According to stats in The Australian it seems that holding the ball is not that important overall. Hummmn. It reports that The Broncos have made the fewest mistakes with ball in hand (107) and we all know how poorly they are going. We have the second worst record (135, after the Tigers 139) and we are travelling quite well. The most surprising stat is that Melbourne - the most professional of all the teams - has made the third most ball-handling mistakes, with 132. If any credence is to be placed on such statistics then it means playing safe, hold-the-ball footy doesn't win you many matches. Stats lie, so using them solely to judge a player's performace is often foolhardy.