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One of the best tools to use when it comes to NRL betting is statistics. By studying these numbers you can see how a team performs in general, how they perform against other teams, what they might be lacking in, and how they should perform in upcoming matches. And, as you can imagine, knowing all of this can go a long way in improving your NRL betting results.

Reading Statistics

If you’re new to NRL betting, all of the statistics listed on both the club stats and player stats can be a bit daunting. There are many abbreviations and numbers with no real explanation of what they all mean. So, for starters, here’s a list of all the abbreviations and what they stand for (the most common appear in maroon):

  • P = Played: The number of games or minutes played
  • 40 = 40/20: This is an attack statistic on how many 40/20 kicks are completed during a game.
  • AR = All Runs: The total number of runs attempted in a game. A higher number indicates a strong offence.
  • ARM = All Run Metres: The number of meters each run accumulated. A higher number indicates a strong offence.
  • CM = Completions: This number indicates the number of sets of six completed on the attack. A higher number indicates a strong offence.
  • DH = Dummy Half Runs: This is an attack statistic.
  • EP = Effective Possession: This is an attack statistic that indicates how many times the offence’s possession of the ball was turned into points. A high number indicates a strong offence.
  • IP = In Possession: This is an attack statistic that shows how often the team was in possession of the ball.
  • K = Kicks: This is an attack statistic.
  • KR = Kick Return Metres: This is the number of metres a team’s kick totaled. A high number indicates a strong kicking offence.
  • S = Sets: This number indicates how many sets a team earns in a game.
  • Cn = Conversions: This number indicates the number of goal kicks completed. A high number indicates a strong offence.
  • E = Errors: This is the number of errors earned in the game such as dropped balls, high hits, knock ons. A high number indicates a team that could be prone to making costly mistakes.
  • FG = Field Goals: This number indicates the number of field goals completed during the game. A high number indicates a strong offence.
  • KM = Kick Metres: This number indicates how many kick metres were earned but were not turned into points. A high number can indicate a lacking offence.
  • LB = Line Breaks: This number indicates the number of times the offence was able to break through the opposing defence. A high number indicates a strong defence.
  • MT = Missed Tackles: This is a defensive statistic. A high number could indicated a lacking defensive line.
  • OL = Off Loads: This is an attack statistic that shows how good a team is at passing the ball. A high number indicates a good offence.
  • PenF = Penalties For: This is the number of penalties a team earns in their favour. A high number is good.
  • PG = Penalty Goals: This number indicates how many penalty goals were successfully kicked.
  • SF = Scrums For: This number indicates how many times a team fed the scrum. A high number is good.
  • T = Tries: This is an attack statistic that indicates how many tries a team scored during a game. A high number indicates a strong offence.
  • TB = Tackle Breaks: This statistic shows how many times the attack broke through the defence. A high number indicates a strong offence.
  • TK = Tackles: This is a defensive statistic that shows how many tackles a team made during the game. A high number indicates a strong defence.

With each round played in the NRL, new statistics go up. Though overall statistics can be viewed as well. In addition to those listed above, you can view win/loss records that show all of any given NRL team’s total wins and losses per season. To put these statistics to use to analyse upcoming NRL rounds, simply view previous round to view the team’s most current stats.

Using Statistics

So, with a better understanding of how to read NRL statistics, it’s time to move on to analysing them and putting them to use in making smart betting decisions. The purpose of reading statistics is to identify trends that could possibly dictate how a certain team or player will perform.

Use these numbers to determine what a team’s strengths and weaknesses are. For example, attack stats can help you determine teams that are monsters when it comes to getting the ball past the line. Defensive stats can help you identify teams that will pull out all the stops to shut down opposing offensive attacks. Combined, you can see how any given team will stack up in competition. A strong defense against an average offense will usually favour the defensive team. Or, a lacking defence will hardly ever stack up against a team that sports a strong offence. Other trends can be found in the win/loss statistics. Use these numbers to see how teams have historically stacked up to one another. If you’re looking at a team that has defeated their opposition 10 out of 15 games played, chances are backing them to win will payoff.

To further help you improve your betting results, check out our Footy Tipping Guide or our guide to NRL betting. Then head over to one of our recommended online sportsbooks such as Ladbrokes.com.au to put this newfound NRL betting knowledge to work.