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Breach/Interception Analysis

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This Analyses how many times a player has been beaten as well as how many times a player had intercepted or dispossessed an opponent.

Rationale

Every man and his dog can spot what players do on the ball. It’s not as noticeable how culpable a player has been in terms of the lie breaks made by the opposition. Especially where they haven’t been taken on and beaten directly.

For a comprehensive view of how a player has played, their Possession Analysis needs to be weighed up against their Breach/Interception Analysis.

Further, it weighs up how many interceptions and dispossessions were made, relative to how many times the player was breached. It works on the basis that there is no point in having a high interception/dispossession count, if it’s coming at the cost of/weighed up against a high level of Breaches.

How it works?

There are two types of Breaches ; Grade 1 Breaches and Grade 2 Breaches.

A Grade 1 Breach means that the player was taken on beaten directly by the opponent.

A Grade 2 Breach is where the player was breached without having to be taken on. This means they’ve been “piggy in the middled”, have allowed an opponent they were responsible for to run straight by them who gains possession, or hasn’t chased back an opponent quickly enough, who then get on the ball.

A Dispossession is where the player has dispossessed an opponent who was in possession of the ball.

And Interception is where the player has intercepted a pass at source. That is to say that a pass which lands in a player’s path is not considered an interception. It is either a block or preventing a hand-pass from going to its intended target.