The penultimate round of the OG League is complete and the play-off pictures are well and truly taking shape!

Trade Night Rd 5

Round 6 Fixtures:

Ride My Pone (299) vs (364) Peri Peri Chicken
Nsync (8) vs Wylie (3)
Wylie will be thanking his lucky stars that he was gifted ‘the bye’ fixture this week and managed to notch up a win to keep him 3rd on the ladder with only one week to go to make the finals series. He secured the win this week with the 3rd lowest team fantasy score of the round with the team on the other side of the sheet taking out the lowest. There were definitely some positives, sync making trades to at least get XV men on the park (all be it some off the bench) and his top scorers were Dane Coles (59), Reece Hodge having his one good fantasy game he has every season (42), his bedrock Sam Whitelock (39) and Will Harrison (38). Perhaps it was the spiritual loss of having Pone Fa’amausili coming off the bench rather than starting and scoring -3 that didn’t gee the rest of the boys up. Wylie’s backs led his fantasy scores this week with Jonah Nareki and Sevu Reece 53 points each and Jack Goodhue with 43.

Whilst Nsync on 1897 points for the season is almost 1000 points shy of compeition top scorer Cargie on 2855, I think all managers wish that he had managed to put one win to the name, which would have then kept Nelson in contention to finish bottom of the table. As it stands Sync can’t do any better than finishing bottom but can certainly spoil the party for someone in the final round with such a close top 6 of the table.

Rieking Havoc 2.0 (478) Vs (302) Where My Hosea At
Nabung (5) vs Nelson (7)
Nabung needed the win to truly stay in finals contention and his men answered the call. His lads were lead by a hell of a game from Josh Ioane (67), trade night pick up and double try scorer Peter Umaga-Jensen (51), George Bridge and Aaron Smith (49 pts each) and rounded out by old heads Ash Dixon and Karmichael Hunt (45 pts each). He was let down by Tom Banks (-2) having one to forget and rewarded by the late withdrawal of Rob Simmons pre game who surely would have lost him points.

Of course his men weren’t needed as much nor called for as loudly as the one and only Nelson Dale who is as a result of their poor performance, is now staring a back to back (to back…) wooden spoon finals playoff series. Nelson’s top scorer was Tom Horton with 38 points followed by Solomon Kata and and an off the bench Tate McDermott (34 pts each). He was truly let down by his men up front, Mitch Brown and Trevor Hosea only managing 2 points a piece in the locks the stand outs. Despite only managing to get 13 men on the field as compared to Nelson’s XV (** McDermott and Sione Havili off the bench before Nelson protests), Nabung scored a whopping 176 more points and despite losing some serious personnel has put him in a great position to attempt to push his way into the finals next week.

Damian McKenzie XV (378) Vs (407) Roll away Blue!
Harry (1) vs Newbung (4)
Initially it was all looking to be coming up milhouse for the competition leader Harry in his campaign against the Super Rugby 2020 (1.0) competition leader Newbung. By this I mean he had Braydon Ennor returning from injury, a late crusaders team announcement saw him able to pick up a freshly dropped Whetu Douglas who we all thought was gone for the season but returned to start for the Saders, and Matt Philip was back in the starting side for the rebels. It also looked as if Jordan Petaia was going to be starting on the wing for the injured Chris Feauai-Sautia but unfortunately and our condolences are with Jordan, who lost his father during the week and understandably had to pull out from the game. Of Harry’s 5 Queenslands Reds who all did the mahi and got the treats the week prior in terms of fantasy points, only James O’Connor delivered (44 points) and the rest may as well have stayed at home, Brandon Paenga-Amosa (0 pts), Harry Wilson (1 pts), Dane Zander (8 pts – he had 55 last week!) and Petaia (DNP). No one was writing home about he rest of his team’s performances, Sean Wainui his top scorer with 45 points.

Newbung is a hybrid flanker/scrumhalf himself and accordingly knew how to pick his men in those positions. His 410 points was lead by Jack Dempsey laying his claim for a starting wallabies berth with 71 points, Dillon Hunt with 50 and TJ Perenara with 47 points. Add to this Jordan Uelese (the prince that was promised but has sorta/kinda delivered) with 48 points and Wes Goosen with 41 points and you can see where he bagged himself the win. He wasn’t without some dissappointment himself though with Jock Campbell pulled pregame, Nepo Laulala 1 point and Billy Meakes (off the bench as flanker! 2 points). Whilst not the top of the log where he was looking real comfortable earlier in the year, Newbung finds himself on the right side of the ledge sitting in 4th on the ladder and will need another win this week to enter the finals in his maiden fantasy super rugby season.

King Richard’s First XV (534) Vs (375) 2 out of 3 ain’t Barrett
Cargie (2) vs AJ (6)
Another week, another 5 trades and looking at those trades you would have thought Cargie was a madman, increasing his waratahs stock from 2 men to 5 (about 5 too many waratahs based on their recent form). However it was as if someone reminded the Waratahs that they are a professional rugby team and although the bookies had them at $11 to win 13+ they went out there and absolutely blitzed the Reds 45 – 12. That or it was because Rob Simmons wasn’t in the side (you decide). In his first start for the season, Jake Gordon ran in three tries in a fantasy man of the round performance (97 points), Alex Newsome with the rugby league finish in the corner (almost twice!) and add a Jack Maddocks try and Cargie came away with 5 tries from the men in sky blue. Despite 3 negative scores on the team sheet, Tevita Kuridrani (-2), Tom Robertson (-3), and Andy Muirhead (-8) he more than offset these with his usual suspects. The top shelf Crusaders (in a Super Rugby Aotearoa winning performance no less), Richie Mo’unga (74), Codie Taylor (60), Will Jordan (54) delivered the goods as well as Shannon Frizell (49) bringing home the bacon and illustrating why Cargie top scored this week with 534.

AJ had the 5th highest score for the week and his men were spearheaded by strong performances from Jordie Barrett and Pete Samu both on 45, Hunter Paisami (43), Anton Lienert Brown (37) and Folau Fainga’a (36 pts). AJ is in the unique position, proving just how close this competition is of possibly finding himself in the top 4 and final or in 7th and competing in the spoon final depending on his result next week.

Extra Facts:

Best Player: Jake Gordon (97 points) – Cargie
Worst Player: Andy Muirhead (-8 points) – Cargie
Best Supersub: n/a
Best Free Agent: n/a
Biggest Coaching Mistake (player left on the bench): n/a

Team Scores Round 6:

The Table:

Round 7 Fixtures:

Written by your local rugby nerd Harrison Dale.

Casualty Ward Aotearoa Rd 9, AU Rd 6

The rate of breakdown of the NZ players as near the finish of Super Rugby Aotearoa is intense. Luckily the Casualty Ward is your one-stop shop for all injury news, with the added insights of our team’s Physiotherapist and Podiatrist.

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Returned from injury (Aotearoa Rd 9 & AU Rd 6):

Luke Jacobson (Chiefs) – Returned in the 6 jersey having recovered from a broken hand.
Ngatungane Punivai (Highlanders) – Recovered from his concussion to take up a spot on the bench.
Peter Umaga-Jensen (Hurricanes) – Recovered from his concussion two weeks ago to star at outside centre.
Tyrel Lomax (Hurricanes) – Returned from injury having missed last week.
Dane Coles (Hurricanes) – Didn’t travel with the squad for rd 7 due to a minor back injury, looked at full tilt this week.
Kane Le’aupepe (Hurricanes) – Had hip surgery in mid December to repair a torn labrum and remove a CAM impingement. Came back via the bench this week.
Braydon Ennor (Crusaders) – Returned this week from a foot/toe injury from rd 6.
Joe Moody (Crusaders) – Missed rd 8 with a family bereavement, didn’t last long until picking up an injury.
Whetukamokamo Douglas (Crusaders) – Unexpectedly back from his MCL injury.

James Tuttle (Rebels) – Ruptured his Achilles twice! Finally made his comeback off the bench this week.
Campbell Magnay (Rebels) – Returned to outside centre having recovered from his mystery injury.
Lalakai Foketi (Waratahs) – Started at outside centre for his first run after struggling with a torn hamstring earlier in the season. 
Angus Bell (Waratah)– Recovered from his back injury to come back via the bench. 
Ryan Lonergan (Brumbies) – Back from his ankle injury to take a spot on the bench.

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Likely back this week (Aotearoa Rd 10 & AU Rd 7):

Ian Prior (Western Force) – Was meant to make his comeback from a shoulder injury he sustained two weeks earlier, but was pulled pregame. Expected to start this week. Source.
Rob Simmons (Waratahs) – Was given every chance to play after breaking a rib two weeks ago but didn’t quite recover in time. Source.

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New Injuries (Aotearoa Rd 9 AU Rd 6):

Sam Cane (Chiefs) – Came off with what looked like a knock, ended up being a concussion. Source.
Kini Naholo (Chiefs) – Didn’t last long before he left the field with a leg injury.
Joe Moody (Crusaders) – Came off after 14 minutes with a neck injury and won’t play this weekend. Source.
Oli Jager (Crusaders) – Came off with an ugly hit to the head. Looked like a concussion but they treated it like a neck injury. Won’t play next week. Source.
Richie Mo’unga (Crusaders) – May miss the game due to the expected birth of his first child within the next week. Source.
Kobus van Wyk (Hurricanes) – Had his yellow card tackle on weber upgraded to on report. Will face the judiciary this week. Source.

Jordan Petaia (Reds) – Didn’t play this week following his father’s passing but has said he will play this week on the wing. Source.
Jock Campbell (Reds) – Took a heavy knock early and came off about 10 minutes later. Apparently cleared for this weekend. Source.
Alex Mafi (Reds) – Suffered a concussion in the 2nd half so will go through HIA protocols.
Tom Ross (Brumbies) – Got knocked out badly so will go through the HIA protocols this week.
Scott Sio (Brumbies) – Limped off for a regular sub, may have succumbed to an injury. Source.
Rob Valetini (Brumbies) – Ended up being subbed for Will Miller after limping around the field for some time. We doubt that it was a planned sub.
Rob Leota (Rebels) – Was helped from the field with a leg injury. Source.
Jordan Uelese (Rebels) – Came off after a head knock so will go through the concussion protocols.

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Ongoing Injury List:

Nehe Milner-Skudder – Hasn’t played rugby in 18 months after consecutive shoulder injuries. Tweaked his MCL before rd 9 but was hopefully of playing club rugby regardless. That would see him a chance to play in the final round of SR Aotearoa. Source.

Nathan Harris – Had a rotator cuff (shoulder muscle) repair on the 15th of January. Out for at least six months and was set to miss all of Super Rugby. A chance to get a run during this season but we haven’t heard anything. Source.
Aidan Ross – Came off with a calf tear in rd 6. Didn’t play in rd 7. Source.
Reuben O’Neill – Came off with a hamstring injury and didn’t play in rd 9. Source.
Ryan Coxon – Out with an injury to his thumb.
Tiaan Falcon – Suffered an injury to his knee.

Vaea Fifita – Pulled from the starting side pre-game in rd 7, no more info at this stage. Source.
Isaia Walker-Leawere – Pulled from the starting side pre-game in rd 7, not sure of what he has done. Source.

Manasa Mataele – Still in the process of returning from a knee injury as of rd 8. Source.

Tom Robinson – Had a meniscal tear cleaned up in his knee after rd 1. Recovery said to be 6-8 weeks, they are targeting 5-6. Generally, it varies from 1-12 weeks so it is hard to guess from the outside. Source.
Hoskins Sotutu – Suffered a knee injury which ruled him out of rd 6 and rd 7. No word on a return date yet but there is some language suggesting he might be back soon. Source.
Daniel Carter – Strained his calf in training the Thursday before rd 6. Looks like his only chance to play would be against the Crusaders in rd 9. Source.
James Parsons – Still on the comeback trail from a concussion in Rd 5. Source.


Western Force
Greg Holmes – Broke his thumb in rd 6. It is unclear exactly how long he will be sidelined. Source.
Tevin Ferris – Stretchered off early in rd 5 but cleared of a serious neck injury. Won’t play in rd 7. Source.
Henry Taefu – Failed his HIA in rd 5 so will go through the concussion protocol.

Toni Pulu – Had shoulder surgery early March, still wasn’t back training in mid-May, so he is unlikely to play anytime soon. Source.
Cadeyrn Neville – Expected to miss the first 2-3 weeks of the relaunched Super Rugby season after having ankle surgery during the shutdown. Source
Noah Lolesio – Tore his hamstring in rd 3. The results suggest he is out for 8 weeks, giving him a target of playing in a grand final. Source.

Moses Sorovi – Seen limping around on crutches during rd 4. Still injured in mid-March. Source.
Harry Hoopert – Sidelined for four or five weeks with an MCL (knee) injury suffered against the Force in Round Three. Source.
Chris Feauai-Sautia – Came off with a calf tear in rd 5, was at long odds to play rd 9, no more info since then. Source.

Anaru Rangi  – Could miss the full season with “a personal health issue”. Source.
Tom English – Was meant to be playing in Japan, training with the squad but can’t be selected unless his trip is canceled. Source.
Semisi Tupou – Suffered an ACL injury in the preseason, a slight chance to come back before the end of the season. Source.
Dane Haylett-Petty – Out for at least 5 weeks after picking up a knee injury in rd 4. Source.


Gone for the season:

Baden Wardlaw (Blues) – Forced to retire before the season due to a chronic neck fusion. Source.
Ray Niuia (Blues) – Has a knee injury that will cost him his season. Source.
Tanielu Tele’a (Blues) – Had a shoulder injury after round 6 and is out for the season. Source.
Stephen Perofeta (Blues) – Has been ruled out for the season, opening the door for Dan Carter to sign for the Blues. No more detail on his injury yet.
Ricky Jackson (Highlanders) – The hooker will miss the entire SR campaign with an ankle injury and operation. Nathan Vella brought in to replace him. Source.
James Lentjes (Highlanders) – Fracture dislocated his ankle in rd 5, will have surgery and is gone for the season. The expected recovery is 6-9 months. Source.
Connor Garden-Bachop (Highlanders) – Had an operation on his back due to return in June but his spot in the side has been taken. Source.
Tevita Nabura (Highlanders) – Still getting over an operation on his lower back after he suffered an injury at training just before Christmas, was expected back in April but his spot has been taken. Source.
Sam Gilbert (Highlanders) – Tore his ACL in rd 3 and will miss 9 months. Source.
Josh Dickson (Highlanders) – Has broken a bone in his lower leg in Aotearoa Rd 5 and will miss the remainder of the season. He is expected to be out for four months, so we expect he had to have it operated on. Source.
Kayne Hammington (Highlanders) – Fractured a bone in his hand late in the match against the Hurricanes and will miss the remainder of the campaign. Source.
Atu Moli (Chiefs) – Had FAI (hip impingement) surgery on both hips to treat chronic hip dysfunction. He will miss the entire season. Source.
Michael Allardice (Chiefs) – Gone for the season having undergone surgery for a shoulder reconstruction. Source.
Laghlan McWhannell (Chiefs) – Gone for the season having gone under the knife to have a patellar tendon debridement (this is not a good sign for such a young player). Source.
Sam McNicol (Chiefs) – Gone for the season after ankle surgery to correct his anterior impingement and clean up his joint surfaces. Source.
Luke Jacobson (Chiefs) – Fractured his hand against the Blues. The recovery time for the injury is 5 to 6 weeks but the Chiefs are taking a cautious approach and don’t expect him to play this season. Source.
Tyler Ardron (Chiefs) – Will now leave the squad to start his contract with Castres. Source.
Solomon Alaimalo (Chiefs) – Dislocated his shoulder after scoring a try and won’t take part in the rest of SR Aotearoa. Source.
Scott Barrett (Crusaders) – Tore his plantar fascia in the intrasquad trial. Had surgery on the 25th of June and will miss the full Super Rugby season. There is no definite return time as the research is pretty limited, my expectation is roughly 6 months, but it could be double that. Source.
Ethan Blackadder (Crusaders) – Now had a meniscus clean up in his knee after being scratched from rd 4. Gone for the season. Source.
Cullen Grace (Crusaders) – Ruled out of action for 6-8 weeks with a Bennett’s fracture (fractured thumb) that requires an operation in rd 3. Gone for the season. Source.
David Havili (Crusaders) – Suffered a Bennett’s fracture in his thumb and will miss the rest of the Super Rugby season. Source.
Gareth Evans (Hurricanes) – Now ruled out for the full SR Aotearoa season. We suspect from his ankle injury. Source.
Fraser Armstrong (Hurricanes) – Broke his arm and won’t play again in SR Aotearoa. Source.
Ngani Laumape (Hurricanes) – Came off with a broken wrist. Having surgery on the 30th of July and aiming for a return in mid-November. Source.

Les Leulua’iali’i-Makin (Brumbies) – ruled out of Super Rugby season after rupturing his Achilles on the 25th of January. Source.
Blake Enever (Brumbies) – Has been released by the Brumbies to return home to Brisbane immediately on compassionate grounds where he will continue his recovery from a lower leg injury. Source. Now confirmed he has signed for Leicester. Source.
Isaac Lucas (Reds) – Had his RA contract torn up after rejecting a pay cut from the Reds. Expected to sign for a Japanese rugby club. Source.
Harry Hockings (Reds) – Had his RA contract torn up after rejecting a pay cut from the Reds. Expected to sign for a Japanese rugby club. Source.
Izack Rodda (Reds) – Had his RA contract torn up after rejecting a pay cut from the Reds. Apparently he still might reverse his decision to leave. Source.
Henry Speight (Reds) – Has been released from his contract to take up a 3-year contract with Biarritz, won’t play Super Rugby AU. Source.
Damien Fitzpatrick (Waratahs) – Retired from professional rugby before the AU season started. Source.
Kurtley Beale (Waratahs) – Won’t take any part in Super Rugby AU after being released early to take up his contract with Racing 92. Source.
Mack Mason (Waratahs) – Still on contract until November but has been allowed to seek employment on his farm in Queensland and isn’t back training with the squad. Source.
Carlo Tizzano (West Harbour), Joe Cotton (Southern Districts), Triston Reilly (Randwick), Henry Robertson (Sydney Uni), as well as sevens player Angus Bell (Sydney Uni) (Waratahs) – All released to play club rugby for the remainder of the season. Source
Chris Alcock (Western Force) – Has just announced his retirement prior to the start of Super Rugby AU. Source.
Luke Jones (Rebels) – Released early to play overseas and won’t play in Super Rugby AU.
Ryan Louwrens (Rebels) – Has had an operation on his ruptured bicep and will miss the rest of the season. Source.

Have we missed something? Drop a comment or tweet and let us know.

Written by your local rugby nerd Harrison Dale.

Experimental Scoring Feature

Some might say that Draft Rugby is a game played purely enjoyment. We all know that’s flat our wrong. It’s a game we play to win. Specifically, to win against Cargie.

To know who’s winning, we need to see team scores. Until now, team scoring has been conspicuously absent from Draft Rugby. Now our new “Scoring Algorithm” is ready to play.

You can see the Scoring Algorithm’s output by visiting the Fixtures page for any League you participate in. Scoring numbers are added after Team names in each Fixture. It’s very subtle right now, because we’re sure there will be many bugs with scoring. We want to get things working reliably before we make the user interface more pretty.

There are quite a few limitations with scoring:

  1. There are (probably) many bugs. We will address them as they are detected. Please report anything you find to @DraftSportDev
  2. Deleting players from Teams is currently a bit wonky. Your team composition might change unexpectedly until we sort out deletions properly.
  3. It’s not possible to view the Team score breakdown for each player in a round.

We’re working to rectify these limitations as quickly as possible! Please keep your feedback coming.

– Hugh