Explainer: Run % – The other half of quantifying player involvement in rugby league

This article was originally posted on Medium in November 2019. In my first article on some new advanced statistics for rugby league, I looked at a statistic for rugby league called Tackle %. The aim was to quantify how often a player made a tackle during their time on the field. As correctly pointed out… Continue reading Explainer: Run % – The other half of quantifying player involvement in rugby league

Explainer: Involvement Rate – a metric for player work rate for Rugby League

This article was originally posted on Medium in November 2019 The basics of rugby league haven’t changed in over a century, it still revolves around either running the ball or tackling the player with it. If you’re on the field and not doing either of those things, then you’re often described as a passenger or… Continue reading Explainer: Involvement Rate – a metric for player work rate for Rugby League

Explainer: Tackle % – attempting to quantify defensive involvement for rugby league

This article was originally posted on Medium in October 2019 When defensive effort or involvement is talked about in rugby league circles, especially in mainstream media analysis, it eventually comes down to who made the most runs and who completed the most tackles. On the defensive side of things, more tackles equals more effort and… Continue reading Explainer: Tackle % – attempting to quantify defensive involvement for rugby league

Examining potential NRL Supercoach scoring changes

It may be Mid-November with the Ashes not far away, but that’s no excuse to stop Supercoaching. Last week the Daily Telegraph revealed some possible scoring categories for the 2018 season, with Supercoaches voting on which one they’d like to see included. If you haven’t seen them, the proposed changes are available here, with the… Continue reading Examining potential NRL Supercoach scoring changes

NRL Supercoach: Why you don’t chase last week’s points

Preface: this was written in early 2018 for NRL SupercoachTalk An (alleged) wise man once said, “Damnation awaits those who chase last week’s points”. The rule of thumb in Supercoach is that you don’t trade in a player after a huge game expecting the big scores to continue. The chances of the mid-price CTW who… Continue reading NRL Supercoach: Why you don’t chase last week’s points