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Fantasy Rugby: Super 12 2002, Round 4
Fantasy Rugby: Super 12 2002, Round 4
(That's more like it! )

That's more like it! A score of 375 is quite respectable, and has moved me up about 20 places in the Rugbyheads Conference (and about 2000 places in the overall standings!)

Virtually all of my changes from last week paid off.

The new additions to the Tight Forward trio, Paul and Hammett, both had strong games, without picking up any tries (which are always a bonus from Tighties), and were again both better than the overpaid Justin Harrison who got the flick last week. Nathan Sharpe was dissappointing again though and with the Reds having a bye next week he's out of here. The Crusaders also have a bye coming up but I will stick with Hammett for this week as he's is pretty much guarenteed a full game unless he gets injured (or it's a blow out, like the Blues game!).

In the Loose Finegan and Krige performed well, but not spectacular. Finegan has a knack for scoring tries but he didn't pick up any against the Sharks (Bond got them all instead!) but I will stick with him as the Brumbies get to feast on some Bull beef this weekend. Krige can stay too for now, he is still Captain, consistant and playing at home (against he Highlanders). McCaw had a slightly better week fantasy-wise than Finegan but I saved about 200,000 with that switch so I'm happy.

The Inside Backs were good, mainly because of Matt Burke. He was sensational, and is a dead-cert keeper. Tony Brown kicked away a great chance to pick up a huge fantasy tally as well, his 24 is useful though, and definitely better than poor Bobo who only managed 6 before getting carted off the field on a stretcher. He is likely out for the season, which is a damn shame given he was the top Fantasy Player after the first 3 weeks. So Bobo's spot is definitely free but Brown may be replaced too yet, he's worth a big chunk of cash that may be better spent elsewhere. I decided to stick with Brown and added David Holwell. He hasn't been great so far, but has been solid and now that the Hurricanes are back home he may well find some form and return to being one of the top Fantasy players in the game.

As I said last week Outside backs are the most fickle postions in the game, but sometimes they just deliver big time. This was one of those times, with Bond picking up the hat-trick of tries to post 84 points for the week and Tuilevu picking up 26 fantasy points (incl. a try) in about 25 minutes of game time! Hopefully he will get the start next week on the strength of that!

With byes coming up I need to conserve transfers, but in order to squeeze Holwell into the Inside Backs I saved some cash by swapping Tuilevu for Percy Montgomery, who is kicking well for the Stormers.

Late Update: Added Montgomery, Humphries and Holwell, dropped Tuilevu

Check the Why? column below for more details.

Cones Crusaders (Rugbyheads Conference) Roster - Week #4 Super 12 2002
Tight Forward
Round Points
Total Points
Player Value
Change from Last week
Hammett, Mark CRU 0 0 $700,000
Hammett hasn't been stellar but his value for money can't be beat (he's $1m cheaper than Harrison!) and he pretty much has to play the entire match for the Crusaders.
Paul, Jeremy BRM 0 0 $1,520,000
Paul stays. With the Brumbies likely to run riot again this week against the Bulls he may well pick up another try or two.
Humphries, Van WAR $675,000 0 $1,300,000
Sharpe didn't impress again, and the Reds have a bye coming up so out he goes. Whereas Van Humphries came from nowhere and had a huge game. At only $675,000 he's worth a punt.
Loose Forward Team Round Points Total Points Player Value
Finegan, Owen BRM 0 0 $1,617,000
Finegan stays because the Brumbies are likely to run riot again and he gets quite a lot of lineout ball as well as picking up the odd try. Also his value has increased well.
Krige, Corne STM 0 0 $1,692,500
Krige can stay, he is the captain and has another home game. He's due a big one.
Inside Back Team Round Points Total Points Player Value
Burke, Matt WAR 0 0 $2,450,000
A sure fire keeper, will only play better at home.
Brown, Tony HGH 0 0 $2,342,500
Tony can stay for now, but he might get moved by the end of the week if I can find a better use for his hefty salary.
Holwell, David HUR $2,042,500 0 $1,145,000
Bobo, Gcobani
Bobo goes down in a screaming heap. 8(
Holwell has been a star in the past, and returning home could snap him out of it. Here's hoping!
Outside Back Team Round Points Total Points Player Value
Bond, Graeme BRM 0 0 $1395,000
Graeme Bond is a great support player, and with the Brumbies playing the Bulls he could well pickup another hat-trick!
Montgomery, Percy STM 0 0 $1,350,000
Tuilevu looked good off the bench, but I saved some cash and probably traded up by picking up Stormers fullback and goal-kicker Percy "Prettyboy" Montgomery.


Let us know what you think!

What about picking up some more Crusaders you turncoat! Half you squad are bloody Aussies!?!!
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