NRL Round 20 – The End Times

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The bye period is over and coaches should be close to having 17 keepers in their team.

Most of us still have a few bye friendly players and we need to make a decision on whether to hold the ‘middies’ for the final rounds of the season. It all depends on your run home tactics of course; although there are certain players we should get out of our teams to avoid having an AE nightmare when it looks favourable to use the captaincy loophole. I’ve thrown together some ‘keeper’ suggestions based on averages and opponent difficulty in the table below:

Players chart

A number of the players have dual position status which will make your life easier when injuries or late exclusions occur. Cameron Munster and Tom Trbojevic should be highly considered and will be great for the run home due to their dual CTW/FB status and high involvement. Bryce Cartwright will also be useful as he can be moved between your forwards and halves, while Johnathan Thurston and Paul Gallen usually finish seasons off strongly and also come with dual position status.


Run Home Tactics

  • Guns and Nuffies: This tactic is where your entire 25 man team consists of around 20 high averaging players accompanied by those that won’t play another minute of football for the rest of the season. It gives you the best chance of hitting those monster scores by allowing you to use the captaincy loophole effectively. It also provides your team with perfect coverage if one of your players is a late exclusion.
  • Guns and Middles (Depth): Can’t get rid of those mid-range players you brought it for bye coverage? It’s not necessarily a disaster; it just means you may lose ten to thirty points (on average) if one of your gun players is a late inclusion. You may also need your Vice-Captain to score a little higher if you’re looking at using the loophole. It’s actually a good tactic if your team experiences a number of injuries when you’re low on trades.
  • Safety: If you want to play it safe to avoid those high averaging backs having a dud game, you can always load up on gun forwards. Having four high averaging forwards as your reserves will provide consistency for your team while eliminating temptation to captain the backs that come with a high ceiling and low floor.
  • High Ceiling: Load up your backs and let the good time roll! This tactic is part and parcel of the “Guns and Nuffies” option where you’ll look at putting either the VC or C on players such as Munster, Tedesco, Thurston or other gun backs that are playing defensively weak opponents. Prepare for some highs and lows if you choose this tactic.


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Important Points To Remember

  • The Loophole – Is it cheating? If you’re involved in any SuperCoach group on social media you won’t be able to avoid the “Is the loophole cheating?” debate. So here’s my opinion. The loophole has become part of the SuperCoach competition and it’s available for everyone to use. A number of coaches claim that they refuse to use it due to either moral reasons or believing that it’s cheating. The way I see it, the people that run SuperCoach are aware of it and haven’t taken it out. Why should you be disadvantaged when others make use of it?
  • Keep an eye on the draw: Certain players (mainly backs) may have gun status although that doesn’t mean you should play them every single week. There’s nothing wrong with throwing a high averaging player as a NPR (Non-playing Reserve) for tactical reasons. For example, Jarrod Croker is the fifth highest averaging CTW but it may be worth keeping him out of your seventeen if he has an away game against a top four opponent. He’s a player that relies on attacking stats and conversions to produce a large score.
  • PODs and DPPs: If you’re flipping a coin between two run home options it could be worth leaning towards the one with either POD (Point of Difference) or DPP (Dual Position Player) status. Players with these attributes become useful when trying to win a Head to Head match, cover for injuries or chip away through the overall rankings. Boyd Cordner and James Maloney are good examples of PODs to look at for your run home.

So whether you’re an Overall or Head to Head player, take a good look at your team’s needs and draws before finalizing your trades, reserves and captaincy options. One minor decision can be the difference between success and failure in the SuperCoach world, especially on the run home where many teams have a large number of similar players. Take advantage of the loophole option that has been made available to maximize your team’s scoring potential and keep a close eye on the late mail that comes in before each round begins.

Most of all, make sure you learn from your mistakes so you can start the 2017 season as prepared as possible.

What are your thoughts on the run home?

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Rick Grimes · 20/07/2016 at 10:11

Who to have the final R on – Kata, Hurrell, Lolohea, French or Bowen? None really inspiring confidence, although tending towards Kata.

James still a good shout as captain? Been a bit down on output lately. I have an itch to make Milford captain, no reason other than he's due and his team needs a biggie.


    Coach_Cowboy · 20/07/2016 at 12:53

    I like Hurrell or Kata this week. James a little risky as C this week due to last week's decrease in minutes. Milford could be good (Broncs strong favs at home).

TheBeard · 20/07/2016 at 11:17

I'd say Kata out of that lot. Hurrell is hot and cold, Lolohea may get shafted on the bench again. French got 9 the other week and 50 with two trys last week and Bowen seems to score well though is now on the wing.

Don't Blush Baby · 20/07/2016 at 19:53

VC – Thursto ,C – Fifita – both coming off a break from Origin – thoughts anyone ?

Getting the C or VC in NRL SC is a lot harder than AFL SC especially with the auto emergency

    Coach_Cowboy · 21/07/2016 at 10:34

    Yeah I like it mate

Don't Blush Baby · 20/07/2016 at 21:08

Trading in Teddy & T Turbo this week , next week trading out French & Bowen for Nuffies to exploit the VC going forward , this will leave me 3 trades and a shit load of cash

    Coach_Cowboy · 21/07/2016 at 10:34


Westy · 21/07/2016 at 05:53

Norman and J Saifiti – out
Thurston and Afoa – in

Need a little cash in the kitty to upgrade Friend or Hodgson to C Smith.

    Casper. · 21/07/2016 at 07:41

    Better off bringing in a non playing cheapie instead of afoa. He'll be back on the bench next week when Thompson returns then you're stuck with a 20-30 point player and auto sub/loophole nightmare!

Pauly Walnuts · 21/07/2016 at 21:20

Bugger, Thursto doing a hammy, was looking at a 100 plus score and yes I had the VC on him, Fifita is now my man

Pauly Walnuts · 22/07/2016 at 20:44

Milf stinking it up,whats going on at the Broncos ?

    Casper. · 24/07/2016 at 12:53

    Rumours of unrest with 3 – 4 players wanting out including Wallace and Jack Reed + aging players Parker and Thaiday + a hooker who has been brought back early after injury + halves playing like rubbish = One struggling team!! 🙂

      Dont Blush Baby · 24/07/2016 at 21:33

      The Coach is an arsehole also

        Casper. · 25/07/2016 at 10:24

        Plus I've read on a number of social media sites (so possibly rubbish) that Josh Macguire is hated within the team. Alledgedly had a dust up with Ben Hunt at training. Maguire has been contacting the media and providing them information up there. Whether its true or not I don't know but just remember he's the same bloke that ratted on the emerging Queenslanders for breaking curfue and cost a lot of people possible places in the QLD team this year + plus we've all seen the way he has behaved on the field during origin!

Dont Blush Baby · 24/07/2016 at 21:37

I left out T.Harris (81 SC Pts) this week for Milford, it annoys me as i'm waiting for him to go big, no more me thinks !

Ted Bartleson · 17/08/2016 at 10:44

Semi Radradra has the chance to make a late season push for inclusion in Australia s Four Nations squad after he was named to make his Parramatta return from five weeks out with a knee injury.

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