Defensively, they have also significantly improved. Last year they ranked first for missed tackles with an average of 38 per game. This season they sit dead last for missed tackles on only 21 missed per game.
Silly selective analysis by the writer. Defensively we averaged 17.78 points conceded per game 2018 and 20.18 points per game in 2019.
Say what you will about the style of defence or missed tackles, we are 3 points worse per game under Madge so far. I cannot think of any better measure of defence than points conceded. Who cares how many missed tackles there are if you don’t concede points… the only neg I can think of is energy wasted in scrambling D which might affect your attack.
What is REALLY interesting is that 2018 was our best defensive season ever as Wests Tigers, shading 2011 (17.78 vs 17.92). Next best was 2009 with 20.13 points, so quite a jump. 2019 is therefore running a close 4th.
It’s not just energy wasted, it’s energy conserved for defence as well. Middle forwards not taking as many hit ups because they’re prioritising defence. That crippled our attack last season, we just weren’t applying enough pressure up the middle to create gaps on the edges or space around the ruck.