Another week and another Supercoach Wrap, as Tim Sauer continues his weekly piece on the bright spots in the Supercoach world and on the low points.
Here’s part one of our NRL SuperCoach wrap up for round 20! We’ll look at SuperCoach performances from Cowboys vs Broncos, Bulldogs vs Eels, Dragons vs Raiders, and Titans vs Rabbitohs. Head on over to www.nrlsupercoachjunkies.com for more!
North Queensland Cowboys
Big SuperCoach news from the Cowboys in round 20 was back rower Gavin Cooper played 80 minutes for the first time since round 8. He scored a season high 84 which included a try, 37 tackles, a line break and 20 from hit ups. Jonathan Thurston had his fourth great score in a row with 73 on the back of a try assist, 3 forced drop outs, a line break assist and 20 points from hit ups. Matt Scottplayed 63 minutes (up from his season average of 53 minutes) and scored 63 thanks to 22 tackles, a line break assist and 36 from hit ups. Matt Bowen scored a try with a line break for a total of 60 points (his best since round 4). Kalifa Faifai Loa also scored a try with a line break for 58 points. Joel Riethmuller played 59 minutes off the bench for a score of 53 which included 27 tackles and a line break. Brent Tate was solid with a score of 49, 20 of which came from a try assist and line break assist.
Ashton Sims scored only 12 in 16 minutes. Anthony Mitchell came off the bench for 36 minutes for a paltry 23. Ray Thompsonstarted at hooker and played 44 minutes for a score of 28. Outside backs Kane Linnett and Antonio Winterstein scored poorly with 36 and 32 respectively. James Tamou played just 37 minutes and scored an ordinary 41.
Leading the charge for the Broncos in round 20 was centre Justin Hodges who scored a massive 100 points. He scored a try, had a try assist, broke 8 tackles, made 2 offloads, broke the line and had 3 line break assists in an outstanding performance. Hodges (if he stays healthy) will be an absolute SuperCoach beast over the remaining weeks of the season. Cheap option Corey Oates scored 93 in his third game for the season and is in for some nice price rises over the coming weeks. He played the game on the wing and scored a try, picked up a try assist and made 4 line breaks. Matt Gillett played 68 minutes and made 31 tackles, 5 tackle breaks, 5 offloads and scored 29 from hit ups for a great total of 87. Corey Parker kept on rolling with a score of 83 in the full 80 minutes. He made 42 tackles, 3 offloads and scored 34 from hit ups. Josh McGuire was awesome once again, scoring 66 points (including 40 tackles) in 65 minutes. Sam Thaiday started in the back row and played 80 minutes for a score of 64 on the back of 36 tackles and 22 from hit ups. Andrew McCullough made 44 tackles and broke the line in 59 minutes for a total of 60 points. Ben Hunt played at halfback and scored a season high 52 thanks largely to a try and a line break assist. David Stagg scored a respectable 51 (34 coming from tackles) in 41 minutes off the bench.
Peter Wallace was relegated to the bench and scored just 18 in 21 minutes. Scott Prince and Lachlan Maranta both scored a pedestrian 25. Alex Glenn played in the centres (and looks to have suffered a broken thumb) and was quiet with a score of 34.
The Bulldogs were the latest team to take advantage of a dreadful Parramatta side and they produced some huge SuperCoach scores in the process. Josh Morris had his second good game in a row with a season high 98 points on the back of a try, try assist, 3 offloads, 2 line breaks and 21 from hit ups. Michael Ennis notched a season high 87 which included a try, try assist, 29 tackles and 2 line break assists. Dale Finucane scored his first NRL try, made 3 offloads
and broke the line for a season high 85 in 46 minutes. Trent Hodkinson scored 78 (another season high) thanks to a try assist, 22 from goal kicking, 2 offloads and a line break assist. James Graham played 63 minutes and scored 74 which included a try and a line break. Josh Jackson picked up 2 try assists and made 28 tackles for a score of 69 in 68 minutes. Josh Reynolds scored a try with a line break for a solid score of 54.Sam Perrett scored well for the second consecutive game with 49 (17 of which came from a try).
Big news for his SuperCoach owners was the ankle injury suffered by Ben Barba. He only lasted 10 minutes on the field and scored a try with a line break for a total of 37. Dene Halatau played 69 minutes but didnâ€™t do much for a score of 20. Krisnan Inu didnâ€™t get in on the attacking action and finished with a disappointing 19. Aiden Tolman played 49 minutes but was quiet with a total of 34 points. Tony Williams continued to disappoint with a score of 46 in 49 minutes off the bench.
The Eels were on the whole very disappointing (again) in round 20 but Ben Roberts provided a rare SuperCoach gem with a score of 93. He played 80 minutes at 5/8 and scored a try, had a try assist, broke 3 tackles, forced a drop out, broke the line and had 2 line break assists in what was easily his best game for the season. Reni Maitua played 56 minutes off the bench and scored a handy 56 which included a try assist and a line break assist. Winger Semi Radradra scored a try and made 2 free electronic cigarettes line breaks for a season high score of 55. Matt Keating played the full 80 minutes and made 45 tackles for a score of 53. Joseph Paulo played 80 minutes and scored 51 thanks to 27 tackles and 20 from hit ups.
Halfback Luke Kelly was poor with a score of just 16. Jake Mullaney and Willie Tonga were uninspiring with scores of 17. Ken Sioplayed his first game since round 17 and failed to excite with 20 points. Darcy Lussick started in the back row but played only 30 minutes for a total of 29 points. Daniel Harrison scored a season low 38 in 50 minutes.
St George Illawarra Dragons
Trent Merrin was a beast for the Dragons in round 20 and scored a huge 89 points in his usual 62 minutes off the bench. He made 33 tackles, 4 offloads and scored an impressive 39 from hit ups. Mitch Rein played the full 80 minutes for the second game in a row and scored 70 on the back of a try assist, 43 tackles and a line break. Back rower Bronson Harrison scored a try with a line break for a total of 67 in 67 minutes. Ben Creagh was solid with 55 points (including 29 from hit ups) in 65 minutes. Brett Morris scored a try and finished on an OK score of 47.
Jack de Belin played 31 minutes (his lowest since round 9) and only scored 25. Cheap option Adam Quinlan was poor with a score of 22. Josh Dugan had an equal season low with 30 points. Jason Nightingale had a down week with a score of 33. Michael Weyman (31 minutes) had his lowest score since round 16 with 34 points.
Round 20 saw Raider Jarrod Croker produce his third good game in succession with an impressive 79 points. He set up 2 tries, scored 10 from goal kicking, made 2 offloads and had 2 try assists. Fullback Anthony Milford had another awesome game with a score of 76 which included a try, 9 tackle breaks, 2 line breaks and 22 from hit ups. Shaun Fensom was great with a score of 74 in 76 minutes thanks to a big 52 tackles and 21 from hit ups. Joel Edwards started in the back row and played 62 minutes for a score of 69 thanks to a try, 33 tackles and a line break. Hooker Shaun Berrigan scored a try with a line break for a total of 60 in 39 minutes off the bench. Josh Papalii was solid with a score
of 58 (including 36 tackles and 22 from hit ups) in the full 80 minutes.
Halves Josh McCrone and Terry Campese had quiet games with scores of 13 and 21 respectively. Sandor Earl played his first game since round 16 and under whelmed with 29 points. Joel Thompson played in the centres and was a little poor with a score of 38. Reece Robinson once again played on the wing and scored a try with a line break but could only muster a total of 40 points.David Shillington played a big 57 minutes but didnâ€™t make the most of it with a score of 46 (his lowest since round 14).
Gold Coast Titans
The Titans didnâ€™t produce much to get excited about in round 20, but Ashley Harrison was their best. He played 78 minutes and made 41 tackles for a score of 61. Nate Myles scored 57 (33 coming from tackles) in 50 minutes. Luke Douglas played a big 54 minutes off the bench and scored OK with 47 which included 29 tackles and 23 from hit ups.
Albert Kelly had easily his worst game for the season with a score of just 16. He missed 7 tackles, committed one penalty and made a whopping 4 errors. Matt Srama played only 21 minutes and scored a meagre 21. Outside backs David Mead, Jamie Dowling and Brad Takarangi were all poor with 16, 26 and 23 respectively. Fullback Jordan Rankin was quiet with a score of just 23. David Taylor came off the bench for 43 minutes and was horrendous with a score of 27. Mark Minichello (46 minutes) andGreg Bird (80 minutes) stunk it up with scores of 38 and 41 respectively. Aidan Sezer had an off game and scored 39.
South Sydney Rabbitohs
Three Burgess brothers played against the Titans in round 20 and two of them went on an absolute rampage. George Burgessstarted and played 55 minutes and scored an absolutely monstrous 134 points which included a try, 20 tackles, 18 tackle breaks (18!!!), 2 line breaks and 37 from hit ups. Sam Burgess was equally as impressive with a score of 133 in 63 minutes on the back of 2 tries, 27 tackles, 8 tackle breaks, 2 offloads, 3 line breaks and 26 from hit ups. Matt King played his first game for 2013 and scored a healthy 72 thanks to a try assist, 2 offloads, 2 line breaks and 24 from hit ups. Cheap option Luke Keary played only 17 minutes off the bench but was impressive scoring 2 tries, breaking 5 tackles, breaking the line and picking up a line break assist for a total of 70 points. Isaac Luke played 80 minutes and was OK with a score of 55 (38 coming from tackles). Dylan Walker scored 51 on the back of 20 tackles and 21 from hit ups. Chris McQueen played 70 minutes and scored an OK 50 which included 28 tackles and a line break. Nathan Merritt played fullback and made 2 line breaks for an OK 46 points.
Ben Lowe started in the back row and played 50 minutes for a poor score of 28. Cheap option Thomas Burgess (31 minutes) scored 31 in his third game for the season. Ben Teâ€™o was quiet in 57 minutes and scored 38. Halves John Sutton and Adam Reynolds were relatively quiet with scores of 43 and 44 respectively.