It’s official – the tag is back.
A blight on all SuperCoaches, the likes of Ben Jacobs and co have brought what was once a dying art back into vogue.
Some of the game’s premier midfielders fell victim of the dreaded tag this round including Dustin Martin, Tom Mitchell, Zach Merrett and Josh P Kennedy.
Coaches must be particularly wary of the influence Jacobs has over their midfielders, with the Kangaroos stopper doing a number on almost every gun mid he’s been assigned to this season, including the likes of Dusty, Titch and Merrett.
It was another varied round scoring-wise, with those fortunate enough to have McRae, Gawn, Danger or Fyfe captain hitting the 2200-mark and others not so lucky falling well short of that.
If you don’t have this man, do yourself a favour and get him in this week. Jack McRae (156 SC) is showing no signs of slowing down from his 2018 form. He finished with 47 disposals, 18 contested possessions, 10 clearances, eight tackles at 78% Disposal Efficiency in another elite display.
Richmond captain Trent Cotchin (155 SC) had a day out with 37 disposals and 22 contested possessions while Demons young bull Clayton Oliver (143 SC) proved he is the real deal this season with 29 disposals, 15 contested possessions and 11 clearances.
There is no doubt gun tap ruckmen Aaron Sandilands (150 SC), Max Gawn (148 SC) and Brodie Grundy (137 SC) have significantly benefited from the change to ruck scoring in SuperCoach. The trio have been monstering huge scores due to their commanding hitout-to-advantage numbers.
North Melbourne hardnut Ben Cunnington (143 SC) set an AFL record for most contested possessions ever recorded in a match, finishing 32 of them from his 38 touches. He also had 14 clearances. His score could have pushed towards the magical 200-barrier if it wasn’t for 12 clangers, although almost all of them would have been under pressure.
Believe it or not, Jack Darling (125 SC) is starting to become a legitimate SuperCoach option. He’s currently averaging 102 SC and had four goals and nine marks on Saturday. Speaking of good forward options, Robbie Gray (122 SC) heads the list. He nailed six goals on Saturday night and is the highest averaging forward in the competition.
Dayne Zorko (121 SC) has now hit form two weeks in a row, while Nat Fyfe (126 SC) predictably enjoyed a day out at Optus Stadium with 36 touches, 25 of them contested, along with 13 clearances. Patrick Dangerfield (137 SC) is on the verge of a monster performance. He looked to be returning to his dynamic best on Sunday and is overdue to go 150+ plus any week now.
Other significant scores: James Harmes (139 SC), Ed Langdon (138 SC), Matt Scharenberg (137 SC), Jamie McMillan (134 SC), Jimmy Webster (133 SC), Nick Vlastuin (127 SC), Luke Ryan (125 SC), Jeremy Howe (123 SC), Tom Stewart (123 SC), Charlie Cameron (120 SC), Taylor Adams (120 SC).
The tag victims: Tom Mitchell (72 SC) tagged by George Hewett; Josh P Kennedy (74 SC) tagged by Daniel Howe; Zach Merrett (79 SC) tagged by Ed Curnow; Dustin Martin (64 SC) tagged by Ben Jacobs.
Isaac Heeney (78 SC) was good but eight clangers hurt his score while Michael Hurley (66 SC), Michael Hibberd (78 SC) and Joel Selwood (77 SC) don’t really have that excuse.
Young Blue Charlie Curnow (79 SC) isn’t going to be a top-eight forward while Saints hardman Seb Ross (68 SC) had a game he would rather forget.
Sydney pair Jake Lloyd (130 SC) and Luke Parker (124 SC) both rewarded their owners’ patience after up-and-down seasons so far, as did Dogs maestro Marcus Bontempelli (132 SC) who slammed home four goals. Since registering a horror 27 in Round 3, Eagle Elliott Yeo (113 SC) has bounced back nicely with scores of 150, 114, 94, 111 and now 113 in the five rounds since.
Combative Carlton ruckman Matthew Kreuzer (127 SC) returned to his best on Saturday, along with forgotten gun Tom Rockliff (98 SC) who had 31 possessions and nine tackles. Tiger Kane Lambert (113 SC) continues to atone for a horror start to the season, while the same can be said for Cat Sam Menegola (132 SC) who had 24 possessions, 10 marks and three goals in Geelong’s defeat of Collingwood
In his third game, Ben Ronke (120 SC) was insanely good on Friday night. His seven goals will go down as one of the best individual matches from a third-game player in AFL history.
Tim Kelly (91 SC) is a clear standout for SC Rookie of the Year, while those who held Bayley Fritsch (98 SC) and had the courage to play him on field were rewarded.
On the bubble: Brayden Crossley (53 SC), Charlie Ballard (42 SC).
First gamers: Ed Phillips (87 SC), Brayden Ainsworth (66 SC), Isaac Cumming (64 SC), Tom McCartin (27 SC).
Other scores: Jake Waterman (94 SC), Oscar McInerney (81 SC), Adam Cerra (79 SC), Ed Richards (70 SC), Willie Rioli (69 SC), Nic Coffield (64 SC), Harry McKay (61 SC), Brad Scheer (61 SC), Flynn Appleby (60 SC), Paddy Dowe (60 SC), Andrew Brayshaw (58 SC), Esava Ratugolea (58 SC), Lachlan Keefe (57 SC), Billy Gowers (57 SC), Hunter Clark (56 SC), Jack Higgins (51 SC), Zac Giles-Langdon (50 SC), Lochie O’Brien (50 SC), Jaidyn Stephenson (49 SC), Charlie Spargo (49 SC), Bailey Banfield (47 SC), Zac Bailey (47 SC), Taylin Duman (46 SC), Kobe Mutch (46 SC), Cam O’Shea (46 SC), Matt Eagles (42 SC), Mitch Crowden (38 SC), Cameron Rayner (36 SC), Myles Poholke (36 SC), Tom Cole (36 SC), Jarrod Garlett (35 SC), Jack Henry (35 SC), Jorden Gullucci (20 SC).
We have been fortunate enough to have some brilliant rookies this season, particularly in defence. Sam Murray (65 SC), Tom Doedee (56 SC), Jeremy Finlayson (61 SC), have been brilliant for our sides, but the time has come to turn them into premos, along with midfielder Nick Holman (50 SC). Most teams will have more urgent needs that have to be addressed, but it appears as though these players have reached their maximum in terms of cash generation.
Forward trio Christian Petracca (49 SC), Luke Dahlhaus (61 SC) and Jack Billings (54 SC) have so far miserably failed to live up to expectations. Time has run out. They have to go.
Todd Goldstein (69 SC) continues to disappoint in the ruck while it’s amazing Jaeger O’Meara (45 SC) sucked so many people into investing into him again.
How did you go this week community?