Category: NRL


Round 1 – Overall Stats overview

After just one match-up it is obviously tough to get any concrete statistical trends; however fans of the Cowboys, Roosters, Eels, Dragons, Storm, Knights, Raiders and Bulldogs can take heart from the fact that more than 72per cent of grand finalists in the past 50 years, and nearly 80 per cent of premiers, won their opening match of the season.Guessing is fantasy; but what we can do is take a look at some of the major statistics categories to see if they correlated to a win in the opening round.

Metres Gained (Runs) DT Points – Total metres run divided by 10, rounded down to nearest whole number
‘Run metres gained’ is one stat both coaches and individual players use constantly as a measure for go-forward. Theoretically, if you can make more metres than your opponents, you should have better field position more often – and better field position gives you a better chance at posting more points. As support, look at the Knights, who were blow-out winners in week one. Newcastle gained 1361metres compared to Penrith’s dismal 950 metres. Continue reading

The Lone Scout releases his team

The Lone Scout has released his team for scrutiny and explanantion over at DTHQ, thought you might want have a look at his insights into this season thus far –

Now that the season has begun, I figure there’s no harm in explaining my reasoning for selecting my initial 25-man squad – and only a small chance I’ll get harassed by the hardcore DT players for mentioning names – as it may provide some insight for the Dream Team novices as they set-up for the head-to-head showdown.Do keep in mind this squad was selected prior to the start of Round 1, and my stated aim is to take out as many private league titles as I can. (You can see how I scored by searching for ‘Lone Scout’ on the Dream Team Rankings page.)

As a general rule my initial strategy is threefold:
– Go hard at the cash-cow money gain;
– Do it without compromising weekly points too badly; and
– Keep as much flexibility as possible.

So, with that in mind, here’s who I’ve picked and why. Continue reading

With round 1 out the way its time to take stock of your performance and start preparing for round 2. 

In the lead up to the round 1 kick off, I talked a lot about developing a strategy for the season.  If you have taken the time to look at coaching results, not just from the top Dream Teams but the ones involved in NEX, you can see from the results there are many different strategies in play – only time will tell if those coaches have come up with the right strategy to achieve success in 2011. 

Round 1 is not the time to start panicking if your team or individual players didn’t get the score you were hoping for.  The only thing you will need to concern yourself with at this early stage is money!!  By that I mean, come the end of round 3 are you going to loose a heap of money on individual players because their three game average will be way below break-even and unlikely to gain that lost ground anytime soon.  If you did okay on the weekend then you should stay focused on your strategy and have a little faith.  Some of those high priced stars you may have been looking to recruit later in the year may get a whole lot cheaper after round 3.  If you are facing a huge financial loss then you have some tough decisions to make.  Continue reading

Stat Attack

Brisbane Broncos

-In 2010 Brisbane were ranked first in tackle busts, averaging 38.4 per game. They were also third in run metres (1386 p/g) and second in runs from dummy-half (25.2 p/g).
-The addition of Ben Hannant to the Broncos pack will only strengthen their go-forward. He averaged 114.2 metres per game and 28.6 tackles with Canterbury-Bankstown in 2010.
-However, the club will need to improve on an un-Broncos-like trend which saw them rank 11th in tries conceded, 13th in missed tackles and 15th in metres conceded. Continue reading

WESTS TIGERS

Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens has no doubt Benji Marshall will be in the right frame of mind for the season kick-off despite the star playmaker’s tumultuous week. Sheens had no hesitation in naming Marshall in his team to meet Canterbury at ANZ Stadium on Monday night, confident the world’s best player will be focussed just a week after he was charged with assault. Continue reading

South Sydney super signing Greg Inglis and gun Rabbitohs Sam Burgess, Issac Luke and Luke Stuart have today been named in one of the club’s strongest line-ups on paper in years for their 2011 Telstra Premiership opener against the Roosters next Friday.

Rabbitohs coach John Lang has taken the unusual step of naming his side over a week before kick-off, with the talented line-up sure to have fans excited about the clash between the fierce eastern suburbs rivals, which will open the 2011 season at the SFS.

With only Michael Crocker and Jason Clark unavailable to play in round one due to injury, Lang will be fielding close to his best possible team, however it will also be the first time Inglis, Luke, Burgess and Stuart have played a match together.

All four missed the three trial games – of which Souths only won one match against NSW Cup team Newtown – because they were recovering from surgery for a variety of injuries. Continue reading

Once the season proper starts I will be looking at each team and some of their key players as we get closer to the start of the silly season – the bye rounds and I’ll use “Dream Team Pro” so at least their will be a bit more information and statistics than last year.

Every year round 9 has a huge impact on coaches with ½ the NRL clubs (8) having their first bye round.  No doubt everyone has had a good look at bye rounds when developing a strategy for the 2011 campaign and finalising your 25-man squad before the round 1 kick of on March 11. 

There is no point in talking about individual players before there is some form on the board so I’ll just point out a couple of other things for the newer coaches to Dream Team that you will need to take into consideration when finalising on your squad.  Continue reading

All Stars Injury round up

Several All Stars players are licking their wounds after Saturday night’s brutal clash at Skilled Park, with Canberra forward Joel Thompson in doubt for the start of the NRL season with both rib cartilage and a hip flexor complaint. Manly’s George Rose was sporting a busted nose after a head clash with Thompson, while Melbourne Storm recruit Beau Champion was still seeing stars after being knocked out trying to tackle Petero Civoniceva. Meanwhile, Jharal Yow Yeh was feeling the effects of an accidental elbow from Canterbury-Bankstown hooker Michael Ennis. “Obviously Beau, not in great shape, Georgie Rose, I couldn’t look at him at three-quarter time, I had to turn around,” Indigenous All Stars coach Laurie Daley said after the match. “He was busted and bleeding but he’s quite tough. I said to him ‘you don’t have to go back on’ but he said ‘I want to go back on’. Continue reading

The Judiciary

Manly’s Jason King will escape suspension despite being charged with a grade one careless high tackle charge from Monday night’s NRL loss to St George Illawarra. The Sea Eagles co-captain will be free to face the Warriors this week regardless of whether he takes the early guilty plea or fights the charge at the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night. North Queensland second rower Scott Bolton has been named in the second row for this weekend, despite being referred straight to the judiciary for a biting charge. Bolton is the first player this season to be sent straight to the panel without a grading, and will fly from Townsville to Sydney to defend himself. However, the player he is alleged to have bitten – Gold Coast’s Clinton Toopi – is reportedly refusing to provide evidence. Fellow Cowboy Dane Hogan has been suspended for five matches after taking the early guilty plea for a grade four dangerous throw charge. Hogan was facing a possible seven games on the sidelines had he contested the serious charge, after he dumped Titans winger Kevin Gordon.

In-N-Out Rd 20 *12 Teams Previewed*

CANBERRA RAIDERS

Canberra Raiders prop Dane Tilse will play his 100th NRL match this weekend, when the Raiders take on the Cronulla Sharks at Canberra Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Raiders have named an unchanged line-up for the match against the Sharks, with Joe Picker to be monitored later in the week after picking up a slight shoulder injury against the Knights on Sunday. Tilse has been named to start the match for the Raiders after coming from the bench last weekend, while Scott Logan came through his return game from injury ok and will once again be used from the interchange.

NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS

Warriors coach Ivan Cleary has named an unchanged starting line-up for this Sunday’s 20th-round Continue reading