NRL Round 9 advanced statistics – Involvement Rate

The last of my advanced NRL statistics rounds out our look at Round 9. Involvement Rate combines Run % and Tackle % to estimate the amount of plays during a game that a player was involved with whilst on field. It should be used to track player work rate and primarily is an indicator of the quantity (but not quality) of effort put in my middle forwards.

First up is the all minutes chart

Souths forward Patrick Mago takes top spot this week, with an involvement rate of nearly 29% during his 10 minutes on field. This rate would estimate that Mago made a tackle or completed a run on three of every 10 plays whilst on field. Andrew Fifita and Nat Butcher were not too far behind Mago but with significantly more minutes.

Looking at players who spent more than 40 minutes on the field, Butcher unsurprisingly comes out first after also leading the Tackle % stat for this week. The Roosters lock was involved over a quarter of the Roosters plays while he was on the field, a huge effort. James Tamou from the Panthers (25%) and Dunamis Lui (23.6%) rounded out the top three.

Lastly, we have the season chart for Involvement Rate. Titans Rookie Jaimin Jolliffe takes first spot this week from Christian Welch, who drops back to third place behind Jarrod Wallace. With just 0.35% between the three of them and Butcher breathing down their neck it could be any one of the four on top at the end of the season.