Defence is tricky to measure statistically in any sport – how do you track something that doesn’t happen. For Richmond’s Alex Rance, he has a handy rule of thumb to benchmark his on-field performance. The Western Australian defender talks to Inside Sport about the quantifies his success and how he pushes himself forward to achieve that every week.
“I was thinking about this not long ago: what is the measure of how the current defender? And for me, it’s spoils and possession gains. They’re things that are two very measurable things because it’s directly related to breaking down a play.
“Possession gains are obviously more valuable – I’d sort of come up in my own mind with the number 20. So if you get 20 spoils and possession gains in a game, you’ve had you’ve had a pretty good game. That’s a really good game. Often, a player can have 15 spoils and five intercept possessions and that’s a really good game; if they have 15 intercept possessions, that’s borderline elite.
“So I look at that number 20 and try and get as close to that much as possible. It is not all about hitting these metrics but it’s the minimum target as a defender. ”
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