2045 points to 1255. That was the overall SuperCoach scoreline between Collingwood and Richmond on the weekend. The Pies certainly won the game convincingly, but that convincingly? I’m not so sure. Either way, with ten 100+ scores to zero, it was a great week to have Collingwood players in your team.
Moving on to some individual scores from the round, I’m personally at a loss to explain the gap between Macrae and teammate Lachie Hunter’s scores: similar disposal counts (36 – 33), marks (7 – 8), tackles (3 – 4), inside 50s (4 – 5), clearances, and clangers (both 4 apiece). Macrae did have slightly better disposal efficiency, running at 75 percent compared to Hunter’s 70, although Hunter had nearly 50 percent more metres gained. The end result of these stats? 127 points to 95. Macrae did also kick a goal, but, last I checked, those weren’t worth 32 points.
Hunter wouldn’t be the only player feeling hard done by this weekend – traditionally, 38 disposals at 76 percent DE, 6 clearances, 7 score involvements, and nearly 400 metres gained would net you a pretty handy score. I can only assume, then, that Shaun Higgins has burned somebody at Champion Data one too many times on his way to 86 points. Only having 12 of those 38 disposals contested, whilst committing 6 clangers and laying 0 tackles, probably didn’t help his cause. Still, it’s not often that somebody nearly cracks the 40-disposal mark and fails to reach triple-digits.
Now, this might be my Carlton bias showing through, but with similar disposal counts (36 – 32), clearances (10 – 12), DE (67 percent to 63), and clanger counts (4 – 5), was JPK’s effort (136) really 20 points better than that of Cripps (116), when the latter had almost 50 percent more contested possessions (16 – 23), and 7 times as many tackles (1 – 7)? Some might argue that we shouldn’t be comparing scores from different matches, but, given the black-box nature of the SuperCoach scoring system, it is exactly this sort of inconsistency that frustrates coaches week in, week out.
The final scoring anomaly I’m going to talk about this week is St. Kilda’s Matt Parker. 89 points this week and 87 last week would certainly have been nice for those that picked him; it’s a pity, then, that his 61 (81 % TOG) and 36 (75 %) in his two JLT games didn’t give us much warning about what he was capable of. Experienced coaches are always quick to remind others not to read too much into the JLT form of premiums and midpricers; it might be a silly question to ask given the lack of any real alternative, but are we sometimes guilty of doing just that with rookies, too?
Did any scores seem off to you on the weekend? Let us know in the comments below.
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