Round 4 Final scores:
(1) Marximum Louw Groomed Maddogs 557 defeats 444 Call Me Big Papali’i (3)
(4) The Great White Hope 421 defeats 388 Burnin’ Bridges (5)
(8) Otere is the new Black 433 defeats 392 Clan Mckenzie (6)
(2) Coles-Royce 591 defeats 455 White Linen Hides the Sinning (7)
Marximum Louw Groomed Maddogs 557 defeats 444 Call Me Big Papali’i
The rich get richer! Wylie has surely established himself as a real threat for the finals this year with his 4th win from as many rounds. A genius pick up of Sevu Reece (106 points & Fantasy Man of The Week- FMOTW) led him to a dominant win over Harry who takes away nothing despite having the 4th highest score of the week. Ngani Laumape (73) was again impressive scoring another brace, and Dan Du Preez (59), Maddocks (50), Schoeman (48) and Marx (47) all chipped in handsomely as well. Harry was hit hard by the rest weeks and looked to trade in a hoard of Blues players as they took on the ‘Wolves to prop up his score. Another big week from the top prop Harry Johnson-Holmes (HJH) (64 points) helped keep the match up respectable, as did Melani Nanai (59), Augustine Pulu (46) and Folau Fainga’a (44). He will be disappointed from his one weekers Cusack (12), Plummer (24) and Tele’a (22) as they all failed to fire. Wylie remains undefeated, this match up sits at Wylie 1 – Harry 0.
The Great White Hope 421 defeats 388 Burnin’ Bridges
This one went close as 4th place Blake’s “Great White Hope’ nudged 5th placed Nabung’s “Burnin’ Bridges” by 33 points. The win means Blake jumps back to third place despite having the 6th ranked total points; a clear example of “playing the man”. Standouts included new man Courtnall Skosan (58 points), Samu Kerevi (57) and Taleni Seu (50). While Adam Coleman (-4) with a yellow card and Emiliano Boffelli’s (2) return were far from encouraging as they left with a concussion and hip injury respectively. Nabung managed a losing bonus point in this one for coming within 50, largely thanks to Rob Valetini’s (48 points) best performance of the year, and Jack Goodhue (40) continuing to turn everything he touches to gold. He won’t be too thrilled though considering he has only one win from his first four rounds after starting with arguably the best side on paper. This one sits at Blake 1 – Nabung 0.
Otere is the new Black 433 defeats 392 Clan Mckenzie
Nelson pulled his first win of the year in this one while his namesake warmed the bench. He didn’t manage to gain his first ever attacking BP, but he did enough through Reiko Ioane’s (98 points) return to form – scoring a ‘Ryan Quaddy’ of tries, Akker van der Merwe (49), ALB (48) and Michael Alaalatoa (44). There are still some real questions to be asked though with so much of this one coming from Reiko’s brilliance, and some underwhelming performances by JP Smith (-7), Jed Holloway (-3) and Rob du Preez (8). Larry just can’t seem to get things going in 2019, but his losing BP does keep him in touch with the top 4 as we head in to round 5. His top performers were Curtis Rona (50 points), Jesse Kriel (48) and Joe Powell (41). Apart from that there was very little to write home about. Larry will be hoping that one of the flops of the year to date Damien McKenzie (16) gets a run at fullback to try and spark his attacking magic moving forwards. This match up reads Nelson 1 – Larry 0.
Coles-Royce 591 defeats 455 White Linen Hides the Sinning
Coles-Royce drove all over White Linen hides the Sinning this week with his second top scoring week of the OG Draft. He may be a team full of long shots and smokies, but they are absolutely killing it for now. Wandisile Simelane (80 points) top scored for Crags after being drafted during trade night. Will Jordan (68), Dane Coles (55), Nanai-Seturo (52) also killed it, and to top it off Michael Hooper (48) actually did something by making 23 tackles. Not even a speed bump for Josh Ioane (-1) could have hurt him this week. Nsync may be on the bottom of the table, but he still had the third highest score of the round and bagged an attacking bonus point for some sort of reward. Will Genia (78 points) absolutely killed it after finally starting to run with the ball, while Duane Vermeulen (53), Rosco Specman (52), Pollard (45) and Jordie Barrett (45) also scored well. Nsync finally sorted his side out in the last two weeks, but he still sits in last place. This one reads Cargie 1 – Nsync 0.
Best Player: Sevu Reece 106 points (Wylie)
Worst Player: JP Smith -7 points (Nelson)
The best Supersub: Nil
The worst Supersub: Nil
Worst Coaching Decision (player left on the bench): Jamie Booth 59 points left on the bench for Ross Cronje 21 points (Nelson)
THIS WEEKS Trade Order:
1st – Nsync
2nd – Nelson
3rd – Larry
4th – Nabung
5th – Harry
6th – Blake
7th – Cargie
8th – Wylie
This Weeks Fixtures:
(1) Marximum Louw Groomed Maddogs V The Great White Hope (3)
(4) Call Me Big Papali’i V Clan Mckenzie (6)
(5) Burnin’ Bridges V Coles-Royce (2)
(7) Otere is the new Black V White Linen Hides the Sinning (8)
Larry it’s your call which pub we head to for trade night this week.
The table is starting to take shape, who will be in the have’s and have not’s! Bring on round 5!
Written by Harrison Dale