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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

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.



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

% >= 45

Smith, C


54.27 814 86 71 560 127 44 -74 13




51.58 980 12 111 666 199 82 -90 12




46.58 885 0 98 825 17 44 -99 10




44.07 661 124 190 369 14 96 -132 8




43.42 825 12 76 731 62 26 -82 7




38.25 612 16 56 551 23 32 -66 0




36.94 665 8 103 600 14 18 -78 5




36.11 650 4 69 603 1 30 -57 1




34.11 648 20 80 584 12 40 -88 0


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.

Isaac Luke possible early return

Inspirational Kiwis hooker Issac Luke may make an earlier than expected return from a shoulder injury that has compounded luckless South Sydney’s NRL woes. Luke, a frontrunner for the competition’s player of the year award before dislocating a shoulder during training on June 29, was expected to be sidelined for up to eight weeks. However, Rabbitohs captain and Kiwis teammate Roy Asotasi said the dynamic playmaker could be available for the round 21 match against the Bulldogs next Friday. “There’s talk of him being a chance next week. He’s a freak, he was scheduled for another month out but he seems to be on track. He’s a good healer,” Asotasi said ahead of Sunday’s match against the New Zealand Warriors here at ANZ Stadium. Luke’s absence has coincided with a Rabbitohs form slump that has seen them drop out of the top eight after controversial losses to the Sydney Roosters and St George-Illawarra Dragons. His influence from dummy half had been exceptional for the Rabbitohs, and Asotasi conceded Luke’s absence had been damaging. “He’s been our best player this year. The way he runs the ball, he’s one of the strongest dummy half runners in the game and we’re missing that a bit.”

Isaac Luke gone for 6 – 8 Weeks

Frustrated South Sydney coach John Lang will rely on “classic old-style hooker” Beau Falloon to get the Rabbitohs to the NRL finals with Issac Luke ruled out for up to two months. Star hooker Luke will miss 6-8 weeks of action despite avoiding surgery on his injured shoulder. The 23-year-old dislocated his shoulder at training on Tuesday but MRI scans have determined he will not require an operation. The loss of the Kiwi international is a massive blow to the fifth-placed Rabbitohs, whose campaign to make the finals will now be played almost entirely without him. Luke is currently running second in the Dally M Medal count after his superb form in 2010. “He’s been having a terrific year and was a big shot for the Dally M,” Lang told AAP. “He’s been our best player this year and having a great season and to hurt it at training’s so frustrating, but that’s just the way it is.”

Falloon, 23, will be the Rabbitohs’ back-up but is unlikely to play 80 minutes with Jason Clark, Jamie Simpson and Luke Capewell also in the frame to spend time at dummy half.

Isaac Luke injury blow

South Sydney’s NRL finals hopes may have been handed a huge blow after in-form hooker Issac Luke dislocated his shoulder in training on Tuesday. The New Zealand international, who has been instrumental in the Rabbitohs’ strong start to the season, will undergo scans on Wednesday to determine the extent of the injury. Souths, who sit in fifth spot on the ladder, have a bye this weekend.

Update – Lone Scout has reported injury occurred whilst playing touch, and sideline stay could be anywhere betweeen 2 weeks and season …… great, so much for no more trades to the finals.

Isaac Luke found guilty

South Sydney Rabbitohs hooker Issac Luke will miss this Sunday’s clash with Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium after being found guilty of a dangerous contact charge at the NRL judiciary on Wednesday. The New Zealand international hooker, who was ruled out of last year’s Anzac Test against Australia due to suspension, was sanctioned after being charged with making dangerous contact with the kicker against North Queensland. The incident took place during Souths’ 32-4 win over the Cowboys, when Luke charged into Cowboys’ halfback Johnathan Thurston.

Round 1 Teams – Rabbitohs Update

Souths new recruit Dave Taylor ($196,000 2RF/FRF) did not take part in a simulated training match yesterday, but has assured fans and DT Coaches he will be fit and ready to go to take his place alongside UK import Sam Burgess ($120,300 FRF/2RF) in the season opener. “I’ll be right to play round one,” Taylor said. The former Bronco was the glaring absentee as new coach John Lang put the squad through a testing 80-minute session at Redfern Oval, spending the time locked in the gym working on the left ankle strain that forced him to miss the All Stars clash. The injury scare sparked fears the 21-year-old back-rower may miss the season-opener alongside Michael Crocker ($185,600 2RF), still recovering from groin, shoulder and ankle surgery, but both Taylor and Lang were quick to guarantee he will take his place on the field at the ANZ Stadium next Sunday.  Boasting arguably, and yet to be proven, the toughest pack in the NRL fans of the Rabbits are licking their lips at the season ahead. Enjoying the likes of Roy Asotasi ($238,200 FRF) , Ben Ross ($149,500 FRF), Scott Geddes ($188,600 FRF), Eddy Pettybourne ($198,000 2RF/FRF), Michael Crocker, Isaac Luke ($226,300 HOK), Dave Taylor and Sam Burgess brought this quip from Taylor, “The reason you come to a new club is to win premierships and that’s one thing that I’m looking forward to is winning a premiership at Souths.”