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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

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The Wing/Centre combination is the next key position to review and there really aren’t a lot of options available if you want your backline scoring good points. 

Again the table explains its self and the only change from the fullback table is I consider 35 points to be the bench mark for the last two columns.  If your four wing/centre players can get you 35 points or more each game (140 points) you are well on the way to a big score and not relying so much on those high priced meat heads in the forwards to deliver those high 50’s or 60’s scores.

If you have had a look at the top teams in the NEX and DT competition you would have noticed the vast majority have gone with Lowe (42.06), Aubusson (36.61) and Ben Smith (35.00) from the Eels and a selection of different players making up the 4th spot.  Those three players are solid performers but they don’t have the X-Factor of Jaryd Hayne but if you look at the percentage of scores over 35 it would be a brave move to go with someone else.  I’m not going to talk about all of them I’ll just look at some of the alternative options that might make up that 4th spot. 
 

  GMS Ave Total Pts Tries  Goals MG TA KM Oth Lost Pts >= 35 % >= 35
LOWE 17 42.06 715 4 157 591 3 34 -74 16 94.12%
AUBUSSON 18 36.61 659 24 115 504 0 84 -68 11 61.11%
HAYNE 16 35.38 566 32 265 68 175 114 -88 9 56.25%
LEWIS 14 35.07 491 20 117 360 9 94 -109 8 57.14%
SMITH, B 15 35.00 525 12 86 462 0 24 -59 10 66.67%
SCOTT 14 31.07 435 4 104 308 1 76 -58 6 42.86%
SMITH, N 14 30.50 427 0 72 406 1 14 -66 4 28.57%
Lawrence 18 27.06 487 40 149 309 3 56 -70 1 5.56%
Kenny-Dowell 18 25.61 461 48 221 200 7 82 -97 2 11.11%
ROGERS 12 24.67 296 38 84 159 28 47 -60 2 16.67%

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Luke Lewis bruised and battered

Luke Lewis is hopeful he won’t face the wrath of the NRL judiciary following his tackle on Newcastle’s Matt Hilder during Penrith’s 28-10 NRL win over the Knights. A bloodied and bruised Lewis was outstanding for Matt Elliott’s side on Saturday as they regained joint top spot on the ladder alongside St George Illawarra in a bruising encounter. Although he wasn’t put on report by referee Jason Robinson for the 24th-minute incident, the NRL match review committee may act, potentially putting Lewis in doubt for next week’s second State of Origin clash in Brisbane. With Parramatta’s Jarryd Hayne looking set for a ban after his headbutt on Melbourne’s Billy Slater on Friday and Brett White also on report from the same game, the NSW selectors may face some serious selection headaches ahead of Monday’s team announcement. “I normally don’t get in that position too much, I did put my arms through his legs, but hopefully its not too bad,” Lewis said. “He seemed to pull up OK from it, but whatever happens happens, I didn’t mean to do it, but hopefully I will got off with it.” Lewis was also left with a headache after being poleaxed by Knights prop Con Mika late in the game. The 27-year-old was left with blood streaming from his face from the incident, but refused to leave the field to ensure the Panthers sealed the points after letting the Knights back into the match at 18-10, having led 18-0 at halftime. “It is little bit sore here and there, I can’t remember too much about it, I was just happy to finish the game and come home with the win.”

The Penrith Panthers is another team I haven’t reviewed before and is another one of those teams who will have their final bye in round 14.

As far as Dream Team there is not a lot to get excited about at Penrith.  They don’t have anyone who has played more than 5 games averaging over 35 points a game.  The only player over 35 is Gavin Cooper (36.00) who played his 4th game of the season in round 12.  Almost as rare is finding someone who has actually increased in value from round 1.  There is no point in talking about Petro given his hand injury so here are a few of other players I have reviewed.

Gavin Cooper (2RF/Centre/Wing) @ $232,300.00, averaging 36.00Cooper has only played 4 rounds so far, playing in rounds 3, 10, 11 and 12.  For those of you considering him as an option for your backline he has made 90 tackles in three games and his scores have been 40, 32, 39 and 33.  His lowest tackle count was 25 in round 3 and a high of 35 in round 11.  His season average of 36.00 makes his current market price about $230,000.000 but he will need to score approximately 37 points in round 13 to avoid dropping in value.  The good points are his tackle count is consistently at 25 or more, he makes points in MG and OL and while he has lost 15 points from mistakes in 4 games, he was only loosing just over 2 points a game until round 11 where he lost 8.  He is worth keeping an eye on and if he keeps getting the game time he can only get better.  If he comes down a little more in value he maybe worth considering.    Continue reading

Cronk to play, Slater in doubt

Melbourne have welcomed back one star in Cooper Cronk but could lose another with fullback Billy Slater missing the flight to Sydney ahead of their NRL match against Penrith on Saturday. Cronk will play his first game of the season after undergoing groin surgery, while Slater missed the Storm’s final training session and their plane due to sinus problems. The Test fullback, who has a history of sinus problems, is booked on a morning flight on Saturday, however 21-year-old Gareth Widdop is on stand-by for his NRL debut should he fail to recover.
Meanwhile, the Panthers, who have started the season with one win and one loss, will start utility Luke Lewis at five-eighth after Travis Burns was ruled out with a knee injury. Former Test representative Trent Waterhouse will return from a quad injury in the second-row.

In-N-Out Round 3

Cronulla coach Ricky Stuart has rung the changes in a bid to boost a toothless Sharks outfit looking to prevent a 13th successive NRL defeat against South Sydney on Monday. In what has turned into a must-win match for both sides, Stuart has wielded the axe on halfback Scott Porter, misfiring centre Ben Pomeroy and winger Isaac Gordon. Promising young playmaker Albert Kelly will make his first NRL start at fullback with Blake Ferguson restored to the wing. John Morris will move to halfback with Paul Aiton named as hooker with new signing Dean Collis to make his long-awaited debut in the centres.

Wests Tigers’ Lote Tuqiri will remain on the wing for his side’s clash with Parramatta on Friday after coach Tim Sheens opted to promote Mitch Brown to fullback with Tim Moltzen moving to halfback. Sheens was forced into the switch after Robert Lui was ruled out for up to six weeks with an ankle injury, and despite speculation Tuqiri would don the No.1 shirt, 22-year-old Brown has been given the nod.

Parramatta coach Daniel Anderson has rewarded Fuifui Moimoi for his excellent display off the bench against Manly last week, with a starting spot against Wests Tigers on Friday in his 100th NRL game. Moimoi replaces NSW prop Justin Poore who is dropped to the bench, with Krisnan Inu coming in for the injured Luke Burt, who is sidelined with a knee injury.

Newcastle second-rower Cameron Ciraldo will make his long-awaited return to action after a year out following the horrific injury he sustained in the 2009 round two clash against Cronulla. Ciraldo, who fractured his fibula and dislocated his ankle after his foot became wedged in a tackle, is named on the bench for the Knights’ clash with Manly at Bluetongue Stadium on Saturday.

Melbourne have named premiership-winning halfback Cooper Cronk as 18th man following off-season groin surgery for the Storm’s trip to Penrith on Saturday at CUA Stadium.

Panthers utility Luke Lewis will start at five-eighth for the home side after Travis Burns was ruled out with a knee injury.