I like how the NRL site now shows the average play the ball speed for each team.
I think it gives a good indication as to how games are reffed and how some teams get given a lot more leeway in the wrestle and are allowed to reset their defensive line..
Have a look at last nights game. Watching the game it felt like the Roosters were allowed to slow down the play the ball almost every tackle and yes the Storm aren't bad at it either but look at the average play the ball speed for both teams.
Storm ave play the ball speed 3.96s
Shows on average the Roosters were allowed to play the ball half a second quicker every tackle all game. That is a huge advantage especially considering teh Storm forwards were rolling through the middle a lot more effectively which you think would give them the right to play the ball quicker.
When you go back through every game the Roosters have played since Covid they win the speed of teh play the ball every time showing they get a clear advantage in allowing their defence to re set.
How do we fair? Well whilst the Roosters have managed to win teh play teh ball speed in every game they have played we are the exact opposite indicating teams are allowed to hold us down longer on average.
last week v Sharks we averaged 4.07s compared to their 3.3 that is a huge difference. Looking at previous games working backwards:
v Dogs - Us 3.67. them 3.41
Tigers - Us 3.71 them 3.28
Manly - Us 3.61 v 3.57
Knights - Us 3.6 v 2.88
Cowboys - Us 3.49 v 3.2
Raiders - Us 3.61 v 3.19
Roosters - Us 3.6 v 3.39
Panthers - Us 3.71 v 3.44
Manly - Us 3.61 v 3.41
Broncos - Us 4.04 v 3.41
Titans - Us 4 v 3.46
Dogs - Us 3.54 v 3.47
Some fo these games were big wins for us with numerous forwards running for well over 100 metres, we are also one of the leading teams for offloads which would indicate you could a lot of second phase play however not once this season has ouur average play teh ball speed been quicker than our opposition.Only once all season has our average play teh ball speed been below 3.5s and that was 3.49s!
We are being reffed I would argue at a huge disadvantage.