10 rounds down, 8 to go! The OG League is getting towards the business end of the season now. Who will make their mark in this year OG League finals? Remember, we run our finals in line with Super Rugby’s, so there is still time for the league battlers yet.
Round 10 Final scores:
(6) Burnin’ Bridges 460 defeats 404 Marximum Louw Groomed Maddogs (1)
(2) Call Me Big Papali’i 488 defeats 404 Otere is the new Black (5)
(7) White Linen Hides the Sinning 451 defeats 437 The Great White Hope (3)
(4) Coles-Royce 420 defeats 363 Clan Mckenzie (8)
Burnin’ Bridges 460 defeats 404 Marximum Louw Groomed Maddogs
Who’d have thought “The Bye” could get beat the competition leader with only a 12 man team. Not only did he get the win, but he also bagged an attacking BP and denied Wylie of getting a losing BP. Nabung’s win came through big scores from almost all his players. Leading the way was TJ Perenara (84 points) as he played both 9 and 10 for the Hurricanes this week, Jackson Hemopo (60) in his breakout performance of the year, Shannon Frizell (58), Chris Feauai-Sautia (53), Bernard Foley (47) and Carlu Sadie (44). Wylie has sat on top the table since round 2, but it was an epic fall from grace this week dropping down to third place, even on points with Cargie in 4th, and only 4 points from dropping out of the top four all together. Wylie did get good points from Dan du Preez (58 points), Brad Weber (55), Malcolm Marx (52), Cyle Brink (47) and Ngani Laumape (43). But the rest of his 14 man lineup barely lifted a finger. Nabung’s win brings the matchup to 1-1 against Wylie.
Call Me Big Papali’i 488 defeats 404 Otere is the new Black
We have a new leader! Harry took down his brother Nelson in what was once a great rivalry, now it seems to be just a forgone conclusion as Nelson hasn’t seen the top 4 in two seasons. Harry pulled the top score of the week with his 14 man team through Hershel Jantjies (63 points), Melani Nanai (62), Tom ‘Big Sauce’ Robinson (58), Andre ‘The Giant’ Esterhuizen (51), Bongi Mbonambi (50) and Luke Jacobson (48). Nelson decided he would enter this one with 13 starters and a benched JL du Preez, it backfired and he took zero points from the matchup despite Rieko Ioane (53 points) going to work, with support from Tate McDermott (51), Nepo Laulala (45), Anton Lienert-Brown (42) and Liam Coltman (41). The matchup sits at Harry 2 – Nelson 0.
White Linen Hides the Sinning 451 defeats 437 The Great White Hope
Nsync’s finals aspirations still live as his 12 man team stole a narrow bonus point win over now second place Blake. The loss has him 12 points behind fourth place, with an attacking BP coming off the back of newly drafted Semisi Masirewa (79 points) who somehow did it again, Rory Arnold (74) who was as good in real footy as he was in fantasy footy, Bryce Hegarty (52), Kerron van Vuuren (49) and Will Genia (47). Meanwhile Blake’s 15 man side squeezed out a bonus point loss, boosting him up to 2nd place on the back off Samu Kerevi (69 points) as he again carried the Reds attack, Beast and Kitshoff (49) and Pieter-Stephdu Toit (41). Blake once again shows he is the master of playing the man, but the matchup still reads Nsync 2 – Blake 0.
Coles-Royce 420 defeats 363 Clan Mckenzie
Another winner without an attacking bonus point as the fantasy week struggled on the back of six defensively dominated games. Cargie got the job done with Sean Wainui (55 points), Ma’a Nonu (49) and Allan Alaalatoa (40) scoring solidly, no one else cracked the magic 40 mark, but he was another manager to make sure he fielded a full team, and it got him over the line. You can call Loser Harry consistent, the last placed drafter put up the lowest score of the week despite fielding a full side. It looks like the loss of Damian McKenzie has hit him haaard! Newly drafted one weeker Alex Nankivell (45 points) top scored for Clan Mckenziem with no one else cracking 40. A total 10 points from his three outside backs (van den Heever, Rona and Caleb Clarke) is causing him some real headaches for the OG Draft battler. At this stage he may be best off targeting a 7th place finish to avoid making the other Drafters a sexy calendar. Cargie holds the matchup 2 – 0 over Larry.
Best Player: TJ Perenara 84 points (Nabung)
Worst Player: Ricky Riccitelli -6 points (Blake)
The best Supersub: Nil
The worst Supersub: Nil
Worst Coaching Decision (player left on the bench): Wilco Louw 40 points left on the bench instead of Taniela Tupou 18 points (Cargie).
THIS WEEKS Trade Order:
1st – Larry
2nd – Nsync
3rd – Nelson
4th – Nabung
5th – Cargie
6th – Wylie
7th – Blake
8th – Harry
This Weeks Fixtures:
(3) Marximum Louw Groomed Maddogs V Call Me Big Papali’i (1)
(5) Burnin’ Bridges V The Great White Hope (2)
(6) Otere is the new Black V Clan Mckenzie (8)
(7) White Linen Hides the Sinning V Coles-Royce (4)
ANZAC day this week so lets trade from home Thursday.
Written by Harrison Dale.