The Courier-Mail

Maloney points the way

- WITH GOR­DEN TAL­LIS

THE So­cialites poured on the points in Round 22 and ended up giv­ing me one of my big­gest scores of the sea­son.

New ad­di­tion James Maloney im­me­di­ately jus­ti­fied his in­clu­sion with an eye­pop­ping 140.

The Roost­ers pivot stag­nated a lit­tle Su­per­Coach wise over the mid­dle part of the sea­son but he’s been get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter over the past few weeks.

His three-round av­er­age is a mind-bending 108.33 and his five-round av­er­age is hov­er­ing around the early 90s.

For a while I toyed with the idea of giv­ing him the cap­taincy – the Roost­ers are sure to put a mon­ster score on the Eels – but the pedi­gree of Johnathan Thurston is sim­ply too strong to ig­nore and the Cowboys great is sure to bounce back af­ter a for­get­table show­ing against Cronulla.

Mitchell Bar­nett was a player who re­ally im­pressed me against the Tigers as the big sec­ond rower put in an ex­cel­lent first-grade de­but on the left edge.

Cash cows aren’t re­ally rel­e­vant at this stage of the sea­son but Bar­nett is a handy pick-up all the same, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing that it was well past time to give Solomone Kata the tap on the shoul­der.

Kata is a player of tremen­dous tal­ent but the War­riors have noth­ing to play for other than pride and with­out Shaun John­son they have no cre­ativ­ity or abil­ity to cre­ate at­tack­ing chances.

In all hon­esty I prob­a­bly erred on the side of cau­tion and held on to him for too long, but with the sea­son com­ing down to the busi­ness end it’s time to let rip. Jack Bird will re­place him on the bench.

Roger Tuiv­asa-Sheck, James Tedesco and Corey Parker also cracked three fig­ures over the week­end with Tedesco and Tuiv­asa-Sheck look­ing par­tic­u­larly dan­ger­ous.

Both can ex­pect big games again this week as they take on the Eels and Knights re­spec­tively. The Knights have more leaks than the Titanic and on his home ground of Camp­bell­town Sta­dium I think Tedesco could pro­duce a three-fig­ure score for the third week in a row and the fifth time this sea­son.

His three round av­er­age of 104.67 and five-round av­er­age of 93.40 make him one of the most valu­able weapons in any Su­per­Coach’s ar­se­nal.

The Raiders’ Jar­rod Cro­ker has qui­etly put to­gether a very nice Su­per­Coach sea­son – his sea­son av­er­age is bang on 60 and although he hasn’t hit the heights of last year (where he was close to lead­ing try scorer) his con­sis­tency has been very un­der­val­ued.

 ?? Pic­tures: Getty Im­ages, Gregg Por­te­ous ?? TEAM STEAM: The Raiders’ Mitchell Bar­nett (above) and the Roost­ers’ Roger Tuiv­asaSheck are both valu­able in Su­per­Coach.
Pic­tures: Getty Im­ages, Gregg Por­te­ous TEAM STEAM: The Raiders’ Mitchell Bar­nett (above) and the Roost­ers’ Roger Tuiv­asaSheck are both valu­able in Su­per­Coach.
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