The Courier-Mail

No (c) for JT, says GT

- WITH GORDEN TALLIS

THE fate of my NRL SuperCoach season lies in the hands of one man – James Tedesco.

In a move that is almost unpreceden­ted for GT’s Socialites, I will this week take the captaincy reins from Cowboys superstar Johnathan Thurston and hand them to my other JT.

Thursto has been a solid captain week in, week out for me but I need to shake things up.

It’s a move that I have put a lot of thought into and one I believe is necessary to send my team into a SuperCoach headto-head grand final.

While I bowed out of my Karaoke Cup league last week (suffering defeat at the hands of SuperCoach guru Tom Sangster), I still have one last shot at redemption in the Pimlico v Padua league.

And I am not taking this showdown lightly.

With one trade left, I have decided to save it in the hope I am there on grand-final day.

I will therefore stick with 16 of the 17 players who failed to overcome Sangster last week.

The only change I will make for my last-chance game is to remove Ethan Lowe from my bench and promote his North Queensland teammate Lachlan Coote to my first 17.

I am not putting any blame on Lowe for last week’s loss. I just know that the Socialites need a spark to reignite their premiershi­p chances and that spark is Coote.

The Cowboys fullback will have to step things up for his side in the absence of Maroons utility Michael Morgan and I reckon it will be reflected in his SuperCoach points.

But the move I am relying on most is my captaincy switch.

I know JT will still do wonders for the Cowboys – he always does.

But I think it will be a tough game for him against Melbourne, especially without Morgan.

Tedesco, on the other hand, will be meeting the Warriors who have been far from their best since losing star halfback Shaun Johnson to injury.

I think he will be ready for a big game, particular­ly after last week’s loss to the Sharks.

I also believe he will be a massive point of difference for me, which is what you need in games like this.

I know sticking to the same formula has kept me pretty safe so far, but playing it safe is not how you win grand finals.

 ?? Pictures: AAP, Getty Images ?? POINT OF DIFFERENCE: James Tedesco will captain GT’s Socialites this week while Lachlan Coote (left) will be promoted from the bench.
Pictures: AAP, Getty Images POINT OF DIFFERENCE: James Tedesco will captain GT’s Socialites this week while Lachlan Coote (left) will be promoted from the bench.
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