2019 The Initial OG Draft

The 2019 Initial Draft is hands down the biggest day of the year. We all spend the preceding weeks or months preparing to make sure that we don’t do something stupid (like pick Mafi before the 16th round)!

The Snake Draft order was decided during the Australian Domestic Cricket Big Bash competition on the 7th of February when the Hurricanes took on the Renegades. Whoever’s randomly allocated batsman scored the most runs would get the first pick. The Snake Draft means we pick 1st to 8th, then 8th to 1st, 1st to 8th and so on until we complete our full team of 23 players. The results looked like this:

Draft PickManagerBatsmanRuns
1stWylieWade58 Runs
2ndBlakeCooper44 Runs
3rd CargieMcDermott39 Runs
4thLarryFinch35 Runs
5thNsyncShort28 Runs
6thNabungHarper20 Runs
7thNelsonJewell4 Runs
8thHarryHarris3 Runs

The Draft Picks

23 Man Teams

Initial OG Draft Highlights:

Best 1st Round Pick: Akira Ioane – No one expected him to go at 3rd pick, but with a drop of 7.8 points to the next ranked player Pablo Matera. He could prove to be of insane value. The reason he went under the radar; injury to Jean-Luc Du Preez and Mafi’s court case means his value over the rest of the field was maximised.
Worst 1st Round Pick: Ardie Savea – it’s always hard taking the 8th pick but Savea was ranked 27th on overall averages last year. He is going to need a big year to pay off.
Biggest Balls up: Amanaki Mafi – Somehow he went in the 2nd round as the 12th overall pick. Apparently his name being splattered all over the news for three months straight wasn’t enough for this Draft battler to catch on. To be fair, Nsync hasn’t played Draft since 2016, and he spends most of his time watching Rugby League. So even if he did know about Mafi’s court case, it’d be nothing unusual for the players he has grown up supporting.
Value Pick (Snuck through late): Warrick Gellant – picked at 44th, in the 6th round despite averaging 45.4 points in 2018 (which put at 15th overall). The only thing that could let him down now is a bad case of second season syndrome.
Most predictable: Malcolm Marx – he is just so far ahead of the chasing pack, 16.8 points per game to the second placed hooker to be exact. This makes him even more valuable than his main competition of McKenzie and Mo’unga who had 1.6 and 0.1 point higher averages respectively.
Best Smokie: Josh Ioane (62nd overall, 10.6 points average from 8 games). What do you do if you can’t get Reiko Ioane? Pick the unproven Josh of course! He may be locked in a battle with Banks and Gatland for the starting fly-half jersey, but if his 80 minutes in round 1 is anything to go by he could be an absolute find!
Best Sub: Bongi Mbonambi (4th ranked hooker, 32.4 point average). Clearly his injury for the bulk of 2018 scared off a lot of his potential managers, but we would have thought his undeniable talent would have definitely had him higher up peoples list then what he was!

Average Points Value per team ranked 1-8

Looking at the full squad of 23 we found the total value of each team from 2018’s stats to see who should be favourite this year.
(Note all new players were given the score of the VOLP or an average sub if they wont start games)

1st = 6th pick Nabung 705.9 point average
2nd = 1st pick Wylie 696 point average
3rd = 4th pick Larry 690.4 point average
4th = 7th pick Nelson 679.5 point average
5th = 8th pick Harry 672.4 point average
6th = 2nd pick Blake 659.7 point average
7th = 5th pick Nsync 638.3 point average
8th = 3rd pick Cargie 579.4 point average

Our picks as per the Pick order was:

Good luck with your 2019 picks, here is our full 2018 draft order, hopefully it might give you some insight into how Rugby Union Super Nerds might draft.

#Actual Pick
1Malcom Marx
2Richie Mo’unga
3Akira Ioane
4Damian McKenzie
5Brodie Retallick
6Israel Folau
7Reiko Ioane
8Ardie Savea
9Damian Willemse
10Anton Lienert-Brown
11George Bridge
12Amanaki Mafi
13Waisake Naholo
14Ben Lam
15Pieter Steph-Du Toit
16Ngani Laumape
17Lodewyk De Jager
18Samu Kerevi
19Manasa Mataele
20Ricky Riccitelli
21Michael Little
22Jack Goodhue
23Solomon Alaimalo
24Pablo Matera
25Andre Esterheizen
26Armand van der Merwe
27David Pocock
28Duane Vermeulen
29Jesse Kriel
30Dane Coles
31Aphiwe Dyantyi
32Damian de Allende
33Marnus. Schoeman
34Rob Thompson
35Eben Etzebeth
36Jeff Toomaga-Allen
37Jordie Barrett
38Codie Taylor
39Kwagga Smith
40Folau Fainga’a
41Jeronimo de la Fuente
42Luke Jones
43Lukhanyo Am
44Warrick Gellant
45Tyler Ardron
46Taniela Tupou
47Steven Kitsoff
48Beauden Barrett
49Dan Du Preez
50Luke Whitelock
51Michael Hooper
52Isi Naisarani
53Handre Pollard
54Bernard Foley
55Robert Valetini
56Tom Banks
57Guido Petti
58Robert du Peez
59TJ Perenara
60Will Genia
61Curtis Rona
62Josh Ioane
63James Parsons
64Ben Smith
65Toni Pulu
66Emiliano Boffelli
67Tevita Kurindrani
68Joe Powell
69Henry Speight
70Jackson Hemopo
71Ramiro Moyano
72Marvin Orie
73Melani Nanai
74Bill Meakes
75Caleb Timu
76Nathan Harris
77Warren Whiteley
78Matt Phillip
79Tendai Mtawarira
80Matt Todd
81Patrick Tuipulotu
82Shaun Steverson
83Etene Nanai-Seturo
84Scott Barrett
85Pari-Pari Parkinson
86Sekope Kepu
87Makazole Mapimpi
88SP Marais
89Dalton Papali’i
90Jordan Taufua
91Jack Dempsey
92Tetra Faulkner
93Ruhan Nel
94Ma’a Nonu
95Sia Kolisi
96Andries Coetzee
97Thomas Du toit
98David Havili
99Whetu Douglas
100Dane Haylett-Petty
101Adam Ashley Cooper
102JD Schickerling
103Otago Desio
104Augustine Pulu
105Dylan Smith
106Jason Jenkins
107Craig Millar
108Quad Cooper
109Lauchlan McCaffrey
110Allan Alaalatoa
111Gareth Evans
112Wilco Louw
113Angus Cottrell
114Ryan Crotty
115Jake Gordon
116Tyrel Lomax
117James Slipper
118Tevita Li
119Bryn Hall
120Kieran Read
121Bongi Mbonambi
122Kurtley Beale
123Grant Hattingh
124Sam Whitelock
125Brandon Paenga-Amosa
126J Petiaia
127Coenie Oosthuizen
128Elton Jantjies
129Jack Maddocks
130Louis Schreuder
131Tyler Paul
132Batista Delguy
133Lachlan Boshier
134Agustin Creevy
135Jean-Pierre Smith
136Vince Aso
137Gonzalo Bertranou
138Jed Holloway
139Richard Hardwick
140Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco
141Hayden Parker
142Hendrik Tui
143Andrew Makalio
144Brad Weber
145Ned Hanigan
146Christian Lealiifano
147Jordan Uelese
148Marcos Kremer
149Embrose Papier
150Matt Proctor
152Vaea Fifita
153Tei Walden
154Otere Black
155Dillyn Leyds
156Sonny Bill Williams
157Bailyn Sullivan
158Aaron Smith
159Liam Squire
160Owen Franks
161Nick Groom
162Sam Carter
163Bryce Hegarty
164Blake Gibson
165Nehne Milne-Skudder
166Diaz Bonilla
167Liam Coltman
168Bryn Gatland
169Harry Johnson-Holmes
170Chris Eves
171Ofa Tumungafasi
172Anaru Rangi
173Jano Vermaak
174Atu Moli
175Adam Coleman
176Tom English
177Damien Fitzpatrick
178Mitchel Drummond
179Rene Ranger
180Angus Taavao-Matau
181Joe Moody
182Ross Cronje
184Toby Smith

Written by Harrison Dale.

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