Wenin’s Teams Analysis – Round 7

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

Injuries/outs:

  • Kurt Capewell (knee, round 17)
  • Pat Hollis (abdominal strain, indefinite)

Wenins’ Analysis

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

Injuries/outs:

  • Hame Sele (hamstring, round 8-9)
  • Tom Amone (knee, round 19)

Wenins’ Analysis

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

Injuries/outs:

  • Tui Kamikamica (back, indefinite)

Wenins’ Analysis

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.

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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

Injuries/outs:

  • 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)

Wenins’ Analysis

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.

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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

Injuries/outs:

  • Billy Smith (knee, season)

Wenins’ Analysis

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

Injuries/outs:

  • Jack de Belin (stood down)
  • Brayden Wiliame (calf, round 10-11)
  • Tariq Sims (wrist, round 9-11

Wenins’ Analysis

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

Injuries/outs:

  • 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)

Wenins’ Analysis

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

Injuries/outs:

  • Bradman Best (COVID-19 protocols)
  • Connor Watson (syndesmosis, round 9-11)
  • Mitch Barnett (shoulder, July)
  • Jayden Brailey (knee, season)

Wenins’ Analysis

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.

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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

Injuries/outs:

  • 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)

Wenins’ Analysis

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

Injuries/outs:

  • 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)

Wenins’ Analysis

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. Nathan Brown

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

Injuries/outs:

  • Kane Evans (suspended, round 7)

Wenins’ Analysis

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

Injuries/outs:

  • John Bateman (shoulder, indefinite)
  • Sebastian Kris (extended sick leave)
  • Andre Niko (knee, season)

Wenins’ Analysis

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

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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

Injuries/outs:

  • Moses Suli (finger, round 7-9)
  • Albert Hopoate (knee, June)
  • Manase Fainu (stood down/shoulder)
  • Tom Trbojevic (hamstring, TBC)
  • Dylan Walker (ankle, TBC)

Wenins’ Analysis

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

Injuries/outs:

  • Bronson Xerri (suspended)
  • Cameron King (ACL, season)
  • Ronaldo Mulitalo (knee, round nine)

Wenins’ Analysis

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

Injuries/outs:

  • Marcelo Montoya (hamstring, round 9-11)
  • Chris Smith (knee, July)
  • Joe Stimson (shoulder, season)

Wenins’ Analysis

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

Injuries/outs:

  • Jacob Liddle (knee, indefinite)
  • Russell Packer (suspended, round 8)
  • Alex Twal (knee, TBC)
  • Robert Jennings (hamstring, TBC)
  • Zane Musgrove (foot, TBC)

Wenins’ Analysis

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.

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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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Stokesy12
Stokesy12 (@smartcarnt)
4 months ago

Good job Wenin. It just seems every player in the news for injuries/suspensions/COVID misadventures is SC relevant at the moment… crazy stuff. Was so happy with the world watching Teddy Turbo run amok in my FB line and all of a sudden BOTH ruined and only a 50 50 Teddy remains… unreal

Braydos29
Braydos29 (@braydos29)
4 months ago

Thanks Wenin, I know you are saying Turbo to Ponga this week however with one trade already locked up on Coates I was planning on getting Munster instead of Ponga as he has a much lower BE and great fixture. What do you make of this please?

Braydos29
Braydos29 (@braydos29)
Reply to  WeninRome
4 months ago

Already have Teddy at fullback, hopefully he is right to go this round!
Interesting on Niu considering his BE is 46, hopefully he goes well for you

muddy
muddy (@muddy)
Reply to  Braydos29
4 months ago

I have done the same. Good luck to you sir

The Duke
The Duke (@the-duke)
4 months ago

Thorough as usual, Wenin, thank you. On your advice Sivo is going out for Tesi Niu, which gives me JUST enough money to get Munster for Walters (via a move up of Luai.)

Last edited 4 months ago by The Duke
Stokesy12
Stokesy12 (@smartcarnt)
Reply to  The Duke
4 months ago

Sivo out is a huge call… you gotta accept a few low scores to bank the huge ones from the big fijian… and he deserves to keep the spot after Lomu try

The Duke
The Duke (@the-duke)
Reply to  Stokesy12
4 months ago

My only thought is Munster’s upside. As Wenin said there’s a plethora of big scorers at ctw.

Stokesy12
Stokesy12 (@smartcarnt)
Reply to  The Duke
4 months ago

Do you have many of those coz Sivo to Niu is a colossal loss…. with Storm facing Roosters and Raiders rd 8,9 Munster a rd 10 trade for me

The Duke
The Duke (@the-duke)
Reply to  Stokesy12
4 months ago

My CTWs are Nofo, Mansauce, Fidow, and now Nia with reserves of a Averillo, will.I.Amoutatthemoment, and Lemu Emu.

Stokesy12
Stokesy12 (@smartcarnt)
Reply to  The Duke
4 months ago

Pretty dicey.. would def want to see a Yeo or play on with Sivo type

The Duke
The Duke (@the-duke)
Reply to  Stokesy12
4 months ago

I know. It’s all about priorities. Next week he will be too expensive. I can afford him with $1800 left over

Radioman
Radioman (@radioman)
4 months ago

Always love reading the write ups. Sometimes it makes it harder to get the right ones in with a few positive choices. Having said that post-trades I’m now have on board :

Api/Grant
Haas/Klemmer/JTB/Musgrove
Lolo/Matterson/McInnes/Carrigan/Katoa/Magoulias
Pearce/Walters
Brown/Luai
Lomax/Yeo/Mann/HTF/Best/Averillo/Williame
Teddy/Ponga

Sitting with $390k in the bank and in position 392…best I have ever been!!

More looking at next week now….thoughts?

RONNIE0712
RONNIE0712 (@ronnie0712)
4 months ago

Great write up Wenin. Was looking at grabbing Coates or Funa but your analysis on Niu has persuaded me. Did look dangerous whenever he touched the ball these last two weeks

RONNIE0712
RONNIE0712 (@ronnie0712)
Reply to  RONNIE0712
4 months ago

Thinking I might grab him next week and hope he doesn’t tonne up and grab coates this week with a -ve BE

dropya
dropya (@dropya)
4 months ago

Thanks Wenin, was all set for Coates but sold me on Niu – lock him in!

Hoops
Hoops (@super34)
4 months ago

Thanks for the article wenin. I think I’ll be struggling to field 17 at this rate.

Last edited 4 months ago by Hoops
BT
BT (@bt)
4 months ago

Thanks Wenin. Struggling with the decision to replace Turbo with Teddy, or just run with Ponga for a bit and strengthen my FRF so i don’t need to play JTB each week

zenguru8
zenguru8 (@zenguru8)
Reply to  BT
4 months ago

Yeah the 6 to go rule has really benefitted the backs, post-lockdown. So I’ve been happy to let JTB so I can accommodate more Fookers: fullback/hooker hybrids such as Teddy, Turbo and Pong.

zenguru8
zenguru8 (@zenguru8)
4 months ago

Excellent as usual but why Ben Affleck?

TurkeySnow
TurkeySnow (@turkeysnow)
4 months ago

So even with Coates -29BE you would suggest Niu this week? Do you plan on grabbing Coates? He could jump to 280K next week if that was the case?

I am tempted by Nui as the Titans allow points to FLB, but his BE vs Coates and seeing small game time is my concern?

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