Saturday, 01 July 2017 00:00

What We Learnt - Roosters vs Sharks

Sneaky Sharks destroy Rascally Roosters 

1. Sharks win battle of the heavyweights. 

With today likely being a preview of a match you'll see deep into September, Cronulla have made a statement and given us something to look forward to. James Maloney and Mitchell Pearce putting in typical origin performances was a key factor in the Sharkies getting the points today. 

2. K5 grabs another beast.

Jake Friend has now scored 82, 70, 67 and 56, since the origin period started (if you leave out his HIA 0). Proving once again if K5 is blowing smoke, there is usually fire. Definitely one to watch with McInnes and McCullough not living up to earlier season hopes. Notching up 65 tackles today, with 50 of them coming in the first 50 minutes.

3. Ryan Matterson - Fluke or For Real?

Ryan Matterson could be pushing to secure an edge second row spot for 2018 when Aiden Guerra departs the club. With a few starts during the origin period he has shown he has fantasy pedigree and is keen to show us. Averaging 57 over the last 3 weeks; starting and scoring 79 today, albeit attacking stats assisted with his mid 30s average could see him as a well priced pick up next season. 

4. Fifita was a trade through origin. 

This has been discussed at lengths over the past couple months and it looks like the points are with the TRADE camp. With another lacklustre score of 45 today, pairing with his other scores of 45 and 43 since origin started, your 550k+ could've definitely been better invested in somebody that would've played more than 3 games in this 6 game period.

5. G-Train stops short.

Don't stress this one. Gal has carried this Sharks side through a tough Origin period where his team has been without up to 5 stars in some matches. Much to the dismay of many Gal owners he has earned this break and this won't happen every week, we hope. 

Suck it Grubby Roosters @Nick Gibbs.

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Sunday, 11 June 2017 00:00

What We Learnt - Tigers vs Roosters

The Roosters continued their dominance over the Tigers by running away in the second half to eventually win 40-12. With this win and the Sharks loss, the Bondi side find themselves in second place on the ladder and well placed to make a run at the Premiership.

Doubles to Aidan Guerra, Mitchell Pearce and Connor Watson left the Tigers in disarray after going to the break only down 16-12.

Despite losing Jake Friend to a failed HIA in the 4th minute, the Roosters never really looked out of step as they prevented the Tigers from even coming close to a second half try until Sauaso Sue nabbed a lucky one 5 minutes from full-time.

Mitchell Pearce was really the only fantasy prospect that did well in this match, scoring two tries on his way to 55* points.

Jake Friends 4 minutes on the field amounted to a whopping 0 points. Before you ask, no, you don't get an auto emergency for Friend.

Latrell Mitchell could find himself as a POD for the run home but is very very up and down. He had a superb game and laid on two tries to finish on 60* points.

Aidan Guerra (81*) and Connor Watson (73*) should not be considered for your team despite their very strong games. Both were the beneficiaries of injuries and will likely not score the same for a long time to come.

Popular cheapie Tui Lolohea battled his way to 41* points. For sub-$250k, this was a great score and all those that grabbed him will feel justified. He has now averaged close to 50 in his two matches at the Tigers. A solid 18th man perhaps?

Moses Suli was disappointing with only 24* points. His running metres were well down on previous matches and he fell just short of his 28 BE. I think the majority of Suli owners will be looking to offload after round 15.

Finally, WFB gun James Tedesco finished on 46* which I guess is nothing to laugh at but when you look at the scores of Slater, RTS, Edwards and Munster, there is much better value out there.

Thanks for reading, I'm gonna go get drunk with RNGD legend Heath Moore. Peace.

* Scores do not include updates.

** I apologise in advance for anything I say or do in my intoxicated state.

*** If Heath does anything, it's coz he's a cunt.

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Sunday, 28 May 2017 00:00

What We Learnt - Raiders vs Roosters

What a brilliant game to finish the weekend. The Raiders managed to hold on against a fast finishing Roosters and score a try after 80 minutes to seal it.

Jordan Rapana tried his darndest to become the first player to score 100 points in two seperate matches this year. He finished just short on 88* points with a whopping 14 tackle breaks and two tries. Rapana has been the best representation of a boom or bust winger this season with tonights score to go with his 117 from round 6, along with a 28 and 12 from rounds 8 and 9. There's no doubt he will continue to average around 50 for the remainder of the season and if you don't mind riding a rollercoaster and paying top dollar, Rapana is for you.

Jake Friend also showed his wares scoring a try and making 57 tackles in a fantastic 80 minute performance that led to 82* points. This also included 10 points from kick metres that he normally wouldn't get with Mitchell Pearce in the side. He was definitely an interesting cut-price option heading into the bye period and I commend all those that jumped on.

Elliot Whitehead had a strong showing, finishing on 47* points. Personally, his time is up for me. He's a perfect near straight swap for Trent Merrin who has returned to form and has one bye out of the way.

There were a number of disappointing fantasy scores headlined by none other than Joey Leilua who spudded his way to 20 points. That included a TA and LBA for one of Rapana's tries. It certainly looks like Leilua is no longer a premium centre option and is probably a trade now that he has played the magical bye round.

Nick Cotric's 25* points is somewhat disappointing also but if you consider the fact that his centre refused to pass him the ball on numerous occasions, you can accept it and move forward. If you're looking to upgrade Cotric, now would be a good time. I'm holding him for the rest of the year.

The Black Widow's (Aubusson) move to the centres wasn't as terrible as it has been in the past as he finished with 28* points. One would assume he'll be back in the forwards next week so don't stress too much. 

I'd also like to apologise on two fronts.

Firstly, to anyone that purchased Lindsay Collins on the back of my article earlier this week. His 21 minutes alone was a lot lower than I expected but when you add in 5 missed tackles and his score of 3*, that's really really sad.

Also, I would likely to sincerely apologise for that rubbish I wrote about trading Brailey to Pritchard. Since then, Brailey has scored more points and made more cash. All those that held him will be salivating at the thought of upgrading him to Cameron McInnes after round 15. Would I have written that had I had prior knowledge that Segeyaro would be out for 4 weeks longer than expected? No, I wouldn't have. But thems the breaks and I will accept responsibility for that terrible call.

* Scores do no include updates and my website has been messed up all weekend so if these are incorrect, please accept my third apology.

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017 00:00

What We Learnt - Roosters v Dragons

The Roosters and Dragons turned in another classic ANZAC day match that went right down to the wire.

With the Dragons suffering a number of injuries to key players, they were run down in the second half after leading 6-0 at half time. A fantastic try to Nene MacDonald and a clutch sideline conversion from Josh Dugan tied it up at 12s with seconds remaining on the clock. In extra time, Mitchell Pearce did the unthinkable and kicked his first field goal in 20 attempts.

Pearce once again showed his appeal with 67* points and at the same time you would have to think that he cemented his place in the NSW team for Oranges which means he will miss 4 matches over the bye period. This makes Adam Reynolds very enticing.

Boyd Cordner also had a strong game running for over 200 metres and scoring 55* fantasy points. That will push his average up to close to 50 and he could be an interesting POD post byes.

Sio Siua Taukeiaho impressed with 44 points in 47 minutes. If and when he returns to a bigger minute role, these couple of low scores will make him a rather enticing POD.

That's about as far as the good points go in this match with a number of disappointing scores.

Jack De Belin headlines this with 47* points. He went off the field for 6 minutes with a bung knee and also spent some time in the halves and at centre when Gareth Widdop and Josh Dugan left the field.

Cameron McInnes has also disappointed recently with an average of 45 in the last 3 weeks. I know of many that upgraded Brailey to McInnes when Segeyaro made his return and they'll be scratching their heads wondering what went wrong.

Gareth Widdop came from the field in the 39th minute with a Grade 1 Medial Ligament Tear. While this should not hinder his aspirations to play for England, but he may struggle to back up next week against the Storm.

Oh and it would be remiss of me not to mention Mitchell Aubusson who did not play due to illness. It has taken 8 weeks but the Black Widow strikes again!

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Friday, 14 April 2017 00:00

What We Learnt - Knights vs Roosters

1. Sione finally delivers
It feels like we've been waiting a long time for this score from Mata'utia. Excuse me while I go and pick him up.

2. Baaaaa-bye Lamb
I said this last week and I'll probably say it again next week but Brock Lamb needs to go. 40+ points in base stats (tackles, run metres and kick metres) but -12 in missed tackles and penalties. If he could just muster the odd try assist he'd punch a decent score out. Having said all this, I'll probably keep him. 'Just one more week'. Why not.

3. Baaaaa-bye Yates
He scraped his way to his break even but I think it is safe to say, the Yates train has returned to the station. It's time to jump off.

4. Pearce vs Reynolds
Which ever gets selected for Oranges, the other should be selected for your team.

5. That's all I've got. This game was rather boring.

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Thursday, 23 March 2017 00:00

What We Learnt - Rabbitohs vs Roosters

Just a few observations from the opening match of Round Three, 2017.

1. Rabbitohs should drop Farah.
Despite a fine past as one of NSW's best hookers, Robbie Farah has lost his edge. In the first half, every time Farah touched the ball something seemed to go wrong for the Bunnies. He took a couple of kicks off Reynolds and Walker which did absolutely nothing and the Rabbitohs had no spark. As soon as Damien Cook came onto the field they looked a different team with Cook's darts from dummy half causing the Roosters some problems. Cook is also not without his faults - he seemed to only pass to the left on every play - but he has the speed and elusiveness the Rabbitohs need. 

2. The Rabbitohs outside backs are dangerous
With Braidon Burns and Hymel Hunt suspended, tonight we saw the return of Siosifa Talakai and the debut of Sitiveni Moceidreke. Taking a head knock in the first half, it was surprising to see Talakai come back into the game and he provided Mocadrieke with a try but his poor defensive reads reared their ugly heads again and I wouldn't be surprised to see him dropped next week. Moceidreke performed admirably on debut but will probably drop out next week with the return of Burns. Add into the equation that Aaron Gray is set to return in four weeks and I'm worried for the job security of everyone at the back for the Bunnies.
3. Cody Walker is a dead set gun
I was lucky enough to own Walker for the entirety of last season. I think excluding him from my team in 2017 is my biggest regret. The kid is a gun and the fact he is more than happy to take the line on all the time means he has the opportunity to rack up big TB and RM numbers. Hos DPP status only makes him more valuable.
4. Sam Burgess is still good at fantasy
I've been very low on Burgess this year but in the first half he really showed his credentials. Scoring 36* in just under 40 minutes showed how good he can be. Unfortunately he didn't return to the game after suffering a head knock and failing his HIA. As a non-Burgess owner I don't feel bad at all but if you don't have him, he could be a worthy target.
5. Mitchell remind you of someone?
He's been drawing comparisons to Greg Inglis since before he made it into first grade and he really showed why tonight. The way he bumps off defenders, stays on his feet and offloads at will, he'll soon be the target of such comparisons. This kid could also become one of the games great centres.
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