NRL Round 18 advanced stats – Run %

For those new to the site, I’d recommend reading this post on Run % which details how it is calculated and how to use it.

Here’s the leading players in the NRL after Round 18 without a minute restriction

Whilst he had a shocking challenge on the weekend, it wasn’t all bad news as Parramatta’s Kane Evans led all players in Run % this round, with a run rate of 21.68%. This means he completed a run on over one in five plays the Eels had.

Second place was the Warriors Lachlan Burr, with a Run % of 19.98% with Corey Harawira-Naera from the Raiders placing third with 19.81%. Site hall of famer Daniel Alvaro was just outside the top three on his return for the Warriors with 18.43%.     

Moving on, lets look at the 40 minute plus players for this round.

Josh McGuire from the Cowboys turned back the clock and upped his work rate this week, taking top spot for players who spent at least 40 minutes on the field with a Run % of 18.06%. Souths’ Thomas Burgess was next with a run % of 17.47% and the top three was completed by Jazz Tevaga from the Warriors at 16.47%.

To finish up we’ll take a look at the 2020 season leaders for Run %.

Another week and it’s becoming more evident that Andrew Fifita has this statistic wrapped up fro 2020, sitting now well over 1% ahead of second place, with a season Run % of 17.84%. Melbourne’s Tino Fa’asuamaleaui is behind him in second place but spent more time defending this week (see the Round 18 Tackle % post) and now has a season run rate of 16.49% and is unlikely to catch Fifita.

Kane Evans from the Eels remains in third place at 16.03%. Tom Burgess from Souths is the only other NRL player above 15% for the season at 15.05%, although Francis Molo at 14.98% isn’t far behind.