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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

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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

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

Lockyer dons the Bronc for first time in 2011

Brisbane skipper Darren Lockyer will wear the Broncos jersey for the first time in 2011 after being named in a strong side to meet Melbourne Storm in Saturday night’s NRL trial at Redcliffe. New Broncos coach Anthony Griffin on Wednesday named his first team two days after Ivan Henjak’s controversial dumping, and chose to rest four of his biggest forwards. While Brisbane’s backline will be at full strength against a strong Storm outfit, Queensland forwards Sam Thaiday and Ben Hannant, plus Nick Kenny and Mitchell Dodds have been rested. “We will give Sam and Ben a rest this weekend but they will be right for round one,” Griffin told the Broncos website. “Nick Kenny is the same, as is Mitchell Dodds. “This gives the other guys a chance to show what they can do. Continue reading

Cowboys walking wounded as trial injuries begin to mount

Justin Hodges made a successful return to action, but former Broncos team mate Antonio Winterstein is set to miss the start of the NRL season after suffering a broken jaw. Hodges set up a try with his first touch off the bench in the Broncos’ 26-4 trial win over the Cowboys in Alice Springs on Saturday night. “He got through a continuous 40 minutes and set up a try and there was no side affects from the injury, so I’m very happy with his involvement and getting through the game,” Broncos coach Ivan Henjak told AAP. It ended more than 500 days of NRL inactivity for the classy Broncos, Queensland and Australia centre, but Cowboys recruit Winterstein had far worse misfortune on the night. He went to hospital for scans just before halftime after suffering facial injuries in a sickening collision during a tackle. 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

DT Best Performers – Best of the Hookers

This week, the final week before the finals start, I will take a look at the best performers in remaining three key positions, Hookers, Front Rowers and the Second Rowers.  Their individual stats below are current to their round 21 performances.

For the hookers I have used the bench mark score of 45 for the last two columns.  There is not a lot for me to say, the stats tell the story.  At this end of the season you wont find many of the top teams in the DT or NEX that have a combination that includes someone outside the top 5. 

However if money is the problem and you are looking at other options based on current for then Matt Hilder might be worth a look.

 

GMS

Ave Pts Tries  Goals MG TA KM Oth Lost Points >= 45

% >= 45

Smith, C

15

54.27 814 86 71 560 127 44 -74 13

86.67%

Farah

19

51.58 980 12 111 666 199 82 -90 12

63.16%

Friend

19

46.58 885 0 98 825 17 44 -99 10

52.63%

Luke

15

44.07 661 124 190 369 14 96 -132 8

53.33%

Ballin

19

43.42 825 12 76 731 62 26 -82 7

36.84%

McCullough

16

38.25 612 16 56 551 23 32 -66 0

0.00%

Hilder

18

36.94 665 8 103 600 14 18 -78 5

27.78%

Priddis

18

36.11 650 4 69 603 1 30 -57 1

5.56%

Kingston

19

34.11 648 20 80 584 12 40 -88 0

0.00%

Matt Hilder HOK/2RF @ $267,800.00 averaging 36.94.  This is another one of those players who has had a season in two halves.  By round 10 Hilder had lost $92,300.00 from his round 1 starting price of $287,800.00.  He played 9 rounds during that period where his highest score of 37 came in round 10 against the roosters and his lowest scores were a 27 in round 5, 25 in round 6, 24 in round 7 and another 25 in round 9.  Since round 10 he has played 9 games with his lowest score of 33 coming in round 19.  It’s only his form and scores in the last 5 rounds that have showed some of the form that made him worth having in your team in 2009.  With only one score in the 30’s the other 4 scores have been a 48, 51 and a pair of 46’s in rounds 20 and 21.  It’s the tackling that dominates his DT points, 40 plus tackles in all but 1 of the last 5 games.  There is a down side though, his mistakes averaging 5.2 in the last 5 games.  All those 40’s could have been 50’s.

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

Round 1 Teams – Smith to start for injured Cronk

Storm skipper Cameron Smith ($375,100 HOK) expects to open the NRL season against the Sharks at halfback, but believes regular No.7 Cooper Cronk ($294,000 HLV) will be back sooner than expected. “He’s the type of bloke who hates missing out on games,” Smith said. “They predicted round four but there’s been good signs from him at training. He’s looking good and has been running around the field so hopefully we’ll have him back after a couple of matches.” While coach Craig Bellamy has other halfback options such as five-eighth Brett Finch ($193,900 HLV), Smith said he would again assume the duties against the Sharks on Saturday night at Toyota Stadium. Meanwhile, former Parramatta lock Todd Lowrie ($174,600 2RF) is hopeful of overcoming a groin injury to play his first NRL match with his new club. Expected to cover for the exit of Dallas Johnson the 26-year-old injured his groin late in the Rhinos game. “Hopefully it will be ok with a bit more physio but it’s a bit sore at the moment,” Lowrie said.