NRL Supercoach Round 24 – Semi-Finals

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Good luck to everyone taking part in their semi-finals this week!

There are plenty of sneaky PODs on offer to help you with your SuperCoach campaign. Make sure you take a good look at your next opponent’s team and try to work out how to get that leading edge. As always, keep a trade handy for a mid-round manoeuvre (if you’re lucky enough to have some) and always monitor your head to head’s progress.

I had an absolute shocker! After putting Mansour as a NPR and captaining Turbo, I ended up with a woeful 968. I was ranked 306th last week but have now dropped to 647th. It looks more and more likely that I’ll drop outside the top 1000 before seasons’ end. What a brutal way to end the season. SHATTERING!

POD Trades (Under 10% Ownership)

  • Anthony Milford ($413.6k FE) is currently hovering around 10% ownership but will be one of the most traded in players this week. He’ll play against the Dragons, Eels and under-strength Cowboys in the final three rounds and should be able to string together some good performances. Just be wary that his five round average is lower than the other halves candidates in Cleary, Widdop and Moses. You may want to consider these guys first as they all have a fairly good trot home too.
  • Michael Gordon ($305.7k FB) has recovered from injury and will return at fullback for the Roosters this weekend. He reached 12.9% ownership earlier this season but never produced an average worthy of a keeper. I think he’s worth considering for the final three games, though. He’ll play the Tigers this weekend and will have the Sharks and Titans as his final two opponents. He has the added bonus of being the goal kicker too so I think he’s worth the punt if you’re looking for an edge in your semi-final. Not everyone will agree.
  • Bevan French ($353.8k FB/CTW) is also back from injury and should score extremely well this week if the Titans repeat their recent form. The Eels will have a tough game the following week against the Broncos but will finish the season playing the struggling Bunnies. There’s no harm leaving him out of your seventeen for round 25. French will be one of your CTWs that you can rotate with others with an unfavourable draw.
  • Corey Oates ($371.7k CTW/2RF) is one of the Broncos’ go-to men on offense and comes with a light sprinkling of base stats too. He’s not one of my more recommended PODs but veteran SuperCoaches are all aware of what Oates is capable of. Incredibly, Oates is averaging much better when playing away from home but I think his favourable draw should see him produce the goods for your SuperCoach team.

Captain/Vice-Captain Choices

Round 24 boasts plenty of strong favourites so there’s numerous Vice-Captain options to choose from. There aren’t really any safe Captain picks on Sunday but Jason Taumalolo and Paul Gallen will play the final game on Saturday. Simon Mannering plays the first game on Friday but you could always risk throwing the VC on an Eels’ player if you have your heart set on captaining Manners against the Bunnies.  Nathan Brown is actually a solid VC option despite the usual theory that forwards are a wasted VC choice. We can’t dismiss the possibility that he’ll break the line against the Titans.

  • Corey Norman ($329k FE/HFB) and Mitchell Moses ($426k FE) struggled to produce high points against the Knights last week but they’re up against the woeful Titans on Thursday night. The Titans have let through an incredible 122 points in the past three weeks and they don’t seem to be showing too many signs of improvement. Expect both Moses and Norman to score well above their five game averages if the Titans repeat their recent form.
  • Anthony Milford ($413.6k FE) hasn’t played the Dragons this season but has been a huge contributor to the recent success of the Broncos. He is looking to be one of the most traded in players of round 24 and I think he’ll be one of the most popular VC choices. He is definitely worth the punt considering the influential factors. He’s averaging extremely well when playing at Suncorp and even the weaker teams are breaking the Dragons’ defence on a regular basis.  He should score very well on Friday night.
  • Billy Slater ($492.8k FB) is a tempting Captain choice this week but we should probably eliminate some of the risk and just use him as our VC. Putting his round 23 performance aside he’s been nothing but an absolute beast and the quality of his opponent seems to be irrelevant. The Knights may be on a winning streak but we all know what the Storm (especially Slater) are capable of on their day.
  • The Tigers may have had a win last week but they still managed to let through 26 points. The Roosters will face them on Saturday afternoon and we should consider Mitchell Pearce ($342.5k HB) and Luke Keary ($377.2k FE/HB) as POD VC choices. I can’t see many of their owners taking advantage of this opportunity; neither have been producing scores worthy of a VC but both have proven to be worthy of the title. Don’t rule these two out!
  • Unfortunately we can’t put the VC on Tom Trbojevic ($496.7k CTW/FB) this week and it’s difficult to contemplate straight out captaincy after Monday night’s effort against the Tigers. Most coaches will be avoiding the potential disaster but he’s someone to consider if you need to hold off on your Captain choice for a Head to Head victory. I can’t see any other viable choices among the candidates playing on Sunday. If you haven’t chosen a Captain by Sunday morning then you’ll probably need to consider either Tom or older brother Jake Trbojevic ($430.2k FERF/2RF). Both are capable of scoring well but neither should be considered as a safe choice. Proceed with caution.


Top 5 Break Evens

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

Kurt Mann ($362.3k FB/CTW): -76

Brock Lamb ($359.6k FE/HB): -48

Damien Cook ($318.3k HOK): -37

Alex Johnston ($349.3k FB/CTW): -33

Ken Sio ($184.8k CTW/FB): -31

Bottom 5 Break Evens

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

Cameron Smith ($518.8k HOK): 143

Aidan Sezer ($296.1k HB): 130

Matt Gillett ($467.6k 2RF): 111

Billy Slater ($492.8k FB): 110

Aaron Woods ($449.1k FRF): 109

Team List Tuesday

Bevan French will play at fullback

Angus Crichton has returned to the starting side

Kieran Foran has returned from injury

Cameron Munster has returned and will play at five-eighth

Tohu Harris is named in the reserves

Michael Gordon has returned from injury

Kalyn Ponga is named on the wing

Jayden Brailey is named in the reserves

Trent Merrin is named in the reserves

Matt Frawley is named to replace Reynolds


Matt Gillett will crack 75 points

Jason Taumalolo is crack 70 points

Mitchell Moses to score a tonne against the Titans


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

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Sharky Pete

As a final forward trade, who do you prefer between J Turbo or Whitehead?

Sharky Pete

By the way, thanks for the thought-provoking article, as usual.


Jurbo all the way Sharky. Cheers mate

Sharky Pete

Many thanks. What do you think of Cleary as a Captain option?


Had Lamb with Mansauce as 2 of my npr this week. 🙁


Ouch Westy 🙁


Good stuff cowboy,
Mate what do you think about Crightons chance against that brittle left edge of the Warriors and him being a viable VC option ..?


I like it mate. He's a nice VC choice.


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