Live play simulator may give new insights

Live play simulator could give new insights for coach and fans
Author
Alicia Newton
NRL.com Reporter
Timestamp
Wed 20 Nov 2019, 08:01 AM

Imagine the scenario of being an NRL coach and having the ability to highlight the opposition’s weak points live in play based on live tracking data.

The NRL’s DataJam returned for a third year at Sydney’s KPMG in Barangaroo last week with Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire and Fox League commentator Michael Ennis among the names on the judging panel.

The concept of the day revolves around the NRL handing over 2019 player stats and GPS data which provides the speed, acceleration and location of the player every one tenth of a second throughout the game.

Leading data-driven companies, most of whom have limited knowledge on rugby league specifics, use their own metrics to create possible new ways for coaches and fans to use data on individual players and teams.

“I had no idea what I was walking into but walking away now I’m looking forward to coming back, there’s a lot of smart people in the room that can add a lot in rugby league,” Maguire told NRL.com.

"I do like data, the game is changing. It looks like men just running into each other but there’s a lot of analysis in the game with players changing in speed and strength – it’s a changing game.

"To have data and analyse it in a different light allows you to understand where the game is going.

“I’m a big believer that fans know a lot about our game and when they watch it they can dissect it sometimes better than us as coaches.”

The 2019 DataJam winners from Suncorp.
The 2019 DataJam winners from Suncorp.
©Gregg Porteous/NRL Imagery
Australian brand Suncorp were crowned 2019 champions after developing a play simulator model that could identify trends and predict potential outcomes based on 64 statistical data categories including the distance between defenders, player fatigue and play-the-ball speed.

The model had the potential to be displayed to both coaches for game review/preparation and on-screen via broadcasting in a live situation.

Group leader Keegan O’Shea said his team didn’t want to come across as condescending to some of the game’s best tactical minds when presenting their model but was confident in the concept.

His idea was to present a tool which allowed the coach to input what they felt was important to the game, not what he felt was important.

The model would identify which defenders were doing a lot of work and could give the best options along the defensive lines to attack.

In a game where territory is so crucial, the model was also aiming to predict which plays could lead to a strong hit-up or line break on the following play.

“We tried to predict basically what are the plays that end up making the run [on the following play] go more than eight metres,” O’Shea said.

“The idea of the simulator is to pull it out for the coach and even commentators or fans to see live what’s happening and then they could work out the percentage of the play or position being successful.”

Other presentations included a focus on the impact of fatigue on field control, and when best to take two points on offer via a penalty goal when factoring in the score, time remaining in the game and game style.

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Sounds very cool. The advantages that could come from this for anyone th at uses it are huge, I figured all the top clubs were doing it already.

Is this the same sort of info they use to give players “rests” in Test cricket

No no no no no no no
We don’t want this!!!
Trust me

Isn’t this like arming both sides of the army with the same heat seeking missiles and anti missile defence systems?

The game is already too robotic and structured.

Let’s just get the coaches to sit down and play chess instead shall we, because that’s what this will lead to I promise you.

@happy_tiger geez happy bloody hope not. That is disgraceful isn’t it. He bowled 2 overs today, better give him the next month off

Sounds like a great betting tool.

@TIGER said in Live play simulator may give new insights:

No no no no no no no
We don’t want this!!!
Trust me

Isn’t this like arming both sides of the army with the same heat seeking missiles and anti missile defence systems?

The game is already too robotic and structured.

Let’s just get the coaches to sit down and play chess instead shall we, because that’s what this will lead to I promise you.

Yeah finding out weaknesses in the opposition won’t be beneficial at all.

@Sabre said in Live play simulator may give new insights:

@TIGER said in Live play simulator may give new insights:

No no no no no no no
We don’t want this!!!
Trust me

Isn’t this like arming both sides of the army with the same heat seeking missiles and anti missile defence systems?

The game is already too robotic and structured.

Let’s just get the coaches to sit down and play chess instead shall we, because that’s what this will lead to I promise you.

Yeah finding out weaknesses in the opposition won’t be beneficial at all.

@Sabre said in Live play simulator may give new insights:

@TIGER said in Live play simulator may give new insights:

No no no no no no no
We don’t want this!!!
Trust me

Isn’t this like arming both sides of the army with the same heat seeking missiles and anti missile defence systems?

The game is already too robotic and structured.

Let’s just get the coaches to sit down and play chess instead shall we, because that’s what this will lead to I promise you.

Yeah finding out weaknesses in the opposition won’t be beneficial at all.

i mean, u take 1 look at jennings and u can c that right away

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