Cowboy’s NRL Round 1 Review
After a drama filled first round of the NRL, many coaches are forced to make immediate trades to replace their injured SC choices. Gallen, Segeyaro, Henry and Sutton (just to name a few) have all suffered injuries that may put them out of action long enough to make it unfeasible to keep them your SuperCoach team.
Let’s take a brief look at the relevant SC performers for round 1.
Broncos v Panthers
Corey Oates became a serious SuperCoach option after scoring a try and providing a try assist for the 2016 premiership favourites. With Ben Henry likely to miss the remainder of the season, coaches have the option to bring Oates into their CTW position. Anthony Milford and Corey Parker owners started the season well, while those who took a punt on James Roberts will be hoping for a much better performance in the coming weeks.
Semi Radradra owners may be regretting spending the $513k on the Eels winger after he now looks certain to be a much cheaper pick-up in a few rounds. Manu Ma’u and Nathan Peats will be the two main Eels players that coaches should consider as coverage over the bye period. Both forwards produced great SuperCoach performances off the bat.
Sea Eagles v Bullogs
SuperCoach cheapies Matt Parcell and Nathan Green started the season with underwhelming performances. Coaches will need to make a decision in the coming rounds on whether they’re a viable selection. Martin Taupau, Daly Cherry-Evans and Jake Trbojevic were the stand-out performers, while Tom Trbojevic produced a solid SC score at full back. Brett Stewart’s return from injury will push Trbojevic to the wing which will surely affect his output.
The Bulldogs starting props James Graham and Aiden Tolman scored 80 and 68 points respectively, although David Klemmer returning from suspension in round 2 could affect their minutes and output. Moses Mbye had an outstanding game and is a suitable replacement at halfback for those who need to find a replacement for Adam Reynolds who could be out for a few weeks due to a broken jaw.
Raiders v Panthers
Sezer, Austin and Segeyaro all suffered injuries that will put them out of action for multiple weeks. Shaun Fensom owners are ecstatic with his try-boosted 88 points, while popular CTW Jarrod Croker started the season well with a half century.
Popular Penrith forwards Trent Merrin and Bryce Cartwright look to be SuperCoach keepers. Despite Cartwright scoring below 50, he usually scores more attacking points so there’s no need for ‘Carty’ owners to panic just yet. Josh Mansour proved once again why he’s one of the best CTW selections in SuperCoach. ‘The Sauce’ won’t hold his $339k price tag for long so ignore this attractive purchase at your own risk.
Tigers v Warriors
James Tedesco owners can be assured their $470k has been well spent as ‘Teddy’ crossed the line twice in the Tigers 34-26 win over the Warriors. Tigers captain and popular FRF selection Aaron Woods played 70 minutes and scored a little over 50 points; an average game for the prop although it’s good to see an increase in his game time.
Simon Mannering and Shaun Johnson owners are delighted at the two SC guns’ performances. Mannering played 80 minutes and produced a try, last touch and line break, while ‘SJ’ scored a try of his own and provided three try assists. The highly selected Ben Henry has sadly sustained another knee injury and will likely be out for the remainder of the season.
Cowboys v Sharks
Johnathan Thurston seems to be the only highly relevant SC player for the Cowboys. ‘JT’ provided a try assist, line break assist, and kicked 4/4 with the tee in the 20-14 win over the Sharks. Ethan Lowe and Kane Linnett were the stand out SC performers, scoring 109 and 70 respectively.
The big news to come out of the game was the injury to Paul Gallen which has put him out of action for a minimum of six weeks. Gallen owners can’t be too disappointed though. He managed to score over 50 points before going off and coaches now have half a million to spend on whoever they want as a replacement. Barba, Fifita and Graham are currently the Sharks players to monitor.
Roosters v Rabbitohs
All eyes were on the three Rooster’s cheapies (Hastings, Nikorima and Mitchell). While Nikorima and Hastings are well on their way to making a significant amount of cash after their performance, Mitchell was very quiet on the wing. It is important to note that Mitchell now appears to be the kick taker for the Roosters.
In his NRL return Sam Burgess showed why he is almost a certainty to have in your SC team at $423k, while eliminating speculation of his lack of output playing at prop. Cody Walker has entered the frame as a potential cash cow as he looks to be Adam Reynold’s replacement, who is set to miss multiple weeks with a fractured jaw. Keep an eye on Paul Carter and Kyle Turner who are both under $190k and scored incredibly well.
Titans v Knights
Ashley Taylor owners can be happy with his debut performance with the Titans. He will definitely become a nice upgrade option at some point during the season. Greg Bird was a surprise performer, scoring over 100 points with two try assists, two line break assists and a few offloads.
The list of cheapies at the Knights had mixed performances. Pauli was very quiet. Coaches need to decide whether it’s worth trading him out if he repeats that performance in the coming weeks. Popular FB/FE Feeney provided limited points but his job security has improved due to Jake Mamo suffering an injury over the weekend.
Storm v Dragons
Putting aside the injuries sustained to your SC players, there’s no reason to panic trade anyone out of your side at this point. ‘Break Evens’ will come into play shortly. Purchasing SuperCoach Gold is a great way to track your players’ potential cash fluctuation and required scores. Keep monitoring the team lists and late mail for injury and suspension news to give yourself every opportunity to make the most out of your trades.
Who do you think are the best injury replacements after round 1?