Right, so apologies for the absence over the last couple of weeks. The return of the Super Rugby calendar coincided with a huge ramp up in day to day work for both of us.
That said, with the stupid fixture set-up the week before the Lions game, and the two weeks after the return your truly certainly lost interest. I think I fielded 6 players in the penultimate week, should have been 8, but lost two to last minute drop outs. I guess there’s a reason I dropped out of not only the top 100 but the top 500.
Anyway, some great knock-out games, and a fascinating final. We’ll start putting out some end of season updates, starting with the final placings in the #superrugbyscout league.
Truth is we also got a little distracted with the below:
Week 4 was another tough one on managers, needing to limit the number of Chiefs and Canes and bring in some potential one week wonders. How did we get on with our picks.
So, the fantasy super rugby season is over. One that promised so much, and provided everything you’d ever want, or not want – last minute injury withdrawals, fantasy studs bombing, players coming out of nowhere, and more individual 100 point games than I can remember.
However, I can’t help but feel dropping the British and Irish Lions tour a few weeks before the end, and screwing up the fixtures sort of took the wind out of the season. That said, there’s been some great knock-out games, not least the Lions vs Hurricanes, and then final this weekend should be a cracker.
So congratulations to our very own Mark Pelteret. Clearly there’s a direct inverse correlation between amount of time spent writing posts for the blog and fantasy team performance. Mark’s contribution this year has been precisely ZERO in terms of blog output, but in the end he clinched the #superrugbyscout fantasy title, and a comfortable top 100 position coming in 79 in the global rankings.
Thanks to all those the entered the league this year. Mark won his personal bet with myself and Bossman so there’s $$$ winging it’s way to him this year. Dependent on update next year we might open out the money stakes.
We’ll write a few season round up pieces over the next few weeks, covering some learning, what worked and didn’t work, and take a look back at our preseason picks and see how we fared. Keep an eye out.
Below are the final Top 10 standings of the #superrugbyscout league.
This week is the toughest week in the history of fantasy rugby. Eight of the teams won’t be announced by tomorrow. The Chiefs and The Hurricanes game in round 16 will be viewed as a bye by the fantasy game (please correct me if am I am wrong). I don’t really know what to do myself… All I know is that I need to get rid of some All Blacks pretty fast or I’ll be starting 8 players in round 16.
Please bare this in mind from the guys who run this game at Fox Sports:
|Just a heads up regarding the Super Rugby fixture for Rounds 15 and 16.|
|Round 15 will be a complete round with all 18 clubs playing but will run over an extended period of time from Friday June 2nd to Sunday July 2nd.|
|Round 16 has one match (Hurricanes v Chiefs) that falls into the middle of Round 15. For the purposes of the Fantasy competition, these two clubs will be considered to be on a bye in Round 16. This leaves 10 of the 18 clubs playing in Round 16 with the remaining clubs on a bye. You will receive an extra trade in Round 16 (making a total of 4 trades for this round) to help manage your team.|
As Feastjuice said on twitter about as clear as mud! These guys dont have clue or just dont care, maybe it’s both. Dropping a game as bye for both The Chiefs and The Hurricanes players in Round 16 terrible and only telling us now is a joke in my opinion. No wait we get an extra transfer… With only 10 teams out of 18 playing in round 16, I think it’s fair to say: WE NEED A WILD CARD FOX SPORTS!
Rant over, here is my team for Round 15, please bare in mind I only know the starting line-ups of the 10 teams that play this weekend…
I’ll be captaining Mo’unga again.
I got burnt badly last week by Chris Boyd deciding to sub most of my Hurricanes early. There’s nothing like seeing your captain go off early and Ben Lam strolling on to score two of Julians tries. Still the two members of our trio fared much better, and if I only listened to my own advice I’d not be out of the title hunt. For most, hopefully, you’ve still got a shot and we’re getting to squeaky bum time.
Captaining Mo’anga this week.
Fantasy Super Rugby Week 13: Dream Team, Top Scorer, Unluckiest Pick, Poorest Pick and what did we learn?
TOP SCORER –MAfi(REB) 106 points, finally scored a well deserved try as he’s been great the whole season. Folau was only 1 point behind him with 105 points. It seems Folau has finally turned up to the party, just a pity I backed Julian Savea instead…
UNLUCKY PICKS – Malakai Fekitoa(HIGH) deserves to be mentioned with measly 6 points in a 55-6 hammering of the Force… The winner by a mile this week is Matt Duffie, with wait for it -33!!!!! I have never seen anything like it in fantasy rugby…OUCH!!!!
POOREST PERFORMERS – Matt Duffie with -33 again.
What did we learn:
- Folau has joined the party and if you can afford after his $99K increase in value you propably should bring him in.
- The Highlanders are hit and miss in terms of fantasy rugby points. Although Aki Seiuli(their prop) and Rob Thompson(from the bench) made 88 and 71 points respectively.
- Richie Mo’unga is on fire at the moment along with this whole team, he does boast a heavy $499K price-tag though. Goodhue and Seta Tamanivalu are also just consistent points at the minute.
- The Lions played a great match and Kwagga is looking sharper and getting more involved each week. Skousan also scored well although Ruan Combrinck stole the show with 58 points on his return.
- Julian Savea is so hit and miss and at the moment he is more regularly a miss…He’ll propably score a 3 tries against the Bulls now that I’ve typed this.
- The Sharks played well in the 2nd half against The Sunwolves. Mvovo being the pick of the bunch with 85 points.
- Lionel Cronjie scored yet another 33 points despite losing to the Brumbies.
- The Stormers made a great comeback against the Blues in Cape Town. Kolisi was immense with 52 points. Despite all the handbags being swung around during the match it was a fantastic win for The Stormers after a poor tour of NewZealand.
Kerevi, Kerevi, Keveri. There were three groups of managers last. Those that didn’t have Kerevi, those that had him but didn’t captain, and those that jumped up the league. Outside of the big man points were relatively few and few between, with both the games I flagged up as being tight, not delivery a huge amount of points. It really is the Championship run in now, so here’s this week’s transfer ideas.