SuperCoach continues on and a common theme across social
media at times can be blow-ups in relation to who gets awarded points.
I have spent some time over the years trying to work out the
parameters used by the stats team at Fox Sports and I thought I’d break down what
I’ve discovered in relation to try-assists to help shed some light on the
awarding of stats here.
As a reminder, the team at the Daily Telegraph don’t do the stats, it’s independently sought from Fox Sports so blowing up to these guys won’t get you far (unless its perhaps a blatant mistake in which case be nice when you enquire!).
Additionally, the Fox Sports stats (SuperCoach) are
different to NRL.com in some areas so you can’t always compare.
For example, NRL.com awards try-assists to whoever does the
last pass regardless of whether or not an inside man beats 12 defenders first.
Some of the interpretations I agree on, others maybe not as
much, but it is what it is so if the below info can help you get some players
that are likely to get given points then that’s a good result!
Side note – In case of conspiracy I can guarantee I’m just a
sports fan with no afiliation to the running of the game 😊
From what I can understand there are two major parameters for
tries scored off passes.
1 – If the fullback receives a ball out the back while
running a sweep line (behind the lead decoy runner) they will get the try-assist
when they then pass it to another player.
It simply won’t be given to the halfback or five-eight
regardless of how good the ball to the fullback is.
I owned SJ last year and he threw a couple of top shelf cut outs
to Moylan who was sweeping and it always went to Moylan.
For an example, see Tedesco last week for Ikuvalu’s hat-trick where he didn’t do a lot but he ran a sweep behind the lead runner.
If there is no fullback sweep play involved then the try-assist will be generally be given to the person who ‘creates the overlap’.
I strongly agree with this interpretation (others may not)
but it’s generally easy to work out.
If you look at Kayln Ponga v Canberra below he hits Bradman
Best with an absolute peach of a ball.
As Bradman catches it a two-on-one has already been created as a result of Ponga’s ball, so therefore his nice tip on play only counts as a try contribution and Ponga gets the try-assist.
Another example seen below is last week when Tedesco gets
slightly on the outside of his man, draws in the centre, flick passes to Manu
who then finishes the move by drawing the winger and passing it to his winger
for a try.
Again, Tedesco has created the overlap, at the moment Manu
catches the ball it’s a two-on-one and all he has to do is draw and tip on.
This hurts centres, but I agree that it tends to reward the
person who creates the space (halves and FBs).
It is also important to note that whoever gets the try-assist also gets the linebreak assist as they have been deemed to have created this also.
A quick note that Fox Sports award tackles differently to
NRL.com. I’m not as on top of this, but essentially NRL.com award a tackle for
third man in (someone coming in and taking the legs after a player has been all
but stopped), while Fox Sports (SuperCoach) don’t award third man in.
From what I can gather a player need to have made an impact in
stopping the player in the initial contact.
That’s why McInnes may make 65 tackles on NRL and 52 on
SuperCoach. This doesn’t reward guys who come in often to finish off a tackle.
The above is a pretty good guide to the awarding of try-assists
and tackles from my understanding.
I’m not saying I’m 100% correct, but based on what I’ve tracked for over two years, the above rules seem quite consistent which is what we are all after.
There will ALWAYS be some close ones that are hard to call
and perhaps the superstar player gets the rub of the green in these, but those
two rules have worked for me and left me pretty satisfied with final scores
even if my guy missed out.
I’m very happy to be shown other examples that may not match
the above guidelines and see if I can work it out or not. Or happy to discuss
the above examples.
Hit me up on Twitter @scspy1, Facebook on SC Playbook or in the comments section of the article at the bottom of this page.
Finally, please also be aware that there are in-depth reviews
of the game following completion which then lead to the major updates 24-48
hours later for our teams.
Often there seems to be a bit of a guess during live matches
for key moments which then get reviewed, so don’t panic until updates are in.