SuperCoach: Sharks rookie is simply red hot

Sione Katoa is the frontrunner for the vacant Sharks wing spot. Picture: Wesley Monts
Sione Katoa is the frontrunner for the vacant Sharks wing spot. Picture: Wesley Monts

MEET the uncapped Cronulla 20-year-old who is officially the hottest player in SuperCoach NRL.

Recently dubbed "the fastest player to set foot in Cronulla", Sione Katoa's rise through the SuperCoach ranks has been equally quick.

Just the 43rd most popular player a week ago, Katoa has catapulted up the rankings to 27th.


Katoa's surge comes on the back of comments from coach Shane Flanagan claiming the 88kg winger is the frontrunner for the Cronulla right wing spot.

"He's a really good chance to start on the wing for round one," Flanagan said.

"He's had a really good off-season and handled everything we've thrown at him.

"He's got some competition there with Aaron Gray and Edrick Lee but he's done a really good job. The trials will tell but he's got his nose in front."

Cronulla's GPS data from the pre-season shows Katoa is quicker than Test star Valentine Holmes.

He made the Holden Cup team of the year on the wing after topping the tryscoring list, dotting down 23 times for minor premiers Cronulla. He also topped the competition for tackle busts (239) and line breaks (36).


Sione Katoa is the hottest player in SuperCoach, Shaun Johnson is the coldest.
Sione Katoa is the hottest player in SuperCoach, Shaun Johnson is the coldest.




1 Bryce Cartwright, 55.6% ownership, no change

The former great of SuperCoach starts in the cheapie range due to an injury-induced average of just 29.3 last season. Now at Titans.

2 Taane Milne, 49% ownership, no change

Starts in the cheapie range after averaging just 29 minutes last year at the Dragons as a bench utility. However he averaged a keeper-like 54 in his debut season and is a strong chance for a starting backline spot at the Tigers following a brilliant World Cup for Fiji.

3 Cameron Smith, 47.9% ownership, no change

The best hooker in SuperCoach history, averaging 15 more points than any other rake last year.

4 Lachlan Croker, 46.3% ownership, no change

Manly's five-eighth spot is wide open following the departure of Blake Green and the former Canberra NYC star is the frontrunner.

5 Matthew Lodge, 43.5% ownership, no change

Starts almost at bottom dollar after years out of the game due to off-field issues, but Broncos coach Wayne Bennett has confirmed Lodge will replace the departed Adam Blair at starting prop.

6 James Tedesco, 41.4% ownership, up 1

SuperCoaches predict a big increase in attacking output from Teddy who has left the struggling Tigers for the star-studded Roosters, where he will form a lethal partnership with fellow recruit Cooper Cronk.

7 Johnathan Thurston, 40.7% ownership, down 1

Another great of SuperCoach who starts at a bargain price following a season ruined by injury. Has retired from representative footy and can concentrate entirely on the Cowboys this year.

8 Connor Watson, 40.2% ownership, no change

Starts cheap after averaging 32.30 in 42 minutes as a super sub at the Roosters, but has far more opportunity at the Knights as Mitchell Pearce's halves partner. Averaged 56.3 in games of 75 minutes or more last year.

9 Jason Taumalolo, 34.6% ownership, up 1

Scored the fifth most points of any SuperCoach player last year, averaging 194 metres per game.

10 Sam Burgess, 34.2% ownership, down 1

Starts cheap following his worst SuperCoach season since 2011.