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The stats that matter

Michael Whiting  June 22, 2016 3:01 PM

Photographers Choice - AFL 2016 Rd 07

Harris Andrews averages 9.8 spoils a game, the second highest average in the competition.

AFL.com.au has worked with Champion Data to find your club's best performers in some key metrics. The stats are rounded to the first decimal point, however, the players' ranking is determined by his actual standing in that metric (i.e: Melbourne players Cameron Pedersen and Christian Petracca are both listed as averaging 1.4 score assists a game but are ranked 28th and 44th respectively. This is because Pedersen's actual average is 1.428 and Petracca's is 1.375).

Here are the stats that matter for the Brisbane Lions:

There's some standout stats in the Lions' struggling season, with Josh Green among the league's best in score assists, but the fact they have three players in the upper echelon for spoils shows how under pressure the defence has been. The fact no-one is in the top-50 for effective kicks inside 50 highlights the team's struggles going forward. 

Metres gained
Dayne Zorko (436.5m – No.22 in the AFL), Pearce Hanley (411.6m – No.26), Tom Cutler (403.6m – No.32)

Score assists 
Josh Green (2.0 – No.3), Ryan Lester (1.5 – No.20), Dayne Zorko (1.3 – No.46).

Scoring chain involvements
Tom Rockliff (6.8 – No.44), Dayne Zorko (6.6 – No.56), Josh Green (6.0 – No.91).

Running bounces
Ryan Bastinac (0.7 – No.51), Tom Cutler (0.7 – No.55), Pearce Hanley (0.5 – No.76).

Spoils
Harris Andrews (9.8 – No.2), Daniel Merrett (7.4 – No.12), Dan McStay (5.4 – No.26).

Intercept marks
Harris Andrews (2.5 – No.12), Dan McStay (1.8 – No.41), Darcy Gardiner (1.1 – No.77).

Effective kicks inside 50
Ryan Bastinac (58% - No.54), Tom Cutler (52% - No.88), Daniel Rich (51% - No.98).

Player Ratings points
Dayne Zorko (15.1 – No.22), Daniel Rich (14.3 – No.30), Ryan Bastinac (13.0 – No.72)

Standout game
Daniel Rich was outstanding in the round nine loss against Melbourne. The left-footed midfielder had 26 touches that included a league-high seven kicks inside forward 50 retained by his team.

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