NRL Round 19 Breakdown: Left v Right Edge Players

NRL Round 19 Breakdown: Left v Right Edge Players

Wicky, NRL Fantasy Scout & Kyle Bedford break down each side’s players by which side of the field they play on for every NRL game in Round 19 in 2024. Whether it’s to decide your NRL Fantasy or NRL Supercoach Captain or to lock in the last leg of your multi – we have you covered!

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Tommy Hazelton – he’s scored 5 tries in 19 games where he’s played over 30 minutes. That’s on par with the best middle forward try scorers in the history of the NRL.

Sharks v Wests Tigers

Fri 12/7, 8pm

Wicky’s breakdown – The Sharks have lost Nicho Hynes (out for around 2 months), Jack Williams and Siosisa Talakai. The Tigers are missing Justin Olam.

The Tigers have conceded 15 tries to right wingers this season – although Hynes is missing from the Sharks’ right edge, Nikora, Ramien and Sione Katoa are an extremely strong right edge.

R WING

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S Katoa

Ramien Nikora Atkinson Trindall
Wilton
Iro Mulitalo
Staines Faataape Samuela Fainu Galvin Sezer Bateman Doueihi

Lobb

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The Sharks have scored more tries through middle forwards than any team this year. Look out for big Tommy Hazelton – he’s scored 5 tries in 19 games where he’s played over 30 minutes. That’s on par with the best middle forward try scorers in the history of the NRL.

On the other side – Api Koroisau is one of the best hookers in the NRL at putting middle forwards over for tries. Just in the last 3 games the Tigers have had Fonua Pole (twice), Utoikamanu and their rookie Sione Fainu score! The Sharks also conceded tries to Randall and Palasia (middle forwards from the Titans) last week.

SupercoachGuns Try Map NRL Round 19
SupercoachGuns Try Map NRL Round 19

Titans v Eels

Sat 13/7, 5.30pm

Wicky’s breakdown – The Eels lose Mitch Moses and Junior Paulo. The Titans lose Mo Fotuaika. The Titans do get Jayden Campbell and Klese Haas back as well as having Brimson and Sami in the squad who could come into the starting side!

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J Fifita

Fermor K Haas Foran Campbell
D Fifita
Kelly AKP
J Tago Talagi R Matterson Asi Brown Doorey Penisini

L Mulitalo

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For the Titans – we like Campbell or Brimson (if he starts) – they’ve both been electric in attack when they’ve been playing in the spine. David Fifita should have a field day, he’ll be fired up after being left out of the Origin decider! And the other obvious one – Khan-Pereira. The Titans’ left winger has scored 14 tries this season (all AKP) – the most by any left winger in the NRL in 2024.

Everything about this game points to the Titans attack. The Eels have looked alright in attack in the last couple of weeks – but it was all Mitchell Moses. Look at their game 2 weeks ago – 2 tries to Moses, 2 tries to Blaize Talagi (the winger on Moses’ side) and a try to Paulo (injured, gone for the season). And then last week – 1 of their 3 tries was to Talagi again. They’ve also named a few rookies in their side this week, benching Lane and Cartwright. A sign they’ve given up on their 2024 season?

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Broncos v Dragons

Sat 13/7, 7.35pm

Wicky’s breakdown – The Dragons are missing Lomax, Ben Hunt and Lawrie. The Broncos are missing Carrigan, Haas, Walsh, Cobbo and Jock Madden. The bookies have the Broncos 5 point favourites but it looks like a really unpredictable game.

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Arthars

Staggs Riki Rogers Mam
Piakura
Mariner Oates
Tuipulotu Suli Su’A Flanagan Marschke RFM Max Feagai

Ravalawa

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We love the Broncos’ left side in attack for this game. With no Walsh and a rookie halfback, Mam will definitely get more touches. Piakura’s a great hole runner and Mariner’s one of the quickest players in the NRL and is this season’s leading try scorer.

The Dragons have conceded 13 tries to middle forwards in 2024 – the most of any side. Xavier Willison has scored 4 tries in 21 NRL games, most of which he’s played limited minutes.

For the Dragons – we can see Flanagan and Su’A as hotspots in attack with no Ben Hunt.

Manly v Knights

Sun 14/7, 4.05pm

Wicky’s breakdown – The Knights lose both centres (Gagai and Best) as well as Tuala and Ponga. They do get back Adam Elliott.

Manly lose DCE, Koula and Ben & Jake Trbojevic.

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Saab Garrick Olakau’atu Humphreys Brooks Lawton Talau L Hopoate
Marzhew Cant KPP Hastings Pryce Frizell Lucas Mapapalangi
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The attack for both teams will likely be quite unpredictable with DCE and Ponga missing. The one angle we do like though is both teams’ left wingers. They’ve both conceded 12 tries to left wingers.

Marzhew doesn’t necessarily need Ponga or Best to score tries. The intriguing angle from a punting perspective though is Tommy Talau. He’s been named at centre, however, if Tom Trbojevic goes back to centre with Lehi Hopoate playing fullback – it’d shift Talau back to the left wing! He’s priced as a centre so this is an attractive value play.

Dolphins v Rabbitohs

Thu 11/7, 7.50pm

Wicky’s breakdown – We’ve been writing about Cody Walker’s move to the right edge and the impact of that on Jacob Gagai for a few weeks now. Well, with Latrell missing (out for 4 weeks, MAYBE the season) we expect even more ball to go to Gagai!

The Rabbitohs are missing Latrell and Cam Murray. The Dolphins are missing JMK, Felise Kaufusi, Tesi Niu and their backup hooker option in Kurt Donoghue. We actually think is a coin flip, even though the Dolphins are slight favourites with the bookies.

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Isaako Averillo Lemuelu Nikorima I Katoa Aitken Farnworth Bostock
Johnston Milne Arrow Wighton C Walker Chee Kam Kennar J Gagai
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Souths have conceded 16 tries to opposing right wingers – equal most of any side. Arrow, Milne and AJ don’t seem like a great defensive edge. What makes it worse – the Dolphins’ key playmaker (Nikorima) has Isaako on the right wing with Averillo inside him, who is a much better centre to have inside a winger than Farnworth!

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