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NRL: All 16 teams by try-scoring strike power – Rankings and stats

Posted: 12 March 2020 2:30 pm
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NRL season 2020 has begun and the 16 team rosters are set. So, which team's backline has the most try-scoring strike power?

Whether you're a casual aficionado, an avid devotee or a supercoach fantasy sport fanatic, every NRL fan loves a try. It seems like every year rugby league's best players become more athletic and in turn, the tries become more amazing. Make no mistake, there will be no shortage of tries across the 2020 NRL season fixtures.

But which NRL team has the most amount of strike in its 2020 backline? Is it the Sydney Roosters, as the premiers looking for a rare three-peat? The always-there Melbourne Storm? Or excitement machines like the Canberra Raiders, Manly Sea Eagles, Parramatta Eels or Brisbane Broncos?

We've crunched the numbers and we have the results.

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Methodology for deciding NRL strike rate

We assembled a list of every single player in the NRL and all of their playing and personal stats. In order to work out the team with the best strike, we divided each player's number of tries by their number of games. This created a try strike rate for each player.

We then filtered out any player that has played fewer than 20 games to ensure that figure was balanced and not blown out by, for example, a one-game wonder who scored a hat-trick. Finally, we grouped these players by team and took an average of the try-scoring strike rate across the backline (including halves) to get our answer.

So, here is a list of the NRL teams in order of try-scoring strike rate. If you want to see the stars in action, we have a detailed breakdown of all your options for watching the NRL season here.

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What are the best attacking teams in the NRL?

Note: The comparative strike rate shows how a team's strike rate compares to the average of all the teams. It shows the distance in strike between specific teams.

Team Average games per player Average team strike rate Tries per player per 25 games Comparative strike Comparative games
Eels 100 0.403 10 121.59% 137.82%
Raiders 70 0.402 10 121.37% 96.73%
Dragons 75 0.402 10 121.36% 103.34%
Rabbitohs 101 0.379 9 114.30% 138.41%
Cowboys 77 0.366 9 110.45% 106.26%
Storm 45 0.363 9 109.47% 61.09%
Roosters 72 0.355 9 107.02% 99.47%
Sea Eagles 71 0.351 9 105.85% 97.25%
Sharks 84 0.329 8 99.44% 114.79%
Wests Tigers 102 0.325 8 97.95% 140.03%
Knights 63 0.306 8 92.32% 86.18%
Bulldogs 56 0.276 7 83.33% 76.99%
Broncos 66 0.271 7 81.85% 90.79%
Warriors 74 0.263 7 79.40% 102.23%
Titans 67 0.261 7 78.71% 92.44%
Panthers 41 0.250 6 75.57% 56.17%

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