The rule change affecting time in play that’s rarely talked about – NRL Round 14 2020 stats and trends

One of the things I’ve noticed over the past few rounds is that the average time of ball in play has dropped slightly to the pre Rugby League 2.0 levels. This comes after a decent increase earlier in the season once the rules were changed. Focusing just on time in possession, the last NRL three… Continue reading The rule change affecting time in play that’s rarely talked about – NRL Round 14 2020 stats and trends

NRL Round 13 advanced statistics – Involvement Rate

Involvement Rate is an advanced statistic for rugby league that I created to identify players who have a high workload but don’t play a lot of minutes. Traditional rugby league statistics are counting stats and volume based, and the important work of middle and interchange forwards goes largely unrecognised. If you’re new to the site… Continue reading NRL Round 13 advanced statistics – Involvement Rate

NRL Round 13 advanced stats – Tackle %

Tackle % is on of three advanced statistics that I’ve created to look at player performance throughout the NRL season. If you’re new to the site, I’d recommend reading this post on Tackle %, which explains how it works and why I think it’s an imporant statistic for identifying high motor middle and interchange forwards.… Continue reading NRL Round 13 advanced stats – Tackle %

Does a high volume of possession in opponents halves result in more points? – NRL Round 14 2020 stats and trends

On Saturday, the Storm defeated the Bulldogs 41-10 at Sunshine Coast Stadium. Perusing the stats, I noticed that the Bulldogs actually had more possession in their opponents 20 metre area than the Storm, with 38 play the balls inside 20 compared to Melbourne’s 28. Yet they were outscored by 30 points. This made me wonder… Continue reading Does a high volume of possession in opponents halves result in more points? – NRL Round 14 2020 stats and trends