley Sironen are the other inclusions, and they replace Mark Nicholls and Keaon Koloamatangi on the interchange.
Walker is an interesting POD (2% ownership) option with games against the Titans and Warriors ahead and particularly if you’re looking to offload a Luai or a Billy Walters.
Latrell Mitchell is also a massive POD (8% ownership) considering both the favourable match-ups and recent form. With a BE of 59, the price is just about right.
Liam Knight has once again been named to start from the bench and should see another price drop this weekend with a BE of 71.
Titans: 1. Phillip Sami, 2. Anthony Don, 3. Dale Copley, 4. Young Tonumaipea, 5. Brian Kelly, 6. Ashley Taylor, 7. Jamal Fogarty, 8. Moeaki Fotuaika, 9. Erin Clark, 10. Sam Lisone, 11. Kevin Proctor, 12. Bryce Cartwright, 13. Jai Arrow
Interchange: 14. Tanah Boyd, 15. Keegan Hipgrave, 16. Jaimin Jolliffe, 17. Tyrone Peachey
Reserves: 18. Jarrod Wallace, 19. Jai Whitbread, 20. Beau Fermor, 21. Tyrone Roberts
- Tyrone Roberts (ankle, round five)
- Beau Fermor (knee, mid-season)
- AJ Brimson (back, indefinite)
- Ryan James (knee, season)
No changes for the Titans. I repeat, no changes for the Titans.
Jai Arrow remains in our sides after another set of late upgrades saw his score improve to 65 in just 52 minutes. The minutes are a concern, but he just keeps punching out the scores. He plays his future club this weekend and should be keen to impress. Captain option.
Jamal Fogarty is basement priced and will play his third game this weekend but is way down the priority list for trade in targets given the uncertainty facing the Titans weekly team selections and the amazing cheapie options available. Having said that, if he looks good this round with BE of 3, you can grab him next week at what should still be a relatively low price.
KNIGHTS VS STORM
Saturday, June 13th, 5:30pm, Central Coast Stadium
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. Tautau Moga, 19. Phoenix Crossland, 20. Josh King, 21. Lachlan Fitzgibbon
- Lachlan Fitzgibbon (hamstring, round 5-6)
- Connor Watson (syndesmosis, round 9-11)
- Kurt Mann (ankle, TBC)
- Mitch Barnett (shoulder, July)
- Jayden Brailey (knee, season)
No changes for the Knights; however, Phoenix Crossland is on standby for Kurt Mann, who is doubtful due to an ankle injury.
Remember last week when I said that Kalyn Ponga is potentially irrelevant this year given the form of Teddy and Turbo? Haha, FML.
Enough has been said about Bradman “the Beast” Best, but in case you’ve been living under a rock or on the same planet as Pete Evans, he is your number one trade in target this round. This is not a drill.
David Klemmer shapes as a must once again with a season average of 74 PPG, while Andrew McCullough had a strong debut for the Knights with 64 points all in base + power.
Storm: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen, 2. Suliasi Vunivalu, 3. Justin Olam, 4. Brenko Lee, 5. Josh Addo-Carr, 6. Cameron Munster, 7. Ryley Jacks, 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. Max King, 17. Nelson Asofa-Solomona
Reserves: 18. Tom Eisenhuth, 19. Marion Seve, 20. Cooper Johns, 21. Nicho Hynes
- Tui Kamikamica (back, round five)
- Jahrome Hughes (broken hand, round seven-eight)
Jahrome Hughes will miss the next four to six weeks due to a broken hand, and he has been replaced in the halves by Ryley Jacks. Christian Welch starts in the front row with Brandon Smith moving back to the bench, and Nelson Asofa-Solomona replaces Chris Lewis on the interchange.
Cameron Munster put in another blinder. Coincidently, that’s two in a row after I traded him out of my side. Ryan Papenhuyzen continues to flirt with a big score, while Cameron Smith is just incredible. However, word of warning – they have a tough fixture ahead with games against the Knights (who seem like the real deal), Penrith, Roosters and the Raiders over the coming five rounds. After that though, it’s party time like a good night out on Kings street with games against the Titans, Broncos and Bulldogs during the following next month.
TIGERS VS RAIDERS
Saturday, June 13th, 7:35pm, Campbelltown Stadium
Tigers: 1. Adam Doueihi, 2. David Nofoaluma, 3. Joseph Leilua, 4. Moses Mbye, 5. Tommy Talau, 6. Josh Reynolds, 7. Luke Brooks, 8. Josh Aloiai, 9. Harry Grant, 10. Zane Musgorve, 11. Luciano Leilua, 12. Luke Garner, 13. Alex Twal
Interchange: 14 Thomas Mikaele, 15. Russell Packer, 16. Michael Chee Kam, 17. Alex Sayfarth
Reserves: 18. Benji Marshall, 19. Luke Garner, 20. Billy Walters, 21. Corey Thompson
- Jacob Liddle (knee, indefinite)
Madge has not held back with the axe, making no less than five changes to last weeks starting side. Robert Jennings, Benji Marshall, Luke Garner, Oliver Clark and Billy Walters have all been dropped. Tommy Talau has been named on the wing, Josh Reynolds at five-eighth, Zane Musgrove at prop, Chris Lawrence in the second row and Russell Packer and Michael Chee-Kam joining the bench.
There’s plenty to get excited about here from a SuperCoach perspective. Talau has previously been a much-hyped potential cheapie, and now we finally get to see if this can come to fruition. Billy Walter’s dropping is not the end of the world, particularly given that he was facing a problematic BE of 36 this round and slowly becoming an AE nightmare. It’s also tremendous news for Harry Grant as the gun rookie should play close to 80 minutes this weekend and is an absolute must.
The one potential downside in the team changes is the omission of Benji Marshall and what sort of impact this has on the Tigers scoring outlook.
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. Elliot Whitehead, 12. Joe Tapine, 13. Corey Horsburgh
Interchange: 14. Siliva Havili, 15. Emre Guler, 16. Iosia Soliola 17. Jordan Rapana
Reserves: 18. Tom Starling, 19. Matt Frawley, 20. Ryan Sutton, 21. Michael Oldfield
- John Bateman (shoulder, indefinite)
- Jack Wighton (head knock, round five)
- Ryan Sutton (calf, round five)
- Hudson Young (suspension, round six)
- Sebastian Kris (extended sick leave)
- Andre Niko (knee, season)
No changes for Canberra.
Corey Horsburgh and Joseph Tapine have both earned a stay of execution with scores of 69 and 71 respectively (both all largely from base + power). That execution call is perhaps a tad harsh of Tapine. To be fair, he looks like a player you could hold indefinitely given the news of Bateman’s injury setback and the fact that he continues to get 80 minutes a game in the back row.
George Williams will see some handy price rises now following his 79 point performance against the Knights. With a BE of -4, he could rise by as much as $40k with a score of 60.
BULLDOGS VS ROOSTERS
Sunday, June 14th, 4:05pm, Bankwest Stadium
Bulldogs: 1. Will Hopoate, 2. Nick Meaney, 3.
Reimis Smith, 4. Jake Averillo, 5. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak , 6. Kieran Foran, 7. Lachlan Lewis, 8. Aiden Tolman, 9. Jeremy Marshall-King, 10. Dylan Napa, 11. Josh Jackson, 12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner, 13. Adam Elliott
Interchange: 14. Christian Crichton, 15. Renouf To’omaga, 16. Dean Britt, 17. Sauaso Sue
Reserves: 19. Ofahiki Ogden, 20. Brandon Wakeham, 21. Morgan Harper, 22. Jack Cogger
- Marcelo Montoya (hamstring, round 9-11)
- Chris Smith (knee, June)
- Joe Stimson (shoulder, season)
- Reimis Smith (suspended, round 6)
Just one change for the Bulldogs with Christian Chrichton replacing Kerrod Holland on the bench. NOTE: Reimis Smith has been found guilty at the judiciary tonight and will miss this weekend.
It was a much-needed win for Canterbury, and their SuperCoach output received a boost too for owners (who?) with seven scores over 60 points.
Will Hopoate is a player to monitor now that he has switched back to fullback. He produced 71 points against the Dragons with 43 coming from base + power.
Jake Averillo was promoted to the starting side last round, and he has maintained that position for now. Hopefully, he can start playing the full 80 minutes and a meat pie or two is not far away as we are desperate for a solid CTW cheapie. The fact that he is also available at halfback is very handy.
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. Siosiua Taukeiaho, 11. Boyd Cordner, 12. Angus Crichton, 13. Victor Radley
Interchange: 14. Sam Verrills, 15. Isaac Liu, 16. Nat Butcher, 17. Lindsay Collins
Reserves: 18. Sitili Tupouniua, 19. Mitchell Aubusson, 20. Ryan Hall, 21. Lachlan Lam
- Billy Smith (knee, season)
Just the one change for the Roosters with their superstar, James Tedesco welcomed back into the side. Brett Morris shifts back to the wing and Ryan Hall relegated to the reserves.
Mitchell Aubusson remains in the reserves which is massive news for Angus Crichton owners. He was a fantastic pick-up last round (congrats, Wilfred) but still presents value at under $600k as long as he can hold onto that starting spot. However, with a BE of 11, he is not going to stay this well priced for long and very enticing match-up against the Bulldogs may mean its now or never.
Tedesco’s return couldn’t be more timely, and it could get very messy for non-owners. If I owned one of Grant or Best, then Teddy would be the next name off the list for me, despite the price.
DRAGONS VS SHARKS
Sunday, June 14th, 6:30pm, Campbelltown Stadium
Dragons: 1. Corey Norman, 2. Jordan Pereira, 3. Euan Aitken, 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. Tyrell Fuimaono, 13. James Graham
Interchange: 14. Trent Merrin, 15. Blake Lawrie, 16. Issac Luke, 17. Matthew Dufty
Reserves: 18. Jacob Host, 19. Jackson Ford, 20. Jason Saab, 21. Korbin Sims
- Jack de Belin (stood down)
- Brayden Wiliame (lower leg, TBC)
Euan Aitken replaces Brayden Wiliame at centre, who is out with a calf injury. Tyrell Fuimaono starts in the second row for the injured Tariq Sims, while Matt Dufty joins the interchange.
Brayden Wiliame was subbed off after just 44 minutes due to injury and could manage just seven points. That sees his negative BE erased for little cash gain, but he can be held for now unless you need to use him as a vehicle to get to Best.
Fuimaono owners will be ecstatic. Not only does he come into the 17 but starts on the edge. With a BE of -23, he is even possibly a target for non-owners.
Cameron McInnes looks like a must-have in your second row and a player I will be targeting next round. The Dragons look horrible, and the captain will likely be forced to continue to make a billion tackles per game for the foreseeable future.
Sharks: 1. Matt Moylan, 2. Sione Katoa, 3. Josh Dugan, 4. Jesse Ramien, 5. Mawene Hiroti, 6. Shaun Johnson, 7. Chad Townsend, 8. Andrew Fifita, 9. Blayke Brailey, 10. Aaron Woods, 11. Briton Nikora, 12. Wade Graham, 13. Jack Williams
Interchange: 14. Connor Tracey, 15. Braden Hamlin-Uele, 16. Toby Rudolf , 17. Scott Sorensen
Reserves: 18. Siosifa Talaki, 19. William Kennedy, 20. Royce Hunt, 21. Jackson Ferris
- Bronson Xerri (suspended)
- Cameron King (ACL, season)
- Ronaldo Mulitalo (injured, TBD)
Chad Townsend has returned from injury, seeing Matt Moylan shift to fullback and Will Kennedy out of the 17. Mawene Hiroti replaces the injured Ronaldo Mulitalo on the wing, while Andrew Fifita gets the start at prop ahead of Toby Rudolf who drops back to the bench.
Shaun Johnson bounced back last weekend with a 61, but that couldn’t prevent a significant drop in price ($61k). He now has a BE of 87, and as long as he doesn’t go utterly bonkers against the Dragons (which could happen), then he’s likely going to be available for under $500k heading into fixtures against the Titans and Bulldogs.