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Hodgson, CNK and Moses pile the points on
There were tons of Fantasy points on offer in Sunday's triple header, with a couple of Raiders stars and a returning Rooster led the way – with one maligned Eel proving he's the real deal.
Hodgson (79) didn't even play the final seven minutes after taking a knock to the knee but his three try assists, 39 tackles and three busts propelled him to the day's high score.
Clubmate Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (75) hit a career-high score on the back of two tries, seven busts and over 200 metres.
The 36-10 thrashing also included boomers from Jarrod Croker (70), John Bateman (68) and Bailey Simonsson (59).
Hooker Cameron McInnes (74) was the notable scorer for the Red V with a whopping 59 tackles and a try assist.
The Eels were two good for the Wests Tigers despite a tackle-busting two-try 73 from David Nofoaluma, with halfback Mitch Moses hitting 69 thanks two a try assist, seven goals and an absurd 620 kick metres.
He is now the fourth-top scorer for the year among all players and the best of any non-hooker.
Fellow Eels Brad Takairangi (61 with his first career hat-trick) and Nathan Brown (a season-high 60 in 65 minutes) were also standouts while Tigers forwards Alex Twal (52) and Ryan Matterson (48) were solid if unspectacular.
In the early game Jake Friend (73 with a try and 48 tackles) was his old self in his first game for two months while Jake Clifford (67 with a match-winning field goal) was the surprise star for North Queensland in Michael Morgan's absence.
Jason Taumalolo (60) was his usual self but Angus Crichton (34 in 37 minutes) spent less time on the field than he has in any game since round one.
Milford, Haas, RTS thrive on Smith's big night
Cameron Smith was predictably dominant in his 400th NRL game, kicking eight goals, notching a try assist and making 35 tackles on the way to 73 Fantasy points – but it wasn't enough to make him the top scorer on Saturday night.
That honour belonged to Broncos fullback Anthony Milford, who smashed out 96 points with 10 tackle breaks, 212 run metres and a huge 580 kick metres in Brisbane's 90-minute draw with the Warriors.
That game resulted in high scores across the board, with Issac Luke (86), captaincy option Payne Haas (85 – and now rivalling Jason Taumalolo as the Fantasy player of the year), Jazz Tevaga (82, including a huge 72 tackles) and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (82, including an all-time NRL-high 367 run metres) piling on the points.
In the early game on Saturday Curtis Sironen made two line breaks and scored a try in an 84-point effort in Manly's one-point loss to Souths, with Sea Eagles Daly Cherry-Evans (74) and Jake Trbojevic (66) and Rabbitohs Damien Cook (62) and Adam Reynolds (59) also scoring well.
Smith wasn't the only big scorer in Melbourne's 40-16 thumping of Cronulla, with namesake Brandon Smith scoring two tries and 72 points, Cameron Munster making 66 and Shaun Johnson bouncing back into Fantasy form with a try, two goals and 67 points.
Edwards goes large, To'o comes in handy
He's endured a mixed 2019 season but Dylan Edwards had a field day in Penrith's 24-2 win over the Titans on Friday, scoring two tries and saving another in a performance worth 93 Fantasy points.
He was one of five Panthers to pass 50 points in the win – along with James Tamou, James Fisher-Harris, Brian To'o and Jarome Luai – with To'o's 55 especially handy for those who had picked up the rookie winger as a bargain buy in May, considering superstar WFBs Kalyn Ponga, James Tedesco and Tom Trbojevic are all out of action this week.
In Ponga's absence the Knights suffered a shock loss to Canterbury on Friday night but Connor Watson still shone at fullback with a whopping 14 tackle breaks in a 69-point effort, whole winger Shaun Kenny-Dowall scored 65 including two tries.
Will Hopoate was the best scorer of the game, with 77 Fantasy points including a try, seven tackle breaks and 234 run metres.
Mitchell Pearce and David Klemmer backed up from Origin III with 52 points apiece, in a welcome return to form for Pearce after a few lean weeks.
Looky, Looky, it's Cookie: Round 17
By Damien Cook, July 12
The Origin period has put me through plenty of tough stuff on the field but also in NRL Fantasy land.
As I've been concentrating on getting that series W, I have dropped a bit in the overall standings.
I still have 11 trades remaining so it is time to knuckle down and see what I can achieve in the run home!
This week I have only made two minor trades to cover for the post Origin injury reshuffles.
I have brought in Dylan Brown and Herbie Farnworth to cover for Kalyn Ponga and Tom Trbojevic.
I’m not sure whether Tommy will or won’t play but thought it would be a good idea to get some cover.
Dylan started the season really well at his price, it’s hard to say no. Herbie got through plenty of work in the early tackles against a physical Sharks pack so that’s why he got the nod for me.
Thanks for supporting me through the Origin series, I received so many positive messages throughout the series and wish I could have gotten back to them all.
Good luck on the run home in NRL Fantasy!