My old mate at the Raiders Mitch Barnett was a guy I was
really happy to have in my back-row, but he’s set for a lengthy stint on the
sidelines and has to be moved on. Not much to say here, I started without Jason
Taumalolo early on and paid the price… Stupid
DAVID FIFITA – JAKE TRBOJEVIC
David Fifita is out for a while, but I’m not too disappointed as Jake Trbojevic joins the Stockmen. Trbojevic gets through a mountain of work and has plenty of creativity in his game. With his ability to add attacking numbers to his game I think he’ll be an elite pick up for Round 3.
I spent big on Damien Cook to start the year and it backfired. He looks like he’ll lose a stack of money, so he’s an obvious trade to Api Koroisau who started well on his return to Penrith.
With dynamic running games out of dummy half I think this pair will be major beneficiaries of what will hopefully be a quicker ruck. Cooky won’t be out of my side for too long…
JACK WILLIAMS – TOBY RUDOLF
Another former Raider in Jack Williams makes way for teammate Toby Rudolf. Cronulla had a tough start to the year with a wet game in Round 1 and then Melbourne in Round 2 who tend to drain the life out of opposition forwards by slowing the ruck with such precision.
I think Williams will come good and start scoring better, but there’s money to be made elsewhere.
MICHAEL MORGAN – LUKE KEARY
Michael Morgan’s injury gives me the chance to go to Luke Keary. I’m excited to see how he operates in the absence of Cooper Cronk this season as we know he’s such a classy footballer.
It’s his team now and I think it can translate well to SuperCoach stats. The Roosters haven’t won yet this season, so we can be confident they’ll arguably be more fired up than any other club. Keary will be at the forefront of all their attack, so hopefully he scores well for me.
Provided the weather holds up, I’ll be captaining Tom Trbojevic before other SuperCoaches recruit him. The Bulldogs can be tenacious in defence, but Tommy is on another level and can terrorise the competition’s best.
I’ll have the vice-captaincy on Jason Taumalolo in case he goes large against the Titans.
These trades leave me with a monster $286k in my bank for a
raid on an elite centre or winger next week.
Good luck to everyone and enjoy the return of rugby league!