Sunday, 23 July 2017 00:00

What We Learnt - Tigers vs Eels

The Parramatta Eels have beaten the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium, requiring a late field goal from Corey Norman to take a 17-16 win and solidify their position in the top 8 on the NRL ladder.

James Tedesco scored his FIRST TRY SINCE ROUND ONE (!) and added 9 tackle breaks to lead the scoring with 61* points. It was always a matter of when and not if, Tedesco got back on the score sheet and with a price tag of around $440,000 next week looks the goods for the run home. He's a popular option with almost 25% ownership but you can definitely count on him to produce when it matters.

Nathan Brown continued a strong run of form with 59* to bring his 5 round average to 59.8. He's a solid workhorse and also has a good offload which adds to his appeal. If you're a Burgess owner and concerned about his availability, Brown is a great trade target as the Eels continue their push to the finals. They'll need all his metres and tackles if they want to make a run at the top 4.

For anyone that had the faith, or didn't have a choice, Semi Radradra returned a great score of 52*. He was very involved tonight and finished with one try, a try assist and 3 line breaks along with 202 metres. As is always the problem with the flying Fijian, he has his good and his bad weeks. The Eels face a reasonably easy schedule for the remainder of the regular season but start with a game against the 3rd ranked Broncos next week. He's definitely a match up based play but against the weaker teams he can run riot.

Corey Norman had a whole host of attacking stats but could still only return a score of 36*, thanks largely to a late line break. There were high hopes on Norman continuing his early season form alongside Mitchell Moses, however he hasn't topped 43 points since round 9 and averages just 40.2 with Moses in the team. In all likelihood, Norman owners won't have much of a choice but to hold and hope he turns it around.

Clint Gutherson owners will be nervously awaiting reports of a possible injury that befell him towards the end of the match. I am one such person and while I am happy with his 46* from tonights match, an injury will not be such fantastic news. He's great fun to watch and is very hungry for the ball. He's very capable of very large scores and averages 49.2 in his last 5 matches. If he does succumb to injury, I can't imagine it will be a long term one. Here's hoping you have some cover.

*All scores do not include updates and were accurate at time of publication.

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Sunday, 16 July 2017 00:00

What We Learnt - Sea Eagles vs Tigers

Eagle Rock!

Cherry on Top!!

Has taken his origin snubbing in his stride as he continues to navigate his Twin Turbo team confidently in the top 4. Another beautiful performance today, 76*, taking it to an average of 63.5 over the last month has him as a viable option for those SJ owners looking for a good trade in.

100 for Martin Taupau

100 games that is, a paltry 43* for him in the game today, certainly not performing at the level he was a month ago, with all the carnage this weekend I feel like a trade out would be a luxury at this stage.

Aaron emerges from the Woods.

With not too many great options at FRF an old boss has stepped up to the plate, averaging 56 over the last 6 weeks playing extended minutes he is back to his fantasy best. Buyer beware, the Tigers are shit and he's on the way out of the club in a few months.

Tommy T!

Donning a black headband the young pup put in another brilliant performance at Lottoland, if you've expensive taste in the back line this could be your guy with Manly looking as exciting as ever. 60* today and a 54 average over the last month.

Tiger Cubs.

Young props Twal and Eisenhuth have been quite good for the Tigers this year, something for fans to hold onto going into next season. Averaging 45 and 38 respectively these guys are busy and can play.

Quiet Teddy.

48* for Teddy in a quiet performance from him, could be another to look at for those chasing points and needing to trade SJ, a lot would have Munster or Walker in the WFB area to facilitate this.

*Scores do not include updates.

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Saturday, 17 June 2017 00:00

What We Learnt - Sharks vs Tigers

How do we go from the thrill of the previous match to the mostly dour crawl of this one? Who knows. At one point I even changed channels to watch the Wallabies lose to Scotland, admittedly it was half-time but that's not the point. Cronulla twice came from two tries down to send it to the wire but everything seemed to be in slo-mo compared to the earlier game. At the end of it all, Jayson Bukuya scored a try for the Sharks to take the lead with two minutes to go.

There was one great fantasy note: Kurt Capewell score the rounds second 100+ score. With 2 tries, 8 tackle busts and 250+ running metres to finish on 107* points.

Anyone that still owns Elijah Taylor will be quietly frothing. 76* points that included a try, 52 tackles made and only one missed. One can only assume that he was being held for this round and you can definitely sell on a high now.

Paul Gallen did what Paul Gallen does on his way to 59* points. Coaches like me that neglected to vice-captain Angus Crichton and don't own Jason Taumalolo would have been hoping for more. FYI, if you own all 3 and captained Gallen, you end up 63 points behind those that captained Crichton. Yup, that hurts. 

There were a number of impressive scores from guys that just don't matter in fantasy terms. Jayson Bukuya scored a try and ran hard for 64* points. Chad Townsend took control in the absence of James Maloney with 435 kicking metres on his way to 59* points.

Malakai Watene-Zelezniak once again proved that cheapies can provide points with 40* points from the wing (including one try).

Jayden Brailey was only on the field for 48 minutes but made 40 tackles to end on 40* points. I assume that 99.9% of Brailey owners will be ready to trade right about now.

You could say the same for Moses Suli who spudded his wat to 20*. Gross. Get out of my team! NOW!

*Scores do not include updates.
Published in NRL Fantasy
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.

Published in NRL Fantasy
Monday, 17 April 2017 00:00

Final Team Lists Eels v Tigers

Both sides are 1-17 for this afternoons Easter Monday matchup from ANZ Stadium.

1 Clinton Gutherson 
2 Semi Radradra 
3 Michael Jennings 
4 Kirisome Auva'a 
5 Josh Hoffman 
6 Brad Takairangi 
7 Corey Norman 
8 Suaia Matagi 
9 Kaysa Pritchard 
10 Tim Mannah (c) 
11 Manu Ma'u 
12 Tepai Moeroa 
13 Nathan Brown

14 Beau Scott (c) 
15 Peni Terepo 
16 Daniel Alvaro 
17 Siosaia Vave 

Wests Tigers  
1 James Tedesco 
2 David Nofoaluma 
3 Jamal Idris 
4 Kevin Naiqama 
5 Moses Suli 
6 Mitchell Moses 
7 Jack Littlejohn 
8 Aaron Woods (c) 
9 Matt McIlwrick 
10 Ava Seumanufagai 
11 Josh Aloiai 
12 Chris Lawrence 
13 Elijah Taylor

14 Tim Grant 
15 Sauaso Sue 
16 Michael Chee-Kam 
17 Jacob Liddle

Published in NRL News
Saturday, 08 April 2017 00:00

Final Team Lists - Cowboys vs Tigers

As has been speculated all week, Lachlan Coote is out with Kalyn Ponga coming into the side at fullback and Blake Leary coming onto the bench.

The Tigers are 1-17.


14 Kalyn Ponga
2 Kyle Feldt
3 Javid Bowen
4 Kane Linnett
5 Gideon Gela-Mosby
6 Michael Morgan
7 Johnathan Thurston
8 Patrick Kaufusi
9 Ben Hampton
10 Scott Bolton
11 Gavin Cooper
12 Ethan Lowe
13 Jason Taumalolo


15 John Asiata 
16 Coen Hess
17 Shaun Fensom
21 Blake Leary

Wests Tigers

1 James Tedesco
2 David Nofoaluma
3 Jamal Idris
4 Kevin Naiqama
5 Moses Suli
6 Mitchell Moses
7 Jack Littlejohn
8 Aaron Woods (C)
9 Matt Mcilwrick
10 Ava Seumanufagai
11 Josh Aloiai
12 Chris Lawrence
13 Elijah Taylor


14 Tim Grant
15 Sauaso Sue
16 Michael Chee Kam
17 Jacob Liddle

Published in NRL News
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 00:00

Wests Tigers To Announce New Coach

The Wests Tigers have made a decision regarding the coaching future of the club.

Ex Panthers and Warriors coach Ivan Cleary will be announced as the man to take the reins of the troubled West Sydney club.

Cleary has previously enjoyed a successful stint at the New Zealand Warriors. He led them to the 2011 Grand Final before returning to Australia to coach the Penrith Panthers for 3 seasons. He was fired in October 2015. Since then Cleary has spent time as a referee advisor for the NRL and also as head coach for the Lebanon National team in the lead up to the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

Cleary will take over a club in turmoil after Jason Taylor was fired following just 3 matches in 2017.

We'll have more for you as we hear it.

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Sunday, 19 March 2017 00:00

Final Teams Lists - Raiders vs Tigers

Final teams lists are in for the clash between the Canberra Raiders and the Wests Tigers. This is how they line up.

Canberra RAIDERS

1. Jack Wighton
2. Nick Cotric
3. Jarrod Croker (C)
4. Joey Leilua
5. Jordan Rapana
6. Blake Austin
7. Aidan Sezer
8. Junior Paulo
9. Josh Hodgson
10. Shannon Boyd
11. Josh Papalii
12. Elliott Whitehead
13. Luke Bateman


14. Adam Clydsdale
15. Sia Soliola
16. Clay Priest
17. Dave Taylor



1. James Tedesco
2. David Nofoaluma
3. Kevin Naiqama
4. Michael Chee Kam
5. Moses Suli
6. Mitchell Moses
7. Luke Brooks
8. Aaron Woods (capt.)
9. Matt McIlwrick
10. Ava Seumanufagai
11. Sauaso Sue
12. Chris Lawrence
14. Tim Grant


15. Josh Aloiai
16. Joel Edwards
17. Jack Littlejohn
20. Kyle Lovett


Published in NRL News
Friday, 10 March 2017 00:00

Tim Simona Verdict

THE NRL has today terminated the registration of Wests Tigers centre Tim Simona.

Simona faced the NRL integruty unit this week to defend himself on charges of gambling. 

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg has stated that the Integrity Unit investigation into Simona found that he had:

1. Breached the NRL rules by betting on Rugby League matches

2. Bet on opposition players scoring - and bet on the opposition teams to win.

3. Sold Rugby League jerseys through online auctions without passing on the full proceeds to the nominated charities.

4. Been untruthful in his interviews with the Integrity Unit.

We'll have more for you when the news comes through.

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