NRL Supercoach Round 26 – It’s Boom Time!

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Congratulations to everyone that has made their Head to Head Grand Final!

Whatever your SuperCoach goal is for 2017, I hope you can all achieve it and learn how to improve for the 2018 season.  

Let’s cut the crap and get into the final round of the SuperCoach season.

Matches To Focus On

Seriously, if you’ve managed to save one or two trades for the final round; I admire your discipline! It should be easy enough to identify which players will be most beneficial for round 26. A handful of teams will boast strong favouritism and there are many halves/CTWs/fullbacks that will be capable of producing monster scores.

  • Parramatta Eels ($1.23) V South Sydney Rabbitohs ($4.20)

The Eels are strong favourites for this contest and also boast home ground advantage. They’re coming off a nice win against the Broncos and will be playing to keep their spot in the top four. The Bunnies let through 64 points last week and have nothing to play for besides their pride.

Semi Radradra, Corey Norman and Mitchell Moses are the players most likely to produce huge scores. Nathan Brown should be in your side already but his ceiling isn’t as high. Semi went Fully Radradra last week and produced the highest SuperCoach score of the week (157 points) while Norman and Moses scored 47 and 53 points respectively. I’d be leaning more towards Moses due to his epic five round average of 83.2 PPG. Norman hasn’t shown huge levels of involvement and Moses is playing with the highest of confidence.

Consider throwing the VC on Semi or Moses but I wouldn’t be captaining anyone in this match. I would also consider leaving Cody Walker out of your seventeen.

  • Sydney Roosters ($1.07) V Gold Coast Titans ($8.50)

The Roosters are the strongest favourites of the round while the Titans’ $8.50 price tag is one of the largest we’ve seen this season. There aren’t many popular candidates among the Roosters’ outside backs; they’re mostly PODs but there is one or two we could consider for a one off use. The Titans will be extremely weak with Peats, Wallace, James, Roberts and Copley all out.

I actually prefer Mitchell Pearce and Luke Keary over any of the Roosters’ centres or wingers. Players such as Mitchell, Tupou and Ferguson are all capable of bombing but you’d have to assume the two halves have a great chance of scoring big. I know a lot of you will cringe when I mention the name Michael Gordon but just keep in mind that we’re talking about trading him in for a one off performance. Gordon scored a respectable 56 points when the Roosters played away to the Sharks last week. I’m predicting that he’ll be in for a monster against the Titans on Saturday afternoon, especially if it’s a dry track.

I wouldn’t be using your C in this match but Pearce or Keary could be good VCs. I’d recommend leaving Hayne out of your seventeen this week.

  • Melbourne Storm ($1.30) V Canberra Raiders ($3.55)

This is a very hard match to predict. Obviously the Storm are the superior side but many factors need to be considered. The Raiders are no longer in finals contention while the Storm have already wrapped up the Minor Premiership. How do these factors influence the match? Well, first thing’s first. Make sure you check the final team list as Bellamy may rest a player or two (unlikely but possible). Secondly, keep in mind that Smith had an early shower last week. He played just 58 minutes as the game was already wrapped up. Lastly, the Raiders may be a different side to what we’ve experienced in recent weeks. They’re simply playing for pride and won’t be afraid to try some new tactics.

Billy Slater and Cameron Munster are suitable VC choices here but I’m always concerned about these two after they score a monster. In fact, neither player has produced a VC-worthy score after scoring over 100 points this season. Cameron Smith will be a wasted VC choice but you could always select him as your Captain for some safety.

Jordan Rapana and BJ Leilua shouldn’t be ruled out completely but you could consider leaving them on the pine if you want that extra edge against your opponent.

  • St George Dragons ($1.40) V Canterbury Bulldogs ($2.96)

The Dragons will have a shot to make the finals if the Cowboys and Sea Eagles lose their matches. The Bulldogs sit in tenth but are coming off a solid performance against the Titans last week. It’s hard to predict how this match will pan out but we’d have to assume that St George will be too good for the Doggies.

Gareth Widdop and Kurt Mann are the only two backs worth talking about but Paul Vaughan and Jack De Belin will also bring SuperCoach relevance to this match. Honestly, I wouldn’t be trading any of these blokes into your team for an advantage; it’s possible that they’ll all produce average scores and I’m sure you’ve already got seventeen players averaging 60+.

I wouldn’t be using your VC or C in this match unless the Dragons have a shot at making the finals. Reassess after the Sea Eagles match.

  • West Tigers ($1.54) V New Zealand Warriors ($2.48)

This is a great match up to finish the SuperCoach season. I’m predicting a huge number of points being scored and key SuperCoach players producing some epic performances. Neither team can make the finals but I think we’ll be witnessing two teams that won’t be afraid to throw the ball around.

Simon Mannering and James Tedesco are already in most teams and I’d recommend getting them in if you don’t have them already. Both these players are producing huge averages and are capable of scoring triple digits this weekend. Shaun Johnson or David Nofoaluma could be the edge you need if your opponent doesn’t own them. SJ returned from injury last week and scored a respectable 65 against the Sea Eagles. He doesn’t have the goal kicking duties but could score very well against the Tigers. Nofo hasn’t scored above 35 in the past two weeks and is a riskier choice than SJ. He’s had a couple of tough opponents though and will be up against a weaker side in the Warriors.

Leaving your Captain until this final match is a risky manoeuvre. On the other hand, it could be the huge boost you need to be victorious. Both James Tedesco and Simon Mannering should be able to crack 70 points this weekend.

Top 5 Break Evens

(Must have played 2 games and are named in the starting side this week)

Suliasi Vunivalu ($411.4k CTW): -41

Semi Radradra ($370.9k): -35

Michael Lichaa ($195.1k HOK): -34

Jack Wighton ($291.4k FB): -34

Josh Aloiai ($257.5k FRF/2RF): -31

Bottom 5 Break Evens

(Must have played 2 games and are named in the starting side this week)

Kurt Mann ($425.8k FB/CTW): 133

James Tedesco ($510.6k FB): 119

David Nofoaluma ($369.8k CTW): 113

Nick Cotric ($365.2k CTW): 108

Elliott Whitehead ($381.7k 2RF): 104

Team List Tuesday

Cody Walker has returned to the halves

The Titans have numerous outs (Copley, Wallace, Peats and Roberts)

Dylan Edwards is out and Dean Whare is his replacement

Matt Moylan is named among the reserves

Josh Dugan is named

Elijah Taylor is named at hooker

Predictions

Michael Gordon to crack 80 points

Semi Radradra to crack 70 points

Josh Mansour will fail to crack 50 points

That’s it,  feel free to leave your comments below, or

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  1. Russty_ says:

    Not a lot of Rugby fans on here apparently, personally, I'd rather watch Synchronized Swimming or Equestrian lol

    • Coach_Cowboy says:

      I don't follow Rugby. Don't know half the rules…

      • Russty_ says:

        Pretty simple really, one meathead gets the ball and runs, all the other meatheads try to smash into him so he stops running.

        • Coach_Cowboy says:

          Haha that sounds a little like AFL. Oh wait, that's "let's gain possession then boot it in the air for a 50/50 chance to maintain it", right? I guess we could pick holes in our sport of choice all day couldn't we.

  2. Westy says:

    Lamb out – Vunivalu in

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