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:
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.
|15||Pieter Steph-Du Toit|
|17||Lodewyk De Jager|
|26||Armand van der Merwe|
|32||Damian de Allende|
|41||Jeronimo de la Fuente|
|49||Dan Du Preez|
|58||Robert du Peez|
|97||Thomas Du toit|
|101||Adam Ashley Cooper|
|156||Sonny Bill Williams|
Written by Harrison Dale.