I’d trade IKatoa over Crossland. Crosslands role is better and has value in rd 16 with dual HOK a possibility.
Love the Tohu call and I think if you don’t like Ponga then skipping is the right call. I’m trading him in and hoping for the best with a return to fullback hopefully minimising his injury risk and he’s great to watch (my enjoyable player list).
Ponga and Tohu I think make a lot of sense as trade ins via Burbo and Matto but if you want to stick to three trades I’m thinking
Matto -> Hopgood
Katoa -> Tohu
Leaves 50k bank. Not enough to turn Burbo to Te Whare if he starts. Don’t think there’s any other good cash out players either that are worth the trade. You could trade Crossland to be able to afford it and just rely on hands in rd 16 with Boyd and Oloapu at HLF. Think if Te Whare starts that’s the right play.
Hosking and Preston are both gun rd16 players so I’m loathe to suggest sideways trading them for a number this round given you want to ideally save trades.
Miller to Ponga is something to consider if you change your mind on Ponga. Know it doesn’t help numbers but maybe the cash gives more flexibility to make another move in the next weeks?
Good luck this week!