Week 5 Top Scorer – Wes Goosen 54 points (2% owned)
So with Wildcard in Cape Town for a month, I’m writing these as well for the next few weeks. Here’s my take-aways from the weekend.
First up, an apology. I transferred in and captained Laumape this week. In a game that had points galore for some Hurricanes, Laumape just didn’t get much ball. The canes should have put that game to bed by half-time, but in a very traditionally Hurricansey performance, failed to put them to the sword. Anyway, Lauampe should have been a banker this weekend goning against the 2nd worst tackling team in the comp, but obviously that’s all on me.
- Damian McKenzie at 15 is a completely different fantasy proposition, kick-starting his year in style. Hopefully, with Debreneczi back DMck sticks at 15 for the rest of the year. Other than that it’s hard to get too excited about Chiefs players at the minute. Hurricanes did Hurricane things, plenty of points to be had, it’s just if you had the right players this week.
- Dour Aussie derbies are back !!! The Brumbies vs Tahs game was pretty kak, let’s be honest. It’s hard to like anyone in a Brumbies shirt, apart from Fainga’a who can’t stop scoring. However, despite the Tah’s being anaemic, their front rows keeps racking up nice points – our pick, HJH being a monster. Folau still managed a respectable outing, despite doing nothing. Another player we hope stays at 15.
- Seem the Jags still can’t tour in SA. If there was a game to show that they’d stepped it up this year, it was against the Stormers, but boy did they fail spectacularly. Still, Montoya and Petti conitnue to deliver, so that’s all I care about. I’m still not buying the Stormers, but Jantjies is one to keep an eye on, a real eye for a break and the try line.
- After the terrible events in Christchurch the Highlanders vs Crusaders game was called off. Hats off to @TheRugbyMag, coming up with a good solution for all us fantasy managers, calming the rage, we know through a lot of extra work at the weekend to put in the solution. Great job.
- Much in the same way we didn’t see the Jags change it up in SA, we saw the Sunwolves back to their old tricks. Out to a great lead to the Reds, the conspire to lose the game. This was a game with plenty of fantasy points on offer, but no one quite busting out. Parker a little disappointing only with 23. Same story with Kerevi and his 26. The real stand out for the Wolves was Booth, another SH who likes a break. Ship him in.
- The last game of the day was a weird one. The most incredible, yet surreal comeback I’ve ever seen. The Rebels absolutely put a spluttering Lions to the sword in the first half, scoring at will. And then the second half the Rebels very quickly got gassed. It was also some of the worst referring I’ve seen. The Rebels should have been down to 13 players, as they were cynical all over the pitch. The Lions on the other hand, seemed to be pathologically terrified of kicking for poles. Either way, the Lions chasing the game was great for fantasy points, with stalwart Marx getting into some space, and Kwagga breaking two runs to set-up tries. Joint top points scorer Schoeman also snuck over for one. Luke Jones was the real star of the day, back to flanker, and all over the park with 23 tackles and 50 odd run metres. Still, my favourite part was Quade Cooper showing why he frustrates so many, just switching off and not bothering to dot down the ball in goal, only to get beaten to it by Mapoe – who by the way, was excellent when he came on.
- Always and I mean always check the starting line-ups. https://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/SuperRugby/super-rugby-weekend-teams-20180116-2