The Wenin’s had a solid week with a score of 1,285 to see their ranking improve to 6,546. A gutsy effort so far this season.
There is some massive news floating around this week with not all of it confirmed as of today’s team announcements. Does James Tedesco play? What about Siosiua Taukeiaho? Does Jacob Liddle return to the Tigers 17 as previously touted by Wacko? How does Ryan Matterson fit back into the Eels rotation? It will be a big week for late mail, but for now, let’s dissect what we know.
Here are this week’s teams.
RAIDERS v RABBITOHS
Thursday, 7.50pm, GIO Stadium, Canberra
Raiders: 1. Caleb Aekins 2. Bailey Simonsson 3. Sebastian Kris 4. Curtis Scott 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Ryan James 9. Tom Starling 10. Emre Guler 11. Corey Harawira-Naera 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Ryan Sutton
Bench: 14. Siliva Havili 15. Joe Tapine 16. Corey Horsburgh 17. Hudson Young
Reserves: 18. Matt Timoko 19. Sia Soliola 20. Matt Frawley 21. Dunamis Lui
- Sam Williams (ribs, round 8)
- Semi Valemei (hamstring, round 8)
- Josh Papalii (rested, round 9)
- Jarrod Croker (shoulder, round 9-10)
- Josh Hodgson (calf, round 9-10)
- Albert Hopoate (shoulder, round 11-13)
- Harley Smith-Shields (biceps, round 20)
- Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (neck, indefinite)
Jarrod Croker and Josh Papalii are both out through injury with Bailey Simonsson and Joe Tapine returning to the side that lost to the Cowboys last weekend. Croker’s absence see’s Sebastian Kris shift to the centres, while Tapine returns via the bench.
Jordan Rapana has a sneaky 68 PPG average for the season and with a BE of 2 he will continue to increase in value; however, the Raiders do not play in the first bye round.
Other than that, there’s not too much interest in the Raiders right now.
Rabbitohs: 1. Cody Walker 2. Alex Johnston 3. Dane Gagai 4. Campbell Graham 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Benji Marshall 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Thomas Burgess 9. Damien Cook 10. Tevita Tatola 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jaydn Su’A 13. Cameron Murray
Bench: 14. Mark Nicholls 15. Liam Knight 16. Jacob Host 17. Jai Arrow
Reserves: 18. Steven Marsters 19. Hame Sele 20. Patrick Mago 21. Dean Hawkins
- Braidon Burns (knee, round 8)
- Blake Taaffe (ankle, round 9)
- Latrell Mitchell (suspension, round 11)
- Josh Mansour (hamstring, round 11)
- Jed Cartwright (back, mid-season)
- Brock Gardner (Achilles, indefinite)
Cameron Murray has paid back owners who stuck fat with scores of 105 and 86 in back to back weeks. He made a whopping 43 tackles last weekend, produced a try contribution and a linebreak assist in a very solid 76 minutes.
Dane Gagai has scored under 60 just once over the past five weeks and is proving to be a very valuable asset for the CTW position but will miss both bye rounds due to Origin.
Keaon Koloamatangi retains the starting edge spot and has played over 70 minutes in his past four games. However, the 114 point score was a massive outlier with an average of just 36 in the three games prior. He produced two try assists and two linebreaks.
STORM v SHARKS
Friday, 6pm, AAMI Park, Melbourne
Storm: 1. Nicho Hynes 2. Reimis Smith 3. Tom Eisenhuth 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Brandon Smith 10. Christian Welch 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Tui Kamikamica
Bench: 14. Harry Grant 15. Dale Finucane 16. Chris Lewis 17. Ryley Jacks
Reserves: 18. Aaron Pene 19. Dean Ieremia 20. Trent Loiero 21. Isaac Lumelume
- George Jennings (head knock, round 9)
- Nelson Asofa-Solomona (head knock, round 9)
- Max King (Achilles, round 8-10)
- Ryan Papenhuyzen (shoulder, round 10-11)
- Brenko Lee (calf, round 11-12)
- Darryn Schonig (knee, round 15-17)
George Jennings and Nelson Asofa-Solomona are both out due to concussion and have been replaced in the side by Tom Eisenhuth and Chris Lewis respectively, while Ryley Jacks has been added to the bench. Ryan Papenhuyzen remains out with a shoulder injury and there were reports today that he could be missing next week too.
The intriguing option here for me is Nicho Hynes, who could start at fullback for the next two weeks while also covering the round 13 bye. He’s importantly available in the CTW and with a BE of -5 he won’t be priced under $300k for very much longer. I do think that there are more important trades to make this week; however, if you’ve already brought in Jake Simpkin and Josh Curran and need some depth in your CTW position, then Hynes could be your man.
Reimis Smith is another option for your CTW at $383k, but with a relatively poor base of just 27, he will be inconsistent and there are better options.
Sharks: 1. Will Kennedy 2. Mawene Hiroti 3. Will Chambers 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Connor Tracey 6. Shaun Johnson 7. Chad Townsend 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Aaron Woods 11. Briton Nikora 12. Wade Graham 13. Toby Rudolf
Bench: 14. Teig Wilton 15. Braydon Trindall 16. Jack Williams 17. Braden Hamlin-Uele
Reserves: 18. Matt Moylan 19. Billy Magoulias 20. Franklin Pele 21. Josh Dugan
- Andrew Fifita (suspension, round 9)
- Ronaldo Mulitalo (knee, round 9-10)
- Sione Katoa (knee, round 9-10)
- Royce Hunt (knee, round 9-10)
- Jackson Ferris (foot, round 10)
- Siosifa Talakai (suspension, round 12)
Wade Graham and prop Aiden Tolman are both back, seeing Tieg Wilton drop to the bench, Braden Hamlin-Uele also drops to the bench, while Billy Magoulias has been omitted to the reserves. Will Chambers has been named to make his return to the NRL and starts in the centres with Josh Dugan dropping out of the 17. Siosifa Talakai will miss the next four games due to suspension.
Jesse Ramien is producing the form that some had expected last year with scores of 64, 88 and 70 over his past three games. There has been only one try over this time with the centre producing a very, very impressive 37 BPPG.
Teig Wilton owners can afford to hold him one more week despite the relegation to the bench as he has a BE of 24 but he looks like a perfect trade option to Josh Curran this week.
BRONCOS v TITANS
Friday, 7.55pm, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Broncos: 1. Jamayne Isaako 2. Xavier Coates 3. Jesse Arthurs 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Corey Oates 6. Anthony Milford 7. Tyson Gamble 8. Matt Lodge 9. Jake Turpin 10. Payne Haas 11. Jordan Riki 12. Tevita Pangai Junior 13. Pat Carrigan
Bench: 14. Danny Levi 15. Thomas Flegler 16. Ethan Bullemor 17. Rhys Kennedy
Reserves: 18. Tesi Niu 19. John Asiata 20. David Mead 21. Brodie Croft
- Kotoni Staggs (knee, round 10-12)
- Alex Glenn (calf, round 11)
- Ben Te’o (biceps, round 18)
Once again, we see another shakeup in the halves with Anthony Milford and Tyson Gamble selected. This sees Brodie Croft and Thomas Dearden dropped, with Dearden potentially having played his last game for the Broncos. Alex Glenn suffered a calf injury in the warm-up last week and will miss the next month, with Jordan Riki to once again start on the edge. Jesse Arthars has been named to replaced David Mead in the centres who has been dropped.
Tevita Pangai has scored a try in consecutive weeks and is suddenly one of the most talked-about SuperCoach options. He has reduced in price by almost $100k and with a BE of 33 looks like being a value buy this round. While the shift to the edge has seen his base decrease to around 0.5 BPPM, it has improved his attack, as evidenced by the two tries and a linebreak over the past fortnight. With Glenn out for a month now, his spot in the side as an 80-minute edge forward looks all but guaranteed. Based on his output from the past two weeks, you’re probably looking at a baseline of circa 55 points, which isn’t bad for a 2RF/FRF who will cover round 13. However, he may need to be replaced at some point this season. How many trades have you burnt so far?
With a BE of 83, you could wait a week for Payne Haas, but he looks seriously impressive with scores of 70, 64 and 78 over the past three weeks despite the reduced minutes.
Titans: 1. AJ Brimson 2. Anthony Don 3. Brian Kelly 4. Phillip Sami 5. Corey Thompson 6. Ash Taylor 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Mitch Rein 10. Moeaki Fotuaika 11. Kevin Proctor 12. David Fifita 13. Tyrone Peachey
Bench: 14. Erin Clark 15. Jaimin Jolliffe 16. Herman Ese’ese 17. Sam McIntyre
Reserves: 18. Beau Fermor 19. Tanah Boyd 20. Jai Whitbread 21. Darius Farmer
- Tino Fa’asuamaleaui (suspension, round 9)
- Patrick Herbert (calf, round 12)
- Sam Lisone (pectoral, round 14)
Anthony Don is back from injury, seeing Phillip Sami shift into the centres with Patrick Herbert out injured. Herman Ese’ese joins the bench with Sam Lisone out with a pec injury in the only other change.
Corey Thompson continues to have an outstanding season. He now has an average of 76 PPG but is also priced over $600k. However, he is definitely one to consider for round 13 coverage.
David Fifita has to be a lock for captain this weekend against his old side, while Tyrone Peachey continues to perform for owners who took a punt on the much-maligned utility a month ago.
Brian Kelly is a definite option and you could do worse than adding him this week in time for the match-up vs. the Broncos despite the relatively high BE.
PANTHERS v SEA EAGLES
Saturday, 3pm, Carrington Park, Bathurst
Panthers: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Charlie Staines 3. Stephen Crichton 4. Matt Burton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Moses Leota 9. Api Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Isaah Yeo
Bench: 14. Tyrone May 15. Spencer Leniu 16. Matthew Eisenhuth 17. Liam Martin
Reserves: 18. Scott Sorensen 19. Mitch Kenny 20. Robert Jennings 21. Brent Naden
- Eddie Blacker (hamstring, round 9-10)
- Paul Momirovski (suspension, round 10)
Api Koroisau returns from injury and replaces Mitch Kenny at hooker in the only change for the premiership favourites.
I know that many of you are planning to hold Charlie Staines for the round 13 bye, but is it worth it? The guy is dead set unplayable and will start to lose plenty of cash with a BE of 87. Depending on your trade requirements for the week, I would seriously consider moving him on for the likes of Thompson, Ferguson, Hynes, Nofoaluma, Kelly and any other CTW that will cover the round 13 bye.
Sea Eagles: 1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jason Saab 3. Brad Parker 4. Morgan Harper 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Taniela Paseka 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Martin Taupau 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Josh Schuster 13. Jake Trbojevic
Bench: 14. Cade Cust 15. Josh Aloiai 16. Sean Keppie 17. Toafofoa Sipley
Reserves: 18. Zac Saddler 19. Tevita Funa 20. Christian Tuipulotu 21. Ben Trbojevic
- Curtis Sironen (knee, round 9-10)
- Moses Suli (back, round 9-10)
- Dylan Walker (hamstring, round 10-12)
- Karl Lawton (Achilles, round 11-12)
- Jack Gosiewski (foot, round 17)
- Andrew Davey (knee, season)
- Morgan Boyle (shoulder, season)
- Manase Fainu (stood down, indefinite)
Being able to buy Tom Trbojevic at under $600k is just crazy. He is a must based on recent performances and if you’re still holding onto Tedesco then I think you need to seriously consider the trade with a view of bringing Teddy possibly back in at a much cheaper price. However, I wouldn’t be captaining him against the Panthers and we are burning trades like crazy at the moment.
Reuben Garrick has scores of 113 and 105 since the return of Turbo but is now priced over $500k and that is too much for me, particularly given that he won’t cover round 13.
I had planned to trade Josh Schuster for Simpkin, but given his form, I will be holding Schuster for the foreseeable future as he has plenty of cash still to be made and is a play in your 17 every week.
BULLDOGS v EELS
Saturday, 5.30pm, Stadium Australia, Sydney
Bulldogs: 1. Nick Meaney 2. Nick Cotric 3. Will Hopoate 4. Corey Allan 5. Tuipulotu Katoa 6. Jake Averillo 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Dylan Napa 9. Sione Katoa 10. Luke Thompson 11. Adam Elliott 12. Chris Smith 13. Corey Waddell
Bench: 14. Brad Deitz 15. Renouf Atoni 16. Ava Seumanufagai 17. Matt Doorey
Reserves: 19. Brandon Wakeham 20. Joe Stimson 21. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 23. Ofahiki Ogden
- Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (leg, round 8)
- Lachlan Lewis (head knock, round 9)
- Jackson Topine (knee, round 9)
- Jeremy Marshall-King (foot, round 10-12)
- Josh Jackson (calf, round 10-12)
- Jack Hetherington (suspension, round 12)
- Raymond Faitala-Mariner (foot, round 18-22)
- Jayden Okunbor (knee, round 20)
- Christian Crichton (knee, season)
No changes, however, both Matt Doorey and Chris Smith must pass concussion protocols, while Dallin Watene-Zelezniak is a chance of returning after being a late withdrawal last week.
That’s now a three-round average of 71 for Luke Thompson, who played 64 minutes last weekend for 65 points with 65 coming from pure base. He’s possibly a safer week-to-week bet than Pangai and at about $50k less; however, he does not play in round 13.
Corey Waddell played 80 minutes at lock for 67 points with 47 coming in pure base; however, he will also not cover round 13.
Eels: 1. Clint Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Tom Opacic 4. Marata Niukore 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Isaiah Papali’i 13. Nathan Brown
Bench: 14. Oregon Kaufusi 15. Ryan Matterson 16. Haze Dunster 17. Bryce Cartwright
Reserves: 18. Joey Lussick 19. Keegan Hipgrave 20. Wiremu Greig 21. Jordan Rankin
- Waqa Blake (calf, round 9)
- Ray Stone (shoulder, round 9-10)
- Will Smith (thumb, indefinite)
- Michael Jennings (stood down)
Ryan Matterson has been named to return for his first match since round two from the bench after getting through a full game in second grade last weekend.
It will be very interesting to see how Matto fits into the rotation and I wouldn’t be reading too much into Isaiah Papali’i’s reduced minutes last Friday night with the Darwin heat and the blowout scoreline likely to blame.
I love it when a plan comes together. Clint Gutherson was superb against the Broncos and now comes up against a Bulldogs side that is equally as bad despite their win last weekend. He is a captain option once again.
Nathan Brown has been a huge disappointment this year and I will be looking to trade him out come round 14.
KNIGHTS v ROOSTERS
Saturday, 7.35pm, McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Starford To’a 3. Enari Tuala 4. Bradman Best 5. Brayden Musgrove 6. Kurt Mann 7. Blake Green 8. David Klemmer 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Mitchell Barnett 13. Connor Watson
Bench: 14. Sauaso Sue 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Josh King 17. Brodie Jones
Reserves: 18. Pasami Saulo 19. Phoenix Crossland 20. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 21. Tex Hoy
- Lachlan Fitzgibbon (shoulder, round 8)
- Edrick Lee (foot, round 9)
- Hymel Hunt (hamstring, round 9)
- Tex Hoy (hamstring, round 9-10)
- Bailey Hodgson (knee, round 13)
- Mitchell Pearce (pectoral, round 14-16)
- Dom Young (knee, indefinite)
- Jirah Momoisea (Achilles, indefinite)
- Chris Randall (wrist, indefinite)
No changes. Lachlan Fitzgibbon has been named in the reserves but Barry Toohey has confirmed that he will be eased back into the side via the NSW Cup this weekend.
Bradman Best has a BE of 94 and will be a great buy in a couple of weeks. I’ll be looking to add him in time for the round 10 match-up against the Tigers.
Connor Watson has done a job for us but can now be sold to Jake Simpkin. I was toying with the idea of holding him through to the bye round and offloading Schuster, but I think it’s worth making the move on Watson instead and then you’re also adding another number for a challenging round 17.
Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Josh Morris 4. Joseph Manu 5. Brett Morris 6. Drew Hutchinson 7. Sam Walker 8. Isaac Liu 9. Sam Verrills 10. Lindsay Collins 11. Angus Crichton 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Victor Radley
Bench: 14. Ben Marschke 15. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 16. Nat Butcher 17. Siosiua Taukeiaho
Reserves: 18. Fletcher Baker 19. Matt Ikuvalu 20. Egan Butcher 21. Joseph Suaalii
- James Tedesco (head knock, round 8)
- Siosiua Taukeiaho (ribs, round 8)
- Lachlan Lam (knee, round 9)
- Freddy Lussick (arm, round 11-13)
- Billy Smith (shoulder, mid-season)
- Boyd Cordner (concussion, indefinite)
- Luke Keary (knee, season)
James Tedesco has been named but will have to pass concussion protocols after failing a HIA on Anzac Day. Siosiua Taukeiaho has been named on the interchange after being a late withdrawal on the weekend.
The big question of the week is whether or not we should sell Tedesco. A HIA impacted score of just 17 saw a $100k price drop in one week and now with a BE of 157, further decreases are imminent. However, if you decide to move him on then you are selling him at an all-time low at under $600k and it may be better served to suck it up and hold him with fixtures against the Cowboys and Broncos not too far away. You don’t want to be without him over these two weeks. I think that it is more crucial to fix up our CTW or FRF position first. Given that Turbo has a tough match-up against the Panthers, my advice would be to hold even if he was to miss. If you’ve been trading like me then you can’t keep moving these guys on in the hope of bringing them back in as you’re going to run out of trades soon. Just make sure you have in your reserves just in case he is a late out.
Sitili Tupouniua proved last weekend to be a great buy at the price and is once again this weekend with a BE of 2. He won’t cover round 13 but should earn plenty of cash and provide us with a valuable number for round 17 before being traded out. Excluding the two-injury impacted reduced minute games (one where he played just 13 minutes and the next game just 48 minutes), he has an average BPPG of 43 and an average of 68 PPG.
Siosiua Taukeiaho is likely to lose cash with a current BE of 108, but I view him as a FRF keeper and will be looking to hold him ahead of the likes of Tino Fa’asuamaleaui.
EDIT: Having thought this through a bit more, if Sam Walker was retain the goal kicking duties then that’s enough to make me want to sell TKO this week.
WARRIORS v COWBOYS
Sunday, 2pm, Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. David Fusitu’a 3. Adam Pompey 4. Rocco Berry 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Reece Walsh 7. Kodi Nikorima 8. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 9. Wayde Egan 10. Kane Evans 11. Josh Curran 12. Ben Murdoch-Masila 13. Tohu Harris
Bench: 14. Jazz Tevaga 15. Leeson Ah Mau 16. Bunty Afoa 17. Bayley Sironen
Reserves: 18. Jack Murchie 20. Sean O’Sullivan 21. Tom Ale 22. Taniela Otukolo
- Marcelo Montoya (knee, round 9)
- Euan Aitken (ankle, round 9-11)
- Peta Hiku (dislocated shoulder, round 11-12)
- Chanel Harris-Tavita (foot, round 13-14)
- Addin Fonua-Blake (knee, round 19-20)
Tohu Harris returns after missing last weekend through concussion with Jazz Tevaga dropping to the bench. David Fusitu’a and Adam Pompey are also back, with Roger Tuivasa-Sheck shifting from wing to fullback and Marcelo Montoya out due to a knee injury. Reece Walsh shifts from fullback to five-eighth with Bayley Sironen dropping to the bench. Ben Murdoch-Masila starts on the edge with Jack Murchie dropping back to the bench, while Josh Curran is free to play after successfully seeing his charge downgraded at the judiciary tonight.
The Curran news has massive SuperCoach ramifications as some (like me) were hoping that this trade could wait until next week but now we are likely forced to bring him in this round with a BE of -58. He is a definite start in your 17’s as well and his job security looks pretty secure.
Fusitu’a is a possible start this weekend as well against the Cowboys, while Reece Walsh will be on the bubble next round but is only available at fullback.
Cowboys: 1. Valentine Holmes 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Justin O’Neill 4. Connelly Lemuelu 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Ben Hampton 8. Coen Hess 9. Reece Robson 10. Jordan McLean 11. Shane Wright 12. Ben Condon 13. Jason Taumalolo
Bench: 14. Jake Granville 15. Lachlan Burr 16. Francis Molo 17. Corey Jensen
Reserves: 18. Peter Hola 19. Javid Bowen 20. Tom Gilbert 21. Jake Clifford
- Jordan McLean (hamstring, round 8)
- Mitchell Dunn (suspension, round 9)
- Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow (leg, round 10)
- Reuben Cotter (foot, round 19-20)
Jason Taumalolo is back, seeing Lachlan Burr drop to the bench with Mitchell Dunn through suspension.
Valentine Holmes will be the one that got away from most of us with the Cowboys CTW now priced at $568k and with Origin ahead, it’s hard to trade him in now for overall players.
Ben Condon is proving to be a fantastic cash cow with scores of 62, 71 and 56 over the past three weeks. His price has increased by $142k and with a BE of -8, there is plenty more cash to be made. I will be looking to move him on once he maxes out in the coming weeks.
DRAGONS v TIGERS
Sunday, 4.05pm, WIN Stadium, Wollongong
Dragons: 1. Matthew Dufty 2. Cody Ramsey 3. Jack Bird 4. Zac Lomax 5. Max Feagai 6. Corey Norman 7. Ben Hunt 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Josh Kerr 12. Tariq Sims 13. Tyrell Fuimaono
Bench: 14. Adam Clune 15. Josh McGuire 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Billy Burns
Reserves: 18. Kaide Ellis 19. Jackson Ford 20. Poasa Faamausili 21. BJunior Amone
- Mikaele Ravalawa (suspension, round 10)
- Jordan Pereira (suspension, round 11)
- Cameron McInnes (knee, season)
- Jack de Belin (stood down)
Ben Hunt returns seeing Jack Bird shift to the centres and Adam Ramsay to the wing. Jordan Pereira and Mikaele Ravalawa will be missing through suspension with Max Feagai called up to fill the other vacant wing spot. Josh King has been named to start in the second row in place of Billy Burns.
Zac Lomax scored just 25 points and is set to lose a bucket of cash with a current BE of 98. He could be under $450k soon and is a steal at that price. However, recent reports suggest that he could be headed for a NSW centre spot, which would rule him out of round 13.
Tigers: 1. Daine Laurie 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Joey Leilua 4. James Roberts 5. Tommy Talau 6. Adam Doueihi 7. Luke Brooks 8. James Tamou 9. Jake Simpkin 10. Alex Twal 11. Luke Garner 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Joe Ofahengaue
Bench: 14. Moses Mbye 15. Stefano Utoikamanu 16. Alex Seyfarth 17. Thomas Mikaele
Reserves: 18. Michael Chee-Kam 19. Zane Musgrove 20. Tom Amone 21. Jacob Liddle
- Russell Packer (knee, round 10)
- Asu Kepaoa (knee, season)
Joey Leilua replaces Michael Chee Kam, who drops to the reserves. Stefano Utoikamanu has been replaced at prop by Alex Twal, who shifts from lock to prop. Joe Ofahengaue takes over from Twal at #13, seeing Luke Garner promoted to the starting edge role.
Jake Simpkin remains the only noted hooker in the side with Jacob Liddle once again named in the reserves. With a BE of -38 and a rock basement price, now is the week to buy. However, reduced minutes are a possibility any week with Moses Mbye named on the bench and Liddle floating in reserves.
David Nofoaluma has a BE of 81 following his 50 points last weekend and that trade can now wait a week for those who didn’t bring him in last round. However, he will be a must for round 13 with the 50 points not including a try.
Utoikamanu has peaked in value and with a shift to the bench you could cash him in this round but he will cover round 13. You will just need to figure out how many players you have for that round before trading him out. With Staines and Spencer Leniu also struggling, you are likely going to be required to hold one of those for the round 3 bye and Utoikamanu could be the safest bet of the lot for points and also to hold value.