This is a critical position for DT coaches so if you don’t score well here you are going to struggle to get a high 700 score and a win.  There are different combinations used by coaches through the year but the top 10 DT coaches at least Campese (49.00) and Soward (46.83) are the favoured two, featuring in all but three teams.  As for the NEX-Cup try and find a top team without Hodgkinson (42.35) but there is a real mix with the 2nd spot.

With my review of the halves I have used 45 as the bench mark score by now I think we would all be disappointed if our halves didn’t at least get that score each week.  Again the table below does tell the story and if you haven’t settled on you combination this might help you out.  

  GMS Ave Total Pts Tries  Goal MG TA KM Oth Lost Pts >= 45 % >= 45
Campese 18 49.00 882 68 80 378 345 96 -85 10 55.56%
Soward 18 46.83 843 130 90 179 474 57 -87 12 66.67%
Prince 13 45.77 595 86 46 194 268 73 -72 7 53.85%
Hodgkinson 17 42.35 720 12 65 432 234 54 -77 7 41.18%
Cronk 15 42.33 635 12 54 295 273 69 -68 5 33.33%
Sutton 18 40.22 724 12 115 340 205 132 -80 6 33.33%
Harrison 14 40.21 563 12 116 471 0 18 -54 5 35.71%
Carney 18 37.61 677 172 157 186 140 123 -101 5 27.78%
Maloney 17 36.88 627 130 83 292 236 41 -155 4 23.53%

I have spoken about Soward, Carney and Prince earlier in other articles this week so there is nothing new to add.  As far as Hodgkinson goes, well everyone has him so there is no point. 

Terry Campese (49.00) @ $302,500.00: Everything was great with Campo at the start of the season and while he did have some low scores in his first 11 games he did have some great ones as well.  His season high of 70 came in round 4 to top his previous high of 68 in round 2.  In those first 11 games he scored 50 or more 7 times, which included 3 x 60 plus scores.  It all changed in round 14 when he lost the goal kicking duties.  Those that had him would not have been happy and those of us that kept coming up against him sniggered as we watched his price plummet some $35,000.00.  In the last 7 rounds he has still had three scores in the 50’s with a high of 53 in round 15 and a low of 36 in round 20.  Not a lot has changed with the rest of his game it just the goal kicking points coaches are missing out on.  The good news for those of you looking at him as an option is with scores of 44 and 36 in his last two rounds he needs to score around 65 in his next game or his price will drop even more. 

Ashely Harrison (40.21) @ $251,900.00 only has a defence and running game with only 1 score in the 50’s, a 51 in round 8 against the Panthers.  From 14 games he has only one score in the 20’s, a season low of 24 in round 12 against the Roosters, 5 scores in the 30’s and 7 scores in the 40’s. 

James Moloney (36.88) @ $232,100.00:  His defence and kicking game are his highlights but does back that up with his goal kicking and has 8 tries for the season.  The downside is the 155 points he has lost from mistakes in 17 games at an average of 9.12 points per game. 

Cooper Cronk (42.33)
@ $251,400.00: I don’t know what would be motivating the Storm to play at their best at this end of the season.  Cronk only has his defence and kicking game and since round 10 his highest score was a 45 in round 18 against the Bulldogs.  Since round 10 he has posted 3 scores in the low 40’s and 3 scores in the low 30’s. 

John Sutton (40.22) @ $258,000.00: It’s his defence and kicking game that bag most of his points backed up by good scores in MG and a sprinkling of points in other areas.  His highest scores were a pair of 51’s against the Warriors in round 11 and the Panthers in round 12.  Since then 7 games have only produced a pair of 45’s and five scores in the mid to high 30’s.

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