After a disappointing (yet still devastatingly attractive) round of Super Rugby where we placed 2459th, Coach Cat has made some changes to the starting side.
Benn Robinson (13 points) and Laurie Weeks (23 points) will again be starting. Benn Robinson has regained his starting spot for the Tahs so we’re looking forward to a higher score and busier night for the Cat (don’t get confused – his nickname is Cat. In real life you can tell us apart quite easily). It’s not lost on me that with the Tahs playing the Rebels, a good game for one of these props will probably mean a bad game for the other, but no one actually thought we were trying to win the comp, did they?
Saia Fainga’a (37) will start again after being one of our highest scoring players overall. Most of Saia’s points came from his 12 tackles; each tackle was worth 2 points.
Hugh Pyle (14) comes into the starting lineup this week, partnering with Rebels teammate Luke Jones (24) in the second row. Hugh’s points actually counted last week, even though he was on the bench, because Anthony Boric of the Blues did not play. While their missed tackle stats killed us on-field, Hugh has put in a lot of effort off-field this week to deserve his starting spot; he looks even more like Joe Manganiello this week than he did last week.
The back row in Fantasy Rugby can either make or break your team. The job of the back row is to win the ball, and to do this effectively they push the rules as hard as they are allowed to get away with. With the new fantasy rugby scoring system subtracting 4 points rom a player for giving away a long-arm penalty, you can lose a lot of points on a bad game. The great news is that in a good game, these guys will be your top scorers.
Lopeti Timani (-1) had a night to forget last week, but Coach Cat saw him smile in her general direction (aahhh) and then high-five a little Reds fan at Suncorp Stadium last week (ADORABLE!) and all was forgiven. We’ve brought in Liam Gill in place of Richie McCaw, and he’ll be starting for David Pocock.
Richard Kingi (5) keeps his halfback spot this week despite being named again on the wing for the Melbourne Rebels (nice one Fox Sports). Pink Rugby fans will be glad to know that we have money in the kitty to get Will Genia in the team when he makes his return from injury.
We’ve bought in last week’s highest scoring fly half Christian Lealiifano (31) – who played in the centres – again nice one Fox Sports – into the starting side at the expense of Kyle Godwin who might struggle against the might of the Bulls this week.
Lachlan Mitchell and Mike Harris stay in our centres, despite Mikey’s relegation to the bench for Queensland. He can be devastating off the bench as he showed against the Rebels in his first year – scoring 49 fantasy rugby points (18 real ones) in less than 10 minutes. He didn’t have a great game last week (11 points) but he’ll recover. Like many Rebels players, Lachlan Mitchell’s stats were looking pretty good in the first half against the Brumbies, but the Brumbies kicked into high gear in the second half, increasing the errors (and therefore lost points) from the Rebels players.
We’ve stuck with the same back three this week. We’re looking for captain Alfie Mafi to have a big game against the Bulls, and we’re also tipping AAC will bounce back after a shortened performance against the Reds last week. Need a reason? How about this exclusive Pink Rugby interview.