I don’t know if Michael Ennis’ first overall pick of Josh Hodgson is as crazy as Tom Sangster drafting Jahrome Hughes in the third round, but jeez it has to come close!
The Fox Sports NRL SuperCoach Draft saw Michael Ennis, Lara Pitt, Yvonne Sampson, Greg Alexander, Danny Buderus and Corey Parker battle it out, to draft the best possible 10 man SuperCoach team.
What unfolded however was absolute madness, with Josh Hodgson going first over all, James Tedesco and Tom Trbojevic falling to the 9th and 10th picks, while quality players like Anthony Milford went undrafted!
The six person draft league saw each team draft a hooker, two props, two backrowers, a halfback, five-eighth, two CTW’s, a Fullback and no bench. While I wouldn’t normally recommend being in a 6 person draft league, for the purposes of TV it really is the only way!
A 6 player league will mean that everyone’s teams are relatively stacked with good talent, and SuperCoaches won’t have to worry about looking for value among the free agents, as there will always be great options available.
While a draft league is normally about drafting guns and filling key positions early, then looking for value late, all this goes out the window in a 6 person league, since the low-depth position pool becomes much larger! If only 6 hookers can be drafted, then there are so many more options and you can wait if you want to!
Despite this, most of the Fox Sports NRL experts played by their own rules and Mick Ennis may have just taken the mickey out of himself with his first overall draft pick! With that in mind let’s break down each of the panellists teams and rank them from best to worst.
1. LARA PITT
Draft Position: 4th
Team: Andrew Fifita, James Tedesco, Nathan Cleary, Victor Radley, Josh Papalii, Matt Moylan, Jarrod Croker, Felise Kaufusi, Corey Oates, Tyson Frizell
In a 6 person league, you want to just draft the best team you possibly can and nabbing Fifita, Teddy and Cleary in the first three rounds while drafting at 4th is fantastic. Victor Radley is a bit questionable given the players still on the board, but Pitt still managed to assemble the best team. If Radley doesn’t work out, she might want to have a look at Jake Friend, Apisai Koroisau or Isaac Luke who went undrafted.
2. DANNY BUDERUS
Draft Position: 3rd
Team: Damien Cook, Tom Trbojevic, Esan Marsters, Mitchell Pearce, Martin Taupau, Cody Walker, Angus Crichton, Dale Finucane, Paul Vaughan, Zac Lomax
While the injury to Trbojevic in the trials is unfortunate for Bedsy, he still managed to get arguably two of the best players in SuperCoach. Combine that with solid base from Taupau and Crichton and you have a great team. Pearce could have been waited on, given Adam Reynolds was still on the board, but Buderus still managed to get some great value picks. Lomax as his last pick was probably a bad option given he is a rookie, so Buderus should grab someone like Jesse Ramien, Joey Leilua, Josh Mansour, Clint Gutherson or James Roberts who ALL went undrafted. Unbelievable.
3. YVONNE O’KEEFE
Draft Position: 2nd
Team: Jake Trbojevic, Cameron McInnes, David Klemmer, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Luke Keary, Adam Reynolds, Sam Burgess, Tyrone Peachey, Josh Addo-Carr, Matt Gillett
While Vonny’s team has some unreal base behind it and some good upside in players like RTS and Addo-Carr, she did jump on McInnes a bit too early. O’Keefe narrowly missed out on Teddy and Turbo, which would have put her just above Buderus in my rankings. RTS and Reynolds are good spine picks, and Gillett with her last pick was great value, well spotted Vonny.
4. GREG ALEXANDER
Draft Position: 6th
Team: Cameron Smith, Latrell Mitchell, Shaun Johnson, Daly Cherry-Evans, Waqa Blake, Corey Norman, Ryan James, Tohu Harris, Isaah Yeo, Matthew Lodge
Although the spine depth is much better in a six person league, Brandy was taking no chances and went hard on gun spine players, as well as getting arguably the best CTW in Mitchell. There are a lot of question marks over how Norman will go for SuperCoach in 2019, so if I was Brandy I might have a look at swapping him for Connor Watson who went undrafted. Other than that he has a great spine, and a good mix of base and upside with the rest of his side.
5. COREY PARKER
Draft Position: 5th
Team: Jason Taumalolo, Kalyn Ponga, Rhyse Martin, Cameron Munster, Jo Ofagengaue, Blake Fergusson, Michael Morgan, Jordan McLean, Nick Cotric, Andrew McCullough
Interesting to note here that eight out of Corey Parkers 10 players either play for Queensland teams, or are eligible for the Maroons in State of Origin… clearly no Queensland bias here!
Rhyse Martin could be a bust, given he may start the season off in reserve grade, but a spine of Munster, Ponga, Morgan and McCullough is very exciting. Speaking of McCullough, nabbing the Broncos hooker with his last pick is easily the best value pick of the draft given his huge upside. Given the abundance of Queenslanders in his team, I’m really surprised Parker took McLean over Josh McGuire, who is still available.
6. MICHAEL ENNIS
Draft Position: 1st
Team: Josh Hodgson, Jamayne Isaako, Gareth Widdop, Jordan Kahu, Cameron Murray, Will Hopoate, Jai Arrow, Tevita Pangai Jr, Ben Hunt, Aaron Woods
Mick, Mick, Mick where do I start? Hodgson with the first overall pick…wow. Ennis is now on the Canberra Raiders coaching staff, so maybe he knows something we don’t? SuperCoaches have been really high on the English hooker in drafts this year, but I have seen Hodgson going as late as the third round. Taking him with the first pick, over the best hooker in Damien Cook, is a massive head scratcher. Followed up by Jamayne Isaako and Jordan Kahu with his 2nd and 4th picks, and it’s not looking too good for Mick in this draft league.
If you missed the FIRST EVER SuperCoach show, it will be replayed at the following times:
— 7th March — 21:30
— 8th March — 15:00 and 22:30
— 9th March — 12:30 and 17:00
— 10th March — 18:30
— 12th March — 16:00
— 13th March — 11:00
— 14th March — 15:30
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