Squad Breakdown: Round 12 team insights

We analyse all the key SuperCoach ins and outs following the release of Round 12 teams.

Squad Breakdown

The teams have dropped for Round 12, with another round of extremely enticing match ups for key SuperCoach players.

The Cooma Stallions survived a few injury hits to score 1,221 last week, leading to a minimal drop to 73rd in the overall rankings.

Thank you K.Mann you little terrier…

Here’s our breakdown of the Round 12 teams.

*Scroll down to the bottom of the page for a key on all SuperCoach relevant abbreviations.

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Thursday, 7.50pm, Jubilee Stadium, Sydney

Dragons: 1. Matt Dufty 2. Jordan Pereira 3. Euan Aitken 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Corey Norman 7. Ben Hunt 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Tariq Sims 13. Jackson Ford

Bench: 14. Tyrell Fuimaono 15. Josh Kerr 16. Jacob Host 17. Tristan Sailor

Reserves: 18. Kaide Ellis 19. Jason Saab 20. Jayden Sullivan 21. Korbin Sims

Analysis: Another 123 point monster has lifted Zac Lomax’s season average to 70PPG. Owners would be absolutely thrilled, but at $640k there’s no way I’d be investing. The Dragons face the Rabbitohs, Roosters and Eels over the next three rounds.

Cam McInnes played the entire 80 and was back to his best with 83 points including 61 tackles. At under $600k he’s excellent value and is a perfect trade option for anyone selling Ryan Matterson.

He’s back to hooker for this week only with Ben Hunt moving to halfback due to Adam Clune’s head knock last week.

Rabbitohs: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Jaxson Paulo 3. Campbell Graham 4. Dane Gagai 5. Alex Johnston 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Jaydn Su’A 12. Bayley Sironen 13. Cam Murray

Bench: 14. Mark Nicholls 15. Liam Knight 16. Keaon Koloamatangi 17. Patrick Mago

Reserves: 18. Jack Johns 19. Corey Allan 20. Kurt Dillon 21. Troy Dargan

Analysis: South Sydney have a dream three weeks ahead with the Dragons, Broncos and Cowboys. Jaxson Paulo scored just 14 and has a breakeven of 1. That’s a lesson in why you should wait until a rookie’s third round and initial price rise before jumping on.

Despite Latrell Mitchell’s return, Paulo has held his spot and with the club’s draw he’s still an option. The fixtures make Cody Walker an enticing short-term POD play at just 4% ownership. He’s only been okay with a 55PPG average, but at $480k he’s a serious option with big upside.

Likewise, Latrell Mitchell is a huge short-term POD.

Cam Murray has averaged 67MPG over the past three weeks which is what we’ve all been waiting for. He scored 80 against the Raiders, all in base with 51 tackles and 15 runs. He’s been void of many attacking numbers this season, I think the next three weeks will be a big opportunity to fill the stats sheet.

Bailey Sironen played the entire 80 on the edge for just 43 points. Regardless, he’s a decent option at $285k with the run ahead, but with a breakeven of 23 it may be worth waiting a week to see his role is assured.

A shout out to Twitter user Saundo who pointed out Siro was going at 1PPM until Johnston went down injured and he was shifted to an edge for 60 minutes.

Damien Cook flopped with just 52 points. He could go very large in the next three rounds, but is he better than Grant and Smith? The way I see it it’s a bit of a luxury trade to be making if you have no other holes to plug.

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Friday, 6pm, SCG, Sydney

Tigers: 1. Adam Doueihi 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Chris Lawrence 4. Moses Mbye 5. Tommy Talau 6. Billy Walters 7. Benji Marshall 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Harry Grant 10. Oliver Clark 11. Luke Garner 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Alex Twal

Bench: 14. Sam McIntyre 15. Thomas Mikaele 16. Luke Brooks 17. Shawn Blore

Reserves: 18. Josh Reynolds 19. Chris McQueen 20. Alex Seyfarth 21. Asu Kepaoa

Analysis: We’ve all been waiting on David Nofoaluma to drop below $600k, but he’s just playing too damn good. He’s affordable this week at $612k and with a season average of 78PPG he’s an extremely enticing prospect. I’m sick of watching on as a non-owner and will likely be jumping on this week.

Harry Grant has a season average of 77PPG and has scored under 67 just once. I’ll likely be holding and watching Cook very nervously. Luciano Leilua continued his good form with a try and is now $542k with a -11 breakeven.

If you wanted to buy, last week was the time. I’ll likely be upgrading him next week for a genuine gun as I don’t believe he’s a keeper, although he’s a decent 18th man to play based on match up.

Alex Twal returns and is one to watch for coming rounds pending minutes.

Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. Patrick Herbert 3. Adam Pompeye 4. Peta Hiku 5. George Jennings 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Blake Green 8. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 9. Karl Lawton 10. Jack Hethrington 11. Eliesa Katoa 12. Tohu Harris 13. Jazz Tevaga

Bench: 14. Wayde Egan 15. Adam Blair 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Lachlan Burr

Reserves: 18. Isaiah Papali’i 20. Adam Keighran 21. Jack Murchie 23. Josh Curran

Analysis: Tohu Harris bounced back with 78 points largely all in base. This was promising to see with Jazz Tevaga back on deck at lock. Tevaga was solid but played just 50 minutes. He’s an absolute PPM beast, scoring 52 with 40 tackles.

He’s now $510k with a breakeven of 57 and is on my radar as soon as we see him play 65+ minutes, but not before. Eliesa Katoa returned to the starting side with a bang, scoring a try against the premiers for 86 points. He now has a breakeven of 20 and is an indefinite hold.

Ken Maumalo has returned to New Zealand making him an obvious sell.

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Friday, 7.55pm, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Broncos: 1. Darius Boyd 2. Richard Kennar 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Xavier Coates 6. Anthony Milford 7. Tom Dearden 8. Tom Flegler 9. Jake Turpin 10. Payne Haas 11. Joe Ofahengaue 12. Tevita Pangai Jnr 13. Pat Carrigan

Bench: 14. Issac Luke 15. Rhys Kennedy 16. Ethan Bullemor 17. Ben Te’o

Reserves: 18. Corey Paix 19. Jordan Riki 20. Pride Petterson-Robati 21. Jesse Arthars

Analysis: Kotoni Staggs kicked goals with Jamayne Isaako out of the side and is one to keep an eye on when he bottoms out. But you’d want to see Brisbane find a shred of form before buying as he may not get an opportunity to kick any goals.

TPJ scored just 38 points in 51 minutes. At $618k and a breakeven of 106 I’d be tempted to sell, but it’s a bit of a luxury trade if owners don’t have any other issues, he’s hardly a concern.

Xavier Coates has peaked at $336k and a breakeven of 85 and can be sold. He’ll be a SuperCoach gun in the future when playing in a decent team.

STILL no David Fifita to be seen…

Sharks: 1. Will Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Josh Dugan 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Shaun Johnson 7. Connor Tracey 8. Braden Hamlin-Uele 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Aaron Woods 11. Briton Nikora 12. Wade Graham 13. Toby Rudolf

Bench: 14. Siosifa Talakai 15. Jack Williams 16. Teig Wilton 17. Royce Hunt

Reserves: 18. Bryson Goodwin 19. Braydon Trindall 20. Jackson Ferris 21. Billy Magoulias

Analysis: Shaun Johnson is on a rampage with a five round average of 86PPG. With games against the Broncos and Titans in the next three weeks he’s a serious buy. He is looking in absolute elite form at the moment and his confidence is sky high, dangerous…

The Cronulla right wing is the best spot in the NRL to be at the moment as a result of SJ’s form. Sione Katoa is under $500k and is a serious option with the run ahead. He’s averaging 63PPG and is busting tackles like a man possessed.

Jesse Ramien has been named despite leaving the field early with a hamstring injury. Despite the golden run, he’s probably a sell with the obvious concern for that injury to flare up again.

Every time Toby Rudolf is ready to be sold off he delivers the goods. This week it was 65 points in 59 minutes. He now has a breakeven of 12 and can be held for another week or two before being upgraded or nuffed.

The basement priced Connor Tracey is well worth a look, but it can wait a week. He replaces Chad Townsend who is out for 4-6 weeks, but sits with a breakeven of 39 having played minimal minutes off the bench this season.

Condolensces to anyone who brought in Teig Wilton as a nuff, while fellow nuff Braydon Trindall is on the extended bench. Nuffin else to add here…

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Saturday, 3pm, SCG, Sydney

Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Ryan Hall 3. Josh Morris 4. Joseph Manu 5. Matt Ikuvala 6. Luke Keary 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Sitili Tupouniua 12. Mitchell Aubusson 13. Isaac Liu

Bench: 14. Lachlan Lam 15. Poasa Faamausili 16. Nat Butcher 17. Lindsay Collins

Reserves: 18. Christian Tuipulotu 19. Drew Hutchinson 20. Daniel Fifita 21. Egan Butcher

Analysis: The rain held off for what was meant to be a Roosters riot against the Warriors last week. It was anything but and it absolutely killed those who loaded up on Roosters players for the clash.

James Tedesco was stunningly held to just 53 points, but with such massive numbers captaining him it was largely irrelevant. You’d have to think they’ll be fired up for this game. If you try to get tricky and not captain Teddy based on last week’s flop you’re kidding yourself.

Kyle Flanagan and Luke Keary remain good POD options for the next fortnight, while Brett Morris finally hit the skids with 27 points.

Morris is out in a major blow to those who bought last week, while it’s amazing news for those who held Ryan Hall! If you can’t gauge the tone of that last line I’m one of those guys…

If I was tempted to buy I’d nearly just do it this week as he could hit his breakeven. Mitchell Aubusson played the entire 80 for 46 points.

At $250k and availability at CTW I think he remains a terrific buy this week, especially now non-owners have seen he’ll play an 80 minute role.

Some coaches are looking at selling Matt Ikuvalu due to his high breakeven, I think they’re crazy. He could easily ton up in this clash, breakevens aren’t everything! Bank those points…

Titans: 1. Corey Thompson 2. Anthony Don 3. Brian Kelly 4. Dale Copley 5. Phillip Sami 6. Ash Taylor 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Moeaki Fotuaika 9. Nathan Peats 10. Jaimin Jolliffe 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Keegan Hipgrave 13. Jai Arrow 

Bench: 14. Tanah Boyd 15. Tyrone Peachey 16. Jarrod Wallace 17. Sam Lisone

Reserves: 18. Erin Clark 19. Sam Stone 20. Jai Whitbread 21. AJ Brimson

Analysis: Next… 

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Saturday, 5.30pm, QCB Stadium, Townsville

Cowboys: 1. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Justin O’Neill 4. Connelly Lemuelu 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Daejarn Asi 7. Jake Clifford 8. Josh McGuire 9. Reece Robson 10. Jordan McLean 11. Shane Wright 12. Coen Hess 13. Jason Taumalolo

Bench: 14. Mitchell Dunn 15. Tom Gilbert 16. Gavin Cooper 17. Francis Molo

Reserves: 18. John Asiata 19. Ben Hampton 20. Esan Marsters 21. Jake Granville

Analysis: It was pleasing to see Jason Taumalolo back up to 72 minutes. He was big with 79 points, but could somebody please get the man an attacking stat!

The Hammer managed an okay 43 points. He’s now $312k with a breakeven of -4 and can likely be moved on next week barring a big score.

New owners would have been shattered to see Josh McGuire play just 56 minutes, however in that time he accrued a try-assist, 40 tackles and 16 runs, nice. The Moose now has a 5RA of 72PPG. Unfortunately he’ll miss this week due to suspension.

Raiders: 1. Jordan Rapana 2. Semi Valemei 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Curtis Scott 5. Nick Cotric 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Josh Papalii 9. Siliva Havili 10. Dunamis Lui 11. John Bateman 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Hudson Young

Bench: 14. Tom Starling 15. Joseph Tapine 16. Ryan Sutton 17. Corey Harawira-Naera

Reserves: 18. Sam Williams 19. Harley Smith-Shields 20. Kai O’Donnell 21. Matt Frawley

Analysis: John Bateman is one to watch and is a champion POD for the run home, but he’s not a buy for a couple of weeks at least. Josh Papalii again played an encouraging 59 minutes for 64 points. He was brilliant in actual NRL but didn’t go big in SuperCoach. He remains a tremendous buy in the FRF alongside Payne Haas.

Jordan Rapana is shockingly $258k!!! Oh how the mighty have fallen. At the price, I’d pay the extra $80k for him over a nuff and use him as a 5th/6th CTW option for friendly match ups or when injuries strike. But I wouldn’t be bringing in with an eye to scoring points as a regular in 17s.

He should play fullback for 2/3 weeks with CNK out injured.

CHN debuts for the Raiders off the bench.

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Saturday, 7.35pm, Lottoland, Sydney

Sea Eagles: 1. Brendan Elliot 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Brad Parker 4. Moses Suli 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Cade Cust 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Danny Levi 10. Martin Taupau 11. Joel Thompson 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic 

Bench: 14. Lachlan Croker 15. Corey Waddell 16. Sean Keppie 17. Taniela Paseka

Reserves: 18. Haumole Olakau’atu 19. Dylan Walker 20. Tevita Funa 21. Morgan Boyle

Analysis: Addin Fonua-Blake returned in style with a solid 69 points, although it was in a concerning 51 minutes. I don’t expect these will be his regular minutes going forward. With a breakeven of 108 he’s a great buy but it can wait a week. Marty Taupau was solid again with 62 points in just 45 minutes. He’s likely a sell next week to a genuine gun, possibly even front-row partner AFB. 

Panthers: 1. Caleb Aekins 2. Josh Mansour 3. Brent Naden 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Malakai Watene-Zelezniak 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. James Tamou 9. Mitch Kenny 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo

Bench: 14. Tyrone May 15. Spencer Leniu 16. Moses Leota 17. Billy Burns

Reserves: 18. Api Koroisau 19. Matt Burton 19. Zane Tetevano 20. Charlie Staines

Analysis: Penrith were expected to annihilate the Titans in dry conditions but failed to do so. The Panthers have a very easy draw for the remainder of the season, so I like plenty of their attacking weapons as buys.

Nathan Cleary scored just 51 but remains a must-have for any non-owners. Stephen Crichton produced 63 which included a try and linebreak. He’s getting out of range at $575k but remains a serious buy for anyone interested.

Jarome Luai continues to get it done just as he’s ready to be sold. He scored 62 and is now at $466k with a breakeven of 43. I like the idea of moving him on to Cleay/SJ/Munster etc. this week.

JFH played just 54 minutes for 44 points. I’ve said all year his minutes fluctuate too much to warrant buying, and last weekend was a prime example. At $467k Josh Mansour is ripe for picking and won’t let you down. 

Api Koroisau and Charlie Staines have both been named on the extended bench.


Sunday, 2pm, ANZ Stadium, Sydney

Bulldogs: 1. Nick Meaney 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Tim Lafai 4. Jake Averillo 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Kieran Foran 7. Lachlan Lewis 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Dylan Napa 11. Josh Jackson 12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 13. Luke Thompson

Bench: 14. Jack Cogger 15. Sione Katoa 16. Sauaso Sue 17. Ofahiki Ogden

Reserves: 19. Kerrod Holland 20. Renouf To’omaga 21. Chris Smith 22. Reimis Smith

Analysis: Every time RFM looks like a sell he dishes out the goods. This week it was 106 points thanks to a try, linebreak, 37 tackles and 19 runs. I’m not convinced he’s a keeper, but there’s certainly no need to sell anytime soon.

Who ever said Aiden Tolman doesn’t have a decent ceiling? The great man scored 117 with a try, linebreak, linebreak assist, 44 tackles and 24 runs in 65 minutes, woah… I’m still not tempted though.

Jake Averillo scored 58 to avoid any price drops. He has a breakeven of 43 and can likely be sold this week or next having made a very handy $160k.

Eels: 1. Clint Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Michael Jennings 4. Waqa Blake 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Ryan Matterson 13. Nathan Brown

Bench: 14. Andrew Davey 15. Marata Niukore 16. Kane Evans 17. Oregon Kaufusi

Reserves: 18. Brad Takairangi 19. Stefano Utoikamanu 20. David Gower 21. Will Smith

Analysis: Parramatta have a nice draw coming up with the Bulldogs, Sharks and Dragons in the next three weeks.

What do we do with Ryan Matterson? He’s been named, but with a breakeven of 127 and a history of concussions he’s a serious worry. If not for the history, the breakeven would be irrelevant, but he could go down at any minute as per last weekend.

I’ll decide later in the week, but he may well be a sell while the value is still there, I’m torn at this stage.

King Gutho scored 77, and while he has a breakeven of 107 it’s very achievable against the Dogs. Maika Sivo is very tempting having almost bottomed out at $540k.

I like the idea of buying and playing each week based on match ups, as he can go low with three scores under 30 this year. He can go 150+ on any given week and at low ownership that can be your ticket to huge surges up the leaderboard.

Mitch Moses scored 57 on return from injury and is an outrageous $407k. He’s another prime example of a guy you can pick and play purely on match ups.

In a 125 game NRL career RCG has never even registered in SuperCoach conversations. Now he boasts a 5RA of 84PPG.

In the last three weeks he’s played 68, 80 and 63 minutes. It’s likely these were injury affected, but regardless he’s proven to Brad Arthur he can excel with big game time. While I’m not going near him, at 8% ownership he’s a decent POD.

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Sunday, 4.05pm, Sunshine Coast Stadium

Storm: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Marion Seve 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 9. Cameron Smith 10. Christian Welch 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane 

Bench: 14. Brandon Smith 15. Tino Faasuamaleaui 16. Albert Vete 17. Tom Eisenhuth

Reserves: 18. Ryley Jacks 19. Nicho Hynes 20. Darryn Schonig 21. Jesse Bromwich

Analysis: Melbourne have a tough month ahead with games against the Knights, Dogs, Roosters and Eels. Ryan Papenhuyzen is finally doing what we knew he was capable of having scored three tons in the past five games.

However, the link between his scoring and Cam Munster’s absence is becoming clearer by the week. He recorded 91 points from attacking + evasive stats on Friday night. 56 of these points came in the 14 minutes Munster was off the field for a HIA (shout out to Worldwide Fantasy Club for the great spot).

With the tough draw ahead, and Papy’s ability to go fairly low this year, I’ll be avoiding at $588k. Cam Smith scored 110 to destroy Damien Cook in the week’s highly anticipated battle of the rakes.

Taking out his two recent games in the halves, Smith is averaging 89.4PPG this season, freak. Munster remains a must-have and he actually relishes the tough games.

Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Enari Tuala 3. Tautau Moga 4. Bradman Best 5. Hymel Hunt 6. Kurt Mann 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. David Klemmer 9. Chris Randall 10. Jacob Saifiti 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Aidan Guerra 13. Mitchell Barnett

Bench: 14. Phoenix Crossland 15. Josh King 16. Pasami Saulo 17. Herman Ese’ese

Reserves: 18. Tex Hoy 19. Jirah Momoisea 20. Mason Lino 21. Matt Croker

Analysis: While scoring just 66 points, I was seriously impressed with Kalyn Ponga in very non-SuperCoach friendly conditions against the Dogs. He’s a good buy this week, but with a breakeven of 29 and the tough Storm match up I’d probably wait until next week to get in if I didn’t own.

Kurt Mann is a shoe in for the SuperCoach Coaches’ award at season’s end. It’s not often he goes large, but boy he just keeps getting it done for owners. He moved to hooker mid-game last week as injuries struck. He scored 92 points with 49 tackles and a very classy try-assist.

Having scored 80 on debut with a record amount of tackles for a first gamer, Chris Randall is somewhat of an option having been named to replace Andrew McCullough at hooker.

He’s basement price at $171,900, and if he goes big this week it’ll make the hooking ranks interesting next weeks.

Injuries meant David Klemmer played the full 80 minutes. Unsurprisingly he went mental with 102 in base, including 49 tackles, 19 runs (all bar one over 8m), and three offloads. Don’t get too excited as he’ll likely revert to his regular 50-55 minute role where he’s only a solid buy.

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MPG = Minutes per game

PPG = Points per game

PPM= Points per minute

BPG = Base per game (point accrued in tackles + runs + missed tackles)

POD = Point of difference

3RA = Three round average

5RA = Five round average

BREAKEVEN (B/E) = The score a player must record to earn a price rise.

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