Tim Sauer from the NRL Supercoach Junkies crew is back for another week, as he casts his eye over all things Supercoach from Rd 2.
See what he had to say here:
Manly’s highest SuperCoach scorer in their round 2 win was Jamie Buhrer. He filled in admirably for the absent Glenn Stewart and played 69 minutes for a score of 82. He made 37 tackles, 5 tackle breaks, a line break, scored 20 from hit ups and notched a try assist in an impressive performance. He’s a tough player to recommend in Classic but is a great player to have stashed on your bench in a draft league, particularly if you own Watmough or Glenn Stewart. Speaking of Anthony Watmough, he was solid with 62 points (37 from tackles) in 71 minutes. Matt Ballin made an impressive 54 tackles in 80 minutes for a score of 60. Daly Cherry-Evans scored 52 which was partially inflated by him scoring a try. Jamie Lyon was solid once again with a score of 52 on the back of 17 tackles, a line break and 10 points from goal kicking. He continues to be an elite option in the centre/wing slot. Cheyse Blair scored a try with a line break for a total of 51 points. Steve Matai also scored 51 which included a try assist, a line break assist and 21 from hit ups. Brenton Lawrence provided a serviceable 49 points (37 from tackles) in 46 minutes. Dunamis Lui played a solid 37 minutes for an OK score of 35.
Jason King (29 minutes) and James Hasson (19 minutes) aren’t worth your consideration with scores of just 20 each. Kieran Foran and David Williams only scored 27. Popular cheapie Josh Starling was poor once again with a score of 29 in 35 minutes. He’s worth holding onto, though. Justin Horo played 80 minutes again but didn’t do much for 31 points. Jesse Sene-Lefao scored well (33 points) considering he only spent 15 minutes on the field.
Sam Burgess had an impressive week 2 outing scoring 95 points in 80 minutes. He started in the second row and scored a try, made 34 tackles, 2 offloads, picked up a line break assist and scored 29 from hit ups. Little brother George Burgess also scored well with 68 points in 50 minutes. He made 20 tackles, 5 tackle breaks and picked up 34 from hit ups. Greg Inglis was at it again to http://touringgreenland.com/online/ the tune of 66 points thanks to a try assist, 7 tackle breaks, a line break, a line break assist and 22 from hit ups. Beau Champion scored 51 thanks largely to a try and a line break but isn’t worth picking up in any league.
The Rabbitohs provided some disappointing scores in the loss and Adam Reynolds was perhaps their worst. He managed a total of only 26. Isaac Luke wasn’t much better with a score of 30 which included a grand total of 17 tackles. Chalk this one up as an off week for those two, they’ll be better in round 3. John Sutton played only 53 minutes in the forwards and scored 41. That game time is beginning to become a worry. Ben Te’o was also a little disappointing with 41 in 80 minutes, but anyone who owned him last year should be aware that this is par for the course with him. Lote Tuqiri remains hands off. He scored 9. Dylan Walker is yet to find his feet at five-eighth and scored only 22. Luke Burgess (36 minutes), Ben Lowe (28 minutes) and Joe Picker (32 minutes) aren’t worth owning with scores of 21, 21 and 23,
The Broncos round 2 victory was headlined by two player, Andrew McCullough and Corey Parker, who both scored 70. Parker played 72 minutes and made 44 tackles and scored 22 from hit ups in another solid performance. Amazingly he didn’t register a tackle break or an offload. McCullough scored a try and made 48 tackles in another promising 80 minute performance. Matt Gillett scored a try with a line break in just 54 minutes (which is a bit of a worry) for a total of 64. Sam Thaiday improved on a poor week 1 with a score of 54 thanks to 29 tackles, a line break and 17 from hit ups in 55 minutes. Like Gillett, those low minutes are a concern. Dale Copley pushed his claim for must-own status with a great score of 54. He notched a try assist, a line break, a line break assist and scored 19 from hit ups. Alex Glenn played 80 minutes in the back row and scored a solid 49, 26 of which came from tackles. Ben Hannant was busy in 39 minutes for a score of 46 (almost all from base stats). Daniel Vidot scored a try and totalled 44. Ben Hunt was OK and finished on 42.
Lachlan Maranta couldn’t back up a productive week 1 and finished on a score of 17. Jack Reed was quiet with a score of 24. Josh Hoffman and Ben Barba could only manage 31 and 35 points, respectively. In a team that struggles to score tries point totals like this won’t be uncommon for Hoffman and Barba. Todd Lowrie (28 minutes) and Martin Kennedy (25 minutes) didn’t see enough time on the field to be overly productive.
James Tamou was huge for the Cowboys in round 2 scoring 82 in 44 minutes. He managed a try assist, 24 tackles, 2 offloads, a line break assist and scored 24 from hit ups. Jonathan Thurston’s sizzling start to the season continued with him scoring 77 on the back of a try, 20 tackles, 4 tackle breaks, 2 offloads, a line break and 16 from hit ups. He should really be in your side. Gavin Cooper played a solid 73 minutes for a score of 71 which included a try, 40 tackles, and 17 from hit ups. Those base stats are promising, but the tries won’t be something we can bank on each week. Tariq Sims played only 42 minutes off the bench but was productive with a great score of 69. He made 24 tackles, 5 tackle breaks, a line break and scored 23 from hit ups. That’s a great game but with only 42 minutes played he’ll be hard to rely on week in, week out. Matt Scott played 52 minutes and scored a solid 52 (almost all from base stats). Robert Lui had a decent game scoring 49. Jason Taumalolo played 80 minutes once again but came back to earth with a score of 46. At his current price he should be 100% owned.
Michael Morgan set some sort of record with a score of 9 at fullback. Putrid. Winger Kyle Feldt scored only 15. Antonio Winterstein wasn’t much better with 25. Centres Kane Linnett and Brent Tate scored just 27 and 33, respectively. Scott Bolton (36 minutes), Glenn Hall (46 minutes) and Ashton Sims (28 minutes) aren’t fantasy relevant.
Round 2 saw Chad Townsend have another great game for the Warriors. He scored an impressive 77 thanks to a try assist, 17 tackles, 4 offloads, a line break and a line break assist. Anyone looking for a backup half in a draft league should strongly consider him this week. He’s also well worth owning in classic, his price is about to start shooting up. Ben Matulino (48 minutes) scored a great 74 on the back of 18 tackles, 5 tackle breaks, 4 offloads, and a big 31 from hit ups. Jerome Ropati played his first game for 2014 and notched a total of 67 points which included a try, 21 tackles, a line break and 18 from hit ups. Don’t get sucked in, he’s the poster boy of “injury prone”. Nathan Friend had a typical match; he played 80 minutes for a score of 54 which included 51 tackles. Sam Tomkins scored a solid 51 on the back of a try, a line break and 22 from hit ups. Simon Mannering was OK in 80 minutes with a score of 46.
Popular cheapie John Palavi proved to be a worry with a score of just 16 in a mere 16 minutes on the field. Ben Henry played only 14 minutes due to a serious knee injury and scored only 10. David Fusitua made his NRL debut on the wing but didn’t impress with a score of 14. Glen Fisiiahi was even worse with a score of 11. Dane Nielsen joined the “disappointing backs” party with a score of 24. Offseason hype machine Shaun Johnson torched his owners with another terrible score of just 39. Surely he’ll get his act together soon. Surely?
Two wins from two starts for the Dragons in 2014, who would’ve guessed? Their best in round 2 was Trent Merrin who scored 77 in a big 74 minutes. Impressively it came mostly from base stats, with 45 tackles and 27 from hit ups accounting for the bulk of his output. Brett Morris scored 68 thanks largely to a try, 2 line breaks and 20 from hit ups. If the Dragons’ attack can continue to shine Morris might be able to return to the top of the centre/wing pile. Mitch Rein played only 65 minutes (down from 80 in round 1) but scored well with 68 which was inflated by a try and a line break. Gareth Widdop was good again with a score of 57 on the back of a try assist, 20 from goal kicking and a line break assist. Mike Cooper (49 minutes off the bench) also scored 57 which came almost entirely from tackles and hit ups. Ben Creagh jagged a try and made 28 tackles for a score of 57 in 58 minutes. Jason Nightingale had another solid outing and scored 54 which included 8 tackle breaks, 3 offloads and 24 from hit ups. Tyson Frizell proved his round 1 point-fest was a fluke but still managed a serviceable 47 in 57 minutes.
Bronson Harrison (24 minutes), Kyle Stanley (15 minutes) and Joel Thompson (47 minutes) aren’t getting it done with scores of 18, 14 and 22, respectively. Gerard Beale scored a try but could only muster a total of 35. Centre Dylan Farrell was quiet with just 28 points. Adam Quinlan scored just 35, 17 of which came from a try. Sam Williams was a little under whelming in his first game for the Dragons with a score of 36.
A nail biting win by the Storm was dominated by centre Mahe Fonua. He scored a massive 98 points thanks to a try, try assist, 6 tackle breaks, 2 offloads a line break, a line break assist and 20 from hit ups. He’s averaging 57.5 after 2 games and is in for nice price rise this week but keep in mind he only scored only 17 in round 1. Cooper Cronk scored a good 69 in his first game for 2014 on the back of a try assist, 2 field goals, 3 forced drop outs and a line break assist. Jesse Bromwich played 53 minutes and was solid with a score of 60 which included 24 tackles and 29 from hit ups. Sisa Waqa’s great start to the season continued with him jagging a try with a line break for a total of 53 points. Kevin Proctor played a decent 64 minutes and scored a solid 52 which was inflated by a try and a line break. Ryan Hoffman played the full 80 minutes and was OK with 51.
Cameron Smith had a poor game (by his lofty standards) with a score of 47. Cheapie Young Tonumaipea was poor again to the tune of 15 points. Ben Hampton came crashing back to earth with a score of 18. He’ll be better most weeks, though. Centre Will Chambers was quiet with 20 points. Billy Slater let his owners down with a score of 32.
Roll on, Josh Mansour! After a stellar weak 1 he was awesome again with a score of 87 which included a try, 10 tackle breaks, 2 offloads, a line break and 29 from hit ups. He looks set for a monster year and is a great trade target this week. Kevin Naiqama got a start on the wing and took full advantage with a score of 82 thanks largely to 2 tries and 2 line breaks. It’s hard to get too excited, though. Elijah Taylor played 80 minutes once again and scored a solid 53, 46 coming from tackles. Matt Moylan also scored 53 thanks to 2 try assists and 2 line break assists. Jamal Idris made his 2014 debut and looked the goods with 3 offloads, and 24 from hit ups for a total score of 51. Peter Wallace scored a handy 49 and has been solid through the first 2 games. James Segeyaro played 49 minutes off the bench and was OK with a score of 48 (18 of which came from a line break and a line break assist).
Isaac John filled in for Jamie Soward and was terrible with just 11 points. Brent Kite managed just 18 in 27 minutes which is a worry. Dean Whare was quiet in the centres with 24 points. Kevin Kingston did little (apart from steal game time from Segeyaro) with 31 points in 36 minutes. Lewis Brown played 78 minutes but under whelmed with a score of 34.
Can anyone say “clinic”? The Roosters ran up a cricket score against a woeful Eels’ team and produced some massive SuperCoach scores as a result. Three players scored over 100 with Mitchell Aubusson being their best. He played 80 minutes in the absence of Sonny Bill Williams and pumped out 125 points which included 2 tries, a try assist, 8 tackle breaks and 3 line breaks. He obviously won’t be this good every week but is a great player to start in draft leagues anytime SBW is out. Anthony Minichiello scored 3 tries with 3 line breaks for a massive 122 points. Mitchell Pearce rebounded from a poor week 1 with a score of 111 thanks to 3 try assists, a line break and 4 line break assists. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck scored an impressive 88 with 2 tries, 2 line breaks and 27 from hit ups accounting for most of his score. Front rowers Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (51 minutes) and Sam Moa (42 minutes) were both excellent with scores of 73 and 72, respectively. Boyd Cordner played 80 minutes and produced an excellent 71 points which included a try, 21 tackles, a line break and 19 from hit ups. Shaun Kenny-Dowall took advantage and scored 69 thanks to a try assist, a line break assist and 28 from hit ups. James Maloney, Michael Jennings and Daniel Tupou were solid with scores of 57, 54 and 52, respectively.
Jake Friend only played 49 minutes and scored poorly with 35. He’ll be better in tougher games, though. Kane Evans (29 minutes), Dylan Napa (38 minutes) and Frank Paul-Nuuasausala (39 minutes) didn’t see enough time on the field to score well.
There wasn’t much to like from the Eels in round 2 but Will Hopoate provided a good score for his owners. He managed a total of 66 on the back of 5 tackle breaks, 2 line breaks and 25 from hit ups. Let’s hope this is a sign of things to come! Joseph Paulo played 50 minutes off the bench and scored an OK 51 thanks to 32 tackles and 2 offloads. He’s a solid option in the halves in Draft leagues but isn’t an option in Classic at the moment. Cheapie Manu Ma’u played 80 minutes (very promising!) but was a little off with a total of just 37 points. He’s a must own player in Classic.
Where to begin with the Eels’ shockers? Luke Kelly scored 9. Willie Tonga stunk again with 18. Darcy Lussick scored 18 and will miss a few weeks for one of the dumbest tackles you’ll see. Jarryd Hayne scored only 33 and Corey Norman remained irrelevant with 35 points.
The Titans were poor in round 2 but managed to provide a few useful SuperCoach scores. Aidan Sezer scored a healthy 66 on the back of a try, 20 tackles, 2 offloads and a line break assist. Greg Bird played 80 minutes and scored well again with 78 coming from a try assist, 25 tackles, 2 offloads a line break and 19 from hit ups. Albert Kelly scored a try with 4 tackle breaks, an offload and a line break for a total of 55 points. Matthew White played a big 60 minutes off the bench and scored 51 which included 29 tackles and 3 offloads. If his minutes remain high he’s good value in Classic and a great pick up in Draft.
Centre Brad Tighe had a game to forget with 9 points. Kevin Gordon and William Zillman were not much better with 15 and 16, respectively. Beau Falloon played only 28 minutes for a paltry 16. Luke Douglas scored 20 in 17 minutes. Dave Taylor was shocking with just 22 points in 25 minutes. He’s a perennially disappointing player.
The Tigers were much improved in round 2 and James Tedesco had his second unbelievable score of the year. He managed 116 points thanks largely to a try, 2 try assists, 10 tackle breaks, 2 offloads, 2 line breaks, a line break assist and 23 from hit ups. He’s averaging a cool 105 points per game this season and looks a great buy at his current price. Pat Richards also scored 116 which included 2 tries, 26 from goal kicking, 2 line breaks and 23 from hit ups. If he can keep his current form up (average of 86.5) his price is going to sky rocket. Luke Brooks scored 106 (a 101 point increase from his week 1 output) on the back of a try, 2 try assists, 5 tackle breaks, a line break and 2 line break assists. Robbie Farah had a try assist, 38 tackles, 2 line breaks and a line break assist for a total score of 95. Cheapie Martin Taupau got it done off the bench with 81 points thanks to a try, 6 tackle breaks, 2 offloads, a line break and 20 from hit ups. He’s averaging 74 points per game and at his current price will be a hot trade target this week. David Nofoaluma played his first game for 2014 and scored a healthy 61 on the back of a try, line break and 23 from hit ups. Cheapie James Gavet was OK with 31 points.
Chris Lawrence went down injured and totalled just 8 points. He’s not an option in any league. Keith Galloway was quiet in his first game of the season with 31 points.
The Knights were led by Joseph Leilua in round 2 who scored well with 72 points. He notched a try assist, 3 offloads, a line break, a line break assist and scored 19 from hit ups. Beau Scott (80 minutes) scored 66 thanks to a try, 28 tackles and a line break. He’s scored a try in each of the opening two games inflating his scores each week. Don’t be sucked in, he’s not worth it. Akuila Uate was good with 59 which included a try, a line break and 24 from hit ups. Tyrone Roberts had a good game scoring a try, picking up a try assist, 5 tackle breaks and a line break for a total of 58 points. Adam Cuthbertson got it done in just 34 minutes off the bench with a score of 56.
Travis Waddell scored all of 11 in 28 minutes. Dane Gagai and Jeremy Smith (46 minutes) each scored only 29. James McManus has his second ordinary game with a score of 30. Robbie Rochow was disappointing with 36 points in 80 minutes.
Anthony Milford was a one man wrecking machine in round 2 and finished on a huge score of 125. He had 2 try assists, scored 6 from goal kicking, broke 13 tackles (wow!), forced a drop out, made 2 offloads, made 3 line breaks and scored 28 from hit ups in an exceptionally well rounded performance. Shaun Fensom played 80 minutes and scored 95 on the back of 45 tackles, 4 offloads and 26 from hit ups. Jack Wighton improved on his round 1 stinker and scored 73 thanks to 2 try assists, 22 tackles, a line break assists and a forty-twenty. Paul Vaughan came off the bench for 44 minutes and managed an impressive score of 71. He scored a try, made 25 tackles and scored 27 from hit ups. Jarrod Croker scored 2 tries on his way to 65 points. Josh Papalii scored 59 before suffering a knee injury. Cheapie Matthew Allwood brought a smile to his owners’ faces with a decent 44 points.
Reece Robinson was poor again with 18 points. Jarrad Kennedy played only 31 minutes and scored accordingly with 19 points. Edrick Lee scored another try but could only manage 36 points. Joel Edwards played 80 minutes in the second row but was poor with 37 points.
Trent Hodkinson absolutely dominated the Sharks in round 2 finishing with a monster 136 points. He racked up 28 from goal kicking, scored a try, 3 try assists, a line break and 2 line break assists. Halves partner Josh Reynolds was also sublime picking up 2 try assists, 25 tackles, 2 offloads, a line break and 2 line break assists for a total score of 105. Centre Chase Stanley scored 84 thanks largely to 2 tries and 2 line breaks. Josh Morris scored a try, made 5 tackle breaks and broke the line for a good score of 61. Tony Williams played 71 minutes for a score of 57 which included a try assist, a line break assist and 23 from hit ups. Pat O’Hanlon scored a solid 50 in 45 minutes off the bench, 23 of which came from hit ups. Aiden Tolman (56 minutes) and James Graham (49 minutes) were OK with scores of 55 and 48, respectively. Cheapie Corey Thompson scored well with 48.
Backs Mitch Brown and Sam Perrett were ordinary at best with 17 and 25 points, respectively. Josh Jackson played 61 minutes off the bench but only managed a score of 26. He’s near impossible to rely on in any league at the moment. Dale Finucane (44 minutes) came back to reality with a score of 40.
Fullback Michael Gordon was the best of a very bad lot for the Sharks in round 2. He scored 67 which included a try assist, 2 line break assists and 31 from hit ups. Tupou Sopoaga played 68 minutes in the second row and was OK with 48 which came almost entirely from base stats. Tinirau Arona played 55 minutes and scored 46 thanks to 28 tackles and 18 from hit ups. He’ll be a popular buy this week. Cheapies David Fifita (24 minutes) and Michael Lichaa (40 minutes) were solid with each scoring 32. They might be buy options next week.
Halves Daniel Holdsworth and Penani Manumalealii went missing with scores of 18 and 25, respectively. Winger Sosaia Feki was poor with just 27 points. Ricky Leutele was marginally better with 28. Back rowers Wade Graham (74 minutes) and Chris Heighington (32 minutes) stunk with scores of 33.