Welcome to Captains Call for the first week of finals for many comps.
Who was out there enough, who had the balls, who had really no option but to pick Ben Hunt as your Captain? I doubt any of you did and I’m not surprised. Three tries, three try assists, two line breaks and one line break assist in 48 minutes, what an effort. Makes you think what he could have scored if he played the full 80.
Talking about halves, I think I will refrain from picking anymore in Captains Call, they never seem to score a lot of points when I do. Nathan Cleary had a return of a line break and line break assist which was quite low against the Tigers.
Gareth Widdop didn’t do much better. After setting up the first try that was about it for Widdop, a try assist and line break assist was all he could manage.
The two forwards in Felise Kaufusi and Jake Trbojevic didn’t set the world on fire but did manage to get a workhorse each.
The pick of the lost was Anthony Milford who crossed for a try and line break assist. I’m surprised it wasn’t more as the Broncos smashed the Titans.
Time to really think about who you choose as Captain as its now sudden death for a lot of teams.
Time to preview five more, don’t forget to vote or leave a comment below.
Angus Crichton (safe bet)
Crichton has been one of the surprise packets of the year. In what could be a grind of a game there is a chance he may get his second double work horse of the year. He also hasn’t scored a try since his hat trick in round 15 so he is due for a short ball close to the line.
Paul Gallen (safe bet)
Gallen is the leading point scorer this season for a reason. 21 work horse tries and 20 meter eaters are the reason for this. After losing to the Raiders over the weekend, Gallen will be looking for a big game and against the Broncos he will definitely be put to the test. Easy work horse with the slight possibility of a double due to the fact Broncos like to throw the ball around.
Jordan Rapana (risk and reward)
Rapana was leading point scorer most of the season until a quiet run hit in round 16. Top that off with a suspension Rapana was looking for a big game when he came back. Last week he looked fresh and showed that with his fifth game with two tries or more. Against a Warriors team that seems to be losing interest as the season goes on, Rapana could be in for a field day.
Dylan Walker (risk and reward)
I know I chose Walker last time Sea Eagles and Tigers met and he scored donuts but with a top four spot on the line and the fact he was shown up a little bit last week against Latrell, expect Walker to do some damage down that right side. He should cross for at least one try and provide one for Uate.
Semi Radradra (risk and reward)
Semi is in some try scoring form having crossed for four tries in his last five games. What helps is the Eels are playing some really good football and unfortunately for Knights they don’t have anyone who will be able to contain Semi. He could be in for a massive game which could even see him score the same amount of tries he did in round two.