There’s been some interesting developments in the rookie ruck department, with more than a few rookie priced rucks being given some run during the NAB games.
The issue still is that none of them look like having particular strong job security, or scoring potential and for many people, selecting a playing ruck will interfere with structural and loophole strategies. Still, lets see what’s on offer.
The following changes have been made from v1 to v2, so if you don’t feel like scrolling through the whole thing again, just CTRL+F the following names and see what we’ve added/updated.
- Added Reilly O’Brien to “Potential Watchlist”
- Added Archie Smith to “Maybe Later”
- Added Paidrag Lucey to “Maybe Later”
- Added Thomas Downie to “Maybe Later”
- Added Marc Pittonet to “Maybe Later”
- Added Jason Holmes to “Maybe Later”
- Added Keegan Brooksby to “Potential Watchlist”
- Updated info for Toby Nankervis
- Updated info for Sam Naismith
- Updated info for Thomas Downie
- Updated info for Andrew Phillips
- Updated info for Jarred Redden
SUPERCOACH ROOKIE RUCK PROSPECTS
Note: All players are sorted by price (lowest to highest) and then alphabetically by last name.
POTENTIAL FOR ROUND 1 ACTION
No standouts at this point!
MAY NOT PLAY ROUND 1, BUT MAY GET SOME EARLY GAMES
Keegan Brooksby – Gold Coast – $102,400
- Looks like he’s battling Tom Nicholls for the backup ruck spot.
- UPDATED 01/03 – Brooksby played against the Cats and had 7 disposals, 3 marks and 8 hitouts for 53 Supercoach Points. Only had 53% TOG.
- UPDATED 07/03 – Playing in a Suns side with both Zac Smith and Tom Nicholls, Brooksby had 8 disposals and 7 hitouts for 36 Supercoach Points. All 3 ruckmen had similar TOG%.
Reilly O’Brien – Adelaide – $117,400
- With Jacobs slowly returning from a knee injury and Luke Lowden on a modified training program to recover from an injury, O’Brien has been the #1 ruckman for Crows in the pre-season.
- UPDATED 01/03 – O’Brien took lead ruck duties against Daw and Currie of North Melbourne in the Crows 1st NAB game and had 8 disposals, 3 marks and 14 hitouts for 54 Supercoach Points.
- UPDATED 10/03 – O’Brien has been named as the lead ruckman again for the Crows game against Geelong, with Jacobs being eased back into a full workload. Head Coach Phil Walsh has said that if O’Brien performs against Geelong he will play him in the Crows 3rd NAB game against Port and will consider him for Round 1 selection if his form demands it.
- UPDATED 12/03 – Rucked half the game with Jacobs being eased back in. Had 4 disposals and 9 hitouts for 46 Supercoach Points. Still on the rookie list though.
Toby Nankervis – Sydney – $123,900
- Named as senior emergency 3 times last year, and can swing forward as well as ruck. Swans played Derickx alongside Pyke a fair bit last year, so the question is do the Swans continue with that duo, or try and blood a youngster, or will they go with Pyke as the #1 ruck and have Kurt Tippett as his backup. Derickx is a ham and egger and Pyke wasn’t much better last year either, so they’d probably be wise to give a shot to Nankervis or Naismith.
- UPDATED 31/01 – Sydney Head Coach John Longmire says “Toby Nankervis has been doing all of the ruck work, he’s a very resilient player, trains all the time and gives himself every opportunity to improve so we’ve been happy with how he’s going.”
- UPDATED 06/02 – It’s been revealed that Kurt Tippett has been training in the ruck in pre-season, which may be a bad sign for Nankervis and Naismith getting early gametime. They may go into the season with Mike Pyke as the main man and Kurt Tippett providing relief, similar to what he did at Adelaide with Sam Jacobs.
- UPDATED 06/03 – Nankervis played in the Swans NAB game against Brisbane and 6 disposals, 2 marks and 2 tackles for 29 Supercoach Points from 68% TOG.
Sam Naismith – Sydney – $150,000
- Got a token game last year, so he’ll be competing with Nankervis for a backup spot. You’d think Naismith would have the advantage at this stage having debuted last year and being in the system a year longer than Nankervis.
- UPDATED 31/01 – Sydney Head Coach John Longmire says “Sam Naismith suffered a little bit of glandular fever at the start of his pre-season but he’s over that now and back into training although it’s not the full program so he needs to be doing a number of weeks before he gets his conditioning up to speed but we’re really happy with how he’s bounced back from that illness at the start of pre-season.”
- UPDATED 06/03 – Naismith also took part in the Swans 1st NAB game against the Lions and had 2 disposals and 14 hitouts for 17 Supercoach Points. Gave away a few frees and had a few clangers which hurt his score.
Rory Lobb – GWS – $176,300
- Played 2 games last year, but he could get a look in if something happens to Mumford or Cameron. Will maybe compete with McCarthy for a spot.
MAYBE LATER ON
UNLIKELY TO PLAY ROUND 1, MAY GET GAMES LATER IN SEASON
Paidrag Lucey – Geelong – $102,400
- Was given half a game against the Suns and had 1 disposal and 5 hitouts for 17 Supercoach Points. Not named to play the Crows.
Marc Pittonet – Hawthorn – $117,300
- One of the few pure rucks taken in the latest draft. Will be behind a few talls at the Hawks.
- UPDATED 26/02 – Pittonet was quick to make his AFL debut, playing against Collingwood in the first NAB game and had 3disposals and 1 hitout in 23% TOG for 7 Supercoach Points.
- UPDATED 08/03 – Pittonet once again played for the Hawks in their game against North and had 1 disposal and 1 hitout in 15% TOG for 14 Supercoach Points. Don’t expect to see him in the AFL this year, Hawks are just giving him some AFL experience.
Thomas Downie – GWS – $123,900
- Played ruck along with Andrew Phillips against the Gold Coast and had 11 disposals, 3 marks, 12 hitouts and a goal for 79 Supercoach Points. Like Phillips, might not get another chance once Mumford is in. We’ll see.
- UPDATED 13/03 – Played in the GWS’s 2nd NAB game against Essendon. Came on in the 3rd for Shane Mumford and had 6 disposals and 5 hitouts for 12 Supercoach Points. Only had 31% TOG.
Jason Holmes – $123,900 – St Kilda
- US convert and brother of Oakland Raiders wide receiver Andre Holmes.
- UPDATED 28/02 – Holmes made his AFL debut against the Lions, backing up Billy Longer in the ruck. He had 2 disposals and 7 hitouts 21 Supercoach Points.
- UPDATED 07/03 – More AFL action for Holmes, this time against Essendon. He was once again the backup and had 3 disposals, 2 marks, 10 hitouts and a goal for 40 Supercoach Points. Don’t expect to see him much once the real action starts.
Archie Smith – Brisbane – $123,900
- Played against St Kilda and had 5 disposals and 8 hitouts for 36 Supercoach Points. Was backup ruck for Luey and was out of the side for the Lions 2nd NAB game against Sydney once Stefan Martin returned.
Andrew Phillips – GWS – $210,700
- Phillips played lead ruck duties for the GWS against the Gold Coast and had 9 disposals, 2 marks and 18 hitouts for 79 Supercoach Points. That will go down once Mumford is in the side, so not likely worth the price.
- UPDATED 13/03 – Played a large chunk of the game in the ruck against Essendon and had 3 disposals, 4 tackles and 19 hitouts for 43 Supercoach Points. Remains to be seen if GWS play a backup ruck or let it to a ruck/fwd swing to play behind Mumford.
Jarrad Redden – $216,100
- UPDATED 03/03 – Ports head of high performance Darren Burgess says “The last six weeks has been outstanding, he’s been in full ruck-contact drills and doing really well,” Burgess said. We expect him to play some part in the NAB Challenge.”
- UPDATED 12/03 – Redden, who last played a game of senior football 651 days ago, has been named in the Powers NAB lineup to take on Richmond.
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