What we learnt: Roosters v Rabbitohs
Check out the action from Allianz Stadium.
1. Roosters hold off the Rabbits
The Sydney City Roosters overcame the absence of their Origin stars to beat their arch rivals the South Sydney Rabbitohs 14-12 at Allianz Stadium tonight. Leading 8-0 at the break courtesy of a try to Joseph Manu and a strong first half performance by Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, the Roosters managed to hold off the Rabbits who had the better of the second half with tries to Robbie Farah and Bryson Goodwin. For the Roosters, Aidan Guerra touched down in the second stanza. The win takes the Roosters to 2nd place on 26 points, while the Rabbits remain on 16 points in 11th place.
2. Friend on fire
Jake Friend was the top fantasy scorer in tonight’s game with 72* points (including a stunning 61 tackles), to take his three-game average to 65. Friend is finding form at the right end of the season for the 6% of fantasy coaches that have him in their sides, and is a relatively attractive proposition at $468k (for those with the coin and the trades available).
3. Crikey turns it on again
Angus Crichton shook off concerns regarding a potential leg injury during the week to lead the fantasy scoring for the Rabbits with 54* points. Crichton is the sole member of the 600k+ club, with his value sitting at a hefty $620k. Reliable sources inform me that never in the history of either Dream Team or NRL Fantasy has any player increased in value across one season more than Crichton’s increase of $391k. Interesting.
4. Surgess flops
Sam Burgess produced a score of 35* points in an underwhelming performance for the 35% of coaches that own him. It certainly doesn’t help that Surgess had 16 points in deductions with three missed tackles, two errors and three penalties. Fantasy coaches will be hoping that he addresses these negatives aspects to his game soon and that he returns back to the sort of scoring that we all know he’s capable of.
5. Tyrell and Maub ‘average’ CTR options
Neither Tyrell Fuimaono or Mitchell Aubusson should be in your final scoring 17 this year. Fuimaono looks like a 40 point a game player if he plays a full 80 minutes, but it doesn’t look Madge has this in mind going forward. Tonight he played 52 minutes and scored 31* points. Similarly, Maub also produced an underwhelming score of 20* points, further enhancing his reputation as the ‘Black Widow’ of the fantasy league world with his ability to lure unsuspecting coaches into trading him into their sides, then dashing their dreams of domination with junk performances. Both Fuimaono and Maub (if you’re unfortunate enough to have him), have appeal as back up CTR options only.
*Scores do not include updates