Round 8 SC Studs and Duds


Round nine 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 with the buys coming up. 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... as well as a LOT of downgrades. Here, we will look at 3 studs and 3 duds of the NRL Supercoach round and see who impressed, as well as who failed.

Studs

Josh Addo-Carr - 109 Points (Melbourne, $509,400, CTW)

The only man to crack 100 this week, Josh Addo-Carr has been on a massive try-scoring run in the last few games. In the last three games, Addo-Carr has scored six times. Last week, he managed another double to go with a try assist, three line breaks, 12 points in tackle busts and another 16 in hit ups. The Fox has another chance to get across the stripe against the Dragons, with an Origin berth on the line. 

Manu Ma'u - 97 Points (Parramatta, $550,300, 2RF)

One of Parramatta's best players on the field against the Tigers over the weekend, Ma'u translated that to the Supercoach field as well. Along with the try that he managed to grab (so a linebreak too), Ma'u racked up an impressive 37 tackles and 21 points in hit ups for 58 in pure base stats. If Ma'u can keep that up, he will be coming into a lot of sides in round 13. 

Martin Taupau - 97 Points (Manly, $539,600, FRF)

It did not seem like the best of games on the field for Taupau, but he made a huge impact on the Supercoach field. There were no scoring stats in his 97, with 30 points coming in offloads and tackle busts. That still leaves a very respectable 67 in pure base stats from just 62 minutes of work. That is worthy of a starting set and forget. 

Duds

Isaac Luke - 12 Points (Warriors, $529,800, HOK)

Injuries were the main talking point of the round here, and Isaac Luke was not exempt to this. It is rumoured that he will be out for at least a month, which leaves a few coaches in disarray as they looked to have a POD at hooker outside of Smith and Cook. It was a huge blow for the 4% of coaches who have him.

Cooper Cronk - 12 Points (Sydney, $369,000, HLB)

12 points in 80 minutes. Cooper Cronk is having a bit of a rough time adapting to the Sydney Roosters and it is reflecting on the Supercoach scores. He generally averages close to 40, which isn't fantastic to start with. To put into perspective as to how poorly he scored this weekend, Cronk had 14 points in tackles. Enough said. 

Pita Godinet - 13 Points (Wests Tigers, $206,000, HOK/HFB)

For someone who plays as a hooker for the majority of the time, 13 points is absolutely atrocious. He had 22 points in tackles, but that was it. No hit ups, no offloads, no tackle busts, not a single thing. The rest was negative points based on missed tackles, errors and penalties. No wonder he was dropped when Josh Reynolds came back. 

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