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For the next 26 weeks of the NRL Dream Team Competition, I’ll be reviewing the rounds top performers.  To make it in this list each week a player must have a season average of 45 or more and score 50 points or more in the review round.  Mid season, I’ll review the top performers in all the key positions using a different criteria for each position.

There were mixed results across the board in round 1, a few players ventured into the 40’s but only eight broke into the 50’s.  Some high priced stars were disappointing – Corey Parker, Nathan Hindmarsh and Paul Gallen and on the other side of the coin Ashley Harrison (62) and Aiden Tolman (60) were exceptional – the only players in the round to break 60 and for Ashley Harrison, the only Titan to break 40. 

Johnathan Thurston returned to Dream Team form; scoring 55 points and no doubt will make the Cowboys faithful very happy.  It was a case of what could have been though – JT loosing 16 points from mistakes, the worst from the Top Performers.  Continue reading

Cartwright issues challenge to Bodene Thompson

John Cartwright has backed Bodene Thompson to become a regular starter in the Titans pack after declaring the position was “his to lose” ahead of tonight’s season opener against premiers St George Illawarra. Thompson will pack down alongside Greg Bird and Ashley Harrison in the backrow tonight and Cartwright was yesterday confident the emerging Kiwi talent would become a key component in their make-up this season. A graduate of the Titans’ Toyota Cup system, Thompson became a key contributor with 17 appearances last season but the coach expects more from the 22-year-old after an impressive off-season and trial form. “(Bodene’s) one of those young fellows who has been in our system since he was 16 or 17,” Cartwright said. “He’s been very fortunate that he has such a good-quality group around to learn from (but) it’s going to take a lot to shift him from the starting spot. “He was pushing all last year and he has an opportunity now and it’s up to him to hold it.” Continue reading

Titans trial positions, a closer look …

The Jetstar Gold Coast Titans will roll out the big guns in Coffs Harbour this weekend, with Head Coach John Cartwright today naming a near full-strength line-up for Saturday night’s pre-season trial match against Souths. Jetstar Titans captain and halfback Scott Prince will form a new-look halves combination with Indigenous All Stars teammate Greg Bird while fellow stars Preston Campbell, Luke Bailey, Ashley Harrison, William Zillman and Coffs Harbour junior Kevin Gordon will all line up for their first pre-season matches for 2011. In a significant step for flyer David Mead, the Papua New Guinean International will play his first game since suffering a season-ending foot injury in Round 16, 2010 after being named in the starting line-up on the wing. Continue reading

Laffranchi could switch to the front

Gold Coast star Anthony Laffranchi admits he’d rather stay at second row, but says he’s prepared to move to prop if it means accommodating Greg Bird in the NRL club’s starting side. The Test and NSW State of Origin representative is one of the game’s best back-rowers, however Laffranchi was moved up front for the Wests Tigers under similar circumstances in the 2005 grand final. Coach John Cartwright, whose finals-bound Titans face the Sydney Roosters at the Sydney Football Stadium on Monday night, faces a selection headache over how to combine his strongest side. Bird is expected to make his return from a hamstring injury against the Roosters, and named on the bench. Before his month-long layout Bird was playing five-eighth, but the superb form of Mat Rogers in his absence has almost guaranteed the retiring veteran won’t be moved out of the halves. This could see for the former Cronulla star to move to lock where he starred for NSW in the third Origin match. Continue reading

DT Performers – The Best of the 2nd Rowers

Now for a look at the 2nd Row Forwards, the work horses in the Dream Team competition.  To make it to this list the players must be currently playing and have a season average of 40 or better.  The stats speak for themselves but I will select a couple and let you know if their current price and form represents good value.

The bench mark score I have used for the second rowers is 50 or better for last two columns, that’s pretty much what we are all looking for from this position.  

  GMS Ave Pts TR  GO MG TA KM Oth Lost Pts >= 50 % >= 50
Parker 16 57.50 920 120 224 580 3 80 -87 15 93.75%
Stagg 19 53.05 1008 0 123 869 1 60 -45 13 68.42%
Hindmarsh 18 52.39 943 4 152 791 0 82 -86 10 55.56%
Gallen 18 51.28 923 8 297 624 2 100 -108 11 61.11%
Laffranchi 18 46.11 830 28 185 637 0 80 -100 5 27.78%
Fulton 12 46.08 553 24 71 455 3 56 -56 6 50.00%
Luck 16 44.94 719 0 67 680 0 22 -50 4 25.00%
O’Donnell 11 42.55 468 16 130 348 1 48 -75 3 27.27%
Heighington 19 41.79 794 16 209 589 0 70 -90 2 10.53%
Lowe 18 41.06 739 4 163 617 3 34 -82 3 16.67%
Sutton 19 40.47 769 12 128 364 216 138 -89 2 10.53%
Harrison, A 14 40.21 563 12 116 471 0 18 -54 1 7.14%

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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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Bird to miss a month, Harrison in doubt

The hamstring tear which has ruled out Gold Coast five-eighth Greg Bird for a month may also have grounded the Titans’ flagging NRL campaign. Bird, who has become an integral part of the Titans’ line-up since joining the club in the off-season, suffered the injury during last Friday’s 24-10 loss to Brisbane at Skilled Park. Scans on Monday confirmed a tear. The news couldn’t have come at a worse time for the ailing Titans, who have lost six of their last eight matches and could tumble out of the top eight with another loss to ladder leaders St George Illawarra on Friday night. The task of upsetting the Dragons could get even tougher with their other State of Origin representative Ashley Harrison in doubt with a knee injury.

Prince could return, as early as next week

Injured Gold Coast Titans playmaker Scott Prince may only miss one NRL match after receiving encouraging scan results on his hamstring on Tuesday. It was initially feared Prince could miss up to six weeks after he limped off in the first half of last round’s 25-24 NRL victory over the Bulldogs. However, Titans coach John Cartwright was hopeful Prince would make his NRL comeback against the Wests Tigers in a fortnight’s time following their next round bye after scans revealed only a minor right hamstring tear. As expected, Prince was a notable absentee when Cartwright named an extended 18-strong squad for the Gold Coast’s Skilled Park clash with Newcastle on Sunday. But experienced trio Preston Campbell, Luke Bailey and Ashley Harrison were injected into the Gold Coast squad on Tuesday. However, they are also recovering from injury and must still prove their fitness by the end of the week in order to run out against the Knights. Campbell (heel), Bailey (ankle) and Harrison (ribs) all missed last Friday night’s 25-24 win over the Bulldogs. If passed fit, Campbell will slot into the halfback spot for Prince while Harrison and Bailey have been named in the starting forward pack. Cartwright was keeping his fingers crossed despite Campbell and Bailey being unable to train with the main squad so far this week. With utility Luke O’Dwyer (hamstring) also on the injury list, Kayne Lawton has been added to an extended five-man bench alongside young forwards Bodene Thompson and Ryan James.

Titans lose Harrison & Bailey

The Gold Coast Titans have copped an injury double blow ahead of tomorrow night’s clash with the Bulldogs on the Suncorp Stadium double-header. Workhorse prop Luke Bailey and Origin star Ashley Harrison have been ruled out. Bailey hurt his ankle during last week’s win over Manly, while Harrison received stitches this morning for a cut eyelid suffered during last night’s Origin victory. The Titans on Tuesday named an extended 19-man squad, meaning it is likely Bodine Thompson will come in to the starting side in place of Harrison at lock, with Brad Meyers a candidate to replace Bailey in the front row. That would make rookie rising star Ryan James a certainty to keep his bench spot after last week’s polished debut.

Titans look to Mat Rogers for early return

Experienced Titans centre Mat Rogers is poised to make a shock return from a knee injury against Manly at Skilled Park on Friday as the Gold Coast desperately try to end their three-game losing run. Rogers has been missing from the Titans line-up since rupturing his medial ligament against St George Illawarra in round six. Despite fears he was facing 12 weeks on the sidelines, the decorated dual international is set to be rushed back against the Sea Eagles just eight weeks to the day since he suffered the injury. Rogers will not be named when Titans coach John Cartwright unveils his team today, but a club source last night said Rogers was rated a better than 60 per cent chance of bolting into the side later in the week. Continue reading