Spewing about the week off from regular DreamTeam? Well fear not, Test DreamTeam is here to keep your little DT heart happy. Test DreamTeam follows the same format as any of the one off/shorter form DreamTeam Competitions. If you’ve never played in it, the major differences between Regular DT and the Test format (we will call it Short Form) is that the Short Form features just Seven players to Regular DT’s 17. In addition, your Captain scores Triple points, and Vice Captain scores Double Points.
Short Form is an all or nothing kind of game. No points for second place. So what does this mean when selecting your team? For me, it means that an all or nothing approach is best suited. It’s hard to go past Captain Smith, but realistically, where your VC goes is probably the most crucial decision that you will make. So instead of looking at individual players and trying to pick your team for you, I thought I might give some advice regarding what you should look for when picking your Vice Captain.
HOK: Not much you can say here except for the fact that both Isaac Luke and Cam Smith make good Captain choices, so it’s unlikely you will choose not to Captain them. Having said that, a great VC if you’re looking for a Point of Difference Captain somewhere else in your team.
FRF: The Front Row offers some great options for Vice Captains in Short Form. In last year’s Test Match, Paul Gallen was the second highest scorer DT wise, a mere 6 points off Cam Smith. With JWH on fire at club level, and Aussie Tamou desperate to prove that he still has it, an FRF could be a wise VC choice.
2RF: Where to start. Both teams have a host of talent across both their 2RF and benches, and it makes picking a 2RF even more challenging than it may otherwise be. Last year’s Test Match didn’t see a particular player stand out as far as points scored goes, but in form players such as Watmough, Bird, the ever dangerous Alex Glenn or even the work horse Paul Gallen may make a solid VC choice.
HLF: Half options are limited in comparison to other spots for obvious reasons. It’s hard to go past Jonathon Thurston as your Half Choice, however just like Shaun Johnson, he has the ability to pull out a 60 odd on a big game, or a measly 30-odd on a quiet game. VC if you feel like your chosen half is in for a good night with plenty of kick metres.
CTR: Such depth and talent available in the Centres for both teams. It’s hard to go past Greg Inglis or SKD in the halves – both players have proven that they can put solid scores on so far this year. You want your CTR to be making good metres and plenty of tackle busts if you want to VC your Centre.
WFB: This is the position that I personally think makes a great VC choice for a bit of a point of difference. With players like Slater, Morris, Hoffman and Nightingale to choose from, we can expect to see some fireworks here. Think Nightingale is in for a double? Why not chuck the VC on him? I will say though, last year’s Test Match didn’t produce anything terribly special as far as WFB’s and DT scores. The highest scorer here was Nightingale with 35pts. So beware.
That’s it for this week folks. Go hard!