Two rounds down and it’s the all-important last two trades before price rises kick in for the rest of the season. Some really interesting rotations to note this week for the considerations for trade-in this week, the all-important last two trades before price changes starting kicking in!
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With JDB out the main beneficiaries continue to be Graham (53), Vaughan (56) and Lawrie (56) – Lawrie in particular was impressive and there will be great interest in where Korbin Sims is named this week as he returns from suspension. Host (61) was again given the lion’s share of minutes but his PPM left a lot to be desired. Leilua (25) took some of his edge minutes but was a defensive liability. Latimore (46) was also given a decent size bump in minutes, one which matched Friz’s minutes in Round 1, while Kerr (16) had a debut to forget, giving away multiple penalties/errors during his time on the field. Dufty played just 18 minutes, and only in the second half despite what Mary had alluded to doing earlier about bringing him on in the first half. Good one Mary. McInnes (69) and Hunt/Widdop/Norman (all 80) were again reshuffled when Dufty came on. Having said all that, Vaughan and Lawrie are the only names I’m interested in here. Tariq (80) seems to be the stalwart in the team minutes-wise but he is too expensive for my liking.
Cook played the full 80 minutes yet again, surely dispelling any concerns in the preseason about his minutes. Surgess (72) had a monster game and was given an early shower with the game comfortably won. Sutton (27) came off during a planned interchange (source: Rabbitohs’ Round 2 injury report) citing chest pains/breathing troubles and was apparently fine to come back on later, but with the scoreline the way it was, the medical staff decided there was no point so he sat out the game. This resulted in inflated minutes for Turner (51) and Lowe (53). Murray (57) played a disappointing amount of minutes given Sutton’s absence but again, this may have just been some player management with the scoreline comfortably in favour of the Bunnies. Tatola (34) doesn’t appear to be likely to get the minutes required to make bulk coin. Knight (36) appears more likely to get the minutes, but George Burgess looms on the horizon.
Raiders fans will be glad to see Rapana (80) make it through a full game on his rushed recovery, although his workrate is much lower than his usual standards. Big watch on his form there. Papalii (49) got similar minutes again as starting prop, but with Tapine (19) getting injured and most likely sitting out a number of weeks, it will be interesting to see where Big Papa ends up. Hodgson (80) continues to get the minutes but not the work, or attacking stats, but surely Hodgson owners knew he had these types of games in him. Bateman and Whitehead continue to lock down 80 minutes but it’s worth noting that Bateman rotated to the edge once Tapine was off injured, although Soliola (50) was also playing a bit of a rotation with Bateman at times. Havili (39) spent a bit more time at lock with Tapine’s injury as well, and Horsburgh (32) showed that he might be earning Sticky’s trust. Sutton (15) is a flop for any SuperCoaches who took the punt.
There was a bit of a minutes’ watch on JBrom (46) but that would appear to be over, despite how good he looks on the field. Until he gets 50+ I can’t see him as overly relevant. Smith continues to play 80 despite BSmith’s 34 minutes on the field, but at this point Smith is still staying at hooker primarily with Brandon mostly playing as a middle forward. Kamikamica (25) got almost the same minutes as last week but his workrate was substantially lower. Finucane (65) finally got the minutes we were hoping to see, but will this keep up? It depends if Bellamy wants to keep carrying an outside back on the bench – and where is Stimson? Apparently back this week but we shall see. KBrom and Kaufusi held down the edges for 80 minutes. Chambers (74) continues to be managed a bit as he recovers from his ankle surgery, with Seve (6) getting his long-awaited NRL debut in absolute garbage time.
Roberts made it through the bulk of the game (61 minutes) before he was given an early shower with the scoreline fairly comfortable for the Broncos. Staggs (19) replaced him at right centre. TPJ… what a player! Plenty has been said about him, and he did all of that amazing work in just 45 minutes. JoeO (47) was disappointing in his minutes and workrate while on the field, and looks like he can be an easy trade-out for those needing to find a way to get Surgess into their team. Fifita played the full 80 on the right edge, even if his workrate was not amazing compared to his usual standards. Gillett (55) saw a decent size drop in minutes, mostly due to Su’A (41) playing more middle minutes and also Flegler (37) being an absolute wrecking ball while on the field. If he keeps playing like that, he will be hard to replace with Haas. Glenn and Macca continue to hold down 80 minutes on the left edge and hooker respectively.
The Cowboys were really in the trenches with the TPJ-led Broncos pack just smashing them out of the contest. The obvious talking point was Lolo playing just 34 minutes, a good 20 or so of it while having suffered a Grade 3 MCL injury too. Smart one, Paul Green. He will be out long term and is a must-trade for owners. This opened up bigger minutes for Scott (50), McLean (56) and McGuire (72). Nene (38) copped a head knock and failed his HIA, but is expected to be fine for the coming week. This forced a reshuffle of Kahu to the wing, TMM to fullback and Asiata to the halves. However, Asiata (41) also spent time off the field for HIA, as did Bowen (66). Hess (57) was a surprising late benching but this will probably change again moving forward. Dunn (42) was impressive in his time on the field. Cooper (80) spent time at centre towards the end when Bowen was off. Molo (24) got irrelevant minutes.
Jayden Brailey (25) suffered a head knock and failed his HIA, with his brother Blayke (55) taking over at hooker. Handy. Feki (55) went off with an injury which may open the door for Xerri this week. This forced a reshuffle with Capewell (80) playing the last 25 minutes on the wing. Nikora (64) also spent time off the field because of HIA, but he passed and returned to play. With the scoreline fairly comfortable, Gallen (35) played less minutes (and looked gassed anyway) while Bukuya (47) spent time on the edge and in the middle. Prior (51), Williams (42) and Woods (47) also got more minutes, while Fifita (61) wasn’t required to do as much.
EDIT: added insight from Dravid – cheers!
On the Sharks rotations… Bukuya initially came on and played middle, but with the injury to Feki he was shifted to the edge (with Capewell going to the wing). When Bukuya got binned, Fifita went to the edge (and spent 10 minutes doing pretty much nothing).
All eyes were on Arrow (69) who had an absolute monster of a game. Hopefully these are the minutes he will get moving forward, as he is a captain option every week playing 65+. Peats (80) continues to play the whole game at hooker, while Sami (0) rode the pine as they didn’t have any injuries to outside backs. Proctor (69) went off for HIA but passed it to return to the field. Wallace (42) and Boyd (38) get disappointing minutes while James (72) and Carty (58) continue their little rotation on the left edge. Fotuaika and King (24 and 28) continue to get minimal minutes.
Klemmer watch was fully engaged this week, and 63 minutes with no apparent injury concerns aside from Fitzgibbon (76) leaving the field early with ‘severe calf cramps’ poses great signs for Klemmer. A real POD option for those who already own the likes of Arrow, Surgess, Lane or any other potential Lolo replacement. Glasby (33) played minimal minutes but this may have been due to “HIA” with Maloney collecting him high early in the game – maybe a convenient interchange? Not sure on that. Levi (59) and Mann (21) continue to share the hooking duties, while Sione made it through another 80 minute game. Gavet, Guerra, Barnett and Ese’ese (41, 39, 37 and 31) continue to be irrelevant in those minutes.
Tamou watch was also fully engaged this week, and 57 minutes is extremely promising especially while Tamou maintained a high base PPM. Still, what happens once Kikau returns either this week or next? JFH (80) will shift back from the edge to lock, and he will get a lot more time than Sele’s 34 minutes. Katoa (51) and Egan (29) shared the minutes at hooker, while Yeo (53) suffered another HIA but returned to the field (amid some controversy). Yeo will likely miss this week which certainly helps Tamou to score well – he could be a quick cash grab potentially and a trade-out to maybe a cheaper Angus Crichton?! RCG (57) got his usual minutes but Frankenstein (67) played a surprising number of minutes off the bench. Still, you have to wonder what happens with Kikau – does he play edge exclusively or does he rotate into the middle with Frankenstein more of an edge player. I’m staying away from the Panthers until I can feel more confident in their minute rotations. I can’t blame those wanting to take a punt on Tamou though.
A HIA for Siro (46 – failed), a HIA to Brendan Elliott (66) and a leg injury to Moses Suli (72) muddled the minutes somewhat but there were a few takeaways from this game. Taupau (55) punished premature sellers with a huge base stat performance but more importantly, he had his offload working again. JTurbo got his usual 80, as did Joel Thompson, and Gosiewski (59) played in the outside backs at times while Elliott and Suli were off, and also on the edge after Siro went off. Waddell (42) had a strong debut but his minutes are questionable. Sipley (36) was impressive in his limited time, but set up a try with a linebreak assist for some nice points. He could be a sleeper FRF cheapie with just a 4 minute stint in his rolling average for one week – but how do you trust Hasler and his minutes!
With Friend and Cronk missing, it’s hard to read too much into these minutes given the rotation Robinson chose to go with. BMoz (40) didn’t return after the first half due to a knee injury, this saw Lam (40) debut off the bench and Latrell went back to left centre after playing the first half at five eighth. Keary (68) was amazing and spent 12 minutes off the field for HIA, this saw a reshuffle where Angus went to centre, Manu staying on the wing and Aubo to the halves briefly. Aubo was at right centre for the majority of the game. JWH (79) had a massive game, Radley played the full 80 at hooker, TKO (56) and Liu (57) both got bigger minutes, which was also due to Collins (3) getting knocked out too. All in all, a mess of a game where I wouldn’t read too much into any of the rotations.
Tolman watch was disappointing with him getting just 48 minutes. It also coincided with the Bulldogs getting pumped by the Eels while he was off the field. I saw a stat which I’m not sure is 100% correct, but if it is, well, Dean Pay shouldn’t take him off. The Bulldogs scores with him on the field are 16-16; with Tolman off the field, the scores are 60-6 across the first two weeks. Sure, maybe it’s coincidence but it’s also a huge disparity! Marshall-King played 60 minutes as the starter this week, with Lichaa offering very little off the bench in his 20 minutes. Napa got his bigger minutes this week, playing 53 and scored a nice try. RFM (58) may have been hooked after a few bad errors (including throwing the errant offload for Lane’s intercept try). CHN (54) got bigger minutes as a result, with Elliott also only playing 37 minutes. In any case, with Pay reportedly “swinging the axe”, we may be back to a blank slate when it comes to reviewing the Bulldogs’ minutes.
Shaun Lane owners may have had their hearts in their mouths as he came off 10 minutes early, but it appears this was just an early shower after he had put in a great performance in his first 70 minutes. Niukore played 80 minutes again, with Moeroa getting 44 in at lock. Paulo’s first hitout was a strong 51 minutes, while Alvaro played just 42. Hoffman (66) had to go off for HIA, and he was replaced by Salmon (25) and then later Mahoney (69) got a breather for more game time for Salmon. Not much else to note with the rest of the bench forwards all getting nominal SuperCoach-irrelevant minutes.
Farah watch for 80 minutes was as expected given the bench, but he is a serious gun when playing 80 minutes. We do have to go back to 2013 and 2014 though, but he averaged 77 PPG in 76 MPG, and 73 PPG in 79 PPG respectively. Matto also got 80 as expected. Garner owners or prospective owners would be hoping that he will continue playing no les than 65 minutes as he got 68 this week for a nice 50 score – but MCK was the one who got the benefits with the late try. He looked pretty decent too in his 12 minutes of gametime (lol). Mikaele (31) got stuck in a crusher tackle and his PPM was a bit lower afterwards, so I wouldn’t be too worried as an owner. Twal (55) was much better this week and his PPM was more to where it usually is. Nothing much else of relevance to note…
Burr started strongly but in the end only played 32 minutes before being taken off, and never came back on. Papali’i only got 25 minutes off the bench too, in a bit of a slap in the face for anybody who decided to risk him for a week. Luke’s return saw him play 67 minutes which resulted in less minutes for Blair (68),Tevaga (43), Ah Mau (41) and curiously, extra minutes for Lisone (35). Tohu got his expected 80 minutes and Bunty Afoa got 50 again – he’s a real sneaky option given his price tag, his DPP and his 35 MPG last season for a 38 PPG average. Scores of 49 and 48 in his first two hitouts are a strong sign, and any Glasby owners should really consider Bunty in my humble opinion.