- May 21, 2008
- Reaction score
Fitz knows what the fans want to seeDid some work on this one @Sparkles.
Here are 9 of the 11 top middles as far as NRL.com "average metres" is concerned. I had to skip Klemmer (his profile has disappeared) and Matterson (he doesn't always play in the middle).
These are quick versions of the model which just use metres/minute and doesn't adjust for possession rates (Parra and Penrith guys probably show a bit high because those teams have the ball a LOT).
The graph looks VERY different to the Sharks graph. What it tells me is that your big-minute middles get through a mountain of work in attack, but are not as busy in attack. This makes sense from my PoV. If you have a big unit who you know will be out there for 60 minutes it is all about efficiency. Hold your position and make your tackles, travel when you need to, but otherwise stay in your lane. That's very different than how the Sharks middles play. On the Sharks you either have Hunt/BHU out there or everyone is playing lock
Kaufusi compares well to that bunch in terms of output (but for less minutes).
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Do you think that data supports our style? Not sure I can see in that if we need to move towards a bigger, grinder pack or if we're pioneering something better..?