Broncos Analysis: Round 4 Player Analysis and Round 5 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 four positional categories (with some players considered in multiple positional categories due to their perceived versatility):

  • forwards;
  • centres and wingers;
  • halves and 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 approach is as follows:

  • To have minimal 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 groups.

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 4 of the NRL and Round 5 of the Intrust Super Cup, the player rankings are as follows:

Forwards

Centres and Wingers

Halves and Hooker

Fullback

Round 5 lineup

Based on the above analytical comparison, and with Pangai Junior suspended, Roberts injured, and Paix, Tanah Boyd, Turpin, Vudogo, Farnworth, and Bullemor unavailable as Elite Development Players, the 17 players which comprise the Broncos’ most productive team for their Round 5 clash versus the West Tigers would appear to be:

  1. Kodi Nikorima
  2. Corey Oates
  3. Izaia Perese
  4. Kontoni Staggs
  5. Gehamat Shibasaki
  6. Darius Boyd
  7. Sean O’Sullivan
  8. Payne Hass
  9. Troy Dargan
  10. Joe Ofahengaue
  11. David Fifita
  12. Jadyn Su’A
  13. Patrick Carrigan
  14. Jamayne Isaako
  15. Matt Lodge
  16. Sam Tagataese
  17. George Fai

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