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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Friday, 02 June 2017 00:00

What We Learnt - Eels vs Warriors

As a Warriors fan, this isn't going to be the most enjoyable review to write. Despite being only two points behind with two minutes remaining on the clock, I never really felt like the Warriors were in that game. They got some very Warriors tries and could have nabbed it at the end. The Eels lost Pritchard in the first 10 minutes to a bad HIA, then Josh Hoffman later in the first half to a medial ligament problem. Add to the a reported dislocated finger to David Gower in the second half and it goes some way to explaining the closeness at the end. Anyway... to Fantasy...

Simon Mannering had a great game including the Warriors first try on his way to 73* points. Despite making 48 tackles, if you deduct the metres which he was dragged by Eels players, his score would be a lot lower. That wasn't just Mannering, the Warriors defense was very soft tonight.

Clinton Gutherson reminded Brad Arthur just how tough a job he will have on Tuesday with the impending return of Corey Norman. Personally, I'd just drop Mitchell Moses. Unfortunately, Arthur wants him in his team and so it is likely that Gutherson may find himself on a wing. The five-eighth had a fantastic 67* points that included the match sealing try on full time.

Issac Luke had one of his best games in a Warriors jersey with a fantastic running game that lead to 141m, one line-break and two line-break assists. It seemed that every time there was a quick play the ball for the Warriors, Luke was there to follow up with a great run (so that means there were THREE fast play the balls). He finished on 58* points but don't be fooled, it is unlikely to continue.

Last week I saw some people talking about Semi Radradra. I had a spare trade with Billy Slater not being named for Queensland, and some spare cash, so I upgraded Brad Abbey. What a stroke of genius that turned out to be. A solid score last week followed up with another brilliant score of 55* tonight. It could just be that with his off-field issues behind him, Semi is ready to rip back into form. His BE next week will be silly low.

RTS scored a late try to bump his score up to 45*. I made a comment in the first half that it might be time to trade him out with Johnson looking like taking his roaming role on attack. I think it would be best just to hold for now.

Speaking of Shaun Johnson, he turned in his lowest score of the year, spudding his way to 32*. Despite a try assist and a host of other attacking stats, Johnson's base stats were lacking a bit with only 30 run metres and 260 kick metres. In years past, a seaosn low of 32 from Johnson was nothing to worry about. Continue to feel that way even now.

As far as other disappointing scores, there was some Eels hooker who scored 6. I'm sorry. Other than that, it was business as susual for a lot of players.

Oh wait. Nathan Brown played 80 minutes tonight! I forgot to mention that... It may be because he only scored 47 points. He was averaging a lot more when he was playing around 60-65 minutes so you can be almost certain that the fatigue factor set in at some stage.

* Scores do not include updates
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.

Eels  
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

Interchange:  
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

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

Published in NRL News
Sunday, 09 April 2017 00:00

What We Learnt - Warriors vs Eels

1. Kieran Foran is good at football
He makes the Warriors a much better team, no doubting that. Could the Warriors make him a better fantasy player? Yes he has played two weaker teams but Issac Luke looks to him as much as he does Shaun Johnson and with better attacking options outside him than Steve Matai, Foran could find himself scoring some decent points.


2. Norman and Gutherson...
...come crashing back to earth. 23* and 15* points respectively. All those eyeing up the Eels pair for the bye period (or those that had already purchased them) will be kicking themselves. On their day they are both genuinely great fantasy players but (especially without Bevan French) this Eels team lacks some attacking spark that these two thrive on. I would expect them to average out well over the season but expectations will be slightly tempered after today.


3. Praise lord baby Hay-zoos...
...that even with a first half double, Bodene Thompson barely made it to his BE (55). In the first half, everything was coming right with SJ linking up with Thompson for the Warriors first try. In the second half, Luke seemed to direct everything to the left meaning that Thompson was left out in the cold. Eventually he got a bit busier and scored a very nice 58*. For all those eyeing him up, I think now is the time to buy an underpriced keeper.


4. The Johnson roller coaster begins
Okay, in the past, the SJ roller coaster went from 80 to 15 in the space of a week. This year, Johnson has 4 games over 60 and his lowest score is today's 43. As previously mentioned, everything in the second half seemed to go away from Johnson and he was very unlucky not to get a tip on from Simon Mannering as he ran into a gaping hole which would have led to a try and a healthy points boost. Just like last year I would expect Johnson to finish as the highest point scorer in the halves so don't be scared by his below average game today.


5. Under the radar
Well, not really anymore. Nathan Brown now has 3 60+ games in a row. If he continues to start at lock, he's an absolutely brilliant option over the bye period.




Published in NRL Fantasy
Sunday, 09 April 2017 00:00

Final Team Lists - Warriors vs Eels

There is only one minor change for the Warriors with James Gavet starting in place of Charlie Gubb.

There is a major re-shuffle for the Eels with Bevan French out for at least a month with a PCL injury. Clint Gutherson moves to fullback, Brad Takairangi moves in the five-eighth role with Kirisome Auva'a coming into the team at centre. In the forwards, Tepai Moeroa and Beau Scott move back to the bench with Frank Pritchard and Nathan Brown starting in their places. 


Warriors

1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c)
2 Blake Ayshford
3 David Fusitua
4 Solomone Kata
5 Ken Maumalo
6 Kieran Foran
7 Shaun Johnson
15 James Gavet
9 Issac Luke
10 Jacob Lillyman
11 Bodene Thompson
12 Ryan Hoffman
13 Simon Mannering
Interchange:
14 Nathaniel Roache
8 Charlie Gubb
16 Sam Lisone
17 Ligi Sao
 

Eels

6 Clint Gutherson
2 Semi Radrada
3 Michael Jennings
20 Kirisome Auva'a
5 Josh Hoffman
4 Brad Takairangi
7 Corey Norman
8 Suaia Matagi
9 Kaysa Pritchard
10 Tim Mannah (C)
11 Manu Mau
16 Frank Pritchard
14 Nathan Brown
Interchange:
12 Tepai Moeroa

13 Beau Scott (C)
17 Siosaia Vave
19 Peni Terepo




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