Fantasy winners & losers: Finals Week 1
The first week of the NRL Fantasy Finals Match Day competition has come and gone, with familiar faces and a few surprises dominating the scoring.
Here's who excelled in each of the four games this weekend, with front-rowers leading the way in three of the four games.
Broncos v Titans
Brisbane may have grabbed the victory here but a few Titans forwards dominated the scoring, with try-scoring record-breaker Ryan James matching Broncos two-try hero Jordan Kahu with 58 points apiece. Titans second-rower Chris McQueen, who also scored a brace, and Gold Coast hooker Nathan Peats were close behind with 57 points each. Brisbane pivot Anthony Milford (53), prop Jarrod Wallace (49), winger Corey Oates (45) and forwards Corey Parker and Alex Glenn (both 43) were the next best.
Best team: Nathan Peats, Ryan James (c), Chris McQueen, Anthony Milford, Jordan Kahu (vc), Corey Oates.
Raiders v Sharks
The Sharks ambushed Canberra with a second-half fightback and dominated the Match Day Fantasy scores as well. Andrew Fifita was the best of the bunch with 79 while prop Matt Prior scored a rare try and made a massive 233 metres on the way to 74. Raiders hooker Josh Hodgson was terrific as usual with 58 points from just 43 minutes while his opposite number Michael Ennis made 52. Sharks five-eighth James Maloney scored 50 – taking on even more responsibility once halves partner Chad Townsend was benched with 20 minutes left – while Canberra back-rowers Elliott Whitehead and Joseph Tapine scored 46 each and dual-position Shark Kurt Capewell (42) pipped star Raiders centre duo Jarrod Croker (37) and Joey Leilua (32).
Best team: Josh Hodgson, Andrew Fifita (c), Matt Prior (vc), James Maloney, Kurt Capewell, Jordan Rapana.
Storm v Cowboys
Cameron Smith was his usual reliable self with 65 points on Saturday night but Storm front-rower Jesse Bromwich was even better, scoring a try on the way to 73 points. Melbourne winger Suliasi Vunivalu scored another try and made 181 run metres for 61 points while Tohu Harris produced 56 points – entirely from base stats. North Queensland's best scorers in a beaten side were Lachlan Coote (48), Ethan Lowe (46) and Ben Hannant (45).
Best team: Cameorn Smith (vc), Jesse Bromwich (73), Tohu Harris, Cooper Cronk, Cheyse Blair, Suliasi Vunivalu
Panthers v Bulldogs
The Panthers ran riot in the second half of Sunday's elimination final win over the Bulldogs and their players cashed in in NRL Match Day Fantasy, with Tyrone Peachey leading the way with three line breaks, eight tackle breaks, a try and 87 Fantasy points. Workhorse Trent Merrin was the next best with 76, barnstorming winger Josh Mansour scored 72, hooker Peter Wallace grabbed a try and 68 points while fullback Matt Moylan (66) and winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (62) were also superb. Aidan Tolman (68) was the best of the Bulldogs while David Klemmer (59) got through a lot of work and both halfbacks Moses Mbye (57) and Nathan Cleary (54) scored well.
Best team: Peter Wallace, Aidan Tolman, Trent Merrin (vc), Moses Mbye, Tyrone Peachey (c), Josh Mansour
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