Warriors Orange Peeler
Awesome work stacky18. Love breakdowns.So we all know the key stat is that the Warriors are 2-3 and are looking like a real rocks and diamonds team this year. One moment the attack looks promising only for the ball to be dropped. So I investigated the stats to see what the situation is and how we compare to others in the league.
It is not pretty reading. The Warriors have the worst completion rate in the comp.
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A full 10% worse than the Cowboys. We are basically equals with the Titans in terms of ball security and you have to really ask why is that? How did we become so bad? We all talk about our talent and our promise, but still we keep throwing the ball away.
Obviously the completion rate means that our error rate is high. And you guessed it folks. We have the highest error rate in the comp.
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We've made 20 more errors than our opponents this week and nearly 10 more than the second worst teams. Interesting to see the Rabbits are second last with errors but still win. If we had made even 2 less errors a game we would have the same ball security as the bunnies, maybe our talent could have got us home?
This does not make pretty reading. We are the outlier in terms of security and respect for the ball.
So I wondered is this unusual to start the season so bad? Do we normally have such poor handling when we start a season.
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Yes we do start the season poorly, or at least we have the last few years. (Thanks to Mt. Wellington for his stat work in previous years). But we are making nearly 3 more errors a game, which is obviously a big problem.
But not all hope is lost. Because one area where we have improved is in our running of the ball. Cappy has the boys running with more intent this year (and possibly it is the new rules that are allowing longer runs and more breaks) but the boys are making more meters and are 7th in the league for meters gained per carry.
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So there is some kind of an upside. We are running more often and are gaining more ground compared to previous years. But despite being 4th in the league for total runs and 5th in the league for meters gained we are dead last for completions and errors.
Unless we can hold the ball we stand no chance of making the 8.
Seems to confirm to me what most have mentioned already. The forwards are making the yards and laying the ground work but the backs arent holding onto the ball and utilising that gain. Something seriously needs to be done about that cause it will cause a division in the team soon. You have the props bashing it up and the second rowers tackling their asses off but for what?
Time for an ass kicking IMO...