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Round 23 Dream Teams

Round 23 Team of the Week

I’ll be honest. At the start of the year I read about all the hype of Cameron McInnes becoming an 80 minute hooker at the Dragons and dominating and despite having him in my team last year I left him along in my draft plans. He wasn’t a sexy option. As the Player of the Week and Dream Team hooker he has proven me wrong time and time again. With two tries, two line breaks, a line break assist and a workhorse he finished with 15 points which is his equal highest NRLCEO score ever (Round 13 2016 for Souths against the Titans).

The teenage sensation at the Raiders was the second highest scorer of the round. Nick Cotric finished with 14 points through two tries, a try assist, two line breaks and a 155m metre eater. It is his third double in his short 21 game career and his 14th try of the year. He’s currently the 12th highest ranked winger in NRLCEO but that’s amazing considering he’s still just 18. There are only five other 18 year olds in the NRL and none of them start in their teams.

The beast from the tropics, Jason Taumalolo, continues his best ever NRLCEO season. We invented the metre eater to suit this bloke because he wasn’t getting workhorses – now he’s getting both regularly! With 14 workhorses and an incredible 26 metre eaters for the year he now becomes a genuine top rank back rower draft pick.

 

Here is the rest of the Team of the Week:

  1. Alex Johnston (12)
  2. Nick Cotric (14)
  3. Tautau Moga (12)
  4. Kurt Mann (11)
  5. Jason Nightingale (12)
  6. Brock Lamb (10)
  7. Daly Cherry-Evans (11)
  8. James Graham (9)
  9. Cameron McInnes (15)
  10. Reagan Campbell-Gillard (9)
  11. Elijah Taylor (11)
  12. Joel Thompson (9)
  13. Jason Taumalolo (13)

 

Points based on: Tries (4), Workhorses (4), Double Workhorses (8), Metre Eaters (2), Double Metre Eaters (4), Try Assists (2), Line Breaks (1), Line Break Assists (1), 40/20s (1), Field Goals (1), Sin Bins (-2) and Send Offs (-4).

 

Overall Dream Team

At the top of the tree Paul Gallen choked over the weekend and with only 32 involvements and 81 metres, he got his first donut of the year! He now has a three point lead over Tom Trbojevic and a ten point lead over Jordan Rapana. It’s going to be a great finish for the gold, silver and bronze!

After only one week out of the team, Suliasi Vunivalu is back in the Dream Team. He sits just one point ahead of Josh Addo-Carr and while they probably both deserve a spot in the team they need to start scoring heavily to oust Rapana.

Kiwi captain Simon Mannering makes his way back into the Dream Team after a few weeks out. He has the equal most workhorses (23) with Aiden Tolman and has the seventh highest tackle count in the game. Consistency is his middle name.

Lastly, I gave him a wrap in the Team of the Week but Jason Taumalolo is proving himself to be a genuine top five back rower draft pick for next season. The $10 million dollar man has six more metre eaters than his nearest rival (Paul Gallen – 20), the most run metres (3,686) and has the third most runs (337) in the NRL. He averages 194 metres per game! What. A. Beast.

 

Here is the Dream Team at the conclusion of Round 23 (with total points in brackets):

  1. Tom Trbojevic (138)
  2. Suliasi Vunivalu (107) – NEW
  3. Dylan Walker (112)
  4. James Roberts (121)
  5. Jordan Rapana (131)
  6. Gareth Widdop (111)
  7. Daly Cherry-Evans (94)
  8. Paul Vaughan (121)
  9. Cameron McInnes (115)
  10. Felise Kaufusi (122)
  11. Simon Mannering (123) – NEW
  12. Jason Taumalolo (127) – NEW
  13. Paul Gallen (141) – MVP

 

Points based on: Tries (4), Workhorses (4), Double Workhorses (8), Metre Eaters (2), Double Metre Eaters (4), Try Assists (2), Line Breaks (1), Line Break Assists (1), 40/20s (1), Field Goals (1), Sin Bins (-2) and Send Offs (-4).

Round 22 Dream Teams

Round 22 Team of the Week

Wow! Ben Hunt. scored the eighth equal highest NRLCEO score of all time21 points from a bench player? It just doesn’t seem to make sense. He played just 47 minutes and yet . What a performance. Three tries, three try assists, two line breaks and a line break assist he finished with a quality tally of 21 NRLCEO points and yet still couldn’t get a compliment from Wayne Bennett.

Not far behind him was the new and improved Robbie Farah – Damien Cook. If only this guy could get an 80 minute gig to himself! He scored a try, had a try assist, line break, line break assist, double workhorse and 127m metre eater. He’s the perfect hooker if he can just get the minutes.

Tommy “Turbo” Trbojevic turned it on at Brookie Oval (I can’t bring myself to call it that corporate name) on the weekend for his second highest ever NRLCEO score. Is he officially the new Prince of Brookie? With two tries, a try assist, line break, two line breaks and a 207m double metre eater he has put himself within spitting distance of the overall MVP.

Raiders reject and now Knights stalwart Mitch Barnett ran the perfect back rower lines on the weekend to cross for the first double of his career and just his fourth ever NRL try in his 29th appearance. It’s the second time he has been in double figures and it is his 14th workhorse for the year.

Honourable mention to young Brock Lamb for his 12 points and racking up his 10th try assist for the year. That’s more than Cameron Munster, James Maloney, Blake Green, Matt Moylan, Johnathan Thurston, Blake Austin and Corey Norman. Not bad for a youngster.

 

Here is the rest of the Team of the Week:

  1. Tom Trbojevic (17)
  2. Corey Oates (13)
  3. Kurt Mann (10)
  4. Tryone Peachey (8)
  5. Daniel Tupou (13)
  6. Brock Lamb (12)
  7. Ben Hunt (21)
  8. Daniel Alvaro (9)
  9. Damien Cook (18)
  10. Ben Matulino (6)
  11. Mitch Barnett (14)
  12. Elliott Whitehead (9)
  13. Josh McGuire (9)

 

Points based on: Tries (4), Workhorses (4), Double Workhorses (8), Metre Eaters (2), Double Metre Eaters (4), Try Assists (2), Line Breaks (1), Line Break Assists (1), 40/20s (1), Field Goals (1), Sin Bins (-2) and Send Offs (-4).

 

Overall Dream Team

We finally have a bit more of a race on for the overall MVP! Paul Gallen leads the pack with 141 points but Tom Trbojevic is hot on his heels! With 17 points from the weekend he reduced the gap by 13 points. With Manly having an easy run home against the Tigers, Bulldogs, Warriors and Panthers he could easily take the title.

Jordan Rapana has decided to hit back with his form but it might be a case of too little, too late.

There has been a switch on wing of the Dream Team. Vunivalu’s team mate Josh Addo-Carr has overtaken him by three points to make the Dream Team for the first time ever. He has 16 tries for the year, 16 line breaks and a superior metre eater count with 12. The two of them will go neck and neck for the second wing spot behind Jordan Rapana.

The other new entry this week is Daly Cherry-Evans. It’s been an unusually quiet year for halfbacks this season as Shaun Johnson held onto his place despite getting injured three weeks ago. Fittingly taking his place in the Dream Team, DCE has the most try assists (21) in the whole NRL, the second most line break assists (17), the second most 40/20’s (3) and the equal third most field goals (2). Michael Morgan is hot on his heels, but I like DCE’s run home. He will be aiming to pass 100 NRLCEO points for the first time ever (passing his previous best of 94 in 2013).

 

Here is the Dream Team at the conclusion of Round 22 (with total points in brackets):

  1. Tom Trbojevic (136)
  2. Josh Add0-Carr (106) – NEW
  3. Dylan Walker (107)
  4. James Roberts (118)
  5. Jordan Rapana (124)
  6. Gareth Widdop (103)
  7. Daly Cherry-Evans (83) – NEW
  8. Paul Vaughan (117)
  9. Cameron McInnes (100)
  10. Nathan Brown (103)
  11. Jake Trbojevic (118)
  12. Felise Kaufusi (118)
  13. Paul Gallen (141) – MVP

 

Points based on: Tries (4), Workhorses (4), Double Workhorses (8), Metre Eaters (2), Double Metre Eaters (4), Try Assists (2), Line Breaks (1), Line Break Assists (1), 40/20s (1), Field Goals (1), Sin Bins (-2) and Send Offs (-4).

Round 21 Dream Teams

Round 21 Team of the Week

Big, bad, bustling Nathan Brown is our Player of the Week this week despite heading off injured with 12 minutes to go on the weekend. His 65 involvements netted him a Double Workhorse and his 205m netted him a Double Metre Eater for his troubles too. Adding two line breaks to his tally to show his ball handing skills and it tops off a great week for the reformed bad boy.

I was coming up against Cam Smith on the weekend and I needed a quiet game from him if I was a chance to retain my spot in the finals of my private league. Unfortunately for me, but fortunately for most he shone in his 350th game. He had a masterful display of four try assists, four line break assists and six goals. With 37 involvements he just fell short of a workhorse for his troubles but only one Storm player needed to cross 40 involvements as they smashed the Sea Eagles into submission.

 

Here is the rest of the Team of the Week:

  1. James Tedesco (11)
  2. Josh Addo-Carr (9)
  3. Kirsome Auva’a (12)
  4. Jarrod Croker (11)
  5. Kyle Feldt (8)
  6. Luke Keary (8)
  7. Mitch Moses (9)
  8. Paul Vaughan (11)
  9. Cameron Smith (12)
  10. Aaron Woods (9)
  11. Matt Gillett (12)
  12.  Jack De Belin (11)
  13. Nathan Brown (14)

 

 

Points based on: Tries (4), Workhorses (4), Double Workhorses (8), Metre Eaters (2), Double Metre Eaters (4), Try Assists (2), Line Breaks (1), Line Break Assists (1), 40/20s (1), Field Goals (1), Sin Bins (-2) and Send Offs (-4).

 

Overall Dream Team

The effervescent old man Paul Gallen is continuing to lead from the front and he now has a 18 point lead over Tom Trbojevic in second place. With just six rounds to go, it’s hard to see him missing out on the MVP title unless he gets injured. That of course means he will be the cover star of next year’s Season Guide. Smile Paul.

Only one new member of the Dream Team this week. Big Nathan Brown has bustled his way into the line-up after another quality Double Workhorse Performance and the Player of the Week Title. Although he has been playing at lock (and will likely only be a back rower next year on the site) he has been dual position since the early parts of the season.  The big fella has three DWH’s in the last four week’s and so hopefully the knock he took to the face doesn’t keep him out of this weekend’s fixtures. As you can tell, he’s one of mine.

 

Here is the Dream Team at the conclusion of Round 21 (with total points in brackets):

  1. Tom Trbojevic (119)
  2. Suliasi Vunivalu (95)
  3. Dylan Walker (104)
  4. James Roberts (114)
  5. Jordan Rapana (115)
  6. Gareth Widdop (100)
  7. Shaun Johnson (81)
  8. Paul Vaughan (113)
  9. Cameron McInnes (96)
  10. Nathan Brown (97) – NEW
  11. Jake Trbojevic (114)
  12. Felise Kaufusi (114)
  13. Paul Gallen (137) – MVP

 

Points based on: Tries (4), Workhorses (4), Double Workhorses (8), Metre Eaters (2), Double Metre Eaters (4), Try Assists (2), Line Breaks (1), Line Break Assists (1), 40/20s (1), Field Goals (1), Sin Bins (-2) and Send Offs (-4).

Round 20 Dream Teams

Round 20 Team of the Week

This has got to be a first! A debutante attaining the Player of the Week status! Bravo to Matt Dufty who we have been waiting a long time to see in the top grade. Plenty of people have had big wraps on him for some time and the fact it’s taken 20 rounds for him to see the top grade is testament to how well the Dragons backline has been going. With a try in the 79th minute, two try assists, two line breaks, two line break assists and a 179m metre eater, he had 14 points in total. Bravo young man.

The Tigers were always going to be up against it when Semi Radradra ran out. He didn’t let his CEO owners down scoring a try, try assist, three line breaks and a 207m double metre eater for a total of 13 points.

On his way to 100 NRLCEO points for the season, James Roberts also scored 13 points this week. He scored two tries, had three line breaks and a metre eater for what has been a very good season for Jimmy the Jet.

We can’t not mention the future 2018 Dragons halves either. Both Gareth Widdop and Ben Hunt scored 12 points each this week and will have fans licking their lips from Kogarah to the Gong.

 

Here is the rest of the Team of the Week:

  1. Matt Dufty (14)
  2. Semi Radradra (13)
  3. James Roberts (13)
  4. Waqa Blake (11)
  5. Javid Bowen (10)
  6. Gareth Widdop (12)
  7. Ben Hunt (12)
  8. Bunty Afoa (7)
  9. Andrew McCullough (5)
  10. Aaron Woods (7)
  11. Paul Gallen (7)
  12. Simon Mannering (7)
  13. Dale Finucane (11)

 

Points based on: Tries (4), Workhorses (4), Double Workhorses (8), Metre Eaters (2), Double Metre Eaters (4), Try Assists (2), Line Breaks (1), Line Break Assists (1), 40/20s (1), Field Goals (1), Sin Bins (-2) and Send Offs (-4).

 

Overall Dream Team

He’s just doing it with ease. Paul Gallen had 51 involvements and 235 running metres to chalk up yet another workhorse and double metre eater to extend his lead as the Most Valuable Player.

There is only one new entry to the Dream Team this week. Jake Trbojevic has missed three games through Origin but is making up for lost time now. With 17 workhorses, six tries and five metre eaters he is as consistent as they come and is well entrenched as a top draft pick for the 2018 draft.

 

Here is the Dream Team at the conclusion of Round 20 (with total points in brackets):

  1. Tom Trbojevic (114)
  2. Suliasi Vunivalu (90)
  3. Dylan Walker (104)
  4. James Roberts (106)
  5. Jordan Rapana (115)
  6. Gareth Widdop (100)
  7. Shaun Johnson (81)
  8. Paul Vaughan (102)
  9. Cameron McInnes (92)
  10. Aiden Tolman (90)
  11. Jake Trbojevic (110) – NEW
  12. Felise Kaufusi (110)
  13. Paul Gallen (131) – MVP

 

Points based on: Tries (4), Workhorses (4), Double Workhorses (8), Metre Eaters (2), Double Metre Eaters (4), Try Assists (2), Line Breaks (1), Line Break Assists (1), 40/20s (1), Field Goals (1), Sin Bins (-2) and Send Offs (-4).

Round 19 Dream Teams

Round 19 Team of the Week

Nathan Cleary has threatened to go off this year and over the weekend he finally delivered on that promise. He almost doubled his best ever NRLCEO score to finish with 21 points. This was achieved through a hat-trick of tries, two try assists, two line breaks and a line break assist. He was just one metre off a metre eater to top it off and with five goals he scored 31 points in total.

In a high scoring round there were six other players who finished in equal second with 12 points. Matt Wright delivered with two tries, but disappointed those who named him as kicker. In the back row Shaun Lane was seriously impressive again scoring his second try and workhorse combo in a row.

 

Here is the rest of the Team of the Week:

  1. Tom Trbojevic (9)
  2. Matt Wright (12)
  3. Solomone Kata (12)
  4. Tautau Moga (8)
  5. Nene Macdonald (7)
  6. Gareth Widdop (7)
  7. Nathan Cleary (19)
  8. Paul Vaughan (8)
  9. Jake Granville (12)
  10. Aaron Woods (7)
  11. Sione Mata’utia (12)
  12. Shaun Lane (12)
  13. Paul Gallen (12)

 

Points based on: Tries (4), Workhorses (4), Double Workhorses (8), Metre Eaters (2), Double Metre Eaters (4), Try Assists (2), Line Breaks (1), Line Break Assists (1), 40/20s (1), Field Goals (1), Sin Bins (-2) and Send Offs (-4).

 

Overall Dream Team

For the first time since Round 12, we have a new MVP. Paul Gallen has climbed back to the top of the scoring ranks with a monster 12 point performance over the weekend. He’s the archetypal footy forward and has 18 workhorses for the season and 17 metre eaters to boot.

The only new entry to the team this week is James Roberts who has been in and out with Tim Lafai throughout the year. Only the one try against the Knights on the weekend when it could have been many more but now has 11 tries for the year.

There were no new centurions this week but Dylan Walker and Paul Vaughan should cross the magical mark this week.

 

Here is the Dream Team at the conclusion of Round 19 (with total points in brackets):

  1. Tom Trbojevic (109)
  2. Suliasi Vunivalu (90)
  3. Dylan Walker (96)
  4. James Roberts (93) – NEW
  5. Jordan Rapana (115)
  6. Gareth Widdop (88)
  7. Shaun Johnson (81)
  8. Paul Vaughan (97)
  9. Cameron McInnes (88)
  10. Aiden Tolman (86)
  11. Sam Burgess (105)
  12. Felise Kaufusi (106)
  13. Paul Gallen (122) – MVP

 

Points based on: Tries (4), Workhorses (4), Double Workhorses (8), Metre Eaters (2), Double Metre Eaters (4), Try Assists (2), Line Breaks (1), Line Break Assists (1), 40/20s (1), Field Goals (1), Sin Bins (-2) and Send Offs (-4).

Round 18 Dream Teams

Round 18 Team of the Week

It was a bye round but that doesn’t excuse for the fact there weren’t many BIG NRLCEO scores this week.

There were two player equal for Player of the Week but Semi Radradra edges out Peter Mata’utia for metres gained.

Against the Storm it was the young Fijian Suliasi Vunivalu versus the more experienced Fijian in Semi Radradra. Overall it was a pretty good battle with Semi getting the chocolates with some ease. He scored his tenth try of the year on the way to three line breaks and a 203m double metre eater.

There were three out of the four players on show against the Dogs but Peter Mata’utia was the best of them scoring a double including a cheeky tap and go. It was the first double of his career so fair play to him.

There were another five players who finished on ten points in equal third for the week. In the backs, Clint Gutherson was the pick of them. He dominated the Storm and was lucky not to be sin binned for a professional foul but that’s history now.

In the forwards, last weeks double workhorses went and completed the double-double – two double workhorses in a row. Nathan Brown scored the second DWH of his career and Aiden Tolman stepped up in James Graham’s absence to complete the 20th DWH of his career! Amazing longevity.

 

Here is the rest of the Team of the Week:

  1. Will Hopoate (10)
  2. Semi Radradra (11)
  3. Peter Mata’utia (11)
  4. Bryson Goodwin (7)
  5. Kerrod Holland (8)
  6. Clint Gutherson (10)
  7. Mitch Moses (10)
  8. Aiden Tolman (10)
  9. Jake Friend (9)
  10. James Tamou (9)
  11. Shaun Lane (9)
  12. Aidan Guerra (9)
  13. Nathan Brown (10)

 

Points based on: Tries (4), Workhorses (4), Double Workhorses (8), Metre Eaters (2), Double Metre Eaters (4), Try Assists (2), Line Breaks (1), Line Break Assists (1), 40/20s (1), Field Goals (1), Sin Bins (-2) and Send Offs (-4).

 

Overall Dream Team

There was very little movement in the Dream Team over the weekend with just six of the current team in action and no one else setting the world alight.

Jordan Rapana remains in MVP position but has just a five point lead. There are now five NRLCEO centurions with Tom Trbojevic and Sam Burgess crossing the mark over the weekend.

I’m looking forward to seeing how the rest of the season pans out. There seems to be lower scores than last year up until this point.

 

Here is the Dream Team at the conclusion of Round 18 (with total points in brackets):

  1. Tom Trbojevic (100)
  2. Suliasi Vunivalu (90)
  3. Dylan Walker (96)
  4. Tim Lafai (87)
  5. Jordan Rapana (115) – MVP
  6. Gareth Widdop (81)
  7. Shaun Johnson (78)
  8. Paul Vaughan (89)
  9. Cameron McInnes (84)
  10. Aiden Tolman (86)
  11. Sam Burgess (101)
  12. Felise Kaufusi (106)
  13. Paul Gallen (110)

 

Points based on: Tries (4), Workhorses (4), Double Workhorses (8), Metre Eaters (2), Double Metre Eaters (4), Try Assists (2), Line Breaks (1), Line Break Assists (1), 40/20s (1), Field Goals (1), Sin Bins (-2) and Send Offs (-4).

Captains Call: Round 18

The last big bye round is upon us so for those of you who need a win it’s a chance to get one back this week, but for some of you, you will be praying for a miracle.

Let’s review last weeks’ players and my word, how bad was that. No player really stood out with a couple getting zero. CEO favourite Angus Crichton didn’t fare much better managing a single line break. He was four off a work horse which was always going to be hard with a score line like that and the fact he was given an early shower, coming off with nine minutes to go didn’t help his cause.

Andrew Fifita got his workhorse, just. He was on 38 once the game had finished but after adjustments he got those two extra involvements. Again in such a high scoring game there were only four work horse tries compared to the first game of the round in a tight affair there were 11 work horse tries.

Nathan Ross, he had a shocker which reflected on his score, a big zero. Looked good in an attacking capacity last week but this week was a very different story.

I did say James Tedesco’s biggest risk was if he even played and as we saw he didn’t which for Knights was probably a good thing.

Clint Gutherson didn’t set the world of fire like he has in previous weeks but did still manage a try assist and line break assist. Very quiet game by his standards.

Let’s move on to this week. As you know it’s very important to nail your choice of captain, not just this bye week but every week. Sometimes it’s also good to get other people’s perspectives on who they this might be a good choice, so in collaboration with the Moneyball crew we bring you this week’s players to preview.

Don’t forget to vote or leave a comment below.

 

Angus Crichton (safe bet)

I know we previewed Crichton last week but as requested by the boys we will do him again. This week against the Roosters will provide a tougher challenge for the Rabbitohs. Crichton’s involvements should be a lot higher as I can’t see the score line being the same as Rabbits last game. Add in the fact Crichton has the ability to pick up some good attacking stats too, he should be a good choice this week.

 

Nathan Brown (safe bet)

Nathan Brown was chosen by the boys and has been massive this year but his best performance was last week where he scored his first double workhorse playing all 82 minutes at lock. He has been averaging some big minutes of late and I can’t see that going down anytime soon. Playing the Storm expect much of the same up the middle and Brown to reap the benefits.

 

Mitchell Barnett (risk and reward)

Barnett hasn’t been super consistent this season as many CEO’s thought, however the lads have faith in him this week to score some points. I can see the Knights V Bulldogs game being quite a dower affair with the Dogs unable to score many points but have defended pretty well and if Knights play Hodkinson again then I can’t see them scoring any. This makes for a grind of a match which will suit Barnetts involvements. The unfortunate thing for Barnett owners is he just isn’t getting the minutes we thought he would only averaging about 55. Barnett is yet to cross the line this season, this could be the game.

 

Daly Cherry-Evans (risk and reward)

DCE should probably be playing for Queensland in just over a weeks’ time but again has been over looked.  The Moneyball lads think he will be out to prove a point and against a Panthers side who were thrashed by Souths and I’m probably in agreeance with them. Evans has been in stellar form this season with 18 try assists. Expect a few more this week.

 

Matt Moylan (risk and reward)

Moylan will be looking for a huge game after his disastrous pass last week which turned the tide against the Panthers. Has the ability to find a hole and also put someone through one. With only the possibility of Merrin playing Origin, their team should remain pretty much the same and with Jake Trbojevic out the middle of the field is just a little more vulnerable.

Who are you picking as captain for Round 18?

Round 17 Dream Teams

Round 17 Team of the Week

Alex Johnston has written himself into the NRLCEO record books for all time with the equal fourth highest individual score of all time. With five tries, a line break and a 195m metre eater he took the Panthers to town and made many CEOs very happy in the process.

It’s a chasm to the second highest score of the round, but make no mistake – Curtis Scott’s effort was just as impressive. This youngster has been kept fresh by Craig Bellamy as he uses him sparingly, but this was his best game to date. Two tries, a try assist, three line breaks, a line break assist and metre eater gave him 16 points and 31 points over the last three weeks!

I watched Michael Morgan live as he tore apart my mighty Raiders. He was seriously impressive, but he was also given far too much space to roam. He’s no stranger to high scores with two other 16 point performances in the last two years. In this match he scored two tries, setup two tries, had two line breaks and a line break assist too.

Lastly, I want to give a shout out to our old mate Anthony Don. With just his second career hat-trick, Don now has 48 tries in 78 appearances giving him a scoring ratio of 0.61 tries per game.

 

Here is the rest of the Team of the Week:

  1. Tom Trbojevic (13)
  2. Alex Johnston (23)
  3. Curtis Scott (16)
  4. Ricky Leutele (14)
  5. Anthony Don (14)
  6. Te Maire Martin (9)
  7. Michael Morgan (15)
  8. Nathan Brown (10)
  9. Jacob Liddle (10)
  10. Aiden Tolman (8)
  11. Simon Mannering (10)
  12. Bodene Thompson (10)
  13. Sam Burgess (9)

 

Points based on: Tries (4), Workhorses (4), Double Workhorses (8), Metre Eaters (2), Double Metre Eaters (4), Try Assists (2), Line Breaks (1), Line Break Assists (1), 40/20s (1), Field Goals (1), Sin Bins (-2) and Send Offs (-4).

 

Overall Dream Team

His team is stalling and his scoring capacity has slowed down, but Jordan Rapana still leads the MVP standing after 17 rounds. He was on track for 200 points, but just four points in the last two rounds puts him in a hole. Both the Raiders and the Sharks both have the bye this week so he should retain the title for at least another week.

Dylan Walker stepped his way around a thousand defenders two weeks ago and reminded us of his attacking potential. He now has five tries in the last five rounds and with Manly firing looks to be a strong contended for the top centre of the year come the years end.

Long standing workhorse Aiden Tolman has been doing what he does best – tackling his arse off and it has netted him 17 workhorses in just 16 games. As usual he has zero attacking prowess with just one try assist to speak of in the attacking stats. Only three metre eaters as well shows that he is all about the tackles. With 632 total tackles he has the fifth most in the league and the most for any front rower.

 

Here is the Dream Team at the conclusion of Round 17 (with total points in brackets):

  1. Tom Trbojevic (93)
  2. Suliasi Vunivalu (89)
  3. Dylan Walker (91) – NEW
  4. Tim Lafai (87)
  5. Jordan Rapana (115) – MVP
  6. Gareth Widdop (81)
  7. Shaun Johnson (78)
  8. Paul Vaughan (89)
  9. Cameron McInnes (84)
  10. Aiden Tolman (76) – NEW
  11. Sam Burgess (97)
  12. Felise Kaufusi (102)
  13. Paul Gallen (110)

 

Points based on: Tries (4), Workhorses (4), Double Workhorses (8), Metre Eaters (2), Double Metre Eaters (4), Try Assists (2), Line Breaks (1), Line Break Assists (1), 40/20s (1), Field Goals (1), Sin Bins (-2) and Send Offs (-4).

Round 16 Dream Teams

Round 16 Team of the Week

The Knights may not be an attacking powerhouse but Nathan Ross sure is! So you’d be crazy to either leave him out of your team (I’m looking at you Hamish Neale) or have him only score half points on your bench (g’day Paddy). In both of those situations the Ross Dog owners ended up losing as he scored 18 points – the highest score of the week. His three tries, two line breaks and 227m double metre eater gave him his best ever NRLCEO score and his tenth try of the year.

Meanwhile I backtracked on my decision to captain Jarryd Hayne earlier in the week in my Legends of League competition and it cost me a win too.  I had a hunch that Hayne would score well again on return to his home suburb and I should have gone with my gut as he scored two tries, had a try assist, two line breaks, a line break assist and a 161m metre eater.

Matt Gillett tore my Raiders apart with a masterful wide running back rowers performance netting him two tries, two line breaks and a workhorse for 14 NRLCEO points. It is his equal highest NRLCEO score along with the 14 points he scored in Round 11 2016 and Round 16 2015.

Lastly, it’s worth tipping our collective hats to old Jason Nightingale. The Dragons back three specialist scored his 99th, 100th and 101st NRL tries in his 236th NRL appearance. That low ratio of a try ever 0.42 games surprised me actually but the Dragons have had some lean years. Well done nonetheless Gypsy.

 

Here is the rest of the Team of the Week:

  1. Jarryd Hayne (15)
  2. Nathan Ross (18)
  3. Konrad Hurrell (12)
  4. Matthew Wright (12)
  5. Jason Nightingale (14)
  6. Gareth Widdop (13)
  7. Daly Cherry-Evans (10)
  8. Felise Kaufusi (9)
  9. Michael Lichaa (8)
  10. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (6)
  11. Matt Gillett (14)
  12. Curtis Sironen (10)
  13. Wade Graham (11)

 

Points based on: Tries (4), Workhorses (4), Double Workhorses (8), Metre Eaters (2), Double Metre Eaters (4), Try Assists (2), Line Breaks (1), Line Break Assists (1), 40/20s (1), Field Goals (1), Sin Bins (-2) and Send Offs (-4).

 

Overall Dream Team

I watched with excitement as I thought Jordan Rapana was about to cross for his 15th try of the year in 15 game but unfortunately it was off a forward pass and his night never got much better than that. Aside from a left flank break away for 70 metres it was a quiet night for the MVP and he was only able to add three points to his overall tally.

I caught glimpses of the Dragons v Knights game and it looked like it was end to end stuff. The defence often looked like Under 20’s standard and so it was no surprise to see Gareth Widdop carve up the Knights with four try assists, three line breaks and two line break assists giving him 14 points and a place back in the overall Dream Team. His battle with Cody Walker for the top five-eighth has been interesting to watch as it see saws regularly.

After Felise Kaufusi crossed for his seventh try of the year and his 12th workhorse, he jumped past last week’s hero Angus Crichton for a spot in the back row in the Dream Team. This pushed Josh “Moose” McGuire into the second top spot for the front rowers despite scoring zero points and missing his first workhorse of the year.

 

Here is the Dream Team at the conclusion of Round 16 (with total points in brackets):

  1. Tom Trbojevic (80)
  2. Suliasi Vunivalu (77)
  3. James Roberts (83)
  4. Tim Lafai (84)
  5. Jordan Rapana (114) – MVP
  6. Gareth Widdop (80) – NEW 
  7. Shaun Johnson (71)
  8. Paul Vaughan (89)
  9. Cameron McInnes (80)
  10. Josh McGuire (74) – NEW
  11. Sam Burgess (88)
  12. Felise Kaufusi (95)
  13. Paul Gallen (104)

 

Points based on: Tries (4), Workhorses (4), Double Workhorses (8), Metre Eaters (2), Double Metre Eaters (4), Try Assists (2), Line Breaks (1), Line Break Assists (1), 40/20s (1), Field Goals (1), Sin Bins (-2) and Send Offs (-4).

Round 15 Dream Teams

Round 15 Team of the Week

Wow. What a performance from Angus Crichton! As noted in the top individual NRLCEO performances blog, his 24 point return is the second highest indvidual NRLCEO score of the last four years and one of the best of all time. A hat-trick is not very rare, but a hat-trick for a workhorse sure is! His three tries, four line breaks, workhorse and 214m double metre eater is the second best score of the year.

Not far behind him, and a young forward of the future to watch is the Sharks Kurt Capewell. So far he has filled in on the wing and in the centres for the Sharks but his future lies in the forwards. In the meantime expect him to score a few more tries this year.

I watched Clint Gutherson closer than ever this week as he was the one player chasing me down in my league. It ended in a draw, thanks for asking. The thing about Gutherson is that he is always heavily involved in the game no matter what position he plays. His two tries, line break and 238m double metre eater gave him 13 points for the game.

Lastly, shout out to my old mate Edrick Lee. The former Prince of Belcompton must have lost a lot of confidence since getting the flick from Canberra but his good form in reggies has paid off in first grade. He had a try, try assist, two line breaks and metre eater gave him 12 points – his highest ever NRLCEO score.

 

here is the rest of the Team of the Week:

  1. Cody Walker (8)
  2. Edrick Lee (12)
  3. Curtis Scott (9)
  4. Malakai Watene-Zelezniak (7)
  5. Alex Johnston (10)
  6. Clint Gutherson (13)
  7. Chad Townsend (5)
  8. Jesse Bromwich (11)
  9. Pat Politini (11)
  10. Scott Bolton (10)
  11. Angus Crichton (24)
  12. Kurt Capewell (19)
  13. Jayson Bukuya (12)

 

Points based on: Tries (4), Workhorses (4), Double Workhorses (8), Metre Eaters (2), Double Metre Eaters (4), Try Assists (2), Line Breaks (1), Line Break Assists (1), 40/20s (1), Field Goals (1), Sin Bins (-2) and Send Offs (-4).

 

Overall Dream Team

Despite having the week off, Jordan Rapana is still the top of the pops in the MVP position with 111 points.

Tim Lafai has returned to the despite a very quiet week against the Eels. A line break, line break assist and metre eater was enough to jump above Dylan Walker and back into the centre position once again.

Another to return after a few weeks out is Cody Walker who took advantage of a quiet week for Gareth Widdop and jumped back into the five-eighth position. His 12 try assists for the season put him in third overall for try assists and his 12 line break assists puts him in fifth overall.

Mr Consistent Cam McInnes has found his way back into the Dream Team with a quiet workhorse performance. He is the seventh top workhorse for the year and the best hooker with 13 so far. His try scoring prowess has not been the same as last season, but there’s plenty of time as he fights for top spot with Cam Smith and Andrew McCullough.

Lastly, the man of the hour, Angus Crichton has blitzed his way into the Dream Team with the second highest NRLCEO score of the last four years! He now has seven tries for the season (second only behind Coen Hess for tries for fowards) and more incredibly ten workhorses. No one could have predicted his rise this season!

 

Here is the Dream Team at the conclusion of Round 15 (with total points in brackets):

  1. Tom Trbojevic (75)
  2. Suliasi Vunivalu (72)
  3. James Roberts (81)
  4. Tim Lafai (80) – NEW
  5. Jordan Rapana (111) – MVP
  6. Cody Walker (69) – NEW 
  7. Shaun Johnson (68)
  8. Paul Vaughan (89)
  9. Cameron McInnes (76) – NEW
  10. Felise Kaufusi (86)
  11. Sam Burgess (88)
  12. Angus Crichton (87) – NEW
  13. Paul Gallen (100)

 

Points based on: Tries (4), Workhorses (4), Double Workhorses (8), Metre Eaters (2), Double Metre Eaters (4), Try Assists (2), Line Breaks (1), Line Break Assists (1), 40/20s (1), Field Goals (1), Sin Bins (-2) and Send Offs (-4).