Following the Broncos’ hugely disappointing performance against the North Queensland Cowboys, attention now turns to the Broncos’ clash versus the New Zealand Warriors, and which 17 available players make up the Broncos’ most productive team for the match.
To do this, we need to look at the on-field production and the comparative ranking of each player which comprises the Broncos’ senior squad.
In assessing the on-field production and the comparative ranking of each player which comprise the Broncos’ senior squad, each player is allocated into four positional categories (with some players considered in multiple positional categories due to their perceived versatility).
Those positional categories consist of:
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.
To provide a realistic picture of each individual player’s on-field production, only data from those seasons, throughout the player’s professional career, where the player has played at least 13 games in the NRL or Queensland Cup, was considered. Where a player has not met that criteria, their productivity data was not assessed.
The KPI data considered for each positional group is based on the assumption that the cornerstones of the Broncos’ tactical approach is as follows:
The findings provide an invaluable insight as to:
Internal player rankings
The player rankings by position are as follows:
Round 4 line-up
Based on the above analytical comparison, the Broncos’ aforementioned tactical basis and minimum required KPIs, and with Willison, Riki, Capewell and Piakura recovering from injury, the 17 players which comprise the Broncos’ most productive team for their Round 4 clash vs the New Zealand Warriors would appear to be as follows: