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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