Tag Archive: Nathan Cayless


This is the last key position to look at and there isn’t too many here that are averaging over 40.  I have used 45 as the bench mark score for the last two columns, but perhaps I should have used 30, it might have been a bit more flattering for the big fellers.

There aren’t a lot of stars to choose from here as far as Dream Team goes.  If you are looking at options for your front row it will depend on what points you are looking for and how much money you have to spend as to who you go for.  

  GM Ave Total Pts TR GO MG TA KM Oth Lost Pts >=45 % >= 45
Bailey 18 42.78 770 8 226 578 0 32 -74 5 27.78%
Thaiday 17 40.76 693 8 200 516 1 56 -88 9 52.94%
Tronc 13 40.31 524 0 112 400 1 64 -53 1 7.69%
Douglas 19 39.37 748 4 193 607 0 24 -80 4 21.05%
Hannant 16 39.25 628 0 182 503 0 24 -81 1 6.25%
Myles 15 39.13 587 0 161 464 1 42 -81 1 6.67%
Cayless 19 38.05 723 0 195 501 2 84 -59 3 15.79%
Burgess 18 37.78 680 12 222 483 0 90 -127 3 16.67%
Packer, R 18 36.06 649 4 172 515 0 8 -50 3 16.67%
Nuuausala 19 35.42 673 24 151 486 0 90 -78 3 15.79%
King 19 33.95 645 4 190 471 0 58 -78 2 10.53%

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The Judiciary

Queensland halfback Johnathan Thurston will need to win a case at the NRL judiciary to play again before State of Origin II on June 16. Thurston has been hit with a grade one detrimental conduct charge for his expletive-laden complaint to referee Jason Robinson about a forward pass in the final minute of North Queensland’s 24-20 loss to Manly on Saturday night. The Test No.7 will miss Monday night’s ANZ Stadium clash with South Sydney regardless of whether he enters the early guilty plea or unsuccessfully defends the charge at the judiciary. With Origin players to be stood down from round 14 games – when the Cowboys meet Canberra – Thurston’s only chance of playing again before game two of the series is to win a case at the judiciary. The struggling Cowboys, currently 14th on the NRL ladder, have until 12pm on Tuesday to decide whether they will fight the charge. Continue reading

Eels Captain Cayless to call it quits

Parramatta Eels Captain Nathan Cayless has decided to retire from Rugby League this season, with an official announcement expected this afternoon. Having just led Parramatta for the 200th time last weekend, the Kiwi warhorse this week told friends 2010 would be his swansong season. Cayless’s place in the starting front row has been under the microscope during Parramatta’s below-par opening month and there have been calls for coach Daniel Anderson to bench him and hand the captaincy to fellow Eels veteran Nathan Hindmarsh. The 32-year-old, however, has the support of his teammates and was again named in the top 13 for Monday night’s clash against Canberra.

Can you reinvent the Eel ?

Daniel Anderson certainly thinks so and will endeavour to do just that in an effort to keep his troops fresh and to go that step further in this years premiership. After last years mid season form reversal any changes to the line up would almost be deemed unnecessary, but when you throw the names Timana Tahu ($120,300 CTW), Justin Poore ($250,800 FRF) and Shane Shackleton ($192,500 FRF/2RF) into the mix it would be a brave man that says the Eels won’t be sniffing around come finals time. As with most coaches (DT included) not all positions are spoken for within the squad, Tahu will almost certainly dislodge Krisnan Inu ($143,500 CTW/FB) or Joel Reddy ($132,400 CTW) whilst Poore could unsettle stalwart Nathan Cayless ($257,400 FRF) or crowd favourite Fuifui Moimoi ($194,600 FRF). As mentioned at the NEX Kris Keating ($190,300 HLV) is fighting hard to regain his spot in the halves keeping both Daniel Mortimer ($268,000 HLV) and Jeff Robson ($227,300 HLV) honest, although having the confidence from the back end of last season with the inclusion of play-offs, it will be difficult to break. “We have to get the best out of them while playing with the players that we already have here so that’s what I mean we’ve got a different dynamic.” Anderson said “It would be naive to think that we’d be able to start the same and finish the same but obviously we’d like to be more consistent in our application as a team.”

Trial games to Parra, matter!

It was reported earlier at the NEX that Nathan Hindmarsh ($367,600 2RF) could be missing for an indefinite number of games due to a wrist injury, luckily this seems not to be the case as he listed in a very strong Parramatta side this weekend take to on the Panthers. All the guns except for Timana Tahu ($120,300 CTW) are listed to play, and Tahu most likely would have been there if it wasn’t a 2 match suspension for a tackle on Israel Folau in ’07, that has yet to be served. He is expected to be named for the Roosters clash in Gosford Saturday week leaving Krisnan Inu ($143,500 CTW/FB) and Joel Reddy ($132,400 CTW) 80 minutes to stake their claim for a regular season berth. The forwards will also have their share of battles for starters, with Nathan Cayless ($257,400 FRF) and Fuifui Moimoi ($194,600 FRF) being pressured by new recruit Justin Poore ($250,800 FRF). The team list for the Eels is as follows –

Luke Burt, Nathan Cayless, Eric Grothe, Jarryd Hayne, Nathan Hindmarsh, Krisnan Inu, Kris Keating, Matt Keating, Tim Mannah, Feleti Mateo, Fuifui Moimoi, Daniel Mortimer, Justin Poore, Joel Reddy, Jeff Robson, Shane Shackleton, Ben Smith.