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Fantasy Rugby: Super 12 2002, Round 5
Fantasy Rugby: Super 12 2002, Round 5
(Special Agent Mortlock breaks a record!)

Now we're getting into it. Following up last weeks 375 with a 384 isn't going to get me in the money immediately, but it keeps me in the hunt for now.

All you can hope for each week is that you get some contribution from all your guys, and an exceptional return from 2 or 3. That pretty much sums up my week. And I can thank the Bulls for the expectional performances of the Brumbies in my squad, in particular Owen Finegan [83] (who made 18 tackles!) and Graeme Bond [60].

You may have noticed a disturbing trend so far, that Australian players are totally dominating the top fantasy performers list. 8 of the top 10 are Aussies, with Mccaw and Mauger the only kiwis, and no SA representation at all. What this also proves is that the top teams are the ones generating the most fantasy points (makes sense, but it's not always obvious, especially given the value of tackles and turnovers), apart from Flatley, at number 4, the rest of the top 10 are made up of players from the 3 top teams (on the competition table at least).

Of course the fact that the Blues and Chiefs have had a BYE already doesn't help their cause but then Howlett is probably the only one who would force his way in there from those two sides.

All worth bearing in mind when you are building your team!

Anyway, back to the Cones Crusaders performance in week 4.

In the tight Paul and Hammett both had strong games, but it was the addition of the Waratahs bolter Van Humphries (Van is his first name!) that made the difference. He has played two big games so far, and for $755,000 you can't really go past him. Paul and Humphries can stay this week, but these guys play for the two hot teams, the Tahs and Brumbies, who are in line for a BYE in round 7 so it's important to make sure I have enough transfers to get rid of them all for at least that week.

In the Loose Finegan had a huge one, whereas Krige had a quiet one by his standards. Their teams are matched up this weekend and both these guys should get through a lot of work but I need some extra cash to replace Hammett in the tight so I'll give Krige the flick (in favour of Holah) now.

The Inside Backs weren't stunning this week, but they were solid. Damn shame I didn't have Special Agent Mortlock and his record 130 fantasy points, but then he has been average up to now and he's damn expensive so I'm not kicking myself to hard about that. I thought Brown [27] might have had more given he scored all the points in the Highlanders game, but he missed a couple and didn't do much else so he ended up average. I toyed with selling him, but the Highlanders are playing the Bulls this week, nuff said! Holwell [41] paid good dividends, and if the Canes can stuff the Cats like they did the Sharks then he should do well again.

Bond has been awesome in the outside backs, and he can stay too for this week. If Rupeni was going to be playing for the Blues then I would have nabbed him but it sounds like he's not healthly again just yet. Bloody Percy [6] did nothing but attempt to kick goals, and he missed nearly as many as he got, chump. He's outahere. In comes Scott Staniforth.

Check the Why? column below for more details.

Cones Crusaders (Rugbyheads Conference) Roster - Week #5 Super 12 2002
Tight Forward
Round Points
Total Points
Player Value
Change from Last week
Hore, Andrew HUR 0 0 $700,000
Hammett, Mark
Hammett was steady again, but the Crusaders have a bye this week so he's out a here. Hore has been good for the Hurricanes, and with some good lineout targets he should continue.
Paul, Jeremy BRM 0 0 $1,520,000
Paul stays, at least for another week.
Humphries, Van WAR 0 0 $675,000
Van Humphries is the bargin of the torrnament at this point, why is he not on your team??
Loose Forward Team Round Points Total Points Player Value
Finegan, Owen BRM 0 0 $1,617,000
Finegan stays because he was awesome, and because I want to conserve transfers for the next few weeks when all the byes are happening.
Holah, Marty CHF 0 0 $1,417,500
Krige, Corne
Krige is going a week early, all the SA teams having a Bye next week so he would be gone next week in any case but I needed so $$, and Holah is back from the BYE and on fire.
Inside Back Team Round Points Total Points Player Value
Burke, Matt WAR 0 0 $2,450,000
A sure fire keeper, and his value as gone up accordingly.
Brown, Tony HGH 0 0 $2,342,500
Tony will be looking to kick about 15 conversions against the Bulls...
Holwell, David HUR   0 $2,042,500
Holwell proved his worth last week, and the Hurricanes are at home for their next two.
Outside Back Team Round Points Total Points Player Value
Bond, Graeme BRM 0 0 $1395,000
Graeme Bond is the top outside back at present, and a great support player, I'll keep him now in the hope that he could pickup another hat-trick!
Staniforth, Scott WAR 0 0 $1,320,000
Montgomery, Percy
Percy "Prettyboy" Montgomery is out, he had a shocker last week and has a bye next week. Staniforth has been great so far, hopefully he can continue that for another week!


Let us know what you think!

Just to give you all a chance, I've decided to rest my team during round 5.

Quite a coincidence that the Crusaders are taking a break too...

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