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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

Bulldogs 30 – Raiders 18

A composed and potent Canterbury punished Canberra in the first half of their NRL trial before running out 30-18 winners at Scully Park on Saturday night. The Bulldogs raced to an 18-0 halftime lead thanks largely to the weight of possession and a superior kicking game, mostly from the boot of new halfback recruit Trent Hodkinson. Winger Bryson Goodwin got the scoring underway in the first few minutes when he crossed in the left corner and then had a hand in the second try as he tipped a kick from five-eighth Kris Keating back for Josh Morris to score the first of his two tries. Yet another cross-field kick, this time to the right from Hodkinson, saw a spilled ball fall for Dogs skipper David Stagg to score the third and Goodwin landed another tough goal. Continue reading

Stagg might struggle to get the full 80

With an influx of backrow signings at the Bulldogs, lock forward David Stagg admits he might have to shed his tag as one of the NRL’s best 80 minute players. Stagg, who will line up against Canberra in a trial match in Tamworth on Saturday night, has recovered from a shoulder reconstruction in the off-season. Stagg played 40 minutes against St George Illawarra last weekend, coming through unscathed – and he is aiming to push his workload up to 60 minutes against the Raiders to prove he will be a certain starter against the Wests Tigers in round one. But so will fellow backrowers Frank Pritchard, who has overcome a knee problem to be fit for this weekend, and captain Andrew Ryan, who is being rested following a shoulder reconstruction. Continue reading

Once the season proper starts I will be looking at each team and some of their key players as we get closer to the start of the silly season – the bye rounds and I’ll use “Dream Team Pro” so at least their will be a bit more information and statistics than last year.

Every year round 9 has a huge impact on coaches with ½ the NRL clubs (8) having their first bye round.  No doubt everyone has had a good look at bye rounds when developing a strategy for the 2011 campaign and finalising your 25-man squad before the round 1 kick of on March 11. 

There is no point in talking about individual players before there is some form on the board so I’ll just point out a couple of other things for the newer coaches to Dream Team that you will need to take into consideration when finalising on your squad.  Continue reading

Roll Call – Canterbury Bulldogs

The following is an update as to the injury status of the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs NRL squad following the conclusion of round 24 of the National Rugby League competition.

David Stagg – Shoulder

Workaholic lock David Stagg will miss the remainder of the 2010 NRL season after undergoing reconstructive surgery on his left shoulder on Tuesday 24 August. He will undergo rehab work through until the end of the year, with a planned return to full training in early January 2011.

Injury: Shoulder
Due back: 2011

Dene Halatau – Knee

Back rower Dene Halatau’s wretched run with knee injuries has continued, with the versatile Kiwi to undergo surgery to repair the medial cruciate ligament in his right knee in coming days. He will undergo rehab work through until the end of the year, with a planned return to full training in early January 2011.

Injury: Knee ligaments
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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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Stat Chat

Two of the NRL’s most prolific tacklers will face off in the middle of the park when the Vodafone Warriors face Gold Coast in Sunday’s 21st-round clash at Mount Smart Stadium. Over the last four seasons, Vodafone Warriors loose forward Micheal Luck and Titans hooker Nathan Friend have consistently featured among the competition’s top tacklers. Friend, ranked second behind Canterbury-Bankstown’s David Stagg (818) this season, goes into Sunday’s contest with 775 tackles in 18 matches – an average of 43.1 a game – while Luck is fifth with 631 in 15 games, an average of 42.1 a game. Last year Luck ranked third among all players, tackling his way to the Vodafone Warriors’ Lion Red Player of the Year title with 1053 tackles in 23 matches, an extraordinary average of almost 46 a game (the highest for any player in the competition) while Friend had 1049 in 26. The previous season Luck headed the list with 957 to Friend’s 887 while in 2007 the Vodafone Warrior was also No 1 with 959 and Friend, who had joined the new Gold Coast club from Melbourne, was ninth with 777. Luck was regularly used as a bench player in his 76 games for the Cowboys from 2001-2005, making a total of 1491 tackles at an average of 19.6 a game but his defensive work rate has almost doubled in his time with the Vodafone Warriors, his 4171 tackles in 113 appearances equating to an average of 36.9 a game. At his current output, Luck could reach 6000 tackles in his career before he brings up his 200th NRL appearance (in 189 games his has made 5662 tackles).

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

In the next few weeks leading into round 14, I will look at the 5 teams that will have their second and final bye round and the players that should be available for the remainder of the season. 

I haven’t actually reviewed the Canterbury Bulldogs before but round 14 will see them have their final bye round.  The Doggies have a couple of players you might want to consider picking up to carry you through for the rest of the season and also have a couple of players that might look attractive at the moment but when you really look hard they may not be a great option. Continue reading