After a week off the Fantasy Round Review is back for a quick review of Fantasy Super Rugby 2019 round 13.
PLAYERS IN FOCUS
Round 13’s Fantasy Man of the Round was George Bridge (92 points) who had his first proper screamer for the season as the Crusaders absolutely ran circles around the Bulls up in the highveld. Now it’s not exactly like he was slacking off, his average points per game last week were sitting on 43.5 but with this week’s score they have jumped up to 50.4 (he’s only played 7 games) for the season. Just like most games so far, the tries went the way of 2019 fantasy prodigy Sevu Reece (68 points) who bagged himself 3 tries and left Bridge try less in this one. Bridge did however see alot of ball though, instead scoring his fantasy points from 17 carries for 113 run metres, 7 LINE BREAKS (35 points – Holy Moly!), 7 tackle busts (21 points), a try assist and he won a turnover. It is very likely that we will be finding Bridge a fantasy top scorer and player in focus again in the last 5 weeks of the regular season.
Whilst there have been glimpses of Aphiwe Dyanti’s (79 points) form that saw him take away world rugby’s breakthrough player of the year award in 2018, much like the Lion’s success in Super Rugby 2019, they have been few and far between. This week the crowd favourite Dyanti was hungry for the ball and went looking for work and that made a helluva difference. Speaking of work, this week he made 15 carries for 103 run metres, 2 line breaks, 5 tackle busts, 2 offloads, 5 tackles, scored a center’s try under the sticks and also won a turnover for his team. After a slow start to the year his season average is sitting on 27.3 points per game but a better indicator of his recent form is his last 3 round average (41) and last 5 round average (40.6). It largely depends on how the Lions as a team go from here but with a lot of players back in recent weeks and mainly derbies to see out the season hopefully its onwards and upwards from here!
Brad Weber (75 points) has got to be at least the 3rd best half back in New Zealand right now and you’d think is playing himself into the All Blacks Squad for the rugby world cup. By the numbers he is the 3rd best fantasy scrum half in Super Rugby 2019 behind TJ Perenara on 42.8 and Will Genia on 40.8 with all three of them having played 10 games. Weber’s average points per game is sitting at 40.4, his 3 round average at 61 and 5 round average at 51.4. He has done am absolutely massive job stepping up in terms of both leadership and on field performance in a Chiefs side that has been utterly depleted in both. This week his hard work backing up in support saw him nab himself two tries, he made 2 line breaks, a tackle bust and he made 12 tackles.
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ROUND 13 FIXTURES
Apologies for the short form this week, simply ran out of time and want to get this out asap. I’ve just gone through the players that returned to the field in round 13, any injuries that occurred (check the Casualty Ward for any further updates) and essentially the top fantasy scorers from the round 13 fixtures.
Blues 12 V 22 HurricanesEmbed from Getty Images
Returned to play: TJ Perenara (AB rest), Ben Lam (calf injury), Tanielu Tele’a (red card)
New Injuries: Harry Plummer (concussion), Sam Nock (hand injury), Josh Goodhue (concussion), Fraser Armstrong (concussion), James Blackwell (shoulder)
FMOM: Akira Ioane (59 pts – 23 carries for 90+m, only 3 TB)
Ardie Savea (58 pts – 9 carries, 1 LB, 4 TB, 3 offloads, 15 tackles)
Patrick Tuipulotu (57 pts) – some huge ball carries.
Beauden Barrett (57 pts) – intercept try to secure the game!
Rebels 30 V 24 RedsEmbed from Getty Images
Returned to play: Caleb Timu (red card)
New Injuries: Hamish Stewart (shoulder), Quade Cooper (Concussion)
FMOM: Dane Haylett-Petty (62 pts – 13 carries for 120m+, 3 LB, 7 TB, try)
Reece Hodge (49 pts – 7 carries for 70m+, 2 LB, try assist, 2 PG)
Will Genia (43 pts)
Taniela Tupou (42 pts) – 2 LB, 3 TB a try assist and robbed of a try!
Isaac Lucas (42 pts)
Bulls 13 V 45 CrusadersEmbed from Getty Images
Returned to play: Burger Odendaal (eye), Schalk Brits (Ban), Jason Jenkins (pec), Divan Rossouw (concussion), Ryan Crotty (concussion), Andrew Makalio (calf), Richie Mo’unga (rest week)
New Injuries: Joe Moody (leg), Warrick Gelant (tonsilitis)
FMOM: George Bridge (92 pts – 17 carries for 110m+, 7 LB, 7 TB, try assist)
Richie Mo’unga (69 pts – 2 tries, 11 carries, 2 LB, 4 TB, 5/6 kicks at goal)
Sevu Reece (68 pts – 6 carries for 80m+, 3 LB, 3 TB, 3 Tries)
Kieran Read & Matt Todd (56 pts)
Mitchell Dunshea (55 pts) – awesome long run in for a try.
Jack Goodue (52 pts)
Duane Vermeulen (50 pts) – 6 Turnovers!
Highlanders 32 V 27 JaguaresEmbed from Getty Images
Returned to play: Jeronimo de la Fuente (“illness in his foot”), Liam Squire (MCL & Hip)
New Injuries: Tevita Li (hammy tear), Daniel Lienert-Brown (stomach Bug pre game)
FMOM: Ramiro Moyano (67 pts – 11 carries for 90m+, 2 LB, 7 TB, 2 O)
Liam Coltman (65 pts – 10 carries, 1 LB, 9 tackles, 1 try)
Sio Tomkinson (63 pts – 7 carries, 4 LB, 18 tackles)
Marcos Kremer (57 pts – 10 carries, 2 LB)
Josh Ioane (52 pts)
Joaquin Diaz Bonilla (45 pts)
Chiefs 29 V 23 SharksEmbed from Getty Images
Returned to play: Alex Nankivell (illness), Mitch Karpik (Knee injury)
New Injuries: Thomas du Toit (leg injury, needed assistance off the field)
FMOM: Brad Weber (75 pts – 2 tries, 2 LB, 12 tackles)
Curwin Bosch (61 pts – 13 carries for 110m+, 3 LB, 5 TB, 2 offloads)
Sean Wainui (52 pts – 3 LB)
Anton Lienert-Brown (50 pts)
Marty McKenzie (48 pts)
Ruan Botha (46 pts)
Lions 29 V 28 WaratahsEmbed from Getty Images
Returned to play: Aphiwe Dyantyi (Concussion), Warren Whiteley (knee cartilage tear), Dylan Smith (Fractured cheek), Vincent Tshituka (ankle), Michael Wells (hammy tear Rd11), Tolu Latu (calf Rd 11)
New Injuries: NIL
FMOM: Aphiwe Dyanti (79 pts – 15 carries for 100m+, 2 LB, 5 TB, 2 Offloads, a try)
Harold Vorster (75 pts – 12 carries, 3 LB, 7 TB, 2 offloads)
Michael Hooper (66 pts – 10 carries, 3 LB, 5 TB)
Stephan Lewies (62 pts), Sekope Kepu (60 pts – 14 tackles)
Kurtley Beale (59 pts)
Malcolm Marx (58 pts)
Brumbies 33 V 0 SunwolvesEmbed from Getty Images
Returned to play: Tevita Kuridrani (knee), Dan Pryor (foot injury)
New Injuries: Yamanaka (concussion), Grant Hattingh (knee)
FMOM: Henry Speight (72pts) – 4 Line breaks, 3 tackle busts, 2 tries, 120 run metres
Pete Samu (61) – 8 carries for over 60m, 2 LB, 2 TB, try
Tevita Kuridrani (56) – 6 carries for over 70m, 2 LB, 3 TB, 3 Try assists!
Thomas Banks (51) – 10 carries, 1 LB, 4 TB, try
Josh Timu (51)
Shota Horie (48)
Sekope Kepu (Waratahs) – 60 points
Ofa Tu’ungafasi (Blues) – 46 points
Liam Coltman (Highlanders) – 65 points
Stephan Lewies (Lions) – 62 points
Patrick Tuipulotu (Blues) – 57 points
Michael Hooper (Waratahs) – 66 points
Pete Samu (Brumbies) – 61 points
Akira Ioane (Blues) – 59 points
Brad Weber (Chiefs) – 75 points
Richie Mo’unga (Crusaders) – 69 points
Harold Vorster (Lions) – 75 points
Sio Tomkinson (Highlanders) – 63 points
FMOTR: George Bridge (Crusaders) – 92 points
Aphiwe Dyantyi (Lions) – 79 points
Henry Speight (Brumbies) – 72 points