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NRL Spherical 1 2023 groups reside: KFC SuperCoach groups evaluation forward of opening week

KFC SuperCoach plans have been turned the other way up following quite a few shocks within the spherical one groups. Take a look at Tom Sangster’s full evaluation.

Journeyman Brayden Wiliame has emerged as the largest bolter from round one teams day after scoring a beginning centre spot for the Warriors.

The information is bound to see the previous Eels, Sea Eagles, Dragons and Catalans participant surge from simply 5.2 per cent possession.

The 30-year-old performed centre in each trials and notched and impressive 48 KFC SuperCoach points within the first pre-season sport with out scoring a strive.

His most important attacking stats got here from a linebreak, strive help and sort out bust.

Whereas Wiliame has by no means managed to nail down an NRL spot long-term, he clearly has the belief of latest Warriors coach Andrew Webster and has the added KFC SuperCoach bonus of twin place flexibility between again row and centre, all whereas beginning at only a tick above backside greenback.



* J’maine Hopgood, Paul Alamoti, Stefano Utoikamanu, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad – I’ve talked about these guys endlessly in the course of the pre-season and the predictions fortunately got here true. Simply lock them in. Extra information here and here.

* Isaiya Katoa – The 18-year-old prodigy has ousted Anthony Milford for a Dolphins halves spot in large information for KFC SuperCoaches. The Dolphins hardly loom as an attacking powerhouse, however he’s in for Sangster’s Paradise following some very elegant touches within the trials.

* Sunia Turuva – Looms as one of many cheapies of the season after scoring the vacant wing spot of Taylan Could (ACL, season) on the high-scoring Panthers. Turuva edged out younger gun Jess McLean for the spot.

* Alofiana Khan-Pereira – One of many revelations of the pre-season with six tries in two video games, AKP has scored a wing spot on the Titans as anticipated and is subsequently a lock for KFC SuperCoach sides. Am I frightened concerning the returns of Brian Kelly (suspension, spherical three) and Patrick Herbert (knee, indefinite)? It’s crossed my thoughts however each are primarily centres and Khan-Pereira is a specialist winger, so job safety is fairly stable for a man with such upside.

* Davvy Moale – Scores a bench spot for the Rabbitohs and subsequently the fourth FRF spot for Sangster’s Paradise forward of Franklin Pele (extra under). The return of Hame Sele (calf, spherical two) is a crimson flag, however cheapies at prop are few and much between and Moale is the very best of the lot.

* Jackson Ford – Got here into TLT at simply 3.5 per cent possession however must be at 30 per cent. Named to start out on the sting for the Warriors after a superb pre-season. Lock him in.

* William Warbrick – Has received a wing spot on the Storm as anticipated and can maintain the spot for a minimum of three weeks till George Jennings returns. However happening Warbrick’s sensible pre-season (73 SuperCoach factors within the ultimate trial together with a strive, linebreak and an enormous seven sort out busts) the spot seems his to lose.

* Reimis Smith – Hardly probably the most fancy purchase at 10 per cent possession, however Smith begins low-cost after an injury-ruined season and performs centre on the attacking juggernaut that’s the Storm. That alone places him forward of many similar-priced gamers on the place.

* Harley Smith-Shields – My POD of the yr. Solely at 1.2 per cent possession coming into TLT, Smith-Shields has scored a centre spot on the Raiders and is theoretically locked in till spherical eight when Savage is again. This child is a critical participant however hasn’t had a stable run at first grade as a result of a string of accidents.


* Tom Trbojevic – The most effective participant in KFC SuperCoach when match. Confirmed to return from a hamstring damage for the Sea Eagles and subsequently confirmed for my facet at an outrageously low value after an injury-ruined season. The spherical two bye is only a minor inconvenience.

* Brandon Smith – Whereas the person himself says he received’t play 80 minutes, he nonetheless seems set for large sport time with specialist hooker Jake Turpin named out of the 17 and Drew Hutchison scoring the bench utility function. Owned by greater than half of KFC SuperCoaches and will go massive within the opening two rounds towards the Dolphins and Warriors

* Franklin Pele – A couple of components right here. The damage to Luke Thompson (foot, six months) opens up center sport time on the Bulldogs and Pele is little doubt a beneficiary. That mentioned, the returns of Tevita Pangai Jnr (calf, spherical 4) and the highly-rated Chris Patolo may see Pele lose his spot or see lowered minutes. Dangerous FRF purchase, however the place is hardly flushed with nice cheapies.


* Nicho Hynes – Out for spherical one with a calf damage and subsequently out for Sangster’s Paradise. With so many gun purchases having byes within the opening rounds – Turbo in spherical two, Nathan Cleary in spherical three, James Tedesco in spherical 4 – he’s one I simply can’t carry for now. Hynes to Tanah Boyd may be very common, whereas Tom Dearden is the POD buy (with the suitable duals) given the Cowboys have an outrageously straightforward run to start out the season.

* Josh Schuster – Previously the most well-liked participant in KFC SuperCoach, Schuster is out till spherical three with an ankle damage. However he’s nonetheless a stable stash at both five-eighth or again row. Sport time is ready to extend from 43 minutes final yr as a bench participant to 80 minutes as a beginning five-eighth.

* Ben Murdoch-Masila – He’s a no for me. The Dragons are on bye in spherical one and BMM may simply lose his spot in spherical two to Jack Chook (knee), who’s due again from damage. Lure.

* Valynce Te Whare – Extraordinarily common pre-season purchase has missed the squad for the Dolphins. One to maintain up your sleeve for later.

* Ray Stone – We have been hoping Stone would rating the lock spot however he’s been relegated to the bench for spherical one. Keep away from for now however one to observe.

* Jack Howarth – The Storm younger gun sat at over 30 per cent possession at one stage this pre-season however couldn’t rating a spot in Melbourne’s spherical one squad even with 9 accidents.



Thursday 2 March, CommBank Stadium, 7:50pm

Eels: 1. Clint Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Will Penisini 4. Waqa Blake 5. Bailey Simonsson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Junior Paulo 11. Bryce Cartwright 12. Matt Doorey 13. J’maine Hopgood

Bench: 14. Jirah Momoisea 15. Jack Murchie 16. Wiremu Greig 17. Makahesi Makatoa

Reserves: 18. Jake Arthur, 19. Ky Rodwell, 20 Ofahiki Ogden 21 Mitch Rein 22 Isaac Lumelume

Workforce information: There was some respite for Brad Arthur when Parramatta’s damage disaster was eased by the return of centre Waqa Blake (arm), winger Maika Sivo (knee), Matt Doorey (ankle) and Bryce Cartwright (jaw). Doorey and Cartwright will make-up a brand new back-row mixture towards Melbourne on Thursday after Shaun Lane was sidelined with a damaged jaw. Jack Murchie and Jirah Momoisea are on the bench.

Storm: 1. Nick Meaney 2. William Warbrick 3. Reimis Smith 4. Younger Tonumaipea 5. Xavier Coates 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 9. Harry Grant 10. Christian Welch 11. Trent Loiero 12. Eliesa Katoa 13. Josh King

Bench: 14. Tyran Wishart 15. Alec Mac Donald 16. Chris Lewis 17 Jordan Grant

Reserves: 18 – 19 Grant Anderson, 20 Bronson Garlick 20 Sualauvi Faalogo 21 Joe Chan 22 Jonah Pezet

Workforce information: Damage and participant exits have compelled Storm coach Craig Bellamy into naming a brand new look facet. Younger Tonumaipea is at centre for Justin Olam (damaged arm), whereas Will Warbrick’s robust trial kind is rewarded with a spot on the wing. Trent Loiero and recruit Eliesa Katoa get first crack at changing Kenny Bromwich and Felise Kaufusi within the back-row.


Friday 3 March, Sky Stadium, Wellington, 6:00pm

Warriors: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Brayden Williame 4. Adam Pompey 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Te Maire Martin 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Wayde Egan 10. Mitch Barnett 11. Marata Niukore 12. Jackson Ford 13. Tohu Harris

Bench: 14. Dylan Walker 15. Bunty Afoa 16. Josh Curran 17. Tom Ale

Reserves: 18. Viliami Vailea 20. Freddy Lussick 21. Ronald Volkmnan 22. Taine Tuaupiki 23. Edward Kosi

Workforce information: Rookie coach Andrew Webster has rolled out his low season buys with forwards Marata Niukore and Mitch Barnett, fullback Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad and five-eighth Te Maire Martin to start out, as Dylan Walker assumes his function in No.14.

Knights: 1. Lachlan Miller 2. Hymel Hunt 3. Enari Tuala 4. Bradman Finest 5. Dom Younger 6. Kalyn Ponga 7. Jackson Hastings 8. Daniel Saifiti 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Jacob Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 13. Kurt Mann

Bench: 14. Phoenix Crossland 15. Adam Elliott 16. Jack Hetherington 17. Leo Thompson

Reserves: 18. Jack Johns 19. Tyson Gamble 20. Brodie Jones 21. Dylan Lucas 22. Bailey Hodgson

Workforce information: Enari Tuala has changed Dane Gagai (hamstring) at centre for Newcastle towards the Warriors on Friday evening. As anticipated, Kalyn Ponga will put on the No.6 jumper alongside halfback Jackson Hastings with Lachlan Miller at fullback. Adam Elliott (ankle) and Jack Hetherington (shoulder) will play off the bench.


Friday 3 March, BlueBet Stadium, 8:05pm

Panthers: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Sunia Turuva 3. Izack Tago 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Moses Leota 9. Mitch Kenny 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Luke Garner 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo

Bench: 14. Soni Luke 15. Scott Sorensen 16. Spencer Leniu 17. Jaeman Salmon

Reserves: 18 Zac Hosking 19 Matt Eisenhuth 20 Tyrone Peachey 21 Jack Cogger 22 Lindsay Smith

Workforce information: Sunia Turuva has overwhelmed Jesse McLean to Taylan Could’s (ACL) wing spot for Penrith’s conflict towards Brisbane. Luke Garner is favoured over Zac Hosking to exchange Viliame Kikau within the backrow. Ahead Liam Martin (knee) and fullback Dylan Edwards (hamstring) have been cleared to take the sector.

Broncos: 1. Selwyn Cobbo 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Jesse Arthars 6. Ezra Mam 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Corey Jensen 9. Billy Walters 10. Payne Haas 11. Kurt Capewell 12. Jordan Riki 13. Pat Carrigan

Bench: 14. Cory Paix 15. Keenan Palasia 16. Thomas Flegler 17 Martin Taupau

Reserves: 18 Deine Mariner 19 Brendan Piakura 20 Xavier Willison 21 Josk Madden 22 Delouise Hoeter

Workforce information: Kevin Walters has crammed Selwyn Cobbo’s wing spot with Jesse Arthars, and the previous will line-up at fullback for Reece Walsh (facial fracture). Cory Paix, Keenan Palasia, Martin Taupau and Thomas Flegler are on the pine.


Saturday 4 March, 4 Pines Park, 3:00pm

Sea Eagles: 1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Christian Tuipulotu 3. Brad Parker 4. Tolutau Koula 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Cooper Johns 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Taniela Paseka 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Jake Trbojevic 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Kelma Tuilagi 13. Sean Keppie

Bench: 14. Kaeo Weekes 15. Ben Trbojevic 16. Ethan Bullemor 17. Josh Aloiai

Reserves: 18. Toafofoa Sipley, 19. Ben Condon, 20. Raymond Tuaimalo Vaega, 21. Morgan Harper, 22. Gordon Chan Kum Tong

Workforce information: Tom Trbojevic takes flight for Manly for the primary time in 9 months, whereas fullback-in-waiting Kaeo Weekes has scored a utility function on Saturday towards Canterbury. Josh Schuster (calf) is out with Cooper Johns to companion Daly Cherry-Evans within the halves.

Bulldogs: 1. Hayze Perham 2. Jacob Kiraz 3. Jake Averillo 4. Paul Alamoti 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Matt Burton 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Max King 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Ryan Sutton 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 13. Fa’amanu Brown

Bench: 14. Jayden Tanner 15. Corey Waddell 16. Franklin Pele 17. Jacob Preston

Reserves: 19. Braidon Burns, 20. Josh Reynolds, 21. Andrew Davey, 22. Jackson Topine, 23. Jayden Okunbor

Workforce information: Cameron Ciraldo was compelled to scramble to discover a substitute for ahead Luke Thompson after the English ahead broke down with an ankle damage at coaching on Tuesday.

Fa’amanu Brown takes over at lock however an exemption was wanted to call Jayden Tanner on the bench, the place is joined by Franklin Pele and Jacob Preston. Star signings Viliame Kikau and Reed Mahoney are set to go, teen prodigy Paul Alamoti will debut, whereas Ciraldo has opted to stay with Hayze Perham at fullback regardless of a lacklustre effort in week two of the trials.


Saturday 4 March, Queensland Nation Financial institution Stadium, 5:30pm

Cowboys: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Valentine Holmes 4. Peta Hiku 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Tom Dearden 7. Chad Townsend 8. Jordan McLean 9. Reece Robson 10. Reuben Cotter 11. Coen Hess 12. Jeremiah Nanai 13. Jason Taumalolo

Bench: 14. Jake Granville 15. Griffin Neame 16. Mitchell Dunn 17. James Tamou

Reserves: 18. Brendan Elliot 19. Riley Value 20. Tom Chester 21 Gehamat Shibasaki 22. Kulikefu Finefeuiaki

Workforce information: The posh of roster stability has meant Cowboys coach Todd Payten has made one change to the beginning facet from final yr’s preliminary ultimate. Coen Hess has been named within the backrow. Veteran James Tamou and Jack Gosiewski will come off the bench.

Raiders: 1. Sebastian Kris 2. Nick Cotric 3. Matthew Timoko 4. Harley Smith-Shields 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Pasami Saulo 9. Danny Levi 10. Joseph Tapine 11. Hudson Younger 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Corey Harawira-Naera

Bench: 14. Tom Starling 15. Ata Mariota 16. Corey Horsburgh 17. Emre Guler

Reserves: 18 Albert Hopoate 19 Matt frawley 20 Zac Woolford 21. Trey Mooney 22 Peter Hola

Workforce information: Seb Kris has been given the job to exchange Xavier Savage (jaw) at fullback forward of winger Jordan Rapana. Canberra coach Ricky Stuart has handed Danny Levi the beginning hooker function, whereas Pasami Saulo is in for Josh Papalii (calf) at beginning prop.


Saturday 4 March, PointsBet Stadium, 7:35pm

Sharks: 1. William Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Jesse Ramien 4. Siosifa Talakai 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Matt Moylan 7. Braydon Trindall 8. Toby Rudolf 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Braden Hamlin-Uele 11. Briton Nikora 12. Teig Wilton 13. Dale Finucane

Bench: 14. Cameron McInnes 15. Wade Graham 16. Oregon Kaufusi 17. Jack Williams

Reserves: 18. Connor Tracey 19. Mawene Hiroti 20. Thomas Hazelton 21. Jayden Berrell 22. Niwhai Puru

Workforce information: Cronulla have suffered an enormous blow with Dally M participant of the yr Nicho Hynes succumbing to a calf damage. Braydon Trindall will substitute him at halfback. Oregon Kaufusi will debut for the membership from the bench, whereas Braden Hamlin-Uele is available in for Royce Hunt (elbow).

Rabbitohs: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Alex Johnston 3. Isaiah Tass 4. Campbell Graham 5. Izaac Thompson 6. Cody Walker 7. Lachlan Ilias 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Prepare dinner 10. Tom Burgess 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jai Arrow 13. Cameron Murray.

Bench: 14. Blake Taaffe 15. Michael Chee-Kam 16. Davvy Moale 17. Shaq Mitchell

Reserves: 18. Jed Cartwright 19. Terrell Kalo Kalo 20. Ben Lovett 21. Daniel Suluka-Fifita 22. Josiah Karapani

Workforce information: Late bloomer Izaac Thompson has acquired the nod on the wing with Taane Milne serving a one sport ban. Blake Taaffe will get a shot to cement a utility function after he was named at No.14.


Sunday 5 March, Suncorp Stadium, 4.05pm

Dolphins: 1. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 2. Jamayne Isaako 3. Euan Aitken 4. Brenko Lee 5. Tesi Niu 6. Isaiya Katoa 7. Sean O’Sullivan 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Jarrod Wallace 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenny Bromwich 13. Tom Gilbert 14. Herman Ese’ese 15. Mark Nicholls 16. Ray Stone 17. Kurt Donoghoe 18. Connelly Lemuelu 19. Poasa Faamausili 20. Mason Teague 21. Anthony Milford 22. Robert Jennings

Workforce information: Dolphins coach Wayne Bennett has pulled the set off on Isaiya Katoa and named the growth playmaker to start out at five-eighth forward of Anthony Milford towards the Roosters. He isn’t the one former Penrith participant to debut, Jersey Flegg premiership Kurt Donoghue will come off the bench. Ray Stone is again after struggling an ACL damage in spherical three final season enjoying for Parramatta.

Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Joseph Suaalii 4. Corey Allan 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Luke Keary 7. Sam Walker 8. Lindsay Collins 9. Brandon Smith 10. Matthew Lodge 11. Egan Butcher 12. Nat Butcher 13. Victor Radley 14. Drew Hutchison 15. Fletcher Baker 16. Naufahu Whyte 17. Terrell Could 18. Jake Turpin 19. Tuku Hau Tapuha 20. Sandon Smith 21. Siua Wong 22. Junior Pauga

Workforce information: Star Tricolours centre Joey Manu hasn’t recovered from a facial fracture and is changed by Corey Allan. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (again) can also be out. On the sting, Nat Butcher will present cowl whereas Angus Crichton is on private go away. However in higher information, Luke Keary has overcome a jaw damage and can line-up alongside Sam Walker. Brandon Smith has been named at hooker however has conceded he would possibly battle to get by 80 minutes and that the lack of Connor Watson has affected the facet’s plans going into the brand new season. Robinson has once more leaned on the dependable Drew Hutchison because the back-up dummy half in No.14.


Sunday 5 March, Leichhardt Oval, 6:15pm

Tigers: 1. Daine Laurie 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Brent Naden 4. Tommy Talau 5. Charlie Staines 6. Adam Doueihi 7. Luke Brooks 8. Stefano Utoikamanu 9. Api Koroisau 10. David Klemmer 11. Isaiah Papali’I 12. Shawn Blore 13. Joe Ofahengaue

Bench: 14. Jake Simpkin 15. Alex Twal 16. Fonua Pole 17. Asu Kepaoa

Reserves: 18. Alex Seyfarth, 19. Starford Toa, 20. Brandon Wakeham, 21. Justin Matamua, 22. Junior Tupou

Workforce information: The brand new period on the Wests Tigers formally kicks off towards the Titans with new skipper Api Koroisau poised to guide the facet, that features Luke Brooks (calf) at halfback, for the primary time. David Klemmer and Isaiah Papali’i’ve been named however there isn’t a signal of John Bateman. After lacking the 2022 season with ACL accidents, centre Tommy Talau and backrower Shawn Blore have been given the all clear to return. Spectacular within the trials, Junior Tupou is unfortunate to overlook out on a wing spot to Charlie Staines.

Titans: 1. AJ Brimson 2. Alofiana Khan-Pereira 3. Aaron Schoupp 4. Phillip Sami 5. JoJo Fifita 6. Kieran Foran 7. Tanah Boyd 8. Jaimin Jolliffe 9. Sam Verrills 10. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui (C) 11. David Fifita 12. Beau Fermor 13. Isaac Liu

Bench: 14. Jayden Campbell 15. Erin Clark 16. Moeaki Fotuaika 17. Joe Stimson

Reserves: 18. Sam McIntyre, 19. Keano Kini, 20. Chris Randall, 21. Klese Haas, 22. Treymain Spry

Workforce information: 5-eighth Kieran Foran headlines a brand new look backbone with Tanah Boyd at halfback, AJ Brimson at fullback and Sam Verrills at hooker.

BYE: Dragons

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