Sunday 26 February 2017

The Postman's Predicted #NRL Round 1 Team: Cronulla Sharks | #SuperCoach #NRLFantasy

National Rugby League Premiership
By W D Nicolson - February 26, 2017

NRL SuperCoach and NRL Fantasy pundits rejoice - your old mate The Postman is back with his take on the 17 Sharks he believes Shane Flanagan will pick for Round 1: 

UPDATE 28/2: With Holmes likely out for the opener look for Lee to come onto the wing and Beale to play fullback.

  1. Gerard BEALE (Valentine HOLMES injured)
  2. Sosaia FEKI
  3. Jack BIRD
  4. Ricky LEUTELE
  5. Edrick LEE
  6. James MALONEY
  7. Chad TOWNSEND
  8. Andrew FIFITA
  9. Jayden BRAILEY
  10. Matt PRIOR
  11. Luke LEWIS
  12. Wade GRAHAM
  13. Paul GALLEN
  14. Fa'amanu BROWN
  15. Jayson BUKUYA
The Postman's Squad Analysis:
  • Flanagan has pretty much confirmed Jayden Brailey has won the #9 jersey - meaning there's no room for Daniel Mortimer or Manaia Cherrington in the 17 - with Brown set to play in the utility role if Flanagan decides to go with only 3 forwards on the bench.
  • The arrival of Tony Williams means that if he makes the bench - he will push one of Chris Heighington, Sam Tagataese or Jayson Bukuya out of the team if Flanagan runs with two hookers - which is a harsh call on any of the three. But if Flanagan truly backs young Brailey - this four will make up the bench.
  • Edrick Lee will only play Round 1 if Holmes or Feki aren't right to go for the Broncos this Thursday. Luke Capewell has gone from being turned into a winger for the World Club Challenge (he's a backrower) to possibly missing out on even being the main backup on the flank. And given the depth in the pack - he's looking at a NSW Cup road early in the season.
  • Jeremy Latimore was another pickup in the off-season and he will also miss out on a bench spot if everyone is fit. Joseph Paulo also misses out - but given he does - that's a sign of just how deep the Sharks are up front with the additions of Williams and Latimore to the squad.
Injured List:
Valentine Holmes (Hamstring - Opening Rounds), Sosaia Feki (Knee - Opening Rounds), Tony Williams (Hamstring - Opening Rounds).
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