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Andrew Ferguson is a rugby league statistician, author, historian and podcaster, and one of the co-owners of Rugby League Project.

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I think we could probably look at say 20 minute games as tie-breakers

Here's how we can break the NRL ladder

At least fields were something that required some measure of Rugby League playing ability.

Coin tossing doesn’t.

Here's how we can break the NRL ladder

These stats are for the 152 games played so far in 2019 (Round 1 til the end of Round 20)

To win in the NRL, just score first - however you do it

Odd scores have an immensely high win rate since 1983, when the other scoring options (tries and goals) were both made even numbers (tries went from 3 points to 4, goals have always been 2 points)

In the 75 years prior to that, it was just as easy to produce an even score as an odd one.

The search for rugby league's magic number

An opportunity is here to learn about detecting CTE while the patient is still alive and then work can commence on finding some form of remedy.

It’s not fake news.

NRL's Head Injury Assessments don't go far enough

Beer drinking impacts the brain in a different region to CTE. Current players have great trainers who ensure dehydration is avoided.

The problem isn’t imaginery. It is very real.

NRL's Head Injury Assessments don't go far enough

I agree that’s a dynasty.

Souths 20 Premierships is not a dynasty.

That’s their history. That’s what I was referring to.

How well does the Melbourne Storm dynasty stack up in NRL history?

The total premierships won in a clubs entire history is not a dynasty. That’s just a clubs history.

How well does the Melbourne Storm dynasty stack up in NRL history?

The criteria I put down for this was a minimum of 5 consecutive seasons where no more than half the games were lost pre-finals.

Storm lost more than half of their games in 2001 and 2002, they’ve lost no more than 50% of their games in every season since.

How well does the Melbourne Storm dynasty stack up in NRL history?

The 2006 season was deemed to be the first year of the cap cheating:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melbourne_Storm_salary_cap_breach

How well does the Melbourne Storm dynasty stack up in NRL history?

The dynasty is for the 2003-2019 period. As I stated, the dynasty is defined by consecutive seasons where the team lost no more than 50% of their games.

In 2001 and 2002 the Storm lost more than 50% of their games, thus their current dynasty began in 2003.

From 2003-2019 the Storm have won 2 titles.

How well does the Melbourne Storm dynasty stack up in NRL history?

Correct. These were the parameters I used for this article.

How well does the Melbourne Storm dynasty stack up in NRL history?

I know the rules. I’m arguing for them to be changed. Hence my suggestion for an alternative action.

The fact we seldom saw penalty tries in the past proves that the interpretation has been dramatically relaxed in recent years.

Chambers’ State of Origin penalty try a debacle

It does complicate matters, however it does also tend to favour the specialist over the fill-in, as it should.

The ultimate player-by-player State of Origin stats preview: Game 2, 2019

Thanks guys for having me involved. I look forward to punching out plenty of content for The Roar!

The ultimate player-by-player State of Origin stats preview: Game 1, 2019