Round 6 SC Studs and Duds

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Round six of the NRL Premiership has come and gone, and for over 100,000 Supercoach players, the game has most definitely broken us... well it has broken me more than Brokeback Mountain. 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 few of guns live up to their status, a ton of min-rangers surprise us all, and a few injuries destroy head-to-head games. Here, we will look at 3 studs and 3 duds of the NRL Supercoach round and see who impressed, as well as who failed.


Luke Brooks - 121 Points (Wests Tigers, $524,300, HFB)

The Tigers put their biggest win on the board this season and it reflected on the Supercoach scores, with both Tigers halves going over the ton. Luke Brooks will take the cake this week, with the most points in round 6. Two try assists, two line break assists, a try/line break combination, three forced drop outs and 25 points in base hit ups saw the Tigers half take the top spot. With only 2% of teams owning him, he could be a sneaky POD this week against Newcastle. 

James Maloney - 101 Points (Penrith, $589,000, 5/8)

The Panthers ran off the back of James Maloney and Dylan Edwards, with both of the scoring incredibly. Corey Harawira-Naira also tonned up, but the halfback for the Panthers stepped up this week. He provided a try assist/line break assist combination, had a second line break assist, four goals, six tackle busts, a field goal and two line breaks. He would have been closer to 110 if he didn't have 3 errors to his name. You could have gone with any of the three, but Maloney had his second ton in 3 weeks.

Jason Taumalolo - 100 Points (Nth Queensland, $569,600, 2RF)

Never trade a keeper. That is the sacred rule that most coaches follow, and I should have done the same last week. I traded the Cowboys bopper after averaging 50 in the first 5 weeks and he pulls out a ton against the doggies. He had over 60 in pure base stats, and that doesn't include his tackle busts or his linebreak. If he can keep pulling those scores out, he will be a fantastic buy... and a trade Chumpie will regret.


Bevan French - 4 Points (Parramatta, $290,200, FLB|CTW)

There always seems to be a CTW that gets some stupendously low score with 80 minutes of game time. This is not the first time that French has been here, with his points coming off 7 tackles, ONE hit up and 3 missed tackles. He has been dropped for this week, and that's fair considering his only hit up was in the 75th minute. He is becoming a cheapie/AE nightmare very quickly. 

Ashley Taylor - 8 Points (Gold Coast, $444,600, HFB)

12 points in negative statistics and a HIA was the issue for Ash Taylor here, although he still had 74 minutes to make an impact and he did nothing. His halves partner wasn't much better, with Michael Gordon stealing a few of the attacking stats. A trip to North Queensland will either see Taylor go bust or boom, it just depends on which Cowboys side shows up.

Paul Gallen - 10 Points (Cronulla, $558,200, 2RF)

I really hope that no one listened to me on this one, as hindsight tells me that it was a dreadful choice. Gallen is out for 3-6 weeks with a medial ligament injury, which would make him an immediate sell. He only had 13 minutes on the field, so he would've been on track for a solid 60+, but injuries do happen. He will be an interesting buy in the weeks after he comes back. He may still be a POD when he comes back, so watch this space. 



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