Sunday, 30 July 2017 00:00

What We Learnt - Storm vs Sea Eagles

Our early Sunday game for Round 21 was always going to be all about one man. Cameron Smith became just the 3rd player to participate in 350 NRL matches and he did not shirk his responsibilities.

Smith lead the scoring with four try assists, 6 goals, 31 tackles plus a couple of other attack stats to finish on 88*. If there was any doubt about Smith's mantle as 'Rule number 1' for NRL Fantasy players, it has been quashed well and truly with a mind boggling performance from CS9. He ran the team just like we've come to expect and whenever the Storm were on attack, #CAM350 was there to take advantage of a weak Manly side which finished on 69 missed tackles. 69!!

As far as other scores go;

The other Cameron, Munster, finished on 59*. 9 tackle busts and an offload will have to be some consolation for Munster owners, as he came close to scoring at least 3 times but couldn't quite cross the line.

Joe Stimson was handed another start and duly delivered with a try on his way to 58* points. He's definitely not a target for this season but once Tohu Harris departs, he could be an undervalued buy for 2018.

Curtis Scott had a quiet second half and ended the game on 41* points. This was his second game in an unfamiliar left centre position but he performed admirably. He should continue to grow through this year and is definitely a valid option to fill a spot in your 17 for the remainder of the season.

Martin Taupau had somewhat of a resurgence with 49* points in 44 minutes. He made 5 tackle busts and 3 offloads to get him back to being in the conversation for a spot in your side after a few less than stellar performances.

DCE and the Trbojevic Bros Inc were a major let down with Cherry-Evans finishing on 25* after contributing 9 of the aforementioned missed tackles. He wont suffer the same treatment every week and is someone you shouldn't hesitate to play for the remainder of the season, unless you have Cleary, Pearce and a host of bench forwards to play in his stead. Jake Trbojevic scored 40* with no attacking stats other than run metres. He wont have to play the Storm every week so you can expect his scores to increase for the remainder of the season. The same could be said for brother Tom, who was shut down by Melbourne. Despite a try-assist, he could only provide 23* points for his owners. 

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Sunday, 23 July 2017 00:00

What We Learnt - Dragons vs Sea Eagles

Game of two halves... almost.
The Dragons blew the Sea-Eagles off the park at WIN Stadium in a high scoring affair. The St George-Illawaara team scored 9 tries to Manlys 4 in what can only be described as a flip-flopping affair.
The Dragons held a 30-0 half time lead thanks to tries to Nightingale, Lafai, Aitken, Host and Widdop.
With Manly desperate to hit back, Dylan Walker got them off to a good start by dotting down in the 42nd minute. 
What followed can only be described as mind boggling. The Dragons were in possession inside the Manly 20 when a dust up betwen Jack de Belin and Darcy Lussick resulted in the former throwing a punch and being binned. 
De Belin can also count himself lucky as it looked to some like he struck out with an elbow but the fact he was holding the ball with the same arm may save him from further scrutiny.
Manly then went on the attack, scoring 3 tries in the 10 minutes that Lussick was off the field to little brother Joey Lussick, Akuila Uate and Jake Trbojevic which closed the game up at 30-22.
As soon as Darcy returned to the field, the Dragons scored through Paul Vaughan which kick started another run of points as the game finished 52-22.

Star of the future, or now.

With the news that Josh Dugan would miss the game, Matt Dufty finally got his chance at fullback and was one of the Dragons best. He finished on 82* points with 11 tackle busts, 194 running metres, two try assists and capped it off with the final try of the game. Why this kid has been held back for so long beats me and the Dragons faithful will hope he can retain his spot at the back. With Euan Aitken going down after scoring his second try, perhaps Josh Dugan can return into the centres? We'll have to wait and see but the fact of the matter is, The Dragons looked a lot more electric with Dufty in the side.

Trbojevic Bros Inc roll on
Jake and Tom continue to shine in the Manly team with Jake nabbing a try for the second game in a row and finishing on 72* points. With Sam Burgess possibly missing time on the run home, Jake will be a popular target and at under 10% ownership could provide a nice alternative to the mainstays in the forwards. Tom couldn't get on the scoreboard today but he did turn provider for one try and saved another, finishing on 49*. He had a very quiet game so to still produce a score of that level is fantastic news for all his owners. Another potential Burgess trade target with Curtis Scott and Tyrell Fuimaono both disappointing this week.


Guns are guns for a reason
And the reason is clear. Average 50 or more and you'll be considered for a season ending spot in a lot of teams. The usual suspects Jack de Belin (60*) and Paul Vaughan (56*) continued to provide as they have all season. JdB managed 76 minutes today with Joel Thompson sidelined in the warm up and Packer being pulled early after some dismal defending led to the Manly fight back. Vaughan scored a try so his score may disappoint some of his owners but with a couple of less than ideal scores recently, I'd be laughing all the way to the bank.


And guns will soon no longer be guns...
Cameron McInnes and Martin Taupau will count themselves lucky that everyone is running low on trades but I have no doubt they will still find themselves in the shop window for a number of teams this week following two very disappointing scores of 34* and 33* respectively. McInnes is notorious for relying on tackle counts and with the Dragons having the majority of possession, he only managed to make 39 today. Combine that with 1 missed tackle, 1 error and 1 penalty conceded and McInnes was never in the hunt for a top score. With his running metres drying up (he hasn't run for more than 20 metres since round 15) he will be a hard hold, but with Cameron Smith possible missing some time, there aren't really any better options. Taupau started the game with some strong runs and when he went off after his first stint of 25 minutes, was on 28 points. Unfortunately, he must have watched what Andrew Fifita did on Friday night as his second 22 minute stint returned just 5 points. With 10 minutes remaining he was actually on less than his half time score. Taupau has been rather disappointing of late, with two sub-35 scores in his last 4 games. I'm sure if there were more trades floating around, he'd be a goner.


*Scores do not include updates and were correct at time of writing.

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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, 01 July 2017 00:00

What We Learnt - Sea Eagles vs Warriors

Manly mow down weak Warriors.

1. SBW

Stupid. Bloody. Warriors. Only one team I know could be up 16-0 at the 18th minute and lose. New Zealand, maybe they'll blame the 5343km trip to Perth, maybe they'll blame the weather. But the facts are this club lets their fans down on the regular so we don't need an explanation. 

2. Manly the real deal?

Manly have slotted themselves into 3rd place with this win today and led by captain and Origin hopeful DCE they are looking red hot, excuse the 18 minute late start to this match (they are playing in Perth) but this team was tipped to finish bottom 4 and that is certainly not looking like happening.

3. Trent Barrett let's chat...

Martin Taupau, the 550k DPP forward with no byes left. 5 round average of 63.8... all owners excited and salivating at the thoughts of him running right through the middle of this powderpuff warrior pack. Then, Barrett goes in dry and benches him at the 19th minute not to return until the 55th before leaving the field again, does he not enjoy the wet track or is there an injury we aren't aware of. 

4. Lewis Brown!!!

Lewis gets a pass mark with a respectable 29 in the wet in his first start of the season. Good cash out option that will help you in R18 and can ever fill in at CTR for you for the run home, with Curtis Sironen not due back until finals time. Shows that you can't learn everything about fantasy reading a spreadsheet on the lounge. 

5. SJ reigns supreme.

He may come under constant criticism by fans and commentators for going missing during games (and seasons), but his high energy hot and cold style certainly suits NRL fantasy, because when he's hot, he's hot. 84 points today outstanding!!

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Sunday, 25 June 2017 00:00

What We Learnt - Sharks vs Sea Eagles

The clinical Manly Sea Eagles held off the Cronulla Sharks winning 35-18 away from home to leapfrog their southern rivals into the top 4.

Cronulla are getting used to chasing down their opponents but couldn't muster a come back today with some costly errors and nasty injuries. Jayden Brailey reportedly left the stadium in an ambulance with concerns that he has a broken jaw. If so, it would be season over for the youngster who has been a handy pick at hooker.

As far as fantasy performances go, Wade Graham led the way with 75* points. He ran for 177 metres and tackled with his usual gusto, but also nabbed himself a try which boosted his score.

Curtis Sironen nabbed two tries in the opening quarter and finished on 59* points. Please don't tell me you still own him. OUTLIER.

Daly Cherry-Evans was back to his solid best with 58*. DCE made 21 tackles which is pretty high for a half. He also laid on two tries for his team mates but only kicked for 108m which is his lowest of the season.

Big Marty Taupau continued his streak of 200+ metre games with 210 on his way to 53* points. He stormed his way through the Cronulla defence, finishing with 4 tackle breaks and 5 off loads. Having finished their byes for the season, Taupau is looming as a must buy for the run home.

A lot of people would have the C on Paul Gallen and will be feeling rather embarrassed after he only mustered 47* points. He finished the first half on 33 but couldn't roll that productivity into the second spell before coming off with 15 minutes to go. The Sharks couldn't seem to get much front foot ball and Gallen was a big part of that, only running for 88 metres.

Andrew Fifita was another who disappointed, finishing on 41* points. Fifita went off after about 33 minutes in the first half on a whopping 12 points. Yep, 12! He made a few tackles but also missed a whole bunch which really hurt his score. His second stint saw him amass 17 points in the first 7 minutes and he did reasonably well to finish on 41. This is the second sub 50 score in a row for Fifita but with his capability of hitting 60+ on a regular basis, you take the good with the bad and hope he sorts himself out sooner rather than later.


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Both teams will remain as named on Tuesday, 1-17.

Rabbitohs 
1 Alex Johnston 
2 Hymel Hunt 
3 Robert Jennings 
4 Siosifa Talakai 
5 Bryson Goodwin 
6 Cody Walker 
7 Adam Reynolds 
8 Thomas Burgess 
9 Damien Cook 
10 Kyle Turner 
11 John Sutton 
12 Angus Crichton 
13 Sam Burgess (c) 
  
Interchange 
14 Robbie Farah 
15 Jason Clark 
16 Zane Musgrove 
17 Cameron Murray 

Sea Eagles
1 Tom Trbojevic 
2 Jorge Taufua 
3 Dylan Walker 
4 Brian Kelly 
5 Akuila Uata 
6 Blake Green 
7 Daly Cherry-Evans (c) 
8 Brenton Lawrence 
9 Apisai Koroisau 
10 Martin Taupau 
11 Frank Winterstein 
12 Curtis Sironen 
13 Jake Trbojevic 
  
Interchange 
14 Lewis Brown 
15 Jackson Hastings 
16 Nate Myles 
17 Addin Fonua-Blake 

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Friday, 21 April 2017 00:00

Final Team Lists - Raiders vs Sea Eagles

The Raiders will run out 1-17 as named on Tuesday while a minor change for the Sea Eagles with Nate Myles coming onto the bench in place of Darcy Lussick who is out injured.

‌Canberra Raiders

1 Jack Wighton 
2 Nick Cotric 
3 Jarrod Croker (c) 
4 Joseph 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 Joe Tapine 
  
Interchange 
14 Adam Clydsdale 
15 Luke Bateman 
16 Dunamis Lui 
17 Iosia Soliola 


Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 
  
1 Tom Trbojevic 
2 Jorge Taufua 
3 Dylan Walker 
4 Brian Kelly 
5 Akuila Uata 
6 Blake Green 
7 Daly Cherry-Evans (c) 
8 Brenton Lawrence 
9 Apisai Koroisau 
10 Martin Taupau 
11 Frank Winterstein 
12 Curtis Sironen 
13 Jake Trbojevic 
  
Interchange 
14 Lewis Brown 
15 Jackson Hastings 
18 Nate Myles 
17 Addin Fonua-Blake

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Saturday, 08 April 2017 00:00

What We Learnt - Sea Eagles vs Dragons

1. Jack de Belin train chugs along
JdB had a monster game, playing 71 minutes and scoring a try which lead to 63* points. In a similar mould to Sam Burgess and James Graham, I would to tell you to snap him up but the Dragon's don't have the best bye period schedule. He might be worth holding if you have him but I wouldn't target him until after round 18.

2. Euan Aitken has a fast start
With 51 at half time, many would have been expecting massive things from Aitken. Unfortunately, he didn't score any more tries and was pulled off at the 68th minute mark (he came into the game with a niggle). 60* is nothing to turn your nose up at but 9 points in 28 minutes isn't great either.


3. Paul Vaughan is a PPM monster.
I tried to tell everyone this years ago (just ask K5). He was extremely under-utilised at the Raiders and I bet Ricky Stuart is regretting letting him go. 61* in 57 minutes means that Vaughan has now scored 357 points in 305 minutes this season. Monster stats. Yes, he can keep it up and is definitely a keeper. Buy him when you can.


4. Keep an eye on...
Josh McCrone. JUST KIDDING


5. It's time to go...
Brian Kelly. I have no idea where he got 13 points from but his time in my team is definitely up. Cash out or upgrade to Aubusson. Yes, I just recommended Aubusson.


6. It's time to buy...
Paul McGregor. Surely Paul Vaughan doesn't make that much of a difference to this team? They are playing ridiculously well this year. Did they spend the off season on Mars?

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Saturday, 08 April 2017 00:00

Final Team Lists - Sea Eagles vs Dragons

Both teams are 1-17 for the opening match of Super Saturday!

Sea Eagles 
1 Tom Trbojevic 
2 Jorge Taufua 
3 Dylan Walker 
4 Brian Kelly 
5 Akuila Uate 
6 Blake Green 
7 Daly Cherry-Evans (c) 
8 Brenton Lawrence 
9 Apisai Koroisau 
10 Martin Taupau 
11 Frank Winterstein 
12 Curtis Sironen 
13 Jake Trbojevic

Interchange:   
14 Lewis Brown 
15 Nate Myles 
16 Darcy Lussick 
17 Addin Fonua-Blake

 

Coach: Trent Barrett

Dragons 
1 Jason Nightingale 
2 Nene Macdonald 
3 Euan Aitken 
4 Timoteo Lafai 
5 Kurt Mann 
6 Gareth Widdop (c) 
7 Josh McCrone 
8 Russell Packer 
9 Cameron McInnes 
10 Paul Vaughan 
11 Tyson Frizell 
12 Joel Thompson 
13 Jack de Belin

Interchange:   
14 Tariq Sims 
15 Leeson Ah Mau 
16 Hame Sele 
17 Taane Milne



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In an 11th hour u-turn, Manly coach and hot-head Geoff Toovey unexpectedly called off an investigation after shock Manly win over the Melbourne Storm.

The great comeback performance from Manly, led by rugby league legend David Williams, was overshadowed by Toovey pulling the plug on the ongoing investigation into the poor refereeing decisions against Manly.

Last week's press conference kicked off in normal fashion, with Toovey reading off the same excuse sheet, only to be told Manly had scored in the final 10 minutes to win the game.

"It was a convincing win from the boys. The accidental extra $500 left in the referees' changing room has done the trick," Toovey said.

"I was happy the way they let us slow up the ruck speed, and penalised the hell out of the forever cheating, dirty Melbourne side.

"The conspiracy against Manly is still very much alive, but in good faith I have called off the investigation as a result of the win."

The press conference was finished off by Manly's 18th man, Michael Chee-Kam, after doctors immediately became concerned Toovey was concussed following his unexpected move to call off the investigation.

After assessment, Toovey was ruled to have suffered concussion, and won't be available to take up his seat in the coaches box this week with an uncharacteristic drop in blood pressure and stress.

Toovey was whisked away on the medicab, but is expected to make a full recovery, and order an investigation into the failings of the first investigation.

The resources put aside for the original investigation won't be wasted, as Craig Bellamy has launched his own investigation.

 

This is obviously satire...don't sue us, Geoff

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