Tag Archive: Todd Carney


Carney on track for Rd 2

Roosters coach Brian Smith remains confident star playmaker Todd Carney is on track to return for next weekend’s clash against Manly despite aggravating a groin injury on Friday. Speculation Carney would be an 11th hour inclusion against South Sydney was wide of the mark as the Dally M medallist sat out his side’s thrilling 40-29 victory. “Some of you people scared his mum this morning so much she was ready to get in her car and drive down (to Sydney from Goulburn),” Smith said in reference to newspaper reports suggesting Carney would play in the season opener. “He was never every going to play,” Smith said. “Up until Monday he was a chance but Toddy ruled himself out on Monday. He knew he wasn’t quite right, he’s trained pretty well every day.” “To be absolutely honest, today he had a little aggravation which we want to see how it goes (on Saturday), but nobody’s too worried about it and we think he’ll be ready to go next weekend.” Continue reading

Round 1 team list tips

Sydney Roosters star Todd Carney is out of Friday’s NRL season opener against South Sydney at the Sydney Football Stadium. Carney, who has endured a torrid lead-up to the start of the new campaign, following his arrest for drink-driving 10 days ago, has not been named in the Roosters side after failing to recover from January groin surgery. The Dally M Medallist sustained the injury playing for Australia in the Four Nations clash with New Zealand in Auckland in October. Coach Brian Smith named Braith Anasta at five-eighth alongside Mitchell Pearce with Carney expected to be back for the round two clash with Manly. However, the Roosters are boosted by the surprise return of secondrower Mitch Aubusson who had been expected to be sidelined until round four with a shoulder injury. Souths coach John Lang said he had been preparing for Carney to play and believed the troubled playmaker’s off-field problems would have no effect on his game. “He had a great season last year and I see no reason why he won’t pick up where he left off last year,” Lang said. “Often for players, the game and training, if there’s been a few problems that can be a bit of a relief for them rather than another pressure.” Continue reading

Can he, or Carney play? Find out Friday!

The fallout from Todd Carney’s drink-driving charge is set to overshadow the NRL season launch on Wednesday, with no resolution expected until Friday. The Sydney Roosters five-eighth, who was charged with low-range drink-driving on Saturday morning while on a provisional licence, has yet to be handed any punishment. Carney met with Roosters coach Brian Smith and chief executive Steve Noyce on Monday, but the club were unable to reveal any decisions on his punishment on Tuesday with Noyce absent due to a NRL CEO conference in Sydney. It’s understood Carney’s situation was not raised at the conference. The club released a statement on Tuesday suggesting no decision was likely until Friday. “The Sydney Roosters are continuing to assess appropriate outcomes in regards to Todd Carney and will not be making a final decision today (Tuesday) on his penalty following his low-range drink-driving offence,” the statement read. Continue reading

Tigers 19 – Roosters 8

Wests Tigers halfback Robert Lui has the early running in the battle for the NRL club’s No.7 jumper this coming season after a five-star display in a 19-8 trial win over the Sydney Roosters. The gifted halfback showed deft skills to set up first-half tries for skipper Robbie Farah and Liam Fulton, before the 21-year-old sealed the match with a blazing individual effort to totally overshadow more illustrious teammates Farah and Benji Marshall. Lui’s performance was a none-too-subtle reminder to coach Tim Sheens given the man he was meant to be vying with for the No.7 jumper – Tim Moltzen – was making his return after 10 months out due to a knee reconstruction. Lui put the icing on the cake with a field goal after the siren, the Tigers claiming their first Foundation Cup in the fifth year of the clash. Continue reading

Carney aiming for Round 1

Roosters coach Brian Smith has confirmed reigning Dally M medallist Todd Carney is on track to play in his side’s season opener against South Sydney next month. Carney underwent groin surgery four weeks ago and was initially expected to miss the first four rounds of the competition. The 24-year-old will sit out Saturday’s Foundation Cup clash against Wests Tigers at the SFS but is considered an almost certain starter for Round 1 in a major boost for the Tri Colours. “Unless something goes wrong for him he’ll play in the first comp game,” Smith said on Tuesday. “We even thought about just playing him for 20 minutes in this game but he’s not quite at that stage … it’s just a little too early for him.” “We’ve still got 17 days before the comp starts and we start with Souths on Friday night so we’d obviously like him to be right for that.” “Without and mishaps between now then he’ll be fine I think.” Continue reading

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

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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In Part 5 of Preparing for the bye rounds I reviewed Nate Myles and Jason Ryles from the Sydney Roosters after round 9.  I selected those players because they represented value for money at the time.  Now that we are coming to the business end of the season where we need to be scoring 800 to be competitive, it is probably more important to have payers, particularly forwards, who are regularly scoring 40 plus each game to support the stars that are capable of scoring high 50’s and 60’s. 

The Roosters will have their final bye in round 14 so I’ll take a look and see how these players have stacked up since round 9 and look at a couple of other players that you might be thinking about for different reasons.

Nate Miles (FRF/2RF) @ $251,200.00, averaging 38.92. Since round 9 Myles has lost $2,900.00 in value and posted scores of 45, 42 and 24 with his season average dropping slightly.  In round 13 he still had 28 tackles but only made 5 in MG and lost 9 points from mistakes.  The 24 in round 13 is now his lowest score for the season but it’s the first score under 36 since round 3 where he scored 25.  It’s not likely he will gain in value but you would still have to rate him as a solid performer and with no call up to SOO so far you should have him available for the rest of the season.  Continue reading

Todd Carney rib injury to make way for rookie

Former Dragons under 20 star Kane Linnett (Not Listed) could be called into the Roosters team for Sunday’s Anzac Day game against St George Illawarra if fullback Todd Carney succumbs to a rib injury. Linnett has been ultra-impressive for the Roosters’ NSW Cup feeder club Newtown this season and could make his NRL debut after Carney suffered the injury in the thumping win over Canberra on Saturday night. Roosters coach Brian Smith is likely to shift Anthony Minichiello to fullback to cover Carney, opening the door for Linnett to play on the wing or in the centres against his former club. Carney is expected to be named in the Roosters line-up today, but will have to prove his fitness later in the week.

Todd Carney should play next week

It was bruising affair yesterday when the Sydney City Roosters accounted for the Canverra Raiders 36 – 6 with a number of players sustaining injuries during the match, none more important then the rib injury to DT favourite Todd Carney. The Roosters decided not to risk further injury to Carney after he hurt his ribs in a heavy tackle by Adam Mogg early in the second half, and were left counting their bruises after the match. Exciting young New Zealand prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves was left with a badly broken nose and concussion after making his long-awaited debut following his signing from Manly. Smith said both he and Carney should be fit to face St George Illawarra on Anzac Day next Sunday, but he was unhappy with some of the heavy-handed tactics from the Raiders, who had David Shillington put on report following a high shot on Jason Ryles. “Rylesy’s modelling career is officially finished, he has got a few stitches in his face, there are a couple of things out there that we are keen to have a look at on the video,” Smith said. “Toddy Carney got a rib injury, but we decided to get him off and the doc said he might be OK for next week which would be great. “We are a bit battered and bruised and Waerea-Hargreaves had his face re-arranged.”