Let’s ignore the upsetting fact that the final NRL game for 2016 will be played this Sunday.
The Melbourne Storm and Cronulla Sharks have put on a number of exciting performances throughout the season and should impress us all with their extraordinary styles of play.
As predicted, Craig Bellamy has started his mind games by naming enough players on his bench to field an Auckland Nines team while Shane Flanagan has just two players (Kurt Capewell and Joseph Paulo) on standby.
It’ll be interesting to see how the Sharks will counter the Storm’s disciplined style of play, although Melbourne will have their own concerns with the speed and flair of Cronulla’s young back-line.
I’m predicting an epic and gruelling contest that will be won through Melbourne’s patience and discipline….with a Cooper Cronk field goal to finish it off, of course.
INS: Joseph Paulo, Sam Tagatese
INS: Felise Kaufusi, Matt White, Ryan Morgan, Slade Griffin, Young Tonumaipea
Tip: Melbourne Storm 19-16
Before we fang into some Supercoach 2017 options..
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2017 NRL SuperCoach Options
Last time we took a look at the value fullback options for the 2017 SuperCoach season. This week we’ll feast our eyes on the fullbacks that come with an expensive price tag due to their 2016 performance.
Keep in mind that the prices mentioned are estimates based on the 2016 SuperCoach averages.
- Cameron Munster (FB, $450k) may have one of the highest scoring potentials of all fullbacks on offer although he comes with a fairly large price tag. We also need to address the obvious problem – Where is he going to play next season? Billy Slater should return to fullback for the 2017 season which probably means Munster will get first crack at another position. Who’s to say that he won’t turn into a versatile ‘Inglis-type’ player that can cover most positions in the back line? I think I’ll wait and see with Munster.
- James Tedesco (FB, $455k) had another great season in 2016 and should keep producing those impressive scores we’re all used to next year. He gained a lot of confidence after making his Origin debut this year but will be up against some tough contenders for the NSW number 1 jersey in 2017. Like Munster, Teddy is one of the more expensive options and doesn’t have dual position status. This makes him an awkward selection for your starting side next year but a large number of coaches couldn’t care less. They want those large scores and will pay big bucks to get them.
- Greg Inglis (FB/CTW?, $390k) showed inconsistencies throughout the 2016 season but also produces a large number of impressive scores. We need to keep in mind that he played various roles that halted his base output too. If there were such a thing as a triple position player then GI would have earned it in 2016 by playing at fullback, centre and in the halves. I can see a number of coaches throwing him in their sides with his sub-400k price tag and dual position status but for me, it’ll all depend on South Sydney’s opening draw.
- Ben Barba (FB, $405k) doesn’t have the same appeal he did at the start of the 2016 season. He was as cheap as chips and had a blinder of a season. Next season we have to fork out the big bucks to have him in our starting side and we all know that he’s capable of scoring some woeful scores. A very risky selection for 2017 but also a risk/reward option.
- Matthew Moylan (FB, $410k) finished the 2016 season with a five round average of over 81 points per game. He also showed some impressive form during the finals and proved that he’s capable of racking up those attacking stats needed to produce monster SC scores. I’m sure his price will come down at some point throughout the opening rounds of 2017 and we need to be wary that he’s a strong candidate for Origin selection. With so many other fullbacks on offer he should come with POD status for round 1.
Key Off-Season Signings
- Ashley Taylor has signed with the Titans until the end of the 2018 season. The club will now field one of their best first grade sides in the club’s history next season. You’d have to be fairly excited being a Titans’ fan after the impressive signings in recent times.
- Tyson Frizell has signed with the Dragons until the end of the 2020 season. Frizell made his State of Origin debut this year and was one of the Dragons’ key performers.
- Cameron Cullen and Blake Green have signed two year contracts with the Manly Sea Eagles. We’d have to assume that Green will partner Cherry-Evans in the halves while Cullen could either provide depth or play a utility role.
- Robbie Farah has signed a two year deal with the South Sydney Rabbitohs and could provide excellent value in the 2017 SuperCoach season.
- Rory Kostjasyn has signed a two year deal with the Newcastle Knights. The Sharks also offered Rory a two year deal but weren’t successful.
- Paul Gallen will play his seventeenth season with the Sharks after re-signing with the Sharks for another season. It’ll be interesting to see how many SuperCoaches are willing to throw him into their sides for 2017.
- Matt Moylan and Bryce Cartwright have re-signed with the Panthers until the end of the 2021 season. I don’t need to tell you all how massive this news is for Penrith Panthers fans.
- Kieran Foran has all but signed a one year deal with the New Zealand Warriors starting next year. This will see our friends from across the ditch boast an International spine and a fresh coach for the 2017 season.
Huge week! Hope you all enjoy the big one on Sunday.