Sunday 26 February 2017

The Postman's Predicted #NRL Round 1 Team: St George Illawarra Dragons | #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 Dragons he believes Paul McGregor will pick for Round 1:

  1. Josh DUGAN
  3. Euan AITKEN
  4. Tim LAFAI
  6. Gareth WIDDOP
  7. Josh McCRONE
  8. Paul VAUGHAN
  9. Cameron McINNES
  10. Tariq SIMS
  11. Tyson FRIZELL
  12. Joel THOMPSON
  13. Jack DE BELIN
  14. Leeson AH MAU
  15. Russell PACKER
  16. Jacob HOST
  17. Kurt MANN or Jai FIELD
The Postman's Squad Analysis:
  • Josh McCrone will probably win the starting #7 jersey - but Dragons fans I get the feeling you may yet see Jai Field in the squad come Round 1. McCrone won't hold the starting job long (even if Field isn't the guy) and with McInnes wanting to play 80 minutes and McGregor not picking a genuine hooker on the bench for the Charity Shield (Siliva Havili was omitted) - there's a shot for Field to make the 17 and come on as an impact player. That also puts Kurt Mann into the mix for the 17 given his history in the halves. That all said, Havili could yet be the man in the #17 jumper but the injury to Will Matthews (who could cover hooker if he had to) opens this race back up.
  • Tim Lafai looks to have won his centre spot back from Taane Milne - with the latter relegated to the bench during the pre-season. Matt Dufty is recovering from a knee injury - so Josh Dugan isn't moving from fullback anytime soon kids. 
  • Paul Vaughan and Tariq Sims started the Charity Shield - giving us an insight to how Leeson Ah Mau and Russell Packer will probably be used in 2017 - off the bench to spell those two starters and make an immediate impact with their head down butt up running styles.
  • Jacob Host will be the backrow coverage on the bench, with Luciano Leilua not even making the Charity Shield squad - seemingly putting him down the depth chart for Round 1.
  • Mose Masoe is a while off yet as he recovers from a knee injury, while Kalifa Fai-Fai Loa and Mann are the outside back coverage.
Injured List:
Will Matthews (Hip - Mid-Season), Matt Dufty (Knee - Round 4 on), Mose Masoe (Knee - Mid-Season).
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