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Revealed: the NRL's backline defensive heroes

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by dowdz, Jun 21, 2012.

  1. dowdz

    dowdz Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +1,079 /12
    DCE the defensive man lol. Have a read guys.

    A couple of weeks ago we called foul on the NRL’s missed-tackle merchants. Perhaps we even embarrassed a few of the game’s stars into working a little harder on their defence. But now, in the interest of fairness, it’s time to give credit where credit is due. Just who are the best defenders in the NRL? And how do we fairly quantify this?

  2. Clint

    Clint . Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +2,172 /34
    Nice one DCE or, "The Kid", as my 6yo ironically calls him..;)
  3. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +8,579 /80
    Good on him, tough life on the fringes having Boppas run at you all day.
  4. lismore_fan

    lismore_fan Well-Known Member

    +223 /2
    Interesting read and some amazing facts.

    Wolfman - needs to lift his game for his defensive lapses.
    Skivvy - does some great hits & is probably known more for his runs from dummy-half or the big hits he puts on but his general play defence stats aren't great!

    I think we already knew that Snake, Fozzy & DCE would be up around the top.
    Will be interesting to see how Matty Ballin & Jamie Buhrer (our two tackling-machines) show up.
  5. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +10,542 /214
    Stats don't always tell the whole story. Particularly for cerain positions such as wing and centre. Sometimes outside backs aren't called on to make too many tackles, but when they are they might already be in an impossible position.
  6. HappilyManly

    HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +19,024 /367
    Is the statistics only for the 2012 Season?

    Matai's effectiveness should then be doubled, as the man only plays with one shoulder:exclamation:

    The algorithm is flawed IMO. It dilutes the percentage for those that constantly harrass, but not succeed, in effecting the tackle.

    The bleeding obvious is, that by attempting to tackle, the Player on the his inside/outside will have their percentage increased.:dodgy:

    The bias will also show up for the forwards who do not play the 80 minutes. Their freshness will logically lead to a higher effective rate :dodgy:

    So long as Manly play as a Team, I don't care how the Statistician's judge us :angel:
  7. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

    +5,617 /203
    judging by the way it is scored matai's shoulder chargers that dont finish with the player tackled by matai are ineffective
  8. clontaago

    clontaago Well-Known Member

    +170 /1
    Soward near top of list. Yeah well I guess when you only make 6 tackles all year its easy to pull 4 of them off.
  9. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

    +2,376 /60
    Agreed SER8, especially when the stats are plain and simple wrong.

    "He’s about five-foot-nothing but Manly halfback Daly Cherry-Evans is a giant in the defensive game. At 88.1% effective he has every right to be chuffed with his efforts and he really does deserve the big money he is reported to have commanded in his contract upgrade. "

    five-foot-nothing? lol. he's 180cm which is less than an inch shy of 6 foot.
  10. Pablo

    Pablo Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +2,269 /24
    Yeah....... Five foot nothing.......plus a foot.

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