Broncos Analysis: Round 21 player analysis and Round 22 team selection

Following each round of the NRL Premiership and Intrust Super Cup, each contracted Broncos player’s season-to-date performance is analysed and ranked against their internal competition.

This analysis process initially categorises players into one of three positional categories (with the exception of Corey Oates, Darius Boyd, Jack Bird and Jamayne Isaako, who are each considered in two positional categories due to their versatility):

  • forwards
  • centres and wingers
  • halves, hooker and fullback.

Once categorised, each player’s output in defined key performance indicators (KPIs) for their respective positional category is then considered, using data sourced from the NRL and QRL.

Different weightings are then assigned to the KPI data considered for each positional group based on the assumption that the cornerstones of the Broncos’ tactical basis is as follows:

  • To minimise missed tackles (=<2 missed tackles per player per game) in all positional categories.
  • To generate 100+ run metres and multiple offloads per game from each player in the forward positional group (to create second phase play for the halves, hooker and/or fullback to individually break the opposition’s defensive line or create line break opportunities for the centre and wing positional group).
  • To generate 100+ run metres and multiple line breaks per game from each player within the centre and wing positional group.
  • To have at least 2 long kicking options and 2 short kicking options amongst the halves, hooker and fullback positional group.

The findings provide an invaluable insight as to:

  • how each player ranks against their internal competition within their positional category; and
  • which 17 players make up the Broncos’ most productive team.

Internal player rankings

Following Round 21 of the NRL and Intrust Super Cup, the player rankings are as follows:

Forwards

Forwards

Centres and wingers

Backs

Halves, hooker and fullback

Spine

Round 22 lineup

Based on the above analytical comparison, and with Haas, Pangai Junior, Su’A, Gillett, Savelio unavailable through injury and McGuire suspended, the 17 players which comprise the Broncos’ most productive team for their Round 22 clash versus the Cowboys would appear to be:

  1. Sam Scarlett
  2. Corey Oates
  3. Jonus Pearson
  4. Jamayne Isaako
  5. Gehamat Shibasaki
  6. Anthony Milford
  7. Troy Dargan
  8. Matt Lodge
  9. Todd Murphy
  10. George Fai
  11. Patrick Carrigan
  12. David Fifita
  13. Joe Ofahengaue
  14. Corey Allan
  15. Korbin Sims
  16. Patrick Mago
  17. Sam Tagataese

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