Updated! Team lists: Supercoach round 19 squad analysis

2019 NRL Supercoach champion Dez Creek analyses the squads dropped for round 19 of the 2023 season.


Round 19 is here folks, and it sure is a doozy. Tim Williams was so scared to face this round that he’s literally flown halfway across the world to try escape its wrath, but unfortunately for Tim this is a game where you can neither run nor hide.

Precisely what we didn’t want to happen has happened. Strike away Clint Gutherson, Cody Walker, Keaon Koloamatangi, Corey Horsburgh, AJ Brimson and potentially J’maine Hopgood (18th man) from your bye planning numbers… Ouch.

All the planning in the world couldn’t have saved you from this sort of Freddy Fitler induced carnage, but hopefully the extra trade, or maybe even a trade boost if you were savvy enough to hold onto one, can help most Supercoaches out there scrape together something resembling 13 decent players this week.

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Turbo Irvo managed 1467 this week, which I thought was going to be some solid green arrows until Kalyn Ponga scored 180 on Sunday afternoon.

I was the only SC Playbook contributor to start the season with KP as I felt a bounce back season was due, but after copping a HIA early in Round 2 and serving up 1pt for me I had to give him the boot and not look back.

Anyways enough whinging, you’re either a genius and own Ponga and Drinkwater, or you’re not playing Supercoach very well and must take some personal responsibility for your poor decision making, and I’m unfortunately in the latter camp.

Sitting 1680th overall, the top 500 still feels like an attainable goal, however my trades are starting to run low (single figures) and my team value is starting to stagnate.

Round 19 squad lists courtesy of Fox Sports.

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Thursday, 7:50pm, CommBank Stadium, Sydney

Tigers: 1. Jahream Bula 2. Asu Kepaoa 3. Starford To’a 4. Tommy Talau 5. Junior Tupou 6. Daine Laurie 7. Brandon Wakeham 8. Stefano Utoikamanu 9. Jake Simpkin 10. David Klemmer 11. Isaiah Papali’i 12. John Bateman 13. Fonua Pole 14. Tallyn Da Silva 15. Shawn Blore 16. Alex Seyfarth 17. Aistasi James 18. Justin Matamua 19. Will Smith 20. Triston Reilly 21. Brandon Tumeth 22. Josh Feledy

Analysis: Yikes, what more can you say? I saw a meme straight after the game showing the Tigers vs Cowboys Leichardt result from 6 weeks ago and an UNO Reverse card, and I think that sums it up perfectly.

I don’t want to sit here and call the Tigers hopeless, but someone has to do it right? I own both John Bateman and Isaiah Papali’i in my 2RF but after a performance like that I’m seriously second guessing my convictions that both are keepers.

Bateman got hooked after 55 minutes and didn’t return, so that’s something to watch moving forward, but I suspect it was just an anomaly based on the scoreline.

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Sharks: 1. William Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Jesse Ramien 4. Siosifa Talakai 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Matt Moylan 7. Nicho Hynes 8. Oregon Kaufusi 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Toby Rudolf 11. Briton Nikora 12. Teig Wilton 13. Cameron McInnes 14. Jack Williams 15. Wade Graham 16. Jesse Colquhoun 17. Thomas Hazelton 18. Connor Tracey 19. Braydon Trindall 20. Tuku Hau Tapuha 21. Mawene Hiroti 22. Jayden Berrell

Analysis: The Sharks will be licking their chops after seeing what the Tigers served up in defence last week.

There’s one man I have my eye on for Supercoach record watch this week. A measly 156 last week for Nicho Hynes could look miniscule to what he puts on this week if the Sharks get rolling.

Will Kennedy remains a solid option at fullback and has now slipped back under 600k, which is absolute bargain price for a player averaging 70.

Ronaldo Mulitalo and Siosifa Talakai continue to put their best foot forward as potential CTW keepers, with both having the potential to go 120+ this week, you’d be sweating as a non-owner that’s for sure.

Briton Nikora continues to churn out insanely good scores and will continue to threaten the try line for the foreseeable future.

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Friday, 8pm, WIN Stadium, Wollongong

Dragons: 1. Paul Turner 2. Mathew Feagai 3. Moses Suli 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Talatau Amone 7. Jayden Sullivan 8. Francis Molo 9. Jacob Liddle 10. Blake Lawrie 11. Ben Murdoch-Masila 12. Jaydn Su’A 13. Jack de Belin 14. Moses Mbye 15. Michael Molo 16. Toby Couchman 17. Dan Russell 18. Sione Finau 19. Ryan Couchman 20. Zane Musgrove 21. Max Feagai 22. Billy Burns

Analysis: Not much to say about the Dragons, essentially zero Supercoach relevant players heading into the endgame.

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Raiders: 1. Sebastian Kris 2. Albert Hopoate 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Matthew Timoko 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Emre Guler 9. Zac Woolford 10. Joseph Tapine 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Ata Mariota 14. Tom Starling 15. Trey Mooney 16. Nick Cotric 17. Peter Hola 18. Matt Frawley 19. Danny Levi 20. Hohepa Puru 21. Xavier Savage 22. Clay Webb

Analysis: Corey Horsburgh is a big loss for owners due to the safe 70pts he all but guarantees on a week in week out basis, but fair credit to the man, he 100% deserves the call up to represent his state.

Hudson Young misses game 3 selection for the Blues and is a big in for the Raiders and owners who held on.

Joe Tapine owners can expect to see an increase in minutes this week, and if there was ever a time big Taps goes over for a meat pie – you’d think this week is as good a chance as any.

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Saturday, 3pm, CommBank, Sydney

Eels: 1. Sean Russell 2. Maika Sivo 3. Viliami Penisini 4. Bailey Simonsson 5. Isaac Lumelume 6. Ryan Matterson 7. Daejarn Asi 8. Ofahiki Ogden 9. Brendan Hands 10. Junior Paulo 11. Bryce Cartwright 12. Andrew Davey 13. J’maine Hopgood 14. Luca Moretti 15. Joe Ofahengaue 16. Shaun Lane 17. Makahesi Makatoa 18. Haze Dunster 19. Waqa Blake 20. Ky Rodwell 21. Matt Doorey 22. Jack Murchie

Analysis: Goodbye King Gutho, hello darkness my old friend. This will be the sentiment of many Supercoaches who purchased Gutherson over the last couple of weeks in anticipation of a big Round 19 bolster to your Supercoach score, myself included.

He’s probably a hold for most people but I can definitely see the merit in cashing in that close to 900k and diversifying the funds across other positions for this bye round.

J’Maine Hopgood has been named in a boost for owners.

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Warriors: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Rocco Berry 4. Adam Pompey 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Luke Metcalf 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Wayde Egan 10. Bunty Afoa 11. Jackson Ford 12. Mitchell Barnett 13. Tohu Harris 14. Dylan Walker 15. Bayley Sironen 16. Tom Ale 17. Freddy Lussick 18. Brayden Wiliame 20. Ronald Volkman 21. Kalani Going 22. Zyon Maiu’u 23. Taine Tuaupik

Analysis: After a torrid wet game against the Bunnies last week you can probably expect to see a big bounceback game from all the Warriors stars who underperformed last week.

DWZ and CNK are both in career best form and are serious trade in options this week for non-owners as both have enormous ceilings that can kill you in a bye round like this.

SJ and AFB are the other two players of interest who both had their worst games of the season last week by a long shot, they’ll be out for blood you best believe it. Beware though, SJ may be a late out pending the birth of his second child.

Tohu Harris and Jackson Ford continue to plug along nicely for owners and should secure 50-60pts this week which might prove to be extremely valuable.

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Saturday, 7:35pm, Accor Stadium, Sydney

Rabbitohs: 1. Blake Taaffe 2. Alex Johnston 3. Isaiah Tass 4. Taane Milne 5. Tyrone Munro 6. Dean Hawkins 7. Lachlan Ilias 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Siliva Havili 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Ben Lovett 12. Michael Chee Kam 13. Shaq Mitchell 14. Peter Mamouzelos 15. Tallis Duncan 16. Davvy Moale 17. Hame Sele 18. Richard Kennar 19. Josiah Karapani 20. Daniel Suluka-Fifita 21. Liam Knight 22. Jacob Gagai

Analysis: Big news for the bunnies with Cody Walker and Keaon Koloamatangi both getting the game 3 call up for NSW.

Walker owners especially will be scratching their heads wondering whether Freddy has a personal vendetta against them. Koloamatangis selection on the other hand was a little more predictable.

With no Damien Cook and Cameron Murray to boot, this game will be way more up in the air than initially expected.

Richard Kennar has been replaced by Tyrone Munro in a blow for owners.

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Bulldogs: 1. Jake Averillo 2. Jacob Kiraz 3. Braidon Burns 4. Jackson Topine 5. Blake Wilson 6. Matt Burton 7. Toby Sexton 8. Max King 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Ryan Sutton 11. Jayden Okunbor 12. Jacob Preston 13. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 14. Kyle Flanagan 15. Kurtis Morrin 16. Tevita Pangai Junior 17. Harrison Edwards 19. Reece Hoffman 20. Karl Oloapu 21. Jeral Skelton 22. Ethan Quai-Ward 23. Chris Patolo

Analysis: Steer clear of the Bulldogs for the time being. Jacob Preston continues to score reasonably well; however I believe he is a sell after this round to any of the higher upside second rowers in one of the stronger teams

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Sunday, 4:05pm, Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast

Titans: 1. Jayden Campbell 2. Alofiana Khan-Pereira 3. Brian Kelly 4. Aaron Schoupp 5. Phillip Sami 6. Kieran Foran 7. Tanah Boyd 8. Jaimin Jolliffe 9. Sam Verrills 10. Iszac Fa’asumaleaui 11. Klese Haas 12. Joe Stimson 13. Isaac Liu 14. Chris Randall 15. Erin Clark 16. Jojo Fifita 17. Jacob Alick 18. Thomas Mikaele 19. Keano Kini 20. Kruise Leeming 21. Ken Maumalo 22. Tony Francis

Analysis: Titans are missing their big 4 this week in Brimson, Tino, Fifita and Fotuaika. And unfortunately, these players are basically all the supercoach relevance out of the gold coast in one small bundle package.

David Fifita is a must have from Round 20 onwards provided that he backs up from origin (to START, not off the bench).

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Dolphins: 1. Kodi Nikorima 2. Jamayne Isaako 3. Euan Aitken 4. Valynce Te Whare 5. Tesi Niu 6. Isaiya Katoa 7. Sean O’Sullivan 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Herman Ese’ese 11. Connelly Lemuelu 12. Kenny Bromwich 13. Ray Stone 14. Josh Kerr 15. Mark Nicholls 16. Anthony Milford 17. Jarrod Wallace 18. Max Plath 19. Harrison Graham 20. Poasa Faamausili 21. Brenko Lee 22. Kurt Donoghoe

Jamayne Isaako should be the only Dolphins player on anyone’s radar moving forward. 50 last week (first sub 60 score in 8 rounds) means he drops to a reasonable price of 720k, and as a non-owner myself, entices me this week as a solid bye number and CTW keeper for the run home.

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