To begin the week, popular Supercoach players to already be confirmed out or are rated unlikely to play include:
Kalyn Ponga, Tohu Harris, Corey Horsburgh, Harry Grant, Cam Munster, Payne Haas, Reece Walsh, Jahrome Hughes and Reuben Garrick to name a few.
Then you add in players in doubt headlined by Joey Manu and Nicho Hynes, plus the Parramatta Eels bye, and I suspect there will be very few squads running out a squad of 17 this week.
While the Stallions will hopefully have 17 on deck this week (it’ll be tight), we haven’t been able to capitalise on a fairly deep roster unfortunately.
The season was summed up on Saturday afternoon, I was ready to vice captain loop Scott Drinkwater’s 120+ against the Dolphins, but I had Brendan Piakura sitting on my pine as the auto-emergency nightmare.
I was backing a big one from Joey Manu against the Tigers, so I flicked him the captain’s armband.
He lasted all of about 20 minutes before going off with a hamstring strain, only for Joseph Suaalii to going bonkers in his place at fullback!
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Not to worry, fortunately I wasn’t at the pointy end of the overall rankings anyway so the impact was minimal.
You’ve just got to ride the highs and lows of Supercoach because it always turns back around!
I did trade in Drinky and Daly Cherry-Evans for big tonnes as a silver lining to a tough week.
Of course, the majority of teams are out of trades and there’s no real discussion around sit v start, so I’ll be fairly brief below.
There will be plenty of SC Playbook season wrap up content next week, but this is the final squad breakdown of 2023, so thanks to anyone who’s had a read this season.
Let’s get stuck into the Round 27 analysis, with squads courtesy of Fox Sports.
Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Billy Smith 4. Joseph Manu 5. Joseph-Aukuso Suaalii 6. Luke Keary 7. Sam Walker 8. Fletcher Baker 9. Brandon Smith 10. Lindsay Collins 11. Siua Wong 12. Nat Butcher 13. Victor Radley 14. Sandon Smith 15. Egan Butcher 16. Terrell May 17. Angus Crichton 18. Corey Allan 19. Naufahu Whyte 20. Drew Hutchison 21. Fetalaiga Pauga 22. Dylan Napa
Analysis: James Tedesco has been named to return, while Joey Manu has also been named but remains in significant doubt with a hamstring injury.
Knights: 1. Lachlan Miller 2. Dominic Young 3. Enari Tuala 4. Bradman Best 5. Greg Marzhew 6. Tyson Gamble 7. Adam Clune 8. Jacob Saifiti 9. Fa’amanu Brown 10. Leo Thompson 11. Dylan Lucas 12. Brodie Jones 13. Adam Elliott 14. Riley Jones 15. Daniel Saifiti 16. Jack Hetherington 17. Mathew Croker 18. Jack Johns 19. Oryn Keeley 20. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 21. Jackson Hastings 22. David Armstrong
Analysis: Kalyn Ponga is out and is replaced by Lachie Miller who comes in for a great match-up with the Dragons and is likely to goal-kick, although Adam Clune is also an option.
Miller is a sneaky trade in option at centre, although Koula looks better at CTW.
With Ponga out, I’d avoid any left-field captaincy plays on Greg Marzhew.
Titans: 1. AJ Brimson 2. Alofiana Khan-Pereira 3. Brian Kelly 4. Aaron Schoupp 5. Jojo Fifita 6. Kieran Foran 7. Thomas Weaver 8. Moeaki Fotuaika 9. Chris Randall 10. Jaimin Jolliffe 11. David Fifita 12. Klese Haas 13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 14. Keano Kini 15. Kruise Leeming 16. Joe Stimson 17. Jacob Alick 18. Iszac Fa’asumaleaui 19. Jo Vuna 20. Tony Francis 21. Josiah Pahulu 22. Ken Maumalo
Analysis: David Fifita is a sneaky captaincy play this weekend and of course a buy option for anyone with a trade in hand, as is Tino Fa’asuamaleaui for anyone needing to replace Corey Horsburgh or Tohu Harris.
AJ Brimson is a POD option with a great home match-up with the leaky Bulldogs side.
Raiders: 1. Jordan Rapana 2. Sebastian Kris 3. Jack Wighton 4. Matthew Timoko 5. Nick Cotric 6. Matt Frawley 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Emre Guler 9. Zac Woolford 10. Joseph Tapine 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Corey Horsburgh 14. Tom Starling 15. Ata Mariota 16. Jarrod Croker 17. Hohepa Puru 18. Pasami Saulo 19. Albert Hopoate 20. Trey Mooney 21. Danny Levi 22. James Schiller
Analysis: Nothing overly Supercoach relevant here outside of Corey Horsburgh’s three match suspension that he’s fighting at the judiciary on Tuesday night.