Category: Storm


2010 Top NRL Dream Team Performers

Some of the Top Performers of NRL Dream Team in 2010 (averaging 50 or more) are Corey Parker (Broncos), David Stagg (Bulldogs), Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels), Cameron Smith (Storm) and Robbie Farah (Tigers) 

Pretty much all the top Dream Team Coaches had them in their side at the end of the season.  We all want them in our team NOW but the $4.2 million salary cap, State of Origin commitments and the bye rounds means we have to choose carefully.

After round 19 last year, I reviewed the top DT performers and published the table below. 

After Round 19

  GMS Ave Pts TR  GO MG TA KM Oth Lost Pts 50’s % 50’s
STAGG 17 52.88 899 0 113 768 1 56 39 11 64.71%
FARAH 17 52.18 887 12 103 591 188 72 79 9 52.94%
HINDMARSH 16 52.94 847 0 134 712 0 74 73 9 56.25%
PARKER 14 57.50 805 108 191 510 3 70 77 13 92.86%
SMITH, C 13 54.00 702 72 62 481 113 42 68 8 61.54%

The table explains itself and may help you with finalising your 25-man squad for the start of the 2011 season.  Something else you should consider is their ability to hold or increase their 2011 starting price.  Continue reading

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Knights 32 – Sharks 10

Newcastle have shown their willingness to play attacking rugby league, scoring six tries in a 32-10 trial win over Cronulla at Olympic Park, Muswellbrook on Saturday night. Although the first points were not posted until the 26th minute the crowd of around 4,000 witnessed on open and expansive game of rugby league on a balmy night in the Upper Hunter Valley. Knights try-scoring sensation Akuila Uate carried two defenders across the line to open the scoring. Kurt Gidley converted for a 6-0 lead with Junior Sa’u extending the home side’s lead to 10-0 two minutes before the break. Knights hooker Isaac De Gois scored a double as did Sa’u. Gidley’s fullback deputy Shannon McDonnell scored on 52 minutes to take the score to 22-0 before the Sharks first try, to fullback Nathan Gardner, on the hour. Matt Wright scored another consolation try for the Sharks on the full-time siren.

Bellamy states spots are up for grabs

Craig Bellamy says spots are still up for grabs as the Storm flew to Brisbane today as they finalise preparations for Saturday night’s trial against the Broncos. Twenty-three players have been taken to Sydney for the clash, with skipper Cameron Smith and halfback Cooper Cronk set to play their first games of the pre-season. While Smith and Cronk are dead-set certainties for round one, Bellamy says he’s still unsure about the make-up of the team for round one against Manly on March 12. “It’s a really important game for us, we’re still settling on some combinations and there’s certainly some spots still open,” said Bellamy. “A few guys have got plenty to play for so hopefully we’ll get a dry track up there and we’re looking forward to it.” Both teams will field near full-strength teams, a signal both clubs are building towards the first game of the NRL season in a fortnight’s time. “They’ve won both of their trials and they’ve got a whole heap of good players in there,” said Bellamy. Continue reading

Widdop eyes vacant 5/8th position

Storm playmaker Gareth Widdop was one of the star performers in Saturday night’s 24-4 win over the Raiders in Bega, but he isn’t getting ahead of himself in the race for the number six jersey. Widdop set up Chase Stanley’s second try with a classy pass, and was involved in many of the Storm’s best moves on the night. Storm Head Coach Craig Bellamy admitted after last week’s trial Maurice Blair probably had the inside running the vacant five-eighth spot, but Widdop’s efforts against the Raiders has him back on level terms. Widdop knows he’s got a battle on his hands if he wants to be named in the team for Storm’s first NRL game of the year against the Sea Eagles at AAMI Park, but he is happy with his development over the pre-season. Continue reading

Slaters shoulder healing slower than expected

Melbourne are preparing to start their 2011 NRL season without star fullback Billy Slater, whose recovery from shoulder surgery is slower than expected. Slater will miss all of the Storm’s pre-season matches and coach Craig Bellamy said on Monday it was looking increasingly likely he wouldn’t play in their round one clash on March 12 against Manly. The Test custodian had an arthroscope on the right shoulder he injured in round 21 and carried through the post-season Four Nations tournament. He also needed ligaments reattached, which has led to limited training over summer. Slater has resumed running but the joint hasn’t progressed as quickly as expected. “It’s probably taking a little bit longer than we thought,” said Bellamy. “He’s still a chance for round one but we certainly won’t take any chances on him. Continue reading

There’s a Storm a brewing ….

The Melbourne Storm finished their first game of 2011 with a comprehensive 34-10 rugby league trial victory over Queensland Cup sides Ipswich and Brisbane Easts at Langlands Park in Brisbane. Melbourne demolished Ipswich 34-0 in the first half in a fearsome display, before they took their foot off the gas and were beaten 10-0 in the second stanza by a resilient Easts side. In a first half peppered with penalties, the Storm were well served by second-rower Steven Thorpe, who crashed over for two tries, while recruit Elijah Niko also added his name to the scoresheet. The victory was the start of a new era for the Storm, who were caught cheating on the salary cap last season and were relegated to the wooden spoon while also being stripped of the 2007 and 2009 premierships. Continue reading

Such is the hype surrounding new Melbourne Storm recruit Elijah Niko that he has already drawn comparisons to former NRL star Israel Folau.Every season the Storm have unearthed a future star, and little-known Niko is tipped to follow in the steps of Folau, Greg Inglis, Billy Slater – and even rugby convert Will Chambers – and make an immediate impact on the NRL. Skipper Cameron Smith said Niko had a serious chance to brush aside seasoned campaigners for a start in Melbourne’s opener against Manly. All eyes will be on the club and their new talent after they were forced to release several big names, including Inglis, in the aftermath of last year’s cap-rorting saga. Club officials preferred not to comment on Niko, who scored 21 tries in 36 games for the Warriors in Toyota Cup, including one in last year’s grand final triumph, and said they wanted to “keep him under wraps”. But Smith gave him a glowing endorsement and went as far to liken him to Folau. Continue reading

Storm forecast

Melbourne youngster Chase Stanley’s interrupted season is over after he suffered an elbow injury at the weekend. Stanley succumbed inside the opening 20 minutes of the AAMI Park clash with South Sydney, along with front-rower Aiden Tolman who suffered a rib cartilage injury, and coach Craig Bellamy has confirmed Stanley won’t play again in 2010 after having a slow start because of a shoulder injury. Fortunately for Bellamy though he has a ready-made replacement to step straight back in after overcoming ankle and thigh injuries of his own. “Certainly with Chase getting injured that gives us a chance to put Justin back in which is great, the more time he gets the better he’ll be,” Bellamy added of the 19-year-old who has excited Storm fans with his try-scoring feats in his handful of games so far. Bellamy is no better than hopeful that Tolman will get to play a farewell game in Round 26 against the Knights but he does welcome back Adam Blair from a rest and Jeff Lima following the birth of his first child leading up to the Rabbitohs game. Another rising star, forward Jesse Bromwich, has been named at 18th man as Bellamy keeps an eye on a couple of players carrying injuries, and the coach has been impressed by the under-20s graduate. “Yeah he’s been really good Jesse,” Bellamy said

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%

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With just two more rounds before the finals start I thought I would introduce something new and look at the best performances each weekend in the lead up to the big one, The 2010 NEX-Cup Grand Final.

As we all look for something extra to secure our spot in the finals you can bet the real NRL coaches will be doing what they can to secure their spot as well.  We should finally see some consistent performances from the NRL front runners, which should mean regular high 700 plus scores from our coaches like we saw in round 20.

The criteria for my review are the players must be a regular in their clubs line up each week, averaging 40 or more for the season and posted a score of 55 or better in the particular round.

(74) Paul Gallen 2RF @ $332,600.00, a jump of $10,600.00, now averaging 51.12 from 17 games.  In 17 games he has only had 1 score below 40 and that was a 38 way back in round 2.  His 74 in round 20 tops his previous high score of 65 in round 4 against the Eels and since then he has only 4 games below 50.  The score of 74 came from 48 TA, 19 MG and 10 OL.  I had a chance to pick him up in round 8 when he reached a season low of $319,000.00 but didn’t because I was concerned about loosing him through suspension.  Other coaches may have had the same opinion because he only owned by 11.85%, a total of 11,501Continue reading