Scout Report: Fantasy Finals Wk 3 recap
We take a look back at the best NRL Fantasy Match Day Finals performers from the weekend's Preliminary Finals.
Broncos v Roosters
Best team: Jake Friend, Adam Blair, Corey Parker, Ben Hunt (c), Blake Ferguson, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (vc).
Broncos' halfback Ben Hunt (66) starred in the Preliminary Final win over the Roosters with two try assists, a linebreak, a line-break assist, just shy of 100 running metres and plenty of kick metres to boot. The Roosters' reliable-as-ever fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (66) did not disappoint with a typical 260+ metres, two try assists, two line-break assists and four tackle breaks.
Tricolours hooker Jake Friend (65) was also consistently busy making 63 tackles in a beaten side. Fantasy favourite Corey Parker (60) was also in the thick of the action with 165 metres, three offloads, two tackle breaks and 32 tackles. Blake Fergusson (62) had a big game with six tackle breaks, two line breaks and two tries. Adam Blair (44) was the best of the props with 32 tackles and 162 running metres.
Storm v Cowboys
Best team: Cameron Smith, Jesse Bromwich, Gavin Cooper (vc), Johnathan Thurston (c), Justin O'Neil, Cameron Munster.
No surprise to see Cowboys captain Johnathan Thurston (86) atop the Fantasy point scoring list as he led his team into their second ever NRL Grand Final. Three try assists, four line-break assists, six tackle breaks, three offloads and plenty of kick metres in a dominant all round performance from the North Queensland No.7. Underrated second rower Gavin Cooper (72) also had a night to remember with two tries, a try assist of his own, two line breaks and 37 tackles.
Justin O'Neil (67) rounded out an all Cowboys top three with two tries, a try assist, three linebreaks and 15 tackles. Reliable Storm captain Cameron Smith (64) got through a mountain of work as he always does, making 49 tackles, a try assist and a linebreak assist. Storm fullback Cameron Munster (62) was just about Melbourne's best in a losing effort, making seven tacklebreaks, 227 metres and saving a couple of tries as well. Jesse Bromwich (49) was the best of the front rowers with 42 tackles and 83 metres.
Now it's time to take your shot at picking your NRL Fantasy Finals line-up for this week's Telstra Premiership Grand Final, with the Cowboys and Broncos set to face-off in an all Queensland decider at ANZ Stadium on Sunday night.
Remember there's another $500 up for grabs this week, then a $1000 Fantasy prize for grand final week and $2000 to go to the overall winner of NRL Fantasy Finals.