Manly skipper Daly Cherry-Evans has reportedly admitted in the past he stopped playing SuperCoach because it was impacting his game.
But the problem remains within the NRL and some are even ignoring game plans to boost their SuperCoach points, according to former Australian players Matthew Johns and Greg Alexander.
Speaking on his SEN show – Morning Glory with Matty Johns – the former Newcastle playmaker revealed the practice is the reason players are now putting their hand up for “cheap metres”.
“I’ve heard a few guys at another club that the middle forwards argued the toss about taking the ball up at the kick-off,” Johns said.
“It used to be the worst job, now they all want it because of SuperCoach metres.”
Penrith legend Greg Alexander said he’d heard of players checking their SupercCoach numbers at halftime.
“I know there are players that do and there be might one or two around Manly who aren’t DCE that play the game for their SuperCoach numbers,” Alexander said.
“Offloads, metres made, there are players that do that [check their numbers at halftime].
“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 great backs Smith to play again
Rugby league great Greg Alexander has declared he doesn’t believe Cam Smith has given up the NRL just yet after closely watching the legend announce his retirement from the game.
Speaking on Matty Johns’ podcast Morning Glory on Friday, Alexander said he really understood Smith’s struggle when he watched him discuss how he was moving on with his life as his statue was unveiled in Melbourne.
“Listening to him make his retirement speech down there where they unveiled the statues I understood him,” Alexander said.
“I was one (of the people) that through last year thought ‘let him make his own mind up’ but listening to him speak I realised just how a difficult decision it was for him.
“He still wants to play, he actually looked a bit sad saying it (he’s retiring).
“Watching him I thought, ‘I feel a bit sorry for him’, because I could see there’s a big part of him that wanted to play on.
“How do you give it up? And that isn’t to even think about earning another million dollars or whatever, I don’t even think that was important to him.
“Just watching him and listening to him I thought ‘wow you still want to play, you haven’t given it up’ even though you’re saying ‘I’m retiring and spending time with the family’.
“I agree that he only made that decision a week ago, I think he was wrestling with it right up until a week (ago) and they said ‘we’re unveiling the statues’ and he thought ‘ok, here’s the time to say it.’”