The fullback position alone is set to make-or-break the early stages of the SuperCoach season.
Major changes have resulted in an absolutely stacked
position, yet coaches can fit just two stars into their round 1 team.
The logjam is so intense that many well credentialed coaches have superstar playmaker Kalyn Ponga struggling to make their top five.
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Val Holmes returns from his NFL venture at a discounted
price, Ryan Papenhuyzen is locked into an 80-minute role, Latrell Mitchell will
see plenty more ball in the No.1 jumper, while the likes of James Tedesco and
Tom Trbojevic face a tough task to match career-high seasons.
But if we take a greater look into Ponga’s numbers there’s a serious case to suggest he could be a very strong POD to start the year.
Ponga upped his 2018 average of 66PPG to 68PPG last season,
with a few additional goal-kicking conversions making up the difference.
As it stands, Ponga is set to take on the fulltime goal-kicking role at the Knights with Kurt Mann tipped to edge Mason Lino as the club’s five-eighth.
Lino had 33 conversions last season at 84%, so if we add 30 of
these conversions onto Ponga’s overall score – based on his 80% success rate –
he would have upped his average to 74PPG.
Further to this, Ponga spent the first three games of the
season out of position at five-eighth.
In 17 games at fullback he averaged 73PPG for the season.
Internal dramas surrounding then coach Nathan Brown tore apart the Knights’ run home, winning just two of their final 10 games, with several losses coming in emphatic fashion.