The designated backline ball carrier at Punt Rd is one defender capable of going very large in Supercoach, but consistency can be his worst enemy. After scores of 127 & 144 in Rds 2&3 last season, many were scrambling to fit Houli into their line-ups. He then proceeded to churn out three mid-50s & a 107 before a training accident (wrist injury) all but ended his Supercoach relevance for 2016. As a result, Houli has had a line ruled through him for 2017 but should we be so quick to dismiss him?
Houli’s best numbers came in 2015 where he brought up a 95 avg from all 22 games played. While he ended the year as a Top10 DEF, Houli only hit the ton on eight occasions with a further six games over 85+pts. Six of the tons were over 110+ with two massive knocks of 150 & 165. As with the big games early in 2016, Houli amassed over 30+ touches on each of those occasions…….when he goes big, he goes very big!
However, the big difference to a premium defender like Sam Docherty is a lack of consistency. Docherty can still bash out a ton from 22 touches whereas Houli can be dragged down by lack of contested possessions and poor disposal efficiency. Having said that, he is still very capable on his day. Will his day come often enough in 2017? Have you considered Houli at all this year? Let us know your thoughts below……..
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