Bunny Hell! What Can’t the Rabbitohs do?

A Saturday morning blog is not the usual fare over here, but last night’s Rabbitohs-Raiders match had a few things that stood out sufficiently to warrant comment.

The Rabbitohs are an evolving team, and are doing so almost as fast as that exploding aquaman guy in X-Men.

Their half back says he’s going to run more and he’s doing just that. His last three games have produced an average of almost six runs per match, which compares to a 3.3 average from rounds 1-12. The cherry on top was setting up Sam Burgess for the opening try. Top shelf strength and vision.

Further, they have finally fixed that regular 20-minute loss-of-focus period that threatened to haunt them in the finals (and sent it up the road by the looks). It really looks like a bad habit that has been consigned to the past. A new, positive habit has been ingrained by mid-season, which is what was required to be regarded as the real deal. The opposition aren’t being allowed to squeeze back into matches through laziness and complacency. In this sense, it’s a very Storm-like trait.

And they’re playing awfully ‘smart’. Of course, Michael Maguire (the Rabbitohs greatest signing) has to be commended for strategic guidance in large part, along with the coaching staff, but have a look at what was on offer last night:  

  • Short chips ahead of the opposition try line allow chasers to simply drag the catcher into goal with a minimum of fuss. This is a patience play, and expect to see repeat sets generated in this fashion through the finals.

It also avoids the possibility of a grubber kick hitting an opposition leg. The point is, you don’t when either is coming – if traffic is too thick, it’s the chip, if there’s space for a ground ball, then along the ground it goes! Or it’s the old-fashioned high ball, or …

  • … or, it’s the type of sweeping backline movement that isn’t going to get you called back for obstruction in the finals’ matches. The face ball is back in, baby!

Watch the Nathan Merritt try again. It is a thing of beauty and purity.

  • Early tackle count kicks are back in vogue and were used brilliantly. The element of surprise can be lost in the modern game as teams simply hit it up as they try to ‘get to their kick’, but the use of it last night made significant ground before the opposition wingers dropped back.

Of course, they only work if the kick-chase is up to the challenge (which it was), and are extremely useful in wet weather. More to the point, big forwards hate them because the kick-return is usually stifled, meaning they have more work to do to get back onside.

The Rabbitohs For & Against was in issue highlighted earlier in the season and, in large part, was due to the fact they hadn’t perfected putting teams away, combined with a tough draw. It began to improve materially with the Broncos match, and apart from the tight loss to the Sharks, hasn’t really looked back. After the first quarter of the season it didn’t appear as though the Bunnies would be in the top three or four on the For & Against, but we’re only halfway through and they’re setting the benchmark.Top 8 For and Against

Finally, Greg Inglis’ involvement was quite striking after a mid week State of Origin match.

He was aggressive, urgent, and totally into the game. Think for a minute of the inspirational impact a performance like that has on a team. It was pretty clear last night. Replicate that sort of commitment for a few games in the finals and the long awaited premiership drought will be over.

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Reynolds, the Rascally Running Rabbit

An underappreciated aspect of Adam Reynolds’ game (perhaps even by himself) has been his ability to beat defenders and squirt through holes in attack. Some of his work close to the line has made me wonder why he doesn’t do it more often.

Well now he is planning to – and I can’t wait.

Adam Reynolds has a whole lot of game, even if it has been mainly confined to kicking up until this point. The following (average per game) charts show this quite clearly:Half Back Kicks

Half Back Runs

His long kicks are well thought out and accurate, which allows his chasers ample time on the kick-chase and the opposition a more difficult kick-return. H

His work along the ground is first class too. Some seem to have a knack for kicks close to the line, and his ability to earn repeat sets while still remaining aggressive with grubber kicks into the in-goal, has been one of many highlights for the Rabbitohs this year.

The other glaring highlight has been the Rabbitohs’ massive, penetrative forward pack. This has allowed Reynolds the space to shine and really complement the territory gained in the middle of the park. As Queensland showed, the game is easier when you’re running forward as opposed to backward! And

I’m enjoying watching his game develop, and he seems to become more commanding with each turn out. He reminds me a little bit of Andrew Johns, dare I say it, without the eclipse-worthy derriere.

As he states himself, John Sutton has been doing most of the running, while he has been concentrating more on the kicking. Check out the relative runs by each of them below over 15 rounds, as well as Reynolds’ performance vs other half backs.Reynolds Runs

NRL avg half runs

It remains to be seen how doubling his running stats (which, as you can see in the chart above, shouldn’t be difficult) affects his kicking and decision-making under pressure.

I anticipate a few hiccups early on given that it’s not an ingrained habit, but which should be well oiled by the finals. In fact, I can see his relationship with Sutton developing very much in the DCE-Foran mould, which should sharpen an already razor-like attack.

More attacking options for the Bunnies means it’s going to be harder for opposition teams to prepare for, let alone combat.

 This is part of the evolution of the Bunnies, and something to be feared.

It’s going to be freakin’ awesome to watch.

The Origin Rubdown

Let the recriminations begin after a good old-fashioned Maroon tub-thumping last night.

But not here, I’m sorry to say. The media and comments pages are doing more than enough of that. Besides, kicking team when they are down is not the Dr’s style. Let’s keep it positive (referees not included), because I’m very well aware of recency bias (the idea that we extrapolate based on the last observation), and the ability of series deciders to go the distance, irrespective of the results of previous matches.

I’d simply prefer to make a few observations from last night’s game, tempered by the passing of almost a full day of ice baths and reflection.

The start

Having drawn attention to Game 2, 2008 earlier in the week, and the fact that NSW were effectively walking into an ambush, my worst fears were realised within the first 20 minutes. I hate it when history repeats!

By that point, the strenuous effort put into a pre-match media campaign to influence the referees had worked its special charm for the Queenslanders, who showed no sign at all of starting a fight. It was about the football. It was about winning.

Dubious penalties and somehow missing Maroon strips that could be seen from the dark side of the moon helped the Queenslanders control more than 80% of possession for the first third of the match, aided and abetted by all the penalties up until the 24th minute. NSW couldn’t even earn a penalty for Maroon markers standing side by side, or rushing off the defensive line.

It doesn’t matter who you are, these are stats that are nigh on impossible to overcome, should not have occurred, and completely ruined the match as a contest.

Queensland began the match in 5th gear as I had expected. A bit like some people I know whose conversations begin mid sentence and continue from there! Anyway, it seemed pretty obvious they would. Yet, the Blues were strangely unprepared, and therefore, submissive.

All up, it really was a rather odd match, and almost surreal to watch. A bit like the ‘spill’, actually.

The Battle of the Forwards

Sam Thaiday’s efforts in the first couple of minutes prior to his opening try were almost worthy of a man-of-the-match award right then and there. If his amazingly penetrating, rhino-like charges couldn’t awaken the Blue Beast to what confronted them, then it was always going to be a long night, referees or not.

Instead, the Blues’ intensity and focus were as absent as their shoulders in defence (says I, from the lounge with a cup of tea … chai).

The new ‘stat du jour’, metres gained after initial contact, must have been hugely in favour of the Maroons. Then again, the NSW line speed was dreadful, so metres were coming relatively easy to begin with.

NSW needed to control the middle of the park as a base requirement, yet weren’t even close. Again, it comes down to what was allowed to happen in the first half hour, but still, the Supercoach numbers emphasise how completely the Blues were outplayed by the Queensland forwards (336 vs 258).

And when you don’t control the middle, you invite the best backline in the game – ever – a free reign.

The Halves

From that perspective, what on earth were the NSW halves going to be able to conjure?

Not much.

They were always moving backward based on a sliding forward platform, had lethargic and exhausted ball runners by their side, and were under intense pressure when they were kicking. Not to excuse a poor performance totally, but there were mitigating circumstances, and we all need a Kevin Rudd-like cold shower before going down the dumping route when a win in the next match wins the series.

In contrast, every Queensland backline play was a sweeping, magisterial thrust, full of point-scoring menace. They actually looked like scoring more often than they did. It’s amazing how good a backline can look when faced with an exhausted, back-pedalling defence. Their decoys were good, their high balls were better, and their pace was exceptional.

Sin Bin

Given the performance of the referees in the first half alone, is there any prospect of sin binning referees? Or an outright send off?

The ‘brawl-ette’ in the 2nd half was a further case in point. The only consistency referees exhibit is in showing they don’t know the rules don’t understand them even if they do know them, and don’t have a feel for the game.

Sin binning Justin Hodges and Trent Merrin was where it should have stopped. Adding a further two who had either been hit, or rushed in to stop the melee, was downright embarrassing.  

There is no point blaming David Smith for his excellent, proactive move in toning down the fisticuffs. That might upset some old timers, but 10yrs down the track no-one will think twice about it. And the code will be the better for it, too.

As the NRL showpiece (or mantelpiece, according to Benny Elias), the football should be front and centre, not a cheap shot. And certainly not the referees.

This blog is only in its own first season, and a running theme has been that refereeing is one of the aspects of the game that is holding it back. This is David Smith’s next task – fixing this putrid, decaying area of the game – and it’s even more important than ‘the biff’.

Changes?

The inevitable debate is going to occur about Pearce vs Reynolds between now and Origin 3, and you wouldn’t be putting your house on a ‘no change’ outcome given Reynolds’ form. I wouldn’t recommend it at this point though. That would be taking pressure to ridiculous extremes. Still, it’s not a zero probability.

The debut of Nathan Merritt was unfortunate. But once again, if he was acting on instructions, are the critics being too harsh? Either way, there will be players returning from injury that will return him to the Bunnies, as well as a very real prospect of a lean and mean Jamal Idris taking a spot on the bench at least.

I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t make too many changes other than to restructure playing time and starting vs bench players.

Andrew Fifita is playing like an incumbent Australian front rower, even delivering Justin Hodges his very own Ben Creagh moment! He should start Origin – no debate.

Paul Gallen should be playing the first 20-25 minutes of the first half and either the front or back section of the 2nd – the 80 minute schtick isn’t working at all for the team, and the team is what it’s all about. There are players like Fifita, Tamou, Woods and so on who need to be doing more attacking work as a unit. The Sharks players step up and contribute even more meaningfully when Gallen is sidelined. Ever notice that?

Anyway Blues fans, don’t be too despondent. While we’re tracking exactly like the 2008 series and Origin 3 will be close, we can still get it done! Let’s hope history stops repeating in a couple of weeks.

How well does your NRL team convert metres into points?

In the pre-Origin lull, let’s slip in a few stats. I’m sure you’ll thank me later …

Looking through the NRL data yields an array of both fairly obvious results, as well as relationships you might not expect. There are certainly some that don’t jump off the page at you until you take a close look and add a good dose of interpretation! I would include the halves percentage of a team’s defensive workload as one of these (covered in a past blog).

Similarly, while the amount of metres a team carries the ball during the game correlates positively to the points they score generally (though not Rabbitohs and Storm, strangely), how does that correlation behave if you take into account the opposition’s metres and points? ‘Net’ differences, in other words.

 As you can see in the examples below, it can cut many ways – the difference in metres gained doesn’t necessarily translate predictably to ‘net points’: Scatter Knights

Clearly, the metres gained matters considerably to the team above when it comes to scoring points relative to the opposition. The relationship is astonishingly predictable, and if you were to tell me this team, let’s call them the Knights, shall we, would have a +500 metre advantage over their opposition in a particular game, I’d expect them to win by about 25 points. Or, a -200 metre deficit would translate to a loss of about 15 points.

Attacking prowess and thrust, alongside defensive techniques and attitude can really dilute this relationship. For a team that doesn’t rely as heavily on possession and territory for their points, the relationship looks more like this:Scatter Manly

Let’s call this team Manly.

You can see that I can’t make the same kind of back-of-the-envelope quantitative judgement based on these results, and the R-squared (a measure of data fit) of 0.179 tells me I’d be a fool to try. It’s almost completely random!

With the Knights, though, an R-squared of 0.915 (where 1 is a perfect fit) tells me I could be quietly confident of the nature of the correlation of net metres into net points.

Unless you’re gambling, predicting what the difference in metres gained will be in an individual game is irrelevant. Its application is better reserved for planning your approach to playing a specific team.

In this case, it would be quite useful for a team playing the Knights. You know that if you take an even share of the ball and translate it to a relatively equal performance in metres gained, then you’re a better than even chance of winning the match. Your game plan might therefore adjust to focusing more on ball control over and above intricate set plays and other aspects of the game plan.

As of Round 15, here are the R-squareds for all NRL teams, showing quite emphatically the teams that rely more on possession and metres in order to outscore the opposition than others.R Squared

The two immediate observations are:

          The Knights’ net points trace an almost unbelievably regular path based on metres gained against the opposition. Their attack is good enough to post a lot of tries, but clearly needs to get a roll on beforehand, and needs a lot of ball. This is one reason why even in the unlikely event they make the finals, they won’t last long.

          Manly and the Storm, as top-4 teams, can win ugly. Even if you are taking 55% of the ball from them and making significantly more metres during the game, they can find a way to win.

The ability to remain in the top-4 based on stats such as these says a lot about the Storm and Manly, and makes them dangerous in a finals situation.

The Rabbitohs are mid-field in this statistical category, highlighting that they are a bit of a mixture. It is worth noting, however, that there have only been three games where they have lost the metres battle this year, the solitary loss coming to the Storm. The worst net metres performance actually resulted in a win against Manly.

For the other top-4 side, the Roosters, their net metres performance is also fairly regular and strong. For a team who have struggled to post points in recent years, this is the year you don’t want to give them a lot of ball and get a roll on.

A not-so-obvious observation is that the data works in reverse too. Net points can also be negative, and there are many teams, like the Tigers for example, that are the complete opposite to the top teams – the Tigers have only had three games where they won the metres dual, while the Rabbitohs have won all but three. Here’s the Tigers’ chart followed by the Rabbitohs:

Tigers:Scatter Tigers

Rabbitohs …Scatter Rabbitohs

Then there are other cases such as the Dragons, who have a habit of winning the battle of metres, but who still have an enormous dispersion of results. Clearly their attack is missing some vital ingredients. They simply should not be losing games with 200-400 metres advantages. The three losses you see below are the difference between their current position and sitting relatively comfortably in the top-8.Scatter Dragons

Anyway, just a few observations.

Enjoy your pizzas tonight, one and all!

Memo Laurie Daley – Origin Game 2, 2008

With history beckoning for NSW in State of Origin 2 this Wednesday, it is worth reminding Laurie’s pups of some significant, but underappreciated history.

No, not the fact that Queensland has won the last 7 series. That is already painfully etched into all New South Welshmen’s (persons?) brains.

And no, not the five matches Fox Sports noted today as highlighting the Maroons’ ability to scrape through important games and either keep the series alive, or win it outright. Those games proved the mettle of the Queenslanders to be sure, but are not directly relevant to the game at hand.

Context is everything, so it you’re really going to try to make a comparison for this Wednesday’s encounter, take your mind back to the last time NSW won Game 1 and a had an opportunity to wrap up the series early.

It was a long time ago – 2008.

I was there, and the Blues looked so impressive that even Peter Wallace and Anthony Quinn looked good!

However … Queensland’s response in Game 2 at Suncorp Stadium was ruthless and clinical, teaching the young Blues’ upstarts a rugby league lesson in preparation and humility, and almost certainly giving them the mental edge for Game 3.

If you can bear the pain of recalling it, NSW lost that match 30-0, but it was really over at half time with the score 16-0. It was a shut-out that emphasised the brilliance and determination of an already super-talented team. Three rights definitely make a right!

NSW would do well to relive that game in their preparation.

While that Maroons team is a little older now, they aren’t ready for their Zimmer-frames by a long shot. They are just as passionate and damaging as ever, and by the looks of it, just as intense in their use of media.

Michael Ennis proved just a few weeks back that verbal intercourse with the referees can have immediate effect. His jibber jabber resulted in a soft penalty against the Cowboys in the next set of six that would have sent Ricky Stuart into orbit had it been Parramatta, and leading to a converted try. This is the type of subliminal messaging the Queenslanders are hoping to create in the simple minds of the referees. Mud sticks, as they say.

The other objective is to create subconscious doubts in the Blues players about how the referees plan to interpret the rules. A second’s hesitation, or a poor reaction to a penalty that has effectively been ‘pre-ordained’ is enough to cause distraction – and lead to points.

So when the Queenslanders and their compliant media attempt to highlight NSW rules breaches and wax endlessly about revenge, get-squares and whatever other form of violence they can conjure, just know that they are sending out distractions while they work tirelessly on a shock and awe game plan that involves none of the above, but hopes for some soft penalties along the way.

 

A few choice moments ...

A few choice moments …

It is almost humourous to watch Cameron Smith try to verbal referees about ruck infringements given his hand becomes almost permanently grafted to the ball as the opposition attempt to play the ball. And I wonder if his criticism of the referees for having a wider 10-metres for Queensland in Game 1 was worthy of a fine? I’m sure Cameron’s money is as good as Ricky’s …

There is little doubt in my mind that the Maroons will begin Origin 2 at breakneck speed, designed specifically to create an early lead that whips the crowd into frenzy, and unsettles a Blues team that might just be a little cocky after Origin 1. The hope would be that the Blues revert to Ricky-style naval gazing and introspection in the event of referee decisions not going their way.

NSW need to be resistant to the mind games, resolute and stoic in their performance, and play an extreme up-tempo match highlighted by a first 20 minutes that makes Origin 1 look tame. This is a basic requirement, because it will certainly be coming from an opposition eager to make amends for a poor start in Origin 1.

And, they don’t want to repeat 2008 and be 16-0 again at half time. A slow start by the Blues and this is a very realistic possibility. Make no mistake, they are in ambush territory.

NSW need to take the crowd out of the equation early before it becomes a weight too heavy to bear, and the Maroon momentum too strong to contain.

The Blues also have a relatively young and inexperienced backline, highlighting that it really is Mitchell Pearce’s time to make a mark at this level, or make way for Adam Reynolds.

The NSW forward pack, however, is big and menacing. Andrew Fifita’s Origin debut was a veteran’s performance, and Aaron Woods is arguably a better fit for this team than James Tamou in current form.

It would not surprise in the least to see NSW use this advantage and attempt to own the middle of the park.  They need to. Only in this way can they silence the young man from Kempsey, the crowd and, ultimately, the scoreboard.

So Laurie … show them the damn tape from 2008. Show your team what happens when focus is lost against quality opposition.

And to end on a positive note, wheel this one out:Jennings

Ricky and the Refs – Reframing the Debate

Apologies to Elton John for murdering his song … though the film clip for this one would be measurably better!

Ricky Stuart’s arteries are beginning to scream blue murder in similar fashion to his diatribes about referees and their decisions. For the sake of his personal health, he needs to take a step back (and avoid greasy foods).

And make that step even further back than refusing to communicate directly with the referees’ boss, Daniel Anderson.

I can understand his frustration – the refereeing is so far below acceptable it’s frightening.

However, his running battle with referees and the ongoing soliloquy/monologue about said Mr Anderson is becoming the equivalent of a pissing competition performed into the wind, and from the bottom rung of a very lopsided playing field. And as we all know, in a competition of this nature, being on the top step is a far better proposition.

Don’t forget, the NRL is a lot like Ricky, which is probably why they are rubbing each other up the wrong way. Unlike Mickey Arthur, who didn’t learn to praise externally and read the riot act internally, NRL management will close ranks in an environment of sustained criticism, and you get precisely nowhere by doing do (though your hip pocket becomes measurably lighter – one year less of kiddie private school fees each time!).

Ricky needs to reframe the refereeing debate in a mature and reasoned way that recognises general incompetence, rather than it being Eels-centric. I’m not sure if this is in his  diplomatic toolkit, particularly in the context of a team that is underperforming almost catastrophically which, in turn, means his job comes increasingly under the microscope. Yet, this is the only way progress will be made into the competence of NRL referees.

One would expect the teams at the bottom of the table to give away more penalties generally because they are under pressure for longer periods, and unable to apply pressure of high intensity of their own.

They’re not being penalised because they’ve got a mortgage on the spoon. They are at the bottom of the table because of their relative performances. See Parramatta’s work rate below. They are being forced to do more work, on average, than any other team:Work Ratio

A better bargaining position might also be gained by not disavowing any knowledge of Anderson’s job description before claiming that his job description, whatever it is, is not being fulfilled. Perhaps we might like to offer a workable version?

And Ricky is not the only one with a case to make about poor refereeing – it’s not about Parramatta.

As the chart below shows, the Roosters, Manly and Tigers have an even greater claim on calling the referees on some sort of systematic bias, yet they haven’t. Coincidentally, all three teams lay above Parramatta on the table – by 14, 11 and 4 points respectively.Penalty Ratio

And by the way, similarly preposterous numbers are being recorded in favour of some teams such as the Sharks, Raiders and Cowboys as the chart shows. None of the matches I have watched this year, and they have been considerable in number, have warranted such an uneven average distribution halfway into a season.

The point is that the referees are making poor decisions regularly, and not just against Parramatta. Watching the Roosters/Warriors match last week made me wonder if the 10-metre rule have gone back to 5-metres at times.

The referees clearly aren’t ‘fulfilling’ their own job descriptions, and some of the video refereeing has been possible to comprehend only if you assume they are midway through a real-life ‘Hangover’ sequel.

Clearly, being on the wrong side of penalty counts doesn’t help a team control possession, but then again, if your ‘set completions’ are at the bottom of the league, then there is a different issue. Completions Percentage

And if the attack lacks punch when actually in possession (before you ‘incomplete), then that is a different problem too. This stuff adds up!Metres Per Run Difference

Now, I was quite happy to defend his comments a few weeks back when he clearly didn’t call ‘bias’, but rather, was merely calling ‘incompetence’. The Eels should never have paid the 10k fine on that basis. His mistake at that time was in invoking Daniel Anderson’s name. From there, there is no turning back.

If a fine was applied at that time, it’s difficult to see Ricky escaping one this time.

Ricky was right the very first time he opened his mouth – he doesn’t have the cattle. Time to take a different approach with regard to referees. The referees are not many things, and one of those things is a charity.

NRL Chartpack: How You Doin? The Half Time Health Check

Let’s put the metaphorical stethoscope up the chest of rugby league and discover a few home truths, shall we?

Consider it the Round 14 Rubdown Part 2 that Part 1 implied would come, but never did, just like Harold Holt.

So how is your team travelling at the half-way mark of the 2013 competition? The following long list of charts means that I can get away with writing hardly anything, which is not the usually the best approach to take for a blog, but which gives you a good insight into their relative performance nonetheless.

You be the judge.

The first thing you notice about the first chart is the amount of tries the Panthers and Warriors have scored given their place on the ladder. The second chart shows that they can let a few in too! The key message here is that if they can make up for some poor early performances and make the top 8 for the finals, then anything can happen (particularly the Warriors, whose performance against the Roosters was pure power and skill).

Total Tries

Tries

How well is your team controlling possession and making metres relative to the opposition? Some of the answers might surprise you. For example, do the Cowboys really get that much ball per game? What the hell do they do with it? Is James Tamou directing traffic or something?

And do the Roosters and Titans really have such poor control? The Panthers seem to be able to keep the pressure up on the opposition, on average, which explains their try-scoring rate. But the Warriors? How do they score so often with nearly the worst possession stats in the league?Possession

Who has the stickiest hands in the NRL? Not the Roosters in the general ‘centre’ region, that’s for certain. As you can see below, the Broncos hold onto the ball tighter than Ricky holds onto a grudge. They also have the lowest error rate. The Sharks’ result is somewhat of a surprise, though, as is the observation that the top half of the table doesn’t represent the current top eight at all!

Completions Percentage

Errors

Having a look at what all this possession and errors add up to – metres gained, and relative ‘punch’ when making them.

Contrast the net gains made by the top two teams below against the truly appalling numbers being posted by the Tigers and Eels.

Note also that the Rabbitohs, Storm and Manly are on top of net metres as well as penetration (metres per run in the 2nd chart below):

Total Metres Difference

Metres Per Run Difference

Which can be explained, in part, by this:abc

Which shows that the Broncos ruin their good work in holding onto the ball by not holding onto the ball carrier!

As for the all important halves, I like to track their defensive rates – high defensive involvement allows the bigger forwards, who are needed as ball carriers, to be a little fresher than if they were making extra tackles. The following chart tells the story quite succinctly. The top four are up there, but two of the resurgent teams, the Panthers and Warriors are deficient in this regard. The Bulldogs have always placed highly, reflecting that, for the first quarter of the season they were a top eight team in a bottom eight team’s clothing:Halves tackle Percentage

On the attacking side of things, the Titans are the clear devotees of running rugby league, with both half and 5/8 high on the runs list (maybe they can open the batting in the Ashes).

The other point to note is the low placings of the Sharks and Knights in the 5/8 runs department – possibly one reason they were overlooked for State of Origin (given Maloney at the Roosters runs more often, and both Pearce and his understudy, Reynolds, run less often).Half Back Runs

Five Eighth Runs

I hope you get something out of those charts.

While you’re at it, reflect on the one below measuring what the accumulated form for 2013 suggests will happen tonight. Anyone really believe the Bulldogs will lose by 12 tonight?Bulldogs Tracker