The Keo.co.za Fantasy League, in partnership with Ultimate Dream Teams, is finally here. There are great prizes throughout the season for the Masters of Selection.
Keo.co.za has partnered with Ultimate Dream Teams to bring you Fantasy Super Rugby in a simple and rewarding form.
I’m a pup to the world of Fantasy Rugby so you guys and girls are going to have to be my mentor in this first season. I’ll be making available cool prizes throughout the season. Currently I am working on a substantial prize for the overall winner for the Keo league within Ultimate Dream Teams Fantasy League.
The overall winner with Ultimate Dream Teams Fantasy League gets a Google Nexus Tablet. I will be offering special prizes more rugby specific for those of you playing the Keo League within the Ultimate Dream Teams Fantasy League.
As a starter whoever is leading the Keo League at the tournament break in June will get a signed gift of something worn by Bok legend Percy Montgomery during his playing days. Monty is a partner to all things Keo on Keo.co.za and this person will also be entertained by the Keo team, which includes Monty and myself for a braai at my place. KeoTV interviews will be done and we will celebrate your ability to be the master of selection. You will spend the afternoon with Monty, myself and various other interesting rugby personalities and hopefully you will teach us how to braai.
The league leader of the Keo League will have the invite extended to bringing a mate or partner and if you are resident in South Africa (but outside of Cape Town) we will fly the two of you to Cape Town and put you up for a night at a hotel. If you ever get to the hotel … well then we haven’t been particularly good hosts.
This is my first foray into Fantasy League as a host and big up to Kevin of Ultimate Dream Teams for aligning with Keo.co.za
My first picks have been done, with some advice and insight from WordFish, a self proclaimed guru of the Fantasy Rugby World.
The way it works for week one is only four Aussie teams are playing so no one is prejudiced in points tally as you will only benefit from 12 Aus players in your run on selection of XV. A basic overview of how this Fantasy League works is you only get three players as a maximum from each team in your squad of 22.
To date in excess of 11000 have joined the Ultimate Dream Teams league and last year’s stats showed that the biggest points scorers were flyhalves who were goalkickers. The exception was a tight forward (Chiefs prop Sona Taumalolo who scored nearly every match but is now stifling his career in France).
Outside backs obviously score big as they get the tries although Keegan Daniel in 2012 was a big selection among loose-forwards.
The fun starts in week two when the real teams from New Zealand and South Africa enter. We’ll let the Aussies enjoy their weekend of domestic bliss this weekend.
My team selections in the season will reflect all and any input I get from you Muppits and the Muppit(s) who proves my most effective co-selector will be rewarded with cool prizes during the season, and on completion of the season. All input must be directed on the Fantasy Rugby thread I will post every Tuesday on Keo.co.za, which will be a thread that looks back at the weekend’s best performers and engages debate for the picks to be made in the week.
Here’s my initial team. I await input from my fellow selectors.
Mogg, Rathbone, Shiperley, O’Connor, Harris, Beale, White, McMeniman, Higginbotham, Gill, Battye, Lynn, Kepu, Polota-Nau, Robinson. Subs: Taute, Cooke, Steyn, Reinach, Kolisi, Kruger, Afeaki.
Prize updates will be regular as I source sponsorships and goodwill.
To join the Keo League within Ultimate Dream Teams, once you have selected your team, go to ‘my leagues’ and type in Keo.
By Mark Keohane