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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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Dragons win World Club Challenge

St George Illawarra captured the World Club Challenge title for the first time with a 21-15 win over three-time champions Wigan at DW Stadium on Sunday night.

After being blown away in the opening four minutes, the NRL premiers showed their mettle to pull off the victory in front of 24,268 fans in cool, clear conditions.

By their high standards, it was a mistake-riddled performance by the Dragons and showed they were still in pre-season mode.

Winger Brett Morris was man of the match, the winger scoring two tries and causing havoc down the left side all evening as the Dragons prevailed without coach Wayne Bennett on the sidelines.

The hosts had a pre-match blow with workhorse Stuart Fielden sitting out the match alongside the suspended Jeff Lima.

To rev up the crowd, the Warriors paraded members of their 1987 World Club Challenge winning side before a minute’s silence in respect for the victims of the Christchurch earthquake. Continue reading

Idris excited to return to backline

Jamal Idris wants for his time at second row to be over so he can make a permanent home for himself in the NRL at centre. The Canterbury star says he will play wherever needed, but admits he’s itching to move back to his original position out wide. Canterbury coach Kevin Moore shifted the 20-year-old monster to the backrow last year, to help the club cope with injury problems and add size in the forwards. He’s been named in the No.11 jersey for Friday’s trial against St George Illawarra, but when Frank Pritchard, Andrew Ryan and Greg Eastwood return to the side, the club’s personality player is excited about returning to the backline. Idris’ size and aggressiveness has seen him adapt well to the forwards, but he said Moore hasn’t given any indication he’ll be used there regularly this year. Continue reading

Dragons show no charity towards Bunnies

Four months after their drought-breaking premiership win, St George Illawarra have returned to the scene of their triumph to thump South Sydney 32-10 in the Charity Shield at ANZ Stadium. Despite missing up to half a dozen regulars, the Dragons were too fast, too strong and too smart for a disappointing Rabbitohs outfit. The Red V sent a strong message to rival clubs that they will again be up there in 2011 with a resounding six tries to two victory before 19,267 fans. It was St George Illawarra’s first Charity Shield win since 2007 and the perfect tune-up for their World Club Challenge showdown with Wigan in England on February 27. Both sides went into the biggest of the pre-season trial matches severely under-strength following a string of withdrawals prior to kick off. The Rabbitohs were without star off-season recruit Greg Inglis, Kiwi international Issac Luke and Sam Burgess while the Dragons’ absentees included Jamie Soward, Ben Hornby, Dean Young and Brett Morris. Continue reading

DT Best Performances – Round 21

While there were a lot of 40, and low 50’s scored in DT in round 21 but there were only two players who scored 55 or better.  

  GMS Ave Total Pts Tries  Goals MG TA KM Oth Lost Pts >= 45 % >= 45
Soward 19 47.63 905 132 99 196 504 61 -87 13 68.42%

 (62) Jamie Soward (Half) @ $329,500.00 (Increase of $11,300.00) averaging 47.63.  In a low scoring match against the Broncos in round 21 it was his 30 KM and 17 tackles that dominated and, for the first time this season, no points lost from mistakes.  

  GMS Ave Total Pts Tries  Goal MG TA KM Oth Lost Pts >= 50 % >= 50
Parker 16 57.50 920 120 224 580 3 80 -87 15 93.75%

(58) Corey Parker (2RF) @ $357,900.00 (Increase of $3,200.00) averaging 57.50.  Earlier in the year I did a review on the Broncos in one of my “Preparing for the bye rounds” spiels.  I said it back then when the Broncos don’t score tries then Parkers’ tackle count goes up and that’s exactly what happened against the Dragons in round 21.  In a low scoring game where Parker only scored 2 points from a conversion he compensated by scoring 15 from MG and 43 tackles, the 4th time this season he has got into the 40’s in 16 outings.

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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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