NRL Supercoach Studs and Duds - Round 1

Round one of the NRL Premiership has come and gone, and for over 100,000 Supercoach players, the boredom has finally left. Thousands of Supercoaches have spent hours trying to sort their teams, picking the right balance of guns, cheapies and points of differences to get as many vital points as possible. We had a ton of guns live up to their status, a ton of cheapies prove their worth and a bunch of players fail. Here, in a new series, we will look at 3 studs and 3 duds of the NRL Supercoach round and see who impressed, as well as who failed.


Gareth Widdop - 106 Points (5/8, St George, $647,900)

A lot of coaches were worried that Widdop would not be able to re-create his attacking form from last year with the introduction of Ben Hunt in the halves. but that idea was put on ice. Two try assists and seven goals, along with a line break and three line break assists set the tone for Widdop to make some cash in the first price rise in round 3. Coaches will be hoping that he can continue to produce these types of attacking stats, because his base stats were poor against the Broncos. 

Cameron Munster - 101 Points (FLB 5/8, Melbourne, $593,100)

More questions were being asked of Munster coming into the season, and if he was worth splashing all the cash considering the questions about where he will play. We still don't have a proper answer to that, with Slater to come back this weekend but what we do know is that Munster should be at fullback when Slater retires. Three try assists as well as two line breaks and a line break assist helped his cause, with 40 points in pure base stats a lovely sight. Here is hoping that he can keep this up, with the news being that he will be named at 5/8. 

Viliame Kikau - 88 Points (2RF, Penrith, $192,800)

The best performing cheapie of the round, Kikau had a barn-storming performance against the Parramatta Eels. He was able to get across the line, as well as breaking the line twice. He also had five tackle busts, along with a line break assist. The issue here is that Kikau had some measly base stats, despite coming off the bench. He was a great round one purchase, but he could be a quick sell after round 6. 


James Maloney - 3 Points (5/8, Penrith, $463,400)

Nathan Cleary would have been the fourth player on the studs list if it was going to be longer, but his partner in Maloney is number one on the duds. No 80 minute player should get three total points, period. Maloney had 6 missed tackles, 2 errors and only 13 points in base stats. I feel for those who captained Maloney, because he was never meant to be a Supercoach gun. This just proves it. 

Sione Katoa - 10 Points (CTW, Cronulla, $164,600)

Not exactly a dud due to the actions of himself, Katoa had to be taken off after suffering a fractured jaw during the Sharks game against the Cowboys. He had two tackle busts, three hit ups and a few tackles but he was not as productive as most thought he would be. The rumour is that he will be out for anywhere from 6-12 weeks so the dilemma is whether you hold and use as a loophole, or sell for another cheapie. Chumpie is holding, for now. 

Tim Lafai - 16 Points (CTW, St George, $575,400)

Lafai was brought into ChumpiesChamps as a potential POD and instead turned out to be a dud. Granted, not a lot of the attack went down his side but he missed two crucial tackles that left James Roberts free and he did not look like he wanted to get involved at all. He had 23 in base stats and -6 with errors/penalties. He has the Sharks up next so it is hard to justify trading him but he will be a sell come round 3 if he doesn't score well this week. 



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