Team List Tuesday for Round 7 has resulted in absolute carnage to our SuperCoach sides with the likes of Bradman Best (COVID protocols) joining the already known outs including Tom Trbojevic, Alex Twal, Eliesa Katoa and Patrick Carrigan. James Tedesco has been named but must pass all HIA protocols before lining up against the Dragons on Friday night.
There’s no sugar coating this bad boy, let’s just get straight into it!
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PANTHERS VS RABBITOHS
Thursday, 25th June, Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, 7:50pm
Panthers: 1. Dylan Edwards 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. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo
Interchange: 14. Matt Burton, 15. Zane Tetevano, 16. Moses Leota, 17. Billy Burns
Reserves: 18. Mitch Kenny, 19. Brent Naden, 20. Jack Hetherington, 21. Tyrone May
- Kurt Capewell (knee, round 17)
- Pat Hollis (abdominal strain, indefinite)
No changes for the Panthers.
Apisai Koroisau and Isaah Yeo are both VC options for this weekend. Nathan Cleary has a BE of 104 and therefore probably has one more price drop to go before becoming almost a must-have with games against the Tigers, Sharks, Cowboys and Titans. Jerome Luai remains a hold given that he continues to beat out Matt Burton to the starting five-eighth role and has a current BE of 29. Brian To’o has potentially landed at his right price for a POD acquisition, dropping by $35k this season and coming off a 74 point performance against the Storm.
Match-up Rating – Average
Souths are starting to click into gear with the likes of Cody Walker, Latrell Mitchell and Damien Cook leading the side around. They’ve conceded on average the 11th fewest SuperCoach points over the past five rounds.
Rabbitohs: 1. Latrell Mitchell, 2. Dane Gag1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Dane Gagai 3. Campbell Graham 4. Braidon Burns 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. Cam Murray
Interchange: 14. Liam Knight, 15. Bayley Sironen, 16. Patrick Mago, 17. James Roberts
Reserves: 18. Mark Nicholls, 19. Hame Sele, 20. Troy Dargan, 21. Corey Allan
- Hame Sele (hamstring, round 8-9)
- Tom Amone (knee, round 19)
Tom Amone is out with a knee injury, and he will be missing until very late in the season. He has been replaced on the bench by James Roberts, who will play his first game since Round 2.
Match-up Rating – Bad
This shapes as a tougher match-up for Latrell Mitchell with fullbacks averaging just 50 PPG against the Panthers over the past five rounds. The list of number 1’s that they’ve played over that time includes Ryan Papenhuyzen, Clint Gutherson, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Matt Dufty and James Tedesco.
STORM VS WARRIORS
Friday, 26th June, Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, 6:00pm
Storm: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Justin Olam 4. Brenko Lee 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Christian Welch 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane
Interchange: 14. Brandon Smith, 15. Tino Faasuamaleaui, 16. Tom Eisenhuth, 17. Nelson Asofa-Solomona
Reserves: 18. Ryley Jacks, 19. Nicho Hynes, 20. Max King, 21. Paul Moirovski
- Tui Kamikamica (back, indefinite)
Jahrome Hughes returns to partner Cameron Munster in the halves, while Josh Addo-Carr comes back into the side on the wing at the expense of Marion Seve. Brandon Smith drops to the interchange bench for Christian Welch.
If you didn’t sell him last weekend, then you may as well hold Ryan Papenhuyzen for one more round as this could legitimately be his big game against a possibly/probably distraught Warriors side.
The addition to Hughes shouldn’t impact Munster too much from a SuperCoach perspective as the number 7 was there for Munster’s big scores in Rounds 3 and 4.
Match-up Rating – Good
For the non-Munster/Smith owners out there, prepare to pour yourself a stiff drink to get through this one. Outside of the sin bin, Cody Walker tore the Warriors to shreds in patches last Friday night, while Damien Cook had his best game of the year. It was such a strange decision to sack a coach in these conditions and it will be fascinating to see exactly what impact this has on Warriors players. A plus for them is that they don’t have to travel to Melbourne anymore for the game.
Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. David Fusitu’a 3. Peta Hiku 4. Patrick Herbert 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Blake Green 8. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 9. Karl Lawton 10. Lachlan Burr 11. Jack Murchie 12. Tohu Harris 13. Adam Blair
Interchange: 14. Channel Harris-Tevita, 15. Poasa Faamausili, 16. Agnatius Paasi, 17. Isaiah Papali’i
Reserves: 18. Gerard Beale, 20. Adam Pompey, 21. Josh Curran, 22. Laivaha Pulu
- Nathaniel Roache (knee, July)
- Eliesa Kotoa (ankle, TBC)
- Lachlan Burr (head knock)
- David Fusitu’a (head knock)
- Jazz Tevaga (calf strain, round 8-10)
- Leeson Ah Mau (pectoral, season)
- Adam Keighran (knee, July-August)
- Taane Milne (knee, season)
- Jackson Frei (knee, season)
- Bunty Afoa (knee, season)
Plenty of changes here, as you’d expect after not only last weekend’s thrashing but the sacking of their coach. Wade Egan has been suspended with Karl Lawton coming into the side at hooker, while Jack Murchie starts for the injured Eliesa Katoa in the second row. Ken Maumalo returns on the wing with Gerard Beale dropping out and Chanel Harris-Tavita and Isaiah Papali’i return on the bench. David Fusitu’a and Lachlan Burr are both named despite failing HIA’s last week.
The Katoa out is a burn for SuperCoaches, but he would have been a 50/50 call for your 17 this round against the Storm. I am holding him (unless he is set to miss weeks) given that he still has cash to earn and an ok draw ahead (Broncos, Titans and Sharks).
Match-up Rating – Bad
The Storm continue to be difficult to score against and have conceded on average the 13th fewest SuperCoach points over the past five rounds.
ROOSTERS VS DRAGONS
Friday, 26th June, Bankwest Stadium, 7:55pm
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)
James Tedesco has been named but must pass six concussion protocols this week. Ryan Hall is in the reserves as a possible replacement, with Brett Morris to shift to fullback should Tedesco miss. Sitili Tupouniua is out, and he has been replaced by Lindsay Collins, while Mitchell Aubusson drops to the reserves for Sam Verrills.
Tedesco owners will be happy but must keep an eye on the late mail. Fortunately, given that this is the third game, it shouldn’t cause too much damage if he is a late withdrawal – well apart from not playing of course.
Angus Crichton looks almost bolted on now as a gun second row forward for SuperCoach with Mitchell Aubusson once again being relegated to the reserves.
Match-up Rating – Good
The Dragons have been better over the past two weeks, but they have only played the Sharks and the Titans. For the Tedesco owners, fullbacks have averaged just 54 PPG against them, but this has hardly been a stellar list of competition. They’ve come up against Corey Thompson (twice), Caleb Aekins, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Will Hopoate (71 points) and William Kennedy. If he plays, I’m backing Teddy to monster them.
Dragons: 1. Matt Dufty 2. Jason Saab 3. Euan Aitken 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Corey Norman 7. Adam Clune 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Tyrell Fuimaono 13. Trent Merrin
Interchange: 14. Ben Hunt, 15. Josh Kerr, 16. Jacob Host, 17. Jackson Ford
Reserves: 18. Korbin Sims, 19. Tristan Sailor, 20. Tim Lafai, 21. Billy Brittain
- Jack de Belin (stood down)
- Brayden Wiliame (calf, round 10-11)
- Tariq Sims (wrist, round 9-11
James Graham has played his last game of NRL and has been replaced at lock by Trent Merrin. Jason Saab has replaced the suspended Jason Pereira on the bench, while Josh Kerr has been relegated to the interchange and Blake Lawrie promoted into the starting 13. Jackson Ford has also been added to the 17-man side.
Cameron McInnes produced his quietest game of the year with just 58 points and absolutely zero points in attack. He still got through the full 80 minutes and played a large portion at lock, but also was forced to play the last 10 minutes of the game at hooker with Adam Clune leaving the field for a HIA. It’s not panic stations yet after just one game.
Tyrell Fuimaono remains the starting edge forward but has had minimal impact and coaches will be disappointed that he now becomes a sell in the next week or two with a BE of 40.
Match-up Rating – Very Bad
If last week was very good, then this round has to be considered an avoid for the Dragon SuperCoach owners out there. That was, however, until we saw some severe carnage in the TLT announcements today. As a Zac Lomax and Matt Dufty owner, I will be forced to play both, but I do so with little confidence given that the Roosters have conceded just 33 PPG to fullbacks and 42 PPG to CTWs this year. If you have to pick one to play then it would be Lomax given his relatively high floor with the goal kicking and base average of 33 PPG.
COWBOYS VS KNIGHTS
Saturday, 27th June, Queensland Country Bank Stadium, 3:00pm
Cowboys: 1. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, 2. Kyle Feldt, 3. Justin O’Neill, 4. Esan Marsters, 5. Connelly Lemuelu, 6. Scott Drinkwater, 7. Jake Clifford, 8. Josh McGuire, 9. Reece Robson, 10. Francis Molo, 11. Mitch Dunn, 12. Coen Hess, 13. Jason Taumalolo
Interchange: 14. Ben Hampton, 15. Gavin Cooper, 16. Peter Hola, 17. Reuben Cooter
Reserves: 18. Tom Opacic, 19. Shane Wright, 20. Jordan McLean, 21. Jake Granville
- Michael Morgan (shoulder, August)
- Valentine Holmes (ankle, round 10)
- Jordan McLean (calf, round 7-8)
- John Asiata (meniscus, round 9-11)
- Tom Gilbert, (suspended, round 9)
I was expecting a bit more than this, but alas for our JT, it is just the one change with Reuben Cotter replacing Corey Jensen on the interchange. Jordan McLean has been named in the reserves and could be a late inclusion.
Scott Drinkwater earned himself a reprieve with a stunning performance in a badly beaten side last week. Hopefully, this is the impact of not having Valentine Holmes in the side, and he can produce the goods once again. With a BE of 27, I will be holding for at least one more week.
Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow came crashing back to earth with a 37 point score, which in reality was quite an achievement given that he was on nil at halftime. However, he does look likely to retain his spot in the backline, whether it be fullback or on the wing and with a BE of -42 shapes as a good buy this week.
Match-up Rating – Bad
The Knights are excellent. So good in fact that they’ve conceded on average the equal 10th fewest points in SuperCoach over the past five weeks. The Broncos may have been horrific last Thursday night but so were the Cowboys in their match, and the Knights should be able to produce another similar performance and prevent too many points against here. For the Drinkwater owners out there, pray.
Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga, 2. Edrick Lee, 3. Enari Tuala, 4. Gehamat Shibasaki,, 5. Hymel Hunt, 6. Kurt Mann, 7. Mitchell Pearce, 8. David Klemmer, 9. Andrew McCullough, 10. Daniel Saifiti, 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12. Sione Mata’utia, 13. Tim Glasby
Interchange: 14. Tex Hoy, 15. Jacob Saifiti, 16. Herman Ese’ese, 17. Aiden Guerra
Reserves: 18. Brodie Jones, 19.Tautau Moga, 20. Phoenix Crossland, 21. Pasami Saulo
- Bradman Best (COVID-19 protocols)
- Connor Watson (syndesmosis, round 9-11)
- Mitch Barnett (shoulder, July)
- Jayden Brailey (knee, season)
In big news today, SuperCoach revelation, Bradman Best has been dropped breaching COVID quarantine rules, but will miss just the one game. Enari Tuala replaces him at centre.
The Best news hurts but thankfully it is just a one week issue, and he should be back for next weekends encounter against the Sea Eagles. He is a hold despite a BE of 63.
If you’re a Tom Trbojevic and do not own Kalyn Ponga, then do not overthink this one. It’s a no-brainer trade. While I am tempted to captain him this weekend, I am also thinking that it is a good week to use the VC loop given the number of outs we have and the 50/50 calls to be made on our reserves. My plan will likely be to VC him (it’s going to be a POD move this week), and if he scores less than 80, I will captain David Nofoaluma against the Bulldogs.
Daniel Saifiti appears to have joined Daniel Klemmer as a legitimate gun prop in SuperCoach with the youngster averaging 74 PPG this year and 80 PPG over the past three rounds.
Match-up Rating – Very Good
The Cowboys were horrific last weekend, conceding over 30 points in the first half. It’s actually a real shame that Best is not playing this weekend as they have conceded the most amount of points to CTWs this year. For fullbacks, they have conceded on average 57 PPG but have not yet come up against any of the Big 3 and Ponga averages 85 PPG against them, oh and they picked Lachlan Coote over him, haha.
BRONCOS VS TITANS
Saturday, 27th June, Suncorp Stadium, 5:30pm
Broncos: 1. Tesi Niu,, 2. Xavier Coates, 3. Herbie Farnworth, 4. Darius Boyd, 5. Corey Oates, 6. Anthony Milford, 7. Brodie Croft, 8. Matt Lodge, 9. Issac Luke, 10. Payne Haas, 11. Alex Glenn (c), 12. Tevita Pangai Jr, 13. Joe Ofahengaue.
Interchange: 14. Jamayne Isaako, 15. Jamil Hopoate, 16. Rhys Kennedy, 17. Ben Te’ o
Reserves: 18. Tom Dearden, 19. Ethan Bullemor, 20. Tyson Gamble, 21. Richie Kennar
- Cory Paix (pectoral, round 8)
- Kotoni Staggs (hamstring, round 8-9)
- Jesse Arthars (knee, round 9-11)
- Jake Turpin (leg, July)
- David Fifita (knee, June-July)
- Jordan Kahu (shoulder, mid-season)
- Sean O’Sullivan (knee, mid-season)
- Keenan Palasia (knee, late season)
- Jack Bird (ACL, season)
Haha, where do we start? Tesi Niu gets his starting debut at fullback with Jamayne Isaako dropped to the bench, and I think that he would have been out of the 17 had it not of been for the injury suffered to Cory Paix at training (another one). Patrick Carrigan and Thomas Flegler are out through suspension, and they have been replaced by Joseph Ofahengaue (lock) and Jamil Hopoate (bench). Rhys Kennedy comes onto the bench in place of Paix. Somehow Darius remains…. Maybe Seibold needs a trip to Oxford to sort this one out.
Niu will be coming directly into my starting side this week. Ignore Issako on the bench, Niu has been picked on form and should at least keep his spot (baring injuries) over the next few weeks. With match-ups against the Titans, Warriors and Bulldogs, it’s a dream run for a fullback that has plenty of SuperCoach potential. I have seen him at training, and the kid could be a SuperCoach gun. At $172k, lock him in and forget that he has a two-game average of just 7.5. I will be bringing him into my side at the expense of Issako, who has been an absolute disaster for me this year. Xavier Coates was who I was going to be bringing in, but Niu gets the nod for me based on price and the higher scoring potential at fullback vs. Coates at wing.
I was all set on trading in Anthony Milford for the run of games ahead, but not anymore. I have zero trust in him. If he proves me wrong, then great but I won’t be bringing him into my SuperCoach side.
Don’t be afraid to put the captain tag back on Payne Haas after a disappointing score last week. With the outs in the Broncos side this week, expect him to play big minutes.
Match-up Rating – Very Good
The Titans are the easiest match-up in all of SuperCoach and if you own a Bronco then have to play them, well perhaps excluding Jamil Hopoate, who will come off the bench. For those looking at Niu, fullbacks have averaged 65 points against the Titans this year.
Titans: 1. Corey Thompson, 2. Anthony Don, 3. Brian Kelly, 4. Dale Copley, 5. Phillip Sami, 6. Ashley Taylor, 7. Jamal Fogarty, 8. Moeaki Fotuaika, 9. Mitch Rein, 10. Sam Lisone, 11. Kevin Proctor (c), 12. Keegan Hipgrave, 13. Jai Arrow
Interchange: 14. Tanah Boyd, 15. Tyrone Peachey, 16. Jaimin Jolliffe, 17. Jarrod Wallace
Reserves: 18. Bryce Cartwright, 19. Erin Clark, 20. Beau Fermor, 21. Tyrone Roberts
- Tyrone Roberts (ankle, round seven)
- AJ Brimson (back, indefinite)
- Ryan James (knee, season)
- Young Tonumaipea (knee, TBC)
- Corey Thompson (head knock, round seven)
- Phillip Sami (leg cork, round seven)
You’d see more consistency in the Victorian government’s policies on social distancing than a weekly Titans side. Justin Holbrook has made massive changes once again. Bryce Cartwright and Erin Clark have been dropped to the reserves with Jarrod Wallace and Mitch Rein returning to the side. Sam Lisone and Keegan Hipgrave have been named to start, while Dale Copley replaces Young Tonumaipea (injured) at centre
Moeaki Fotuaika may see a significant increase in his ownership percentage this week thanks to the unfortunate injury of Alex Twal and Carrigan’s suspension. He is clearly having a breakout year with a season average of 64 PPG.
Match-up Rating – Good
The Broncos are shocking right now and a shell of the club that played in Rounds 1 and 2. They have been that bad that the only side that has conceded the most amount of SuperCoach points to them this year has been the Titans. In fact, over the past three rounds, they’ve clearly overtaken the Titans as the easiest opponents, conceding an average of close to 0.97 PPM to all positions.
EELS VS RAIDERS
Saturday, 27th June, Bankwest Stadium, 7:30pm
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.
Interchange: 14. Ray Stone, 15. Marata Niukore, 16. Oregon Kaufusi, 17. Brad Takairangi
Reserves: 18. David Gower, 19. Danuiel Alvaro, 20. George Jennings, 21. Jai Field
- Kane Evans (suspended, round 7)
One change for the Eels with Brad Takairangi replacing Peni Terepo on the bench. Nathan Brown has been ruled out tonight for two matches and needs to be replaced.
Ryan Matterson keeps on punching out massive scores and is a must for your second row but would be a luxury purchase this week with all the outs. I will be shipping out Mitchell Moses in the next week or so for Cleary with the Eels half unable to translate his strong NRL performances into SuperCoach. He could be amazingly prized under $500k after this round with a BE over 100, but I am happy to cut ties and firmly don’t believe you need both in your side.
Match-up Rating – Bad
While the Raiders haven’t quite lived up to expectations this season so far, they have still been a challenging SuperCoach opponent. Over the past five rounds they have conceded the 12th fewest SuperCoach points. The one outlier here is at fullback, thanks to Ponga’s 150+ score. If I have the balls, then I might play Jake Averillo ahead of Moses this round with the Bulldogs rookie facing a Tigers side that has conceded over 40 PPG to left centres this year and Averillo seems made for SuperCoach.
Raiders: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, 2. Jordan Rapana, 3. Jarrod Croker, 4. Curtis Scott, 5. Nick Cotric, 6. Jack Wighton, 7. George Williams, 8. Josh Papalii, 9. Josh Hodgson, 10. Sia Soliola, 11. Elliott Whitehead, 12. Joe Tapine, 13. Corey Horsburgh
Interchange: 14. Siliva Havili, 15. Emre Guler, 16. Ryan Sutton, 17. Hudson Young
Reserves: 18. Bailey Simonsson, 19. Dunamis Lui, 20. Matt Frawley, 21. Tom Starling
- John Bateman (shoulder, indefinite)
- Sebastian Kris (extended sick leave)
- Andre Niko (knee, season)
No changes and not too much to talk about this week.
Match-up Rating – Very Bad
Parramatta have conceded the least amount of SuperCoach points over the past five weeks
SEA EAGLES VS SHARKS
Sunday, 28th June, Central Coast Stadium, 4:05pm
Sea Eagles: 1. Brendan Elliot 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Brad Parker 4. Tevita Funa 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Lachlan Croker 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. Cade Cust 15. Jack Gosiewski, 16. Sean Keppie, 17. Taniela Paseka
Reserves: 18. Morgan Boyle 19. Abbas Miski, 20. Haumole Olakau’atu, 21. Toafofoa Sipley
- Moses Suli (finger, round 7-9)
- Albert Hopoate (knee, June)
- Manase Fainu (stood down/shoulder)
- Tom Trbojevic (hamstring, TBC)
- Dylan Walker (ankle, TBC)
The big news here is the loss to Tom Trbojevic to a hamstring injury, once again. He will be missing for the next 6 weeks and replacing him is Brendan Elliot. Tevita Funa shifts to the centres and Jorge Taufua replacing Funa on the wing. Dylan Walker hurt his ankle and also looks to be out for a while, he has been replaced by Lachlan Croker at five-eighth. Martin Taupau returns to starting prop with Sean Keppie dropping to the bench.
Turbo owners must now become Ponga or Teddy owners, and it’s as simple as that…
Daly Cherry Evans has been a disappointment this year, averaging just 45 points for the year. However, in five games last year (excluding one where Cherry-Evans played just 31 minutes) without Turbo, Cherry-Evans averaged 73 PPG. At the price, he could be a POD option for the next month or so but faces the Knights twice, Eels and Panthers over this time.
Match-up Rating – Good
The Sharks have been struggling but they’ve also not been conceding as many SuperCoach points as you’d think. With that being said, their opposition has been poor, with games played against the Tigers, Cowboys, Dragons and Bulldogs over the past month. If I owned any Manly players, they’d I’d be pretty comfortable with this match-up. What a shame Turbo misses.
Sharks: 1. Matt Moylan 2. Sione Katoa 3. Josh Dugan 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Bryson Goodwin 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. Toby Rudolf 15. Braden Hamlin-Uele 16. Siosifa Talaki 17. Royce Hunt
Reserves: 18. Scott Sorensen 19. Connor Tracey 20. William Kennedy 21. Jackson Ferris
- Bronson Xerri (suspended)
- Cameron King (ACL, season)
- Ronaldo Mulitalo (knee, round nine)
Andrew Fifita is named to start with Braden Hamlin-Uele going back to the interchange in the only change.
Shaun Johnson has a three-game average of 70, and his price is now on its way up with a BE of 30. If you can fit him into your trades this week, then consider it given that he faces the Titans next round.
Toby Rudolph is a classic slow-burning cow and therefore remains a hold with a BE of 26. Many will be forced to play him this weekend given the injuries and suspensions to hit the FRF position.
Match-up Rating – Average
Full credit to the
boy’s Sea Eagles, they are playing well above their weight at the moment. These stoic on-field performances are translating into SuperCoach as they have conceded the 10th fewest SuperCoach points over the last five rounds. Sione Katoa had a field day against that Bulldogs left edge last weekend, but this rounds opponents should prove to be a bit more of a challenge with right wingers only averaging 44 PPG to the Sea Eagles.
BULLDOGS VS TIGERS
Sunday, 28th June, Bankwest Stadium, 6:30pm
Bulldogs: 1. Will Hopoate, 2. Reimis Smith, 3. Kerrod Holland, 4. Jake Averillo , 5. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak , 6. Kieran Foran, 7. Brandon Wakeham, 8. Renouf To’omaga, 9. Jeremy Marshall-King, 10. Dylan Napa, 11. Josh Jackson, 12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner, 13. Adam Elliott
Interchange: 14. Jack Cogger, 15. Dean Britt, 16. Sauaso Sue, 17. Ofahiki Ogden
Reserves: 19. Sione Katoa, 20. Lachlan Lewis, 21. Aiden Tolman, 22. Nick Meaney
- Marcelo Montoya (hamstring, round 9-11)
- Chris Smith (knee, July)
- Joe Stimson (shoulder, season)
Kerrod Holland replaces Christian Crichton at centre in the only change. Aiden Tolman has been named in the reserves.
The positional switch for William Hopoate continues to produce the goods with an 80 point score in Round 6. Jake Averillo is turning out to be a very nice cow after starting the first few games on the bench.
Match-up Rating – Average
The Tigers haven’t been conceding too much in the way of SuperCoach points lately but have also had a relatively soft run with games against the Dragons, Sharks, Titans and Cowboys since the start of the season. There aren’t too many popular Bulldogs players but one I am looking at starting this week is Averillo who will be lining up against BJ Leilua.
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. Oliver Clark, 11. Luke Garner, 12. Luciano Leilua, 13. Matthew Eishenhuth
Interchange: 14 Elijah Taylor, 15. Thomas Mikaele, 16. Sam McIntyre, 17. Michael Chee Kam
Reserves: 18. Benji Marshall, 19. Chris Lawrence, 20. Billy Walters, 21. Reece Hoffman
- Jacob Liddle (knee, indefinite)
- Russell Packer (suspended, round 8)
- Alex Twal (knee, TBC)
- Robert Jennings (hamstring, TBC)
- Zane Musgrove (foot, TBC)
Tommy Talau comes straight back into the side and replaces Robert Jennings (injured) on the wing, Oliver Clark replaces Zane Musgrove (also injured) at prop, and Matt Eisenhuth will start at lock for Alex Twal (also also injured). Elijah Taylor joins the bench.
The big SuperCoach news here is the injury to Alex Twal who looks to have suffered a serious knee injury. He was having a cracker of a SuperCoach season, and so the silver lining is that owners will now have plenty of trade options. Zane Musgrove will miss through injury also after producing a solid 50+ score with a try.
Despite the naming of Elijah Taylor on the bench, I don’t see this having a impact on Harry Grant as Taylor should provide Matt Eisenhuth with a rest.
Match-up Rating – Very Good
This shapes as a very solid match-up for the popular Tigers, including Luciano Leilua and David Nofoaluma. The Bulldogs have conceded the most points to edge forwards this year, so perhaps think twice before you trade Leilua, while Nofoaluma will be coming up the side edge that let Katoa score a hattrick last weekend.