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Gasnier reclaims 3

Mark Gasnier has reclaimed the No.3 jersey in a St George Illawarra side reshuffled by coach Wayne Bennett for Sunday’s massive SCG clash with the red-hot Sydney Roosters. With the ladder-leading Dragons now having lost three of their last four, Bennett has handed Gasnier the jersey he wore in his previous stint with the club in his fifth game back from two seasons in French rugby union. Gasnier started his first game in Sunday’s loss to Brisbane, but in the No.19 jumper. Bennett has re-jigged his forward pack to accommodate the returning Michael Weyman (suspension) and a move for Beau Scott from Gasnier’s right centre position to the second row. Neville Costigan moves from the back to the front row to partner Weyman and new hooker Dean Young, with Luke Priddis named on a six-man bench. Scott partners Ben Creagh in the second row with Jeremy Smith named at lock.

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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.

As promised, I will have a look at the Dragons and identify a couple of good scoring players that might help limit the damage of the bye rounds.

In the forwards have a look at Dan Hunt (FRF) @ $230,300 and Luke Priddis (HOK) @ $203,500.

Hunt averages 37.83 but @ $230,300 he maybe a little expensive if you haven’t picked him up yet.  The good points is he is unlikely to get a SOO call up, barring injury you will have him till round 14, his tackle count have been over 30 for the last three rounds and he scores good points in metres gained.   His down side is he makes a few mistakes, loosing 28 points in the Continue reading

IN-N-OUT – Rd 2

A pair of hookers who have seen little action in recent times will be thrown to the wolves on Friday night with Canterbury and St George Illawarra putting their depth to the test in the NRL grudge match. Journeymen Blake Green and Luke Priddis will wear the No.9 jumpers for the Bulldogs and Dragons respectively, Green earning his chance after Michael Ennis accepted a one-week ban for a high tackle while Priddis comes in for Nathan Fien, who is out with a broken leg. “It’s extremely disappointing for Fiensy, he’s a great player and a great guy,” Priddis said. “I’m looking forward to having a run on Friday night … the Bulldogs are always a tough prospect, no matter when or where you play them.”

The Bulldogs also welcome back winger Bryson Goodwin, who will assume goalkicking duties with Ennis out, the hooker left with little choice but to cop the one match suspension for a high tackle on Newcastle’s Matt Hilder.

South Sydney coach John Lang has also been forced to test his reserves with David Tyrell coming in for Eddy Pettybourne, who will be out for up to three months with a broken jaw, while Junior Vaivai replaces Colin Best (ribs). “He’s a very good prospect Junior, he had a very good season in the Toyota Cup last year,” Lang said ahead of Friday’s match against Gold Coast at ANZ Stadium.

The Titans received a boost on Tuesday with fullback Preston Campbell cleared after receiving a head knock in Sunday’s win over the Warriors.

Penrith welcome back Trent Waterhouse from a quad strain for the trip north to play North Queensland, former Sydney Rooster Willie Mason again named to start from the bench.

Manly coach Des Hasler has been forced to reshuffle his backline for Sunday’s clash with fellow round one losers Parramatta with Michael Robertson deputising for Brett Stewart at fullback.

Dragons and Eels entertain

St George Illawarra held off a spirited fightback by the Parramatta Eels on Sunday at Members Equity Bank Stadium, Perth. 34 – 20 was the final score with the Dragons hitting the ground running in the first 35 minutes with a 16 – 0 lead, it was all the Eels after that running in 4 of the next 5 tries reducing the gap to just 2 points with 13 minutes remaining on the clock, but they were unable to keep the momentum against a strong finishing Dragons, running in another two tries before the full time siren. Both teams squads were a mixture of youth and experience, with both having their respective ‘All Stars’ sidelined. Coaches Daniel Anderson and Steve Price (standing in for Wayne Bennett) took positives out of the match with Jason Nightingale ($94,300 CTW/FB) Nathan Fien ($211,500 HLV / HOK) and Luke Priddis ($149,500 HOK) standing out for the Saints, while Feleti Mateo ($252,600 2RF / HLV), Kris Keating ($190,300 HLV) and Etu Uaisele ($91,100 CTW / FLB) impressed for the Eels. “We had a few young players, I thought it was a like a furnace blast for them,” Eels coach Daniel Anderson said. “We got caught a little bit physically by the size of the Dragons but they got better as the game got on.”