Matty Johns accuses NRL players of fantasy shenanigans

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·3-min read
Daly Cherry-Evans (pictured) during a Manly Sea Eagles game.
The Daily Telegraph fantasy SuperCoach expert Tom Sangster claimed Daly Cherry-Evans (pictured) quit playing SuperCoach to focus on his game. (Getty Images)

NRL great Matty Johns has accused some NRL players of following fantasy SuperCoach too intently after he claimed some players make on-field decisions based on the virtual game.

Recently, Manly and Maroons halfback Daly Cherry-Evans told The Daily Telegraph's fantasy expert Tom Sangster he quit playing SuperCoach so it didn't mess with his head on the field.

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Sangster told Johns the story on SEN show Morning Glory and alleged other players were also playing the game.

And Johns, former player turned media personality, also accused some players of making on-field decisions based on fantasy SuperCoach scores.

“I’ve heard rumours from another club that middle forwards argue about taking the ball at kick off," Johns said.

“That used to be the worst thing for a forward, but not anymore because they get 20 metres out of that.”

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Fellow league great, turned Fox Sports commentator, Greg Alexander also accused other players of getting involved.

“I am [shocked] by that,” Alexander added.

“I know there are players that do and there might one or two around Manly who aren’t DCE that play the game for their SuperCoach numbers – offloads, metres made, there are players that do that [check their numbers at halftime].

Matthew Johns (pictured) looks on during the round one NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Manly Sea Eagles at McDonald Jones Stadium on March 9, 2018.
Matthew Johns (pictured) claimed he had heard some players of getting involved with fantasy SuperCoach. (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)

“I’ve heard there is players that will ignore what the team during the set what they’re trying to do and where they’re trying to go if they can see cheap metres on the other side of the field.

“Or, depending on what period the game is in and how desperate they are to get to their kick you’ve still got some players that offload in traffic just to get their numbers up.”

NRL players to maintain distance from crowd

Round 1 began on Thursday of the 2021 season with the Storm defeating the Rabbitohs.

The NRL season started under low-level COVID-19 protocols, but players are still asked to maintain distance from the crowd.

One year to the day since the NRL were forced to rush out makeshift rules and sport overseas stopped, it can be revealed stage-one Apollo restrictions are still in place.

While players can live uninterrupted lives outside of match days as long as they follow government protocols, there are still restrictions at grounds.

Despite players being able to interact with fans a fortnight ago in trials, an edict sent out to clubs in the past week has told them they must remain 1.5 metres from supporters.

with AAP

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