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NRL Round 8 advanced statistics – Tackle %

With Round 8 complete we can now take a look at who was completing the most tackles during their time on the field. If you’re unfamiliar with Tackle %, there’s an article on the site that goes through the calculations and how to use it. Like Run %, it’s not intended to be a catch all statistic showing a players overall worth. It is purely to identify those players who make a high % of tackles whilst on the field. Like Run %, middle forwards who don’t play big minutes are usually forgotten as their high impact/low volume stints on...

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Round 8 NRL advanced statistics – Run %

Round 8 is complete so it’s time to look at some advanced statistics for the round, starting with Run %. As noted previous, Run % looks to quantify how often a player completes a run while they were on the field, taking into account an estimate of how many plays they faced whilst on the field. It is purely meant to identify how often someone is making a run, not how good the run was or how much impact it had. Middle forwards are usually only measured by counting stats like runs and run metres, which makes it hard to...

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Does having a positive set restart differential matter? – NRL Round 8 2020 stats and trends

Last round I noticed something interesting with set restarts. Round 7 marked the first time that set restarts, and net set restarts, had a negative correlation with final margin. This meant that the larger the gap between restarts awarded and conceded, the lower the margin was likely to be. After Round 8, the trend has continued as the net restart versus margin chart shows below (the larger the circle the more set restarts awarded): With five rounds 40 games completed, we’re moving out of the small sample size zone and these results start to have a bit more meaning. Still,...

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NRL Round 7 advanced stats – Involvement Rate

It’s time to look at another advanced statistic for NRL Round 7, which is Involvement rate. Involvment Rate combines Run % and Tackle % to give a more wholistic view of player workrate. The idea is that the indiviudual Tackle % and Run % metrics are skewed by position, and combining them flattens that somewhat and also shows those players who are equally as strong on both sides of the ball An example from my article explaining Inolvement Rate shows why combining them is important: “Firstly, it reduces how involved Hookers are for Tackle %, since their roles are primarily...

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NRL Round 7 advanced stats – Run %

Round 7 is in the books and it’s time to look at one of my advanced rugby league statistics for the Round, Run %. What is Run %? The breakdown of Run % and how it is calculated was posted to Medium in late 2019, and can also be found on the Articles section here on the Eye Test. “(Run %) is the estimated % of team plays where a player made a run or hit up.”

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NRL Round 7 advanced stats – Tackle %

The Eye Test is back for another week are the NRL Round 7 advanced statistics. If you’re new here then here’s a rundown of how Tackle % works from an article I published in 2019: “Tackle % is calculated by the following formula — (Player Tackles x Team Minutes)/(Player Minutes x Opponent Plays). Opponent Plays is the key factor in this equation as it adjusts for possession. After all, you don’t have an opportunity to complete a tackle unless your opponent has the ball. Without Opponent Plays we’d be looking at a more basic yet still relevant tackles per minute...

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