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The Lone Scout releases his team

The Lone Scout has released his team for scrutiny and explanantion over at DTHQ, thought you might want have a look at his insights into this season thus far –

Now that the season has begun, I figure there’s no harm in explaining my reasoning for selecting my initial 25-man squad – and only a small chance I’ll get harassed by the hardcore DT players for mentioning names – as it may provide some insight for the Dream Team novices as they set-up for the head-to-head showdown.Do keep in mind this squad was selected prior to the start of Round 1, and my stated aim is to take out as many private league titles as I can. (You can see how I scored by searching for ‘Lone Scout’ on the Dream Team Rankings page.)

As a general rule my initial strategy is threefold:
– Go hard at the cash-cow money gain;
– Do it without compromising weekly points too badly; and
– Keep as much flexibility as possible.

So, with that in mind, here’s who I’ve picked and why. View full article »

NEX Tipping Analyser

G’day Coaches, among the new features being trialled at the NEX website this year is the new NEX Tipping Analyser. This season the NEX companion website has seen a marked improvement of individual hits viewing the website, this of course means alot of passionate, informed Rugby League brains are casting their eyes and thoughts over the content presented. It was this mainly that got us thinking, why not take advantage of this valuable resource by intoducing the NEX Tipping Analyser. We know alot of Coaches are not only in a Dream Team competition, but also participate in a number of different tipping competitions and some don’t mind throwing on the occasional wager, but it seems every round it’s getting harder to pick a winner. We have always had the betting odds displayed to give you some idea of where the bookies are heading, but every week theres always an upset or two. So why not lean on the NEXpertise of our visiting coaches and check what everyone is thinking? View full article »

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We can’t talk about a new season of rugby league and NRL without talking about State of Origin – can the mighty maroons make it six in a row?  How brilliant would that be?  It would almost make up for all those defeats pre Origin – no it wouldn’t.

In 1980, big Artie made State Of Origin what it is today – the best sporting contest on the Australian sporting calendar.  Last year Coach Aaron from Fazzies Cougars posted a comment in response to our NEX league –

“It’s like origin, it will never die.” View full article »

In this segment each week I will break down the stats for the overall leader of the NRL Dream Team Competition. 

The leader after round 1 is Coach Travino and his Ur Done!, scoring 707 points to lead by 6 points.  Interestingly only three coaches managed to post scores of 700 or better.  As you will see from the positional stats, Travino couldn’t have done much better with the scores and the line up he had.  In the break down, I have selected the best 17-man combination he could have put together on the day. 

It appears Travino has built his side around two key players – Cameron Smith (58) and Jamie Soward (56).  Buying those two players has swallowed most of the $4.2 million salary cap with 12 players in his 25-man squad valued at under $100,000.00, two of those players in his 25-man squad failed to score in round 1.  It will be interesting to see how long Ur Done! can stay in the top 10.  View full article »

*Controversial star Timana Tahu will recommence his NRL career with Penrith on Monday after the club confirmed he has signed a one-year deal.Updated.

Timana Tahu has agreed to a two-year contract with Penrith – but first he’ll be thrown to the Wolves. Reports in The Daily Telegraph say Tahu and the Panthers are finalising several minor details before announcing the signing on Wednesday morning at a media conference. Tahu, who walked out on Parramatta in 2010, drove down from Newcastle on Tuesday to meet Panthers CEO Mick Leary and accept the offer. But he is unlikely to be selected for Friday night’s local derby against the Eels at Parramatta Stadium. Despite suggestions Tahu might confront his former side, it is understood that he will play for Penrith’s feeder club, Windsor Wolves, against Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers at Windsor Sports Complex on Saturday night. A solid showing in that game would ensure he is considered for Penrith’s round three match against Cronulla at Centrebet Stadium on March 26. View full article »

Josh Morris’ chances of earning a NSW Origin recall have been dealt a massive blow with the Canterbury-Bankstown centre to be sidelined for 6-8 weeks with a torn posterior cruciate ligament. The scans confirmed the tear in Morris’ right knee, which occurred when he fell awkwardly in the lead-up to Kris Keating’s second half try in the win over Wests Tigers on Monday night. Morris had made an early impression with a scorching 95-metre try against the Tigers before his night was brought to a premature end. Bulldogs officials confirmed Morris would spend at least three weeks in a brace before another 3-4 weeks of rehabilitation. The best case scenario would see him return for the Bulldogs’ round eight clash against South Sydney, which would give him just two matches to press his claims for a sky blue jumper. Morris injury soured what was a positive night for the Bulldogs, with new recruits Trent Hodkinson and Frank Pritchard staring for the Bulldogs.

Sam Thaiday admits he has become a week-by-week proposition for the Broncos as he is hampered by the same chronic groin injury that commonly strikes AFL players. Representative forward Thaiday is battling the debilitating osteitis pubis, which has afflicted AFL stars such as Brownlow Medal winners Chris Judd and Adam Cooney and Collingwood premiership winner Luke Ball. The problem hobbled Ball so badly one year that the midfielder was once described as like “a baby giraffe trying to find its feet”. He was so unstable he often struggled to pick himself up off the ground. Thaiday knows he is likely to have to have surgery at some stage but is committed to trying to play out the season in pain, even though he concedes he will have to be evaluated every week. “I am just getting a bit of physio every day and we will just go from game to game,” Thaiday said. “It is a hard thing to try to get on top of. “I don’t know why I’ve got it. I don’t run as much as those (AFL) blokes. View full article »

In-N-Out Rd 2

BRISBANE BRONCOS

Coach Anthony Griffin has named the same 17 as last week, meaning Justin Hodges (hamstring, round 3) and Ben Hannant (calf, round 3) have again been left out. Dane Gagai retains his spot after an impressive debut.

CANTERBURY BULLDOGS

Josh Morris has been dealt a massive blow with the Canterbury centre to be sidelined for 6-8 weeks with a torn posterior cruciate ligament. View full article »

 We have added a couple of more information pages at the top of the home page – just to help everyone keep track of whats happening in all our leagues and how are all stack up against each other.

NEX Rankings:  This lists all our NEX Coaches, their round score, overall average, NEX Ranking and Overall Ranking.

NEX Cup Round Results:  This lists most of last years round results and from this season, will include the results from each round of the NRL Dream Team seasons.

NEX A Round Results:  This will list  all results from each round of the NRL Dream Team seasons.

NEX B Round Results:  This will list  all results from each round of the NRL Dream Team seasons.

The NRL judiciary has been given the night off this week with all six players charged by the match review committee taking the early guilty plea on Tuesday. Manly co-captain Jason King, Canberra prop Brett White, Warriors five-eighth James Maloney and Cronulla hooker Paul Aiton will all sit out one game, while Matt Bowen and Luke Walsh are both free to play. King’s absence, for a knee lift in last weekend’s loss to Melbourne, leaves the Sea Eagles without a skipper with Jamie Lyon out for a month with a hamstring strain. White’s absence has opened the door for Josh Miller to come into Canberra’s squad, while young gun Isaac John replaces Maloney in the Warriors No.6 jumper.