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Captains Call: Round 20

So here we are, the run home to the finals with no byes to interrupt us.

Special mention to Nathan Cleary, those who own him and captained him would have been very pleased with his score, I know I was.

Let’s review the five from last week and the biggest disappointment was Dylan Walker. It was his first zero score since Round 10, but what makes it worse was it was against a team who Manly should have dominated. Tom Trbojevic on the other hand had a good game. No tries but did produce two try assists, two line breaks and a line break assist.

Simon Mannering had a great game fantasy wise and did prove me wrong with his attacking stats by picking up a try along with his customary workhorse. Could have been even better though falling 12 meters short of a double.

Nick Cotric continues his try scoring form, picking up one against the Dragons along with a line break. This kid has a massive future ahead of him.

The pick of the lot was Elliot Whitehead who picked up a work horse, try and line break. He is pretty much on the same points as he was this time last season.

Time to preview five more and this week I’ve picked a few halves who I think will have good games this week.

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

 

Josh McGuire (safe bet)

Against the Bulldogs this week I think it will be a grinding affair with a lot of work going up the middle. This is where McGuire flourishes. When the Broncos played Bulldogs last, McGuire racked up 58 involvements in 59 minutes, after a week off expect the same this this weekend.

 

Cameron Smith (safe bet)

After and Origin win and a week off expect Smith to come out firing. This is a danger game for the Raiders and I can see Smith carrying on his form from the last game of Origin. Expect a workhorse and at least one try assist.

 

Mitch Pearce (risk and reward)

Pearce lost Origin and has had a week off the dwell on it. We all know his Origin form is poor but his club form has been good. I can see Pearce coming out all guns blazing against a Knights side who is only playing for pride. Pearce has a point to prove and after his last effort against the Knights in which he scored a try, try assist, line break and line break assist, he could very well replicate that score.

 

Ash Taylor (risk and reward)

Taylor has been in good form this year and his kicking game has been first class which shows as he has the most try assist via his boot. Against the Panthers expect Taylor to kick to Don all day as Mansour has been very poor under the high ball of late. He also showed last week he has a good running game and with no Merrin in the middle that could be exposed this week.

 

Michael Morgan (risk and reward)

With Origin over for another year Morgan can now concentrate on the Cowboys and being the senior half. If Warriors defend like they did last week Morgan is going to have a field day. His combination with Te Maire Martin is only young however these two could very well run amok this week as they did against the Raiders.

Who are you picking as captain for Round 20?

NRLCEO Round 20 Scoring

Keeping you up to date with the NRLCEO scores as they happen throughout Round 20 of the NRL.

 

Thursday 20 July 2017

Broncos v Bulldogs

Broncos (42)

Tries: T. Moga, B. Hunt, J. Kahu, K. Nikorima, J. McGuire, J. Roberts
Goals: J. Kahu (7/8)
Field Goals: Nil
Workhorses: M. Gillett
Metre Eaters: T. Moga, J. Roberts
Try Assists: B. Hunt (2), A. McCullough, T. Pangai Junior, A. Milford, A. McCullough, K. Nikorima
Line Breaks: J. Roberts (2), A. McCullough, B. Hunt, J. Kahu, T. Moga, K. Nikorima
Line Break Assists: B. Hunt (2), T. Pangai Junior, A. Milford, M. Gillett, K. Nikorima
40/20s: Nil
Sin Bins: A. Blair
Send Offs: Nil

 

Bulldogs (12)

Tries: M. Montoya, C. Stanley
Goals: C. Stanley (2/2)
Field Goals: Nil
Workhorses: A. Tolman
Metre Eaters: TBA
Try Assists: C. Stanley, J. Jackson
Line Breaks: M. Montoya, R. Fatilala-Mariner, C. Stanley
Line Break Assists: C. Stanley, M. Frawley, J. Jackson
40/20s: Nil
Sin Bins: Nil
Send Offs: Nil

 

Friday 21 July 2017

Roosters v Knights

Roosters (28)

Tries: B. Ferguson, L. Keary, D. Tupou, I. Liu, C. Watson
Goals: L. Mitchell (2/3), S. Taukeiaho (2/2)
Field Goals: Nil
Workhorses: A. Guerra, R. Matterson, J. Waerea- Hargreaves, S. Taukeiaho
Metre Eaters: D. Tupou, S. Taukeiaho, J. Waerea- Hargreaves
Try Assists: L. Mitchell, R. Matterson, M. Pearce, B. Ferguson
Line Breaks: D. Tupou (2), L. Keary, B. Ferguson, I. Liu
Line Break Assists: L. Mitchell, C. Watson, M. Pearce (2)
40/20s: Nil
Sin Bins: Nil
Send Offs: Nil

Knights (6)

Tries: S. Kenny-Dowell
Goals: T. Hodkinson (1/1)
Field Goals: Nil
Workhorses: M. Barnett, D. Levi
Metre Eaters: P. Mata’utia, D. Gagai, N. Ross
Try Assists: D. Gagai
Line Breaks: L. Yates
Line Break Assists: D. Saifiti
40/20s: Nil
Sin Bins: Nil
Send Offs: Nil

 

Sharks v Rabbitohs

Sharks

Tries: W. Graham, F. Brown, G. Beale, R. Leutele
Goals: J. Maloney (5/6)
Field Goals: Nil
Workhorses: A. Fifita, P. Gallen, J. Segeyaro
Metre Eaters: P. Gallen (2), V. Holmes, R. Leutele
Try Assists: J. Maloney, C. Townsend
Line Breaks: W. Graham, F. Brown, S. Feki, V. Holmes, G. Beale
Line Break Assists: J. Maloney, W. Graham, P. Gallen, C. Townsend
40/20s: Nil
Sin Bins: Nil
Send Offs: Nil

Rabbitohs

Tries: B. Burns, J. Sutton
Goals: A. Reynolds (2/2)
Field Goals: Nil
Workhorses: A. Crichton
Metre Eaters: S. Burgess
Try Assists: A. Reynolds, D. Cook
Line Breaks: J. Sutton
Line Break Assists: D. Cook
40/20s: Nil
Sin Bins: Nil
Send Offs: Nil

 

Saturday 22 July 2017

Panthers v Titans

Panthers

Tries: TBA
Goals: TBA
Field Goals: TBA
Workhorses: TBA
Metre Eaters: TBA
Try Assists: TBA
Line Breaks: TBA
Line Break Assists: TBA
40/20s: TBA
Sin Bins: TBA
Send Offs: TBA

Titans

Tries: TBA
Goals: TBA
Field Goals: TBA
Workhorses: TBA
Metre Eaters: TBA
Try Assists: TBA
Line Breaks: TBA
Line Break Assists: TBA
40/20s: TBA
Sin Bins: TBA
Send Offs: TBA

Raiders v Storm

Raiders

Tries: TBA
Goals: TBA
Field Goals: TBA
Workhorses: TBA
Metre Eaters: TBA
Try Assists: TBA
Line Breaks: TBA
Line Break Assists: TBA
40/20s: TBA
Sin Bins: TBA
Send Offs: TBA

Storm

Tries: TBA
Goals: TBA
Field Goals: TBA
Workhorses: TBA
Metre Eaters: TBA
Try Assists: TBA
Line Breaks: TBA
Line Break Assists: TBA
40/20s: TBA
Sin Bins: TBA
Send Offs: TBA

 

Cowboys v Warriors

Cowboys

Tries: TBA
Goals: TBA
Field Goals: TBA
Workhorses: TBA
Metre Eaters: TBA
Try Assists: TBA
Line Breaks: TBA
Line Break Assists: TBA
40/20s: TBA
Sin Bins: TBA
Send Offs: TBA

Warriors

Tries: TBA
Goals: TBA
Field Goals: TBA
Workhorses: TBA
Metre Eaters: TBA
Try Assists: TBA
Line Breaks: TBA
Line Break Assists: TBA
40/20s: TBA
Sin Bins: TBA
Send Offs: TBA

 

Sunday 23 July 2017

Dragons v Sea Eagles

Dragons

Tries: TBA
Goals: TBA
Field Goals: TBA
Workhorses: TBA
Metre Eaters: TBA
Try Assists: TBA
Line Breaks: TBA
Line Break Assists: TBA
40/20s: TBA
Sin Bins: TBA
Send Offs: TBA

Sea Eagles

Tries: TBA
Goals: TBA
Field Goals: TBA
Workhorses: TBA
Metre Eaters: TBA
Try Assists: TBA
Line Breaks: TBA
Line Break Assists: TBA
40/20s: TBA
Sin Bins: TBA
Send Offs: TBA

Tigers v Eels

Tigers

Tries: TBA
Goals: TBA
Field Goals: TBA
Workhorses: TBA
Metre Eaters: TBA
Try Assists: TBA
Line Breaks: TBA
Line Break Assists: TBA
40/20s: TBA
Sin Bins: TBA
Send Offs: TBA

Eels

Tries: TBA
Goals: TBA
Field Goals: TBA
Workhorses: TBA
Metre Eaters: TBA
Try Assists: TBA
Line Breaks: TBA
Line Break Assists: TBA
40/20s: TBA
Sin Bins: TBA
Send Offs: TBA

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).

Captains Call: Round 19

Hi all, welcome to the last bye round of the season… FINALLY!

My heart bleeds for the Knights who were 30 seconds away from beating the Bulldogs. They tried so hard and were probably the better team on the day. Trent Hodkinson had his best game of the season by far so I’m happy to take what I said back about him last week.

Another Knight who tried hard was Mitch Barnett. He managed a workhorse with 40 involvements. Still hasn’t crossed the line but it will come.

Daly Cherry-Evans didn’t do as much as everyone expected, only managing a try assist and line break assist. You can say they the 14-2 penalty count didn’t help the situation but they still had almost 50% of possession.

In the same game and probably the biggest disappointment was Matt Moylan getting a big fat zero. He tried but just ran out of ideas trying to get through Manly’s tough defence.

Angus Crichton wasn’t going to be held two weeks in a row coming back to score a workhorse, try assist and line break assist. Good return if you named him as captain.

Best of the week goes to Nathan Brown.

The lock put in another 80 minute performance up the middle and racked up 65 involvements for his second double workhorse in as many weeks. Brown looks like he could be a real keeper if you are in a keeper league.

Thanks to the Moneyball Podcast crew of picking four of them last week, the four that actually scored points.

Looking forward to this week I will review five more and hopefully one of those can get you a win.

Please don’t forget to vote or leave a comment below.

 

Simon Mannering (safe bet)

The most consistent player for the Warriors Mannering doesn’t look like slowing down. Has only missed one workhorse this year and has five doubles to his name. The only thing missing from Mannerings repertoire is attacking stats, although if he’s getting doubles then who would complain.

 

Elliott Whitehead (safe bet)

Whitehead has been the most consistent point scorer for the Raiders this year. Since round six he has scored at least four points every game. With a do or die clash up against the Dragons, expect Whitehead to step up.

 

Tom Trbojevic (risk and reward)

There’s a reason Tom Trbojevic is the leading fullback this year. Even with injury he still tops the list which is a pretty good effort. His last three weeks have yielded three tries, two try assists and two line breaks. Against the Tigers and off the back of their disappointing game against the Panthers, expect them to come out firing.

 

Dylan Walker (risk and reward)

Just like Turbo, expect Dylan Walker to come out firing against the Tigers. In his past six games he’s scored six tries, three try assists, four line breaks and three line break assists. He is the form centre of the comp and probably should be playing Origin so look out Knights, he could be in for a big one.

 

Nick Cotric (risk and reward)

The young winger has been a rare shining light for the Raiders this year. Cotric is a serious contender for rookie of the year and his form over the last three games warrants that with four tries and three line breaks. After the week off and in a must win game, Cotric will be set for a huge one.

 

Who are you picking as captain for Round 19?

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).

$am Ka$hiano Cup – Finals Countdown

With just four rounds remaining until the finals, the high roller $am Ka$hiano is heating up!

With a whopping $2,000 going to the eventual champion, the race to make the top five finals series is still on for all 10 teams with only one team assured of a finals position.

Currently at the top of the ladder on 26 points, The LCT Conspiracy has been a tower of strength all season.  Their mantra of always being active in the FA market has seen them score consistently well throughout the season where they average 52 points per round.  However, their ability to go deep into the finals could hinge on their kicker Dylan Walker, returning as the first string Manly option.  He returned to duties briefly last week but with no alternative kicking option in FA, the LCT coach could see the money slip through his fingers at the final hurdle…

A whopping six competition points behind, Eskimo Brothers sit in second place on points differential and as you would expect, are another team who are quick to pick up a potential talent in FA. However and perhaps coincidentally with their main competitor LCT, they also have kicker issues with main man, Kerrod Holland their only option with the boots.  Despite carrying the Dog’s kicker, they still average 50 ppg and require just one more win to secure a finals berth.  Once there, these guys are very capable of taking home the loot in seven week’s time…

In third place, the BDRL Kings franchise belies their terrible points differential and are a team on the rise.  Carrying names like Maloney, Friend, DeBelin and Pearce sees the Kings boast more than solid players in key positions.  Given their -58 points differential, some would suggest that the Kings are lucky to be where they are on the ladder but it is no fluke when they average 51 ppg.  If the Kings can fix up their leaky defense, they are a real title chance.

Sitting just a further point back in 4th, Roger Tuivasa Cheque has thrived ever since the head coaching role was reappointed.  By having a finger constantly on the pulse in FA this franchise’s team of managers has built a squad consisting of no less than four kickers – remarkable!  With names like Whitehead, James and Peats in the pack, they have developed into a genuine title contender as the season has progressed.

On 18 points and in 5th position, Mmm Moolah have been on a roller coaster ride all season.  Initially, the guns in this squad were misfiring, but a strong mid-season has seen these guys rise from last to where they are now.  Boasting the option of using one of either three kickers, Moolah is well stocked in that department.  When one views the pack of McGuire, McCullough, Gillett and Finucane complimented by French and Vunivalu in the backs, these guys could give the top four a real scare come finals time – if they make it!

Two points behind on 16 points, DFS Express and 1988 Pawnee FC are two teams that refuse to give up each week.  Although both average just mid 40’s each game, they both have the fire power on their day to cause an upset.  For DFS, the key lies with skipper Cam Smith who has been ably supported by the likes of Simon Mannering.  Pawnee has overcome a rough start to the season despite possessing the rampaging Gareth Widdop. This team, featuring the likes of Gallen, Buhrer, Rapana and RTS could be a smoky for the title but they need some out of form NRL Teams to come good over the last 4 weeks of the regular season, if they are to feature in the finals…

The bottom three teams (who all sit on 15 points): Brett’s Grogans, Randwick Nutes and Tookey Thunder are all still capable of making the finals although injury to a number of Tookey’s key men probably means they will struggle to win the necessary 3 out of 4 games.  In what essentially indicates the closeness of this competition, both Grogans and Nutes both average 47 ppg and can pump their more fancied rivals on their day….

Overall, with only LCT having booked their place in the post season, the remaining 9 teams will now strive to cement one of the remaining four finals positions as they attempt to remain in the running for the 2k.  In a truly remarkable and intense competition, all teams can still mount a valid case for being a title contender.  There’s plenty of key match ups over the next four rounds and no doubt, the chat will ramp up on the sledge page as the teams do battle on the NRLCEO fields…..

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).

Captains Call: Round 17

Welcome back to another edition of Captains Call.

Before we get into it what a game the Dragons v Knights was. Jason Nightingale scored the first two of the match but not to be out done Nathan Ross scores a hat trick in about 15 minutes. Nightingale scored his hat trick in the second half and it got me thinking, when was the last time a player from both teams scored a hat trick.

Let’s get into it and the biggest disappointment was Tohu Harris, although no fault of his own. A knee injury in the first half when he was already on his way to an easy work horse with 26 involvements, cut his game short.

Elijah Taylor didn’t disappoint with his point scoring streak scoring an easy work horse. Although the Tigers were ordinary, you can never deny Taylors work ethic.

When Matt Moylan set up the first try which looked very easy I thought he’s in for a big day, but that’s where his points ended managing just one try assist and line break assist.

In the same boat was Shaun Johnson with one try assist and a field goal but what is probably the most pleasing thing for Johnson owners is the fact he will be kicking for at least one more week with Luke set to miss time with a shoulder injury.

I called it, I did say to expect Gareth Widdop to come out firing and didn’t he what. Four try assists, three line breaks and two line break assists made sure Widdop hit double digits which made him pick of the bunch.

We have a full round this week thankfully.

 

Time to review five more and don’t forget to vote or leave a comment below.

 

Angus Crichton (safe bet)

This bloke has been on fire and I think the week off would have done him wonders as a youngster finding his way in the top grade. The scary thing is he is only going to get better. Last game against the Panthers he managed an easy workhorse and picked up a try assist and line break as well.

 

Andrew Fifita (safe bet)

Fifita has been in good workhorse form this year only missing on two occasions. He comes up against a good Roosters outfit and after the Sharks lost last week I think he will be in for a good show. The battle of the forwards will be a good one too watch, he may just get the minutes to get close to a double.

 

Nathan Ross (risk and reward)

After scoring a hat trick last week you could forgive Ross for having a quiet one this week, but against the Tigers, I don’t think so. If Knights play that fast football against the Tigers I can see Ross-dog scoring more points this week.

 

James Tedesco (risk and reward)

For Tedesco the big risk is if he plays. If he does and coming up against the Knights, it could just be the game to kick start his point scoring for the rest of the year. Only two tries this year, expect that to increase this week.

 

Clint Gutherson (risk and reward)

Hasn’t Gutherson been the surprise packet of the year? Averaging over six points a game for the last four games Gutherson has been in fine form. With the spine getting back together and playing fullback he could be in for another big week.

 

Who are you picking as captain for Round 17?

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).