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I think it's pretty widely recognized that you don't really like Manu on the wing but a little be of truth in what you type could be helpful considering that the criticism of Maloney in this thread is about his defense, in particular his missed tackles. So, what's this season's much better stat does Tupou have over Manu - Tupou has missed one less tackle so far this season than Manu.

But take it one step further and Manu is effective in 68.4% of his tackles while Tupou has only been effective with 49.1% of his.


Oh i took the missed tackles into account, but i'm also taking into account the amount of errors Manu conceded while trying to clean up attacking kicks, also the amount of times he came rushing infield and failed to get anywhere near his target, allowing his opposition winger to simply jog in to score....whether you're a Manu fan or not, he has done that a ridiculous amount of times this season....added together makes for a pretty poor defensive effort this year.

I'm no more of a Tupou fan than anyone else, but his collective defensive job this season is nowhere near as bad as Vatuvei's.
 
It would actually be interesting if someone with a lot more time than I'd ever had could breakdown when Manu made most off his handling errors ie when he received the ball (either from an opposition kick or from a pass) or when he had possession of the ball and was carrying it forward and lost it during a tackle. Whenever it was, hopefully the new coach can correct what he's doing such as with the way he carries the ball, etc.
 
It would actually be interesting if someone with a lot more time than I'd ever had could breakdown when Manu made most off his handling errors ie when he received the ball (either from an opposition kick or from a pass) or when he had possession of the ball and was carrying it forward and lost it during a tackle. Whenever it was, hopefully the new coach can correct what he's doing such as with the way he carries the ball, etc.
A good mate of mine (Aussie) was at the game on Saturday. He is an avid Dragons supporter, and has been for life.
He was sitting adjacent to the point where Manu had the head-clash after another of his ballistic charges, and told me it was something he'd never forget.
He was facing Manu as he was charging into the line, and he said it put the fear of God into him (and he was in the stand) watching this MASSIVE muscled tongan about to SMASH into his beloved players. His words were "first i'd piss myself", "and then i'd shit myself!"
I guess when you are running with such ferocity, (and he's one of very few who do) you will inevitably lose the ball somewhere inside the trainwreck that is created.
For all his mistakes, he would be the most feared member of our squad and i'd hate to lose that.
 
A good mate of mine (Aussie) was at the game on Saturday. He is an avid Dragons supporter, and has been for life.
He was sitting adjacent to the point where Manu had the head-clash after another of his ballistic charges, and told me it was something he'd never forget.
He was facing Manu as he was charging into the line, and he said it put the fear of God into him (and he was in the stand) watching this MASSIVE muscled tongan about to SMASH into his beloved players. His words were "first i'd piss myself", "and then i'd shit myself!"
I guess when you are running with such ferocity, (and he's one of very few who do) you will inevitably lose the ball somewhere inside the trainwreck that is created.
For all his mistakes, he would be the most feared member of our squad and i'd hate to lose that.
[what facefacts would say] Sounds like the perfect attributes of an impact forward. [/what facefacts would say]
 
Effective tackle stats:
The stats provided are the average effective tackles a player has made per game for the season up to that Round. I've broken the season into 4 groups as there is far too much information to provide after each game. If anyone really feels like looking at the full stats, I'll email you a pdf.

Remember the average percentage per game over the season will be different from the seasons effective tackle percentage. If anyone wants a explanation why, please ask and I'll post it latter.

I've only included the stats for players who have played 10 or more games this season.

Brown (23 games this season):
Rounds 1 - 6 (R1-6): 86.3%, Rounds 1 - 13 (R1-13): 85.6%, Rounds 1 - 19 (R1-19): 85.5%, Rounds 1 - 25 (R1-25): 83.3%. Total tackles made (TA) = 437. Total ineffectual tackles (IT) = 34. Total missed tackles (MT) = 52. Total tackles attempted (AT) = 523. Seasons effective tackle percentage (%) = 83.6%

Friend (17):
R1-6: 87.0%, R1-13: 88.6%, R1-19: 89.6%, R1-25: 89.7%. TA = 713. IT = 36. MT = 49. AT = 798. % = 89.3%

Henry (23):
R1-6: 84.4%, R1-13: 85.8%, R1-19: 87.3%, R1-25: 86.8%. TA = 519. IT = 31. MT = 48. AT = 598. % = 86.8%

Hurrell (16):
R1-6: 76.7%, R1-13: 79.5%, R1-19: 80.2%, R1-25: 76.5%. TA = 162. IT = 9. MT = 44. AT = 215. % = 75.3%

Johnson (22):
R1-6: 71.5%, R1-13: 71.5%, R1-19: 74.2%, R1-25: 73.5%. TA = 270. IT = 21. MT = 82. AT = 373. % = 72.4%

Lillyman (15):
R1-6: Did not play, R1-13: 88.9%, R1-19: 89.7%, R1-25: 87.3%. TA = 267. IT = 14. MT = 24. AT = 305. % = 87.5%

Locke (14):
R1-6: 76.7%, R1-13: 61.4%, R1-19: 68.8%, R1-25: 69.2%. TA = 68. IT = 2. MT = 26. AT = 96. % = 70.8%

Sione Lousi (22):
R1-6: 94.5%, R1-13: 93.2%, R1-19: 90.4%, R1-25: 89.0%. TA = 356. IT = 16. MT = 24. AT = 396. % = 89.9%

Maloney (23):
R1-6: 65.9%, R1-13: 69.7% R1-19: 72.9%, R1-25: 72.4%. TA = 399. IT = 40. MT = 121. AT = 560. % = 71.3%

Mannering (18):
R1-6: 89.4%, R1-13: 90.5%, R1-19: 92.0%, R1-25: 92.3%. TA = 601. IT = 30. MT = 20. AT = 651. % = 92.3%

Mateo (23):
R1-6: 90.6%, R1-13: 88.4%, R1-19: 89.6%, R1-25: 88.4%. TA = 535. IT = 18. MT = 56. AT = 609. % = 87.8%

Matulino (21):
R1-6: 88.4%, R1-13: 89.1%, R1-19: 90.1%, R1-25: 89.3%. TA = 386. IT = 22. MT = 25. AT = 433. % = 89.1%

Packer (23):
R1-6: 89.9%, R1-13: 90.5%, R1-19: 90.7%, R1-25: 90.2%. TA = 500. IT = 17. MT = 40. AT = 557. % = 89.8%

Ta'ai (11):
R1-6: 86.8%, R1-13: 87.3%, R1-19: 87.3%, R1-25: 86.5%. TA = 153. IT = 17. MT = 11. AT = 181. % = 84.5%

Taylor (22):
R1-6: 91.0%, R1-13: 89.7%, R1-19: 90.4%, R1-25: 89.2%. TA = 862. IT = 41. MT = 67. AT = 970. % = 88.9%

Tupou (23):
R1-6: 66.5%, R1-13: 75.1%, R1-19: 73.3%, R1-25: 67.7%. TA = 94. IT = 9. MT = 40. AT = 143. % = 65.7%

Vatuvei (18):
R1-6: 72.4%, R1-13: 70.5%, R1-19: 71.4%, R1-25: 69.5%. TA = 108. IT = 9. MT = 41. AT = 158. % = 68.4%
 
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That's a whole lot of stats to digest there miket12! Makes for very interesting reading once you can focus on it properly.
With percentages that high, how is it we have done so fucken poorly? Perhaps the missed tackle count of Maloney & Johnson (200 between them) is an indication.
Looking at Mannering's stats it's no wonder we've crumbled without him aye.
Ben Henry def's has a place in this team imo. Stats like that for a rookie are inspiring, and as much as I tried not to like him, I'd shake his hand and buy him a drink any day of the week.
Cheers dude, good job :cool:
 
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There is also differing sections of Manus d. His rushing up & crowding in is very bad, however his one on one tackles are probably the 3rd best in the team, always dominates physically..
Next is his clean up work with grubbers & bombs, which i must say has been fantastic the last half of the season. So all in all i don't think he deserves the bad rap on that part of his game.. I would rather him cleaning up than tupou..
 
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That's a whole lot of stats to digest there miket12! Makes for very interesting reading once you can focus on it properly.
With percentages that high, how is it we have done so fucken poorly? Perhaps the missed tackle count of Maloney & Johnson (200 between them) is an indication.
Looking at Mannering's stats it's no wonder we've crumbled without him aye.
Ben Henry def's has a place in this team imo. Stats like that for a rookie are inspiring, and as much as I tried not to like him, I'd shake his hand and buy him a drink any day of the week.
Cheers dude, good job :cool:

true dat...i blasted the kid for his non attack skillz when he started this year but to me he is turning into a young 'simon mannering'

player who gives all every game
 
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true dat...i blasted the kid for his non attack skillz when he started this year but to me he is turning into a young 'simon mannering'

player who gives all every game
Kids got massive heart, but his weakness is......he's too damn NICE!!!
Spiritual boy I believe. Would put him at odds with our desire to see opponents hospitalised. :eek:
 
There is also differing sections of Manus d. His rushing up & crowding in is very bad, however his one on one tackles are probably the 3rd best in the team, always dominates physically..
Next is his clean up work with grubbers & bombs, which i must say has been fantastic the last half of the season. So all in all i don't think he deserves the bad rap on that part of his game.. I would rather him cleaning up than tupou..

For the players I listed above (plus JRo), here's there stats for one on one tackles for this season including Round 25:

1. Henry (23 games this season), 49 one on one tackles for the season, 2.1 one on one tackles average per game
2. Mannering (18), 46, 2.6 aver.
3. Maloney (23), 31, 1.3 aver.
4. Taylor (22), 28, 1.3 aver.
5. Johnson (22), 22, 1.0 aver.
6. Friend (17), 20, 1.2 aver.
7. Brown (23), 18, 0.8 aver.
8=. Hurrell (16), 17, 1.1 aver. : Matulino (21), 17, 0.8 aver. : Mateo (23), 17, 0.7 aver.
11. Ropati (8), 14, 1.8 aver.
12. Vatuvei (19), 13, 0.7 aver.
13=. Packer (23), 12, 0.5 aver. : Tupou (23), 12, 0.5 aver.
15. Lillyman (15), 11, 0.7 aver.
16. Locke (16), 8, 0.6 aver.
17=. Sione Lousi (22), 6, 0.3 aver. : Ta'ai (11), 6, 0.5 aver.

But, when you look at what percentage of tackles are player has made this season which were one on one, it changes quite considerably (which is reflected on the position they play as wingers/fullbacks will usually be defending more by themselves than forwards closer to the ruck):

1. Ropati, 18.7% of his tackles this season were one on one
2. Tupou, 12.8%
3. Vatuvei, 12.0%
4. Locke, 11.8%
5. Hurrell, 10.5%
6. Henry, 9.4%
7. Johnson, 8.1%
8. Maloney, 7.8%
9. Mannering, 7.7%
10. Matulino, 4.4%
11. Brown, 4.1%
12. Lillyman, 4.0%
13. Ta'ai, 3.9%
14=. Mateo & Taylor, 3.2%
16. Friend, 2.8%
17. Packer, 2.4%
18. Sione Lousi, 1.7%