The Art of Making and Missing the 2014 NRL Finals

The 2014 regular NRL season concluded with Round 26 last weekend.

As with my AFL post, I have abstracted teams’ pathways to and from the 2014 Finals.

I used a very simple rule to construct the images: 1 point for a win, -1 for a loss.

This is a momentum image for all 16 teams in the competition:

NRL14 Map

The legend is:

NRL End

The 8 teams that made the Finals:

NRL 8 2014

The teams that missed out:

NRL Bottom 8

The diverging gap between the top and the bottom of the 2014 NRL ladder:

1 and 16

NRL 2014: Round 9 Stabilising

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Round 9 of the NRL 2014 competition was completed on Monday evening with the Eels’ victory over the Sharks.

After a turbulent start to the season, games are starting to follow 2013 Rankings.

My record of the nine Rounds to date is:

NRL9

The Panthers and the Eels defeated higher ranked teams from 2013 in Round 9. They have defeated five and four higher ranked teams respectively this season.

The teams they defeated in Round 9, Newcastle and Cronulla, have lost five games each to lower ranked opponents.

Photo Credit

From Chaos to Order (Sebastien Wiertz, CC BY 2.0)

Legend

NRL Legend

NRL 2014 Round 6: some order in chaos

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After five weeks of flux, the NRL 2014 competition returned to a sense of order in Round 6.

My record is:

NRL Week 6

If higher ranked teams from 2013 defeat lower ranked teams then this is recorded in green. When lower ranked teams lose to higher ranked teams these are recorded in blue. Six of the eight games followed this pattern in Round 6. The exceptions were the Roosters’ loss to the Eels and the Cowboys’ loss to the Tigers.

I record a lower ranked victory as gold to indicate its importance. I record a higher ranked team’s loss to a lower ranked team as red since this is a very important warning signal. The Roosters and the Cowboys have both lost four games to lower ranked teams. The Eels and the Tigers have both defeated four higher ranked teams.

The Ladder after Round 6 is:

Ladder 6
Source: http://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl

Photo Credit

Nathan Gardner (Naparazzi, CC BY-SA 2.0)