NRL $10,000+ Roosters v Cowboys Line-Up
The Cowboys are quickly becoming the fairy tale story of this finals series. After knocking off the reigning premiers in the first week of finals, they stopped a rampant Eels team in their tracks last week. They come up against the Roosters this week, who beat the Broncos in a tight qualifying final. With plenty of stars in action it should be a cracking contest.
Here is a team you may consider for the NRL $10,000+ Roosters v Cowboys competition
Front Row Forward
Jason Taumalolo ($16,150)
At the moment, Taumalolo is the undisputed king of forwards in the competition. Over the last month he’s been sublime. Whether he’s breaking games open with his running or just going about his business, he always ends the game with a fantastic Draftstars score. Last week he ran 242 metres and ended up with 66.9 points despite not having a massive influence on the game. If your down games are netting you scores like that, you’re a genuine superstar. Lock and load.
Isaac Liu ($8,900)
Liu has stepped up his production at the pointy end of the season. Since cementing his spot in the starting line-up he’s averaging over 48 minutes per game, which has allowed him to rack up some handy scores. In nine games at lock, he’s scored over 60 twice and over 45 a further four times, including two of the last three weeks. When these teams met in round 21 he ended the game with 61.9 Draftstars points, with 109 metres, 36 tackles, five tackle breaks and a line break.
Jake Friend ($13,850)
Friend is under-priced and in good form – a great choice at hooker in this contest. His tackling is second to none. He’s made over 50 tackles in six of his eight games since returning from injury, which gives him a massive base for his scoring. In round 21 against the Cowboys he assisted on two tries and made 61 tackles in an enormous performance. His service from dummy-half has been brilliant recently, and he’s starting to get back to the form that has had him in discussions for representative teams in previous years.
Second Row Forward
Ethan Lowe ($11,550)
Lowe was massive last week. He put in a few incredible defensive efforts, which certainly would’ve inspired his teammates, including an incredible sprint chasing after a runaway Will Smith. His goal kicking was on point, too, converting all his chances. He ended up with 106 metres and 28 tackles for 46.6 Draftstars points. He’s standing up in the big moments and that’s exactly the type of guy you want in your team for finals.
Zane Tetevano ($6,800)
Tetevano is the best value option in this contest by far. His last four scores have all been between 26 and 33, which is more than handy from a guy who is only setting you back $6.8k. He ran 130 metres from just twelve runs last week which was an impressive addition to his always sound defence. The Cowboys have a strong pack, which could be even stronger if Matt Scott plays, so guys like Tetevano will need to step up for the tri-colours.
Justin O’Neill ($7,800)
O’Neill returned from an elbow injury last week and put in a solid performance. He ended the game with 38.6 Draftstars points thanks to 146 metres, three tackle breaks and a line break. The Cowboys looked to use his side of the field a fair bit, which bodes well for his scoring this week. All of the centres in this contest are reasonable options, but O’Neill should approximate their scoring at a slightly cheaper price.
Mitchell Pearce ($14,100)
Pearce has been the best halfback in the NRL this season, and after some poor State of Origin performances, he’ll be looking to step up on the big stage. In the last six weeks, he’s had four scores between 60 and 62, which just shows his incredible consistency for a half. He was phenomenal in the qualifying final, setting up three line breaks and a try in a controlled performance. He’s going head to head with the other form halfback of the competition on Saturday, and the result of that match up will go a long way in determining the winner of the match.
Kyle Feldt ($10,100)
Feldt has had a brilliant back end of the season, scoring five tries in the last four weeks. Last week he scored an incredible try to give the Cowboys some early momentum when it looked like the Eels were going to dominate. After that, he continued his strong running form, making 128 metres and breaking six tackles to make it 23 tackle breaks in the last four weeks.
Latrell Mitchell ($10,050)
After some early struggles, Mitchell has cemented himself as one of the best backs in the competition. Against the Broncos, he was magic, scoring an incredible try after palming off an attempted James Roberts tackle. He ended the night with a whopping twelve tackle breaks, 134 metres, a line break and the match winning try. He’s easily the best and most consistent scorer of the options in the backline, so make sure you have him somewhere in your line up.
The Line Up
FR-F: Jason Taumalolo ($16,150)
FR-F: Isaac Liu ($8,900)
HOOK: Jake Friend ($13,850)
2R-F: Ethan Lowe ($11,550)
2R-F: Zane Tetevano ($6,800)
C: Justin O’Neill ($7,800)
HALF: Mitchell Pearce ($14,100)
W/FB: Kyle Feldt ($10,100)
W/FB: Latrell Mitchell ($10,050)
Salary Remaining: $700
NRL SCORING SYSTEM
Try Scored = 8 points
Goal = 2 points
Field Goal = 5 points
Try Assist = 5 points
Line Break = 4 points
Line Break Assist = 2 points
Tackle = 1 point
Tackle Break = 3 points
Missed Tackles = -2 points
Offload = 2 points
Run Metres Gained = 0.1 points
Kick Metres Gained = 0.05 points
Error = -2 pointsNRL